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Many people switch to the vegetarian diet because they believe it to be a healthier option than the standard American diet. It is true that plant-based diets are associated with reduced cholesterol levels, lower body weights, and a reduced risk for chronic disease, but you can still be unhealthy on a vegetarian diet if you don't watch what you eat. Just because you switch to the vegetarian diet, however, doesn't mean that you have to give up your favorite foods - being a vegetarian isn't just about eating vegetables. In fact, there are a variety of comfort foods that can be made with vegetarian-friendly ingredients!
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http://www.veggieboards.com/articles/simple-recipes-for-vegetarian-comfort-foods/

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@VeggieBoards administrators, if your intention with articles like this is to appeal to current membership, then I think that you're out of touch with the membership here; most of us so far as I can tell, no longer cook with eggs and dairy. Typically, we're more interested in finding ways to healthily replace the cream and cheese.

If your intention is to appeal to the veg-curious masses out there in order to attract them to the forum, then I think unfortunately you're also out of touch; vegan is totally the new vegetarian. It's hot, check the trends. I say this with no agenda, or bias.

I suggest you approach member No Whey Jose to write for you. She's smart, eloquent and has expressed an interest. Moreover she won't alienate the existing membership and I fear that's what you are currently doing with your non-veg admin authored articles.
 

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@Spudulika You're going to give me a big ego! I'd be happy to contribute an article or two.
I know I'm starting to sound like a sychophant o_O

There have been other great contributors here, member Nosregardum springs to mind. Shame he disappeared. And I've always liked Joan's measured approach too. And there are others who's usernames evade me.

Seriously, you should write articles or blog or do YouTube videos. When time allows with the young one. The veg social media movement needs more in the way of genuinely thoughtful and intellectually honest voices (IMO).
 

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My husband is the blogger in our family. His interest lies in football. I see the work he puts into his site and, frankly, I don't think I have what it takes! I appreciate the compliment, though, and I'll keep it in mind should I ever experience a burst of self-confidence and motivation. :)
 

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@VeggieBoards administrators, if your intention with articles like this is to appeal to current membership, then I think that you're out of touch with the membership here; most of us so far as I can tell, no longer cook with eggs and dairy. Typically, we're more interested in finding ways to healthily replace the cream and cheese.

If your intention is to appeal to the veg-curious masses out there in order to attract them to the forum, then I think unfortunately you're also out of touch; vegan is totally the new vegetarian. It's hot, check the trends. I say this with no agenda, or bias.

I suggest you approach member No Whey Jose to write for you. She's smart, eloquent and has expressed an interest. Moreover she won't alienate the existing membership and I fear that's what you are currently doing with your non-veg admin authored articles.
We have both Vegans and Vegetarians in this community. We are focusing on both.
 

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We have both Vegans and Vegetarians in this community. We are focusing on both.
That's fair enough and as a self-defined vegetarian I take no issue with that.

Nevertheless I would encourage you to look at the stats for vegan searches and see how much this movement has grown in the last handful of years.

Plus, don't completely exclude your vegan readers in articles like the one posted on comfort food (with no vegan options) in your desire to embrace 'all creeds', unless you want the vegans to feel alienated and go elsewhere.

Please do make an effort to reach out them and make them know that you care about their experience here. Actions, not words, are what count and a full page article that completely excludes vegans, is folly on both a site that is predominantly populated with vegans and an internet that is right now searching for "vegan".

PS I work in the 'third sector' and have to manage a lot of personalities, I understand the conflicts a space like Veggieboards has in catering to a diverse group of people, from the vaguely interested to the committed idealists. Your core objective (to make money) relies on the current community inspiring others to join. Without an existing vibrant community of participants you have nothing to sell here. Work with them and not against them is my err advice.
 

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We have both Vegans and Vegetarians in this community. We are focusing on both.
Do you not realize vegans ARE vegetarian?
Just as omnivores aren't excluded from veg'n food, vegetarians aren't excluded from vegan foods.

Yes, ovo lacto vegetarians are welcome, but there's no reason to encourage dairy and egg. I've never been anywhere that I couldn't make vegetarian, but I've been many many places where there was nothing but iceburg lettuce and tomato (no dressing) to have vegan.
Quite frankly I don't know why the VB admin has chosen to disrupt this community.
We have more than enough food threads!
 

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That's fair enough and as a self-defined vegetarian I take no issue with that.

Nevertheless I would encourage you to look at the stats for vegan searches and see how much this movement has grown in the last handful of years.

Plus, don't completely exclude your vegan readers in articles like the one posted on comfort food (with no vegan options) in your desire to embrace 'all creeds', unless you want the vegans to feel alienated and go elsewhere.

Please do make an effort to reach out them and make them know that you care about their experience here. Actions, not words, are what count and a full page article that completely excludes vegans, is folly on both a site that is predominantly populated with vegans and an internet that is right now searching for "vegan".
We have already requested a similar article specifically for Vegans. :)
 

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We have already requested a similar article specifically for Vegans. :)
and you feel the many, many food porn threads, website recipe pictures, what I ate veg'n today, what are you cooking, whatcha' munchin, as well the catagorized recipes and general food threads aren't enough----why?
 

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I don't think there is anything wrong with them encouraging ovo lacto when the article says vegetarian comfort foods as long as they do a vegan one for the other half of the board.
 

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and you feel the many, many food porn threads, website recipe pictures, what I ate veg'n today, what are you cooking, whatcha' munchin, as well the catagorized recipes and general food threads aren't enough----why?
For facebook, I guess.
 

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Southern Style Vegan

I like southern style Louisiana cooking. The problem is the traditional meals are high in salt and acidic foods. I found this Afro Vegan that was able to mimic these flavors using vegan ingredients....Love it :D
 

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We have both Vegans and Vegetarians in this community. We are focusing on both.
Administrators: First off, thank you for planning to add a post with vegan comfort food recipes to this page. Complaints like this post triggered will be coming up over and over until you address the root causes. What you're hearing is a plea that your writers take the temperature of the room before they try to "omni-splain" things to us, especially about healthy vegetarian eating, especially with recipes that seem to have come straight from the National Dairy Council. Every recipe in the article is heavy with cheese, written for a community that mostly restricts or abstains from dairy products.

Please bear in mind that vegetarians are interested in vegan food, whereas vegans eat no lacto ovo food at all. This means that to focus on both sides of the community entails concentrating on vegan foods when posting recipes. We vegetarians can add cheese or egg to a recipe far more easily than vegans can subtract those things and substitute with something palatable. To spend time on these boards will show you that many if not most vegetarians on VB are either transitioning to veganism itself, considering it, or have settled into something pretty close to a vegan diet. So, again, focusing on both sides of the community entails deemphasizing foods heavy with egg and/or dairy.

When posting recipes that include dairy and/or egg, it would be best to include alternate steps for veganizing the recipe. And not just with an offhand reference to dairy-free cheese or "an egg substitute." I'm talking about experimenting with recipes until the writer finds the best alternative. This is especially important when writing about egg. Not every egg substitute works in every recipe that traditionally uses egg. Sometimes the situation calls for tofu, sometime Ener-g, sometimes garbanzo flour, sometimes aquafaba.

Please try to find content providers whose knowledge level and priorities are aligned with those of the readers they're supposed to be informing. The home page article writing level is breezy and friendly when it's not lecturing us; textbook blog language. Some of these writers will do fine once they see the disconnect: They need to understand that VB members who cook (the only ones interested in recipes) know quite a bit about both nutrition and plant-based food preparation.

Your writers could spend some time on the VB recipe message boards and observe the level of detail in our discussions about making seitan sausage links, falafel, veggie burgers or veganized pecan pie. Sharing credit and compensation, your writers could use that content and massage it into home page articles. Better yet, get them to look for recurring questions and problems that have yet to be resolved, find a resolution, and bring it back to us. Poke around and find out what's eluding us, and help us get it. At that point they'll be bona fide subject matter experts, telling us things we don't already know.
 
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