Anyone who wants to transition to a vegetarian/vegan diet, or at least try a vegetarian meal once or twice a week, should definitely invest the time to learn about Indian cooking (or Thai or Lebanese, for that matter). It is always hearty and delicious, and quite vegetarian friendly. The only truly challenging part of cooking traditional Indian food is marinating meat (which has to begin the day before). If you don’t eat flesh, that step is eliminated, opening up this perfect cuisine to the general public. As a bonus (in addition to whole grains, beans, and vegetables being incredibly good for you), many of the spices associated with Indian cooking (especially turmeric) are known to be anti-inflammatories that can reduce risk of heart disease and several types of cancer.
I was able to throw this together fairly quickly, and–unlike many of my recipes–I didn’t have to play around with it. I got it right on the first try! Yay me. Continue Reading
I tend to eat a lot of lentils, and also constantly experiment with vegetarian chili, but hadn’t combined the concepts until recently. I have no idea why I waited, because lentils (though good in a million things, as many of my recipes will eventually show) were made for chili. They are a perfect, uber-healthy substitute for ground beef without the artery clogging and intestinal irritation. This also cooks up fairly quickly if you have pre-cooked red beans on hand (or have canned beans, which even I use from time to time). There is also some great potential to mix this with my Perfect Vegan Mac and Cheese for a vegan version of that all-time white trash favorite: chili mac. If you want to make that, just layer the chili on top of the mac and cheese and then add the breadcrumb topping before baking. Simple.
It is usually fairly easy to get people to eat something vegan if white pasta is involved, and this dish is no exception. This can be made even healthier with whole wheat pasta, but there is nothing wrong with indulging once in a while. So go nuts and eat some white pasta, okay? This is delicious enough that you may not miss the parmesan cheese, so give it a try without. If you think it tastes like feet, you can add some later, okay?
Here is another hearty soup that is both filling and tasty without containing any meat or dairy. If you automatically assume anything vegan has to taste like tofu or a salad and insist on eating meat all the time, then fine. Grill up some chicken breast, dice it, set it aside, add it back after the soup has been pureed, and simmer an additional 10 minutes or so. But you really don’t need to bother. The beans are loaded with protein and fiber, and will fill you up just fine.
I can already hear the groans from the dairy lovers. This can’t possibly taste like anything except feet, right? Doesn’t it reek of nuts? Didn’t you just puree some nasty tofu? Why are you ruining Alfredo sauce this way? To answer your questions:
- Feet gross me out, so I’ve never gotten close enough to know what they taste like.
- No, it doesn’t reek of nuts. It is made with cashew cream, but that’s watered down with stock to cut the sweet nutty taste.
- There is no tofu in this.
- Not everyone can eat dairy, whether due to personal ethics or potential for diarrhea. So dont judge.
This is actually quite good, or else I wouldn’t be sharing it. It works as an Alfredo substitute, but can also be baked with pasta for a vegan mac and cheese substitute. No, it doesn’t taste exactly like cheese, but that doesn’t mean it tastes bad. And I’ve been trying for months to find a way to approximate a creamy sauce without it tasting disgusting (I’m looking at you, science experiment that is Daiya Cheese). So this was success. Proceed if you want to give it a try.