Monday, March 6, 2017
Day Six: Why Make Similars
*not verbatim dialogue
Hubby: I really don't understand. Why do they call it vegan cheese or vegan meat? It's like they are trying to make everything taste like an omnivore's diet.
Me: Actually some of the vegans I've come across feel the same way that you do. They don't like that foods are called meat balls if there's technically no meat in them. They prefer things like soy patties or cheeze.
It is kinda weird that when packaging food, manufacturers use the same names but in quotations or denoted as meatless. See the two examples above. I think this is part due to a few things: 1) vegetarianism while ancient has only ever been practiced by a minority of people long term and 2) a number of those who are vegetarians or vegans didn't grow up that way. It's easier to connect what a food is for if it's labeled similarly to it's equivalent animal version from childhood.
What exactly do you call several vegetables molded and shaped into nuggets with breading? Veggie nuggets? Well, at the store I usually see them called chick'n nuggets. And it probably sells better than calling it a veggie nugget. So promoting a product also means naming it something appealing. If vegans or vegetarians don't like what the manufacturer is doing, then there are numerous ways to say "rename your product please."
I think, though, for my husband it's weird that the food closely resembles animal versions. To him it's like vegans and vegetarians want the animal version minus the animal. Yes, yes, they do. But he doesn't know why they don't invent their own recipes. Well they do. But omnivores eat cold cereal and pretzels etc. Pretzels were invented by monks for a vegan treat during Lent, and cold cereal was created as a vegetarian health food. Those particular dishes have become mainstreamed. To me it's the equivalent of a European-descent person who enjoys his local Chinese buffet getting angry with a Chinese person if they also eat corn beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day (which you can't eat the corn beef this year because it falls on a Friday). There's nothing wrong with enjoying the flavors and tastes of food from other cultures and sub-cultures and also making them your own. So there!💪 How's that for flexing my research muscles! Who's the woman! That's right I am.
So next time you pour a bowl of corn flakes, remember it was vegetarians who invented it. You've essentially assimilated the sub-culture. So maybe my husband should stop eating bran? Just teasing, Hubby, just teasing. You can eat a vegetarian-invented food product.
What I ate today:
Yes, Margret, there a ton of choices for vegans when it comes to potato chips. And I realize that these fried things are not healthy.
Snack: not pictured leftover spaghetti with mushballs
This was another dinner hit. Even Knee really liked the lo mein noodles, and he wasn't a fan of the potato gnocchi nor did he even try the spaghetti with mushballs (which I liked because the mushballs had cumin and tumeric in them so it made the spaghetti spicy instead of sweet). If I had played my cards right, I would have remembered to pick up a bag of orange chicken for the non-vegan members who instead had to settle for plain chicken nuggets (not to be confused with chick'n nuggets.)