For John, the problem is a little bit different. It's not just a certain food that he "misses" or craves. It's more like the idea of hearty comfort food-style dinners, which for him have always been based around meat and starch. Even now when I ask John if he has any requests or suggestions for dinner, he asks for something like meat and potatoes. He's always asking for chicken parmesan and potatoes, or meatloaf and mashed potatoes. He has been working non-stop with acting jobs lately, so when he asked for something meat and potatoes this time, I turned to Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia Simpson to find a way to fulfill that request. I used both the meatloaf recipe and the mushroom gravy recipe, adapted out some of the oil in the meatloaf, and made a delicious, fairly healthy, extremely filling comfort food meal.
The "meat"loaf is made out of TVP, and the green beans are canned (which is the only way I like them, since I grew up eating), but there is hardly any added fat in this meal, aside from the gravy, which is roux-based. Most importantly, John loved it. It made him feel like he wasn't missing anything at all. Vegan eating does not have to be about what is not on your plate, and I think that is something that people who haven't tried it don't realize. I certainly didn't! I've said it a million times, and I'll say it a million more--I knew nothing about food before I left animal products behind, and becoming vegan is the best decision I ever made!