As you can imagine, cooking has changed somewhat since I became vegan. Although to be honest, throwing a frozen Stouffer's meal into the oven can hardly be said to constitute cooking. And that's the thing; I'm actually doing real cooking these days and quite enjoying the process. I'm making lots of soups, which I've always loved, but these days making them from scratch instead of an envelope. And while that may sound time-consuming, it actually isn't. Everything begins with sauteed onion and garlic in olive oil, and then I just add whatever I have on hand; red lentils or green peas as a base, any vegetable I have lying around such as tomato, yams or cauliflower, and then rice, noodles or canned beans. Every soup turns out differently as well, so I never get bored eating the same dish.
Baked potatoes I've always liked, but I often mash them now with garlic and onion; oven roast dishes I still make but minus the roast; and spaghetti, rice with Indonesian spices and bean dishes continue to be staples. A vegan pizza I made recently was excellent (I'll post the pic sometime), so apart from eggs, I can't say that I really miss my former way of eating. I'm even baking again which I hadn't done in years! So no, I would say that turning vegan has put me back in touch with real food again, and has even reawakened a love for something that I had all but abandoned. Oh, I also got a few vegan cookbooks that I love (they're in the Amazon widget if you want to check them out), and I imagine that they'll be adding to my repertoire. Hey, I might even turn into a real cook one day! :)