Last week, I discussed Veganuary with you all and suggested you consider how you might participate. Today, I’d like to share with you some very simple recipes you can use if you want to give it a whirl. These are all things I have made myself and, I promise, are not complicated.
First, if you’re interested you can always follow me on Pinterest where I am constantly adding new vegan (and vegetarian) recipes. I have way more than I can ever make. Feel free to take a look through my page, but also take a look at my Vegan Favorite board. This board is smaller and has things I have tried and fell in love with (and eat a lot). Also, you will see things on my Vegan board that are vegetarian – or may even contain meat. This is not an accident. There are some great ideas out there that can easily be modified to make vegan.
According to The Boyfriend I make, “weird, unique shit that always tastes amazing.” So you might want to give my pins a look as a lot of stuff I feed him comes from there (he made pulled pork on the day I wrote this just so you know where he’s coming from).
Veganuary does take place in the month of January which means it is full on soup time! Soups are easy for a vegan diet, and a lot of them can be frozen. This means you can make a big batch and stretch it out. One of my absolute favorite is this black bean soup. I use frozen corn instead of canned so I can get organic (and most canned corn is GMO so check if this matters to you). You can also try this delicious lentil soup. Tomato soup can also be made vegan. I use a cookbook for this (more on that in a future post). Most tomato soups have cream in them, but you can search around and easily find a vegan version. And yes, the vegan versions are delicious.
You might want to give snacks a thought. They can be pretty easy. I’m not big into vegan baking so I can’t help you too much there. However, you can eat carrots and hummus or cucumbers and hummus. I’m pretty big on hummus. Buy it or make your own. Whatever you want! I don’t have a ton of snack options for you – sorry about that. I did just make these rutabaga chips which are amazing. The recipe calls for a spiralizer, but we found it difficult to use our spiralizer on the rutabaga so The Boyfriend sliced it for me. The only problem with these chips is that we pretty much just ate them all as soon as they came out of the oven, and I thought I’d have some for snacks this week. Oh well. There’s a couple left!
Keep in mind that you don’t have to follow a recipe exactly. I recently made a vegan kale Caesar salad. I bought pre-bagged/chopped kale. I did this because the kale left at the store looked sad and wilted, and I didn’t want to make another trip to hunt down kale. Bagged kale is pretty kick-ass because you don’t have to chop it up. Just wash it. I used my go-to recipe for vegan Parmesan (you don’t have to soak the nuts and it takes all of five minutes to make – tastes better after it’s been in the fridge overnight). If you need to buy cashews in bulk, I recommend Nuts.com. They have a great price. I have a Caesar dressing recipe I already like from Thug Kitchen (the original book). So I just used that (make it the night before). Pretty much all I used this recipe for was inspiration and a reminder about how to roast chick peas (have you not done this? it is awesome. get to it).
Other recipes I recommend:
Chickpea Puttanesca Over Creamy Polenta (you will need to google vegan polenta; i get mine from a cookbook)
Lemon Parmesan & Israeli Couscous: A few notes:
- I load this baby up with nutritional yeast at the end to taste
- I use the vegan parm recipe I cited earlier
- You can add in any number of things. I usually cut up a tofurkey dog and toss it in (cooked separately), but I know someone who has added onions and peppers and swears you can toss anything into this dish and it works.
Sauteed Garlic & Tomato Lentil Salad (so easy!)
These are just a few things to get you thinking about Veganuary and seeing some possibilities. Next week, I’ll be sharing with you my favorite vegan cookbooks that I think everyone should own. Then we’ll be looking at pre-packaged foods that are delicious (including which vegan cheese to buy!).