You can still eat out
Even fast-food places are starting to offer vegan options on their menus. Chipotle serves Sofritas, a shredded, organic tofu cooked with chipotle chiles and roasted poblanos. Tropical Smoothie Cafe will substitute plant-based protein Beyond Meat (which shreds up like cooked chicken) in all salads and sandwiches at no extra cost. You can find other choices on this comprehensive list from PETA.
Try more ethnic foods
Whether you’re eating out or cooking at home, be adventurous. Moran says, “Asian cuisines have tantalizing plant-based options originating from the spread of Buddhism.” She also likes Italian pastas; Ethiopian lentil stews; satisfying and spicy Indian curries; and Mexican veggie tacos, fajitas or burritos (“just hold the cheese”). Check out the reason vegans are using jackfruit as a meat replacement.
Experiment with new favorite foods
Vegan versions of your beloved recipes will inevitably have different tastes and textures from what you are used to. Instead, create other go-tos, or try to incorporate similar flavors in new dishes when learning how to become vegan with your cooking. “I began experimenting with ‘transition foods’ to help quell the cravings for cheese and dairy,” says Bechter. “When I realized that I could still make some of my favorite recipes with non-dairy alternatives, like pizza, macaroni and cheese, or grilled cheese sandwiches, it became easier for me to cut out the dairy habit.”