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Meat-Free in France

This week I’m not sharing a recipe, but instead a small taste of my recent trip to Paris, France. I was honored to be invited to Paris Vegan Day to teach cooking demonstrations at the city’s largest ever vegetarian celebration! The recipe I chose to demo was my Meat-Free Pancit, previously published in Weekend Balita and available online at Balita.com. Over the course of the event, I presented two demonstrations using pancit as my example of veganizing traditional dishes with plant-based proteins (called “similis” in French). See my photo below with one happy student.

While traveling in Paris, I was amazed to see how many vegan-friendly restaurants there are! I ate delicious food and became inspired to create my own Meat-Free French dishes back in the US. Over the next few weeks, I will draw on this inspiration and share some new recipes with you. After all, if you can be vegan in meat, cheese, and butter-loving France, you can be vegan anywhere!

In the meantime, here are some photos of the best dishes I had in Paris. Enjoy!

Vegan Croissant at Gentle Gourmet Café (GentleGourmetCafe.com) As flaky and buttery as the traditional version! Perfect with a café crème made with soy milk.

Vegan Croissant at Gentle Gourmet Café (GentleGourmetCafe.com)
As flaky and buttery as the traditional version! Perfect with a café crème made with soy milk.

Mushroom Crêpe at Loving Hut Paris (Paris.LovingHut.fr) A staple French dish – delicate, flavorful, and comforting.

Mushroom Crêpe at Loving Hut Paris (Paris.LovingHut.fr)
A staple French dish – delicate, flavorful, and comforting.

Mousse au Chocolat at Le Potager du Marais (LePotagerDuMarais.fr) Fluffy and rich, this simple yet decadent dessert is completely dairy-free!

Mousse au Chocolat at Le Potager du Marais (LePotagerDuMarais.fr)
Fluffy and rich, this simple yet decadent dessert is completely dairy-free!

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Elena Johnson

Elena Johnson is a second-generation Filipino American living in Baltimore, MD. As a vegan chef and caterer she has been reinventing her family’s recipes and sharing them with friends, relatives, and those interested in vegetarian cooking. Elena is also the Special Projects Manager at Compassion Over Killing, a national animal advocacy organization focusing on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promoting vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world for all. Elena combines her passion for vegetarian food with a love of teaching by offering cooking demonstrations to the public. To learn more about why she went veg, visit TryVeg.com. Questions/feedback: email ejohnson@cok.net. Follow Elena on Twitter: @ElenaEJohnson.

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