There is a certain stereotype about being vegan (or vegetarian) that seems hard to shake. They are seen as pretentious, stuck up, and easily offended hippie/hipster/PETA members who actively shame meat eaters and sneers at anyone who is not as committed to their cause. It is an image that does no favors for the perfectly nice people who embrace a meatless lifestyle. Enter Martha Mack and the Pleasant Vegan. Mack, who describes herself as “neither a perfect vegan nor an animal rights activist vegan” chose the diet for health reasons and her site gives lie to the above mentioned stereotype, putting out instead a gentler, more thoughtful approach to veganism.
The Pleasant Vegan is still a relatively new site (it was started just this year), but already it contains several unique and healthy recipes created, taste tested by Mack, and complete with nutritional information. In addition to these yummy recipes and the pretty photos taken by Mack, the site also contains her well-educated (she holds a degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of California at Davis) and thoroughly cited meditations on health matters ranging from the challenges of being vegan to coloring and food additives.
Though I am far too attached to dairy to ever go vegan, I can definitely see my way to eating some of the awesome recipes Mack has put together and every time I read her newest meditation in her Vegan Thoughts section, I learn something new. If you are interested in nutrition, health, or trying a vegan recipe or two, check out the Pleasant Vegan! Not even diehard meat eaters can be offended.