“I Have A Vegan Family Of Four — Here’s What We Eat In A Week”
By Michelle October; Photography by Valeria Aksakova/Freepik
“Health is hard to stick to if it tastes bad.”
South African-born Tammy Fry (daughter to Fry’s founder and marketing director for the brand), is based in Australia with her two sons and husband. She’s also vegan — and so is her family. Here, her tips on raising a family on a plant-based diet.
Prep Food On Sundays
Most healthy people are no strangers to meal prepping, and Tammy does the same. On a Sunday, she cooks up a big batch of soy mince bolognese, with beans, chickpeas, courgettes, tomato, onion and grated carrots. She’ll also make a big quinoa salad cooked in vegetable broth, mixed with coconut, coriander and chopped carrots. Next, Tammy makes small batches of chia pots, with a vanilla pod, rice milk syrup for sweetness, and coconut milk. These make up the base of meals for the week. With these, she can create a range of different meals, like salads, or as sides to things like vegan schnitzels, nuggets or sweet potato. “Every meal should have a carb, protein and fat,” says Tammy. “Meat alternatives are a quick way to get proteins into meals.”
Whip Up Quick Meals
One upside to only eating veggies? They have a way smaller cooking time. Tammy loves mixing up post-school meals for the kids with smoothies and snacks. “Food needs to look nice,” says Tammy. One pretty meal is the oft-Instagrammed smoothie bowl. Tammy adds dragon fruit, mango and banana to hers. Or, for breakfast, she makes a fibre-rich smoothie with banana, oats, almond milk and flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds.
Don’t Try Too Hard
Tammy doesn’t go through tons of effort. Most meals are whipped up quickly but are still nutritious. “Health needs to be sustainable,” she says. “When you try too hard, it becomes difficult. You need that flexibility.”