GJ, I completely agree. I have manager at work who is always passing along his MM recipes to me. I take one look at them, thank him, he pass comments about them and then I file them in the trash, for the reasons you cited. But as was said, these meals are possibly better than what some, like my manager was eating.
I don't like the vegan or vegetarian labels, as they don't do that way of eating justice. I have written numerous articles on my site about people calling me "vegan
" while I don't correct them I do like saying I eat a "plant strong" diet. You are right that doesn't necessarily say much, because instantly people think salads. I usually combine the plant based diet with no meat, dairy and oil. Then again at point people see my diet...lifestyle as "extreme."
I have been very disappointed to see many recipes filled with oil and fat that look very good, especially on sites that promote a healthy lifestyle or healthy cooking. Many people I talk to don't understand how I can cook without oil. The thought doesn't cross their mind as to substitute water or applesauce instead of oil. It's at that time I educate them on an alternate way to cook or eat.