Vegan recipes are by definition also kosher since they have neither meat nor dairy ingredients. I know that Shira eats a plant-based diet. I have bookmarked a lot of the recipes that I want to try. I'm thinking of making the Sweet Potato and Mushroom Stuffing Casserole to bring to my congregation's upcoming potluck Shabbat dinner. However, the sad aspect for me is that seeing all these nice vegan recipes reminds me of a young friend (20-something) who was a vegan and died about a year ago. I can't help but to keep thinking "Y would love....I mean would have loved.... this recipe"
Thanks Debbie. Forks Over Knives is a great source for vegan recipes. They have a great documentary film too called Forks Over Knives which convinced us to go plant based. People become vegan for many reasons...health, concern for animals and the planet and so on. Many folks start for health reasons and then realize that eating vegan is a great idea all around.
What happened to your friend? Twenty years old is way too young for someone to die.
Vegetarian diets are also kosher 'by nature', and are much safer and healthier than 'vegan'. It take considerable knowledge to properly construct a healthy vegan diet - not something for a 'beginner' - and it is truly not safe for young children at all (far too little fat, needed to properly develop nerves).
'Lax' vegetarian (ovo-lacto-pesci (did I spell that right) is versatile and pretty easy to manage, and is quite healthy and 'kosher' as long as you stick to kosher fish varieties.
Meat (animal meat) is the sticking point. Any diet that avoids meat makes keeping kosher supremely easy.