I am currently in the process of transitioning to vegan and/or vegetarian (not fully decided, maybe a mix of both), with an eventual desire to switch to full vegan.
I am currently a meat (and cheese) eater, but I have never cared too much for meat. I tend to eat a few bites and then eat the rest of the meal.
The main reason I am considering veganism is for my health (I am a 2-time open heart patient with valve replacements), and I feel that it is the correct ethical thing to do.
I grew up in Canada and hence was raised with a high regard for the environment, animal rights, and so on. I then moved to the US and have married. Where we live, we tend to value convenience and recycling is not very common. As odd as it sounds, veganism feels "right" because it brings me closer to the values I grew up with. Or maybe that doesn't sound quite so odd!
My husband is a meat eater. He commented that he feels he could go vegetarian if we cooked more curries, but I do think he would occasionally like a steak or something. He doesn't currently eat eggs except in baked goods (meatloaf, cakes, etc) - he HATES the smell and flavor of them, so I won't need to worry about him wanting egg dishes.
Last night I made a recipe from The Post Punk Kitchen (the cashew korma curry). I should have added more curry powders, but I think it was delicious! DH thought it was very good as well. I mentioned that she has a few books, and he seemed interested in considering buying them.
We are the type to cook one large dish once or twice a week. My husband is trying to lose weight, so he is eating mostly frozen dinners where he can count calories. That leaves me with most nights where I can cook something just for me... and he'll likely try it!
I am looking for some advise on what to keep in a vegan pantry, and what others do for basic snacks and lunches during the day. I have access to a fridge, microwave, and toaster at work, but would prefer to bring simpler snacks and lunches (hummus, etc).
Are there standard quick week-night meals that seem to be popular for "newbies" to try?
Many thanks in advance!