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One of the most popular vegan restaurants in Winnipeg has to be Boon Burger. Specializing in vegan burgers, Boon Burger shares food that is delicious, nutritious, satisfying, and made with heart—and now you can get patties delivered to your door to enjoy at home with Winnipeg’s online grocery store.
“The world needs to keep producing. There are over 7 billion humans living on this planet. In some form, we all nourish ourselves from the land. It’s important that the land can produce for us and for generations to come,” says Boon Burger’s Karli Smith.
As a small business, we know the trials and tribulations of business, the highs and the lows. We’re thankful for every day that continues to bring familiar and unfamiliar faces through the doors. Where we can, we like to share that same support to other business in the city. It networks a great community and provides support to those who support us.
While Boon Burger isn’t able to source as many local products (mainly produce) as they would ideally like to, they still make a commitment to choose local where possible. Their Yukon gold potatoes (the ones that you find in their delicious sesame potato fries) and yellow onions come from W.F Farms, and their basil comes from Neva Hydroponics, for example. And choosing organic is important as well, “to ensure a more whole and natural ingredient is offered,” Smith explains.
Five years since opening, Boon Burger offers an entirely vegan menu. Originally starting as an all-vegetarian burger café with vegan options, the owners quickly realized that it was important to make everything vegan.
“A vegetarian can enjoy a vegan meal just the same, however a vegan cannot necessarily enjoy a vegetarian meal,” Smith points out. “So we said, ‘Screw it! It’s time to embrace an all-vegan concept.’ We weren’t sure how this would go over in Winnipeg… but sometimes customers don’t even realize that what they’re eating isn’t a traditional burger!”
Tips for Going Vegan
Boon Burger helps people across Winnipeg to look at veganism in a new light. “Making vegan choices is not as daunting as some people think it is. All it takes is a bit of dedication and some mindfulness: start slowly by try making your favorite dishes without the use of animal products or byproducts,” says Smith.
She also recommends setting goals and not cutting everything out all at once, since it can be overwhelming. “You could even alternate between certain products you will no longer consumer for periods of time, to test what you’re willing to let go: dairy one week, eggs the next, and so on and so forth.
If you’re looking for great vegan recipes to try at home, you can access recipes with 10 ingredients or less, one bowl, or 30 minutes to prepare, at the Minimalist Baker. This Rawesome Vegan Life also offer vegan and mostly raw recipes which include healthier spins on classic favorites. Smith also suggests Thug Kitchen (caution: explicit) for vegan cooking made easy.