The Happy Herbivore series is full of easy, simple, and delicious recipes, many of which are kid-tested and approved! If you're up for something a little fancier, Veganomicon is a great resource. If you're into desserts, try Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World or Practically Raw Desserts. Looking for vegan versions of familiar comfort foods? Pick up a copy of Betty Goes Vegan. There are dozens more incredible cookbooks out there—find your favorites!
Forks Over Knives is a fascinating documentary about the health aspects of the vegan diet. Vegucated follows three people as they learn about the health and ethical ramifications and incorporate the diet into their own lives.
Chocolate Covered Katie has great dessert recipes, and I've never met a child who didn't like her baked oatmeal for breakfast! Healthy. Happy. Life. and Oh She Glows both have tons of recipes with beautiful photos that appeal to every palette. Other fantastic blogs include Carrie On Vegan, Post Punk Kitchen, Choosing Raw, Taste Space, and Vegan Mother Hubbard, whose author is raising two vegan daughters!
Use HappyCow.net to find vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in your area, or surf the web for vegan meet-ups, potlucks, and festivals. Make friends with your fellow vegans and aspiring vegans; we have so much to learn from each other! Also, the Christian Vegetarian Association has a great newsletter and some helpful materials on their website.
As Christians, we are called to compassion and love. I have found that a vegan diet helps me live out that compassion, and provides me the opportunity to examine the real ramifications of my daily choices. Daniel and his men ate nothing but veggies while in King Nebuchadnezzar's palace, and "at the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king" (Daniel 1:15).
Let us join the songs of praise sung by all that God has created, all that Jesus has saved. Amen!
"Praise the Lord from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths, fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him, mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all livestock, small scurrying animals and birds" (Psalm 148:7–10).
Maggie Olson is a vegan writer from the Midwest. Follow her on Twitter @maggiebolson.