Help me, I'm going vegan this week!
Only for a week, so far. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I love all food, but have limited access to some ethnic products. Thus far, I've turned to Middle Eastern and North African recipes.
Thanks in advance!!
Amy's frozen food is a good source if you don't want to cook every meal. They have everything from a tofu scramble for breakfast to a brown rice and veggie bowl.
The Mediterranean and North African recipes work well.
Breakfast, most cereal with soy or rice milk. Steel Cut oatmeal made with water, you can add dried fruit or nuts to flavor it. Also Smart Balance makes a vegan margarine. Toast with jam or nut butter (be careful with your bread purchase as some have milk or eggs).
Lunch and dinner, I love entree salads. Add garbanzo, black or pinto beans or nuts for protein. A hummus sandwich in pita with cucumber, tomato, red onion and lettuce is good. Veggie stir fries. There's a moussaka recipe with beans and tahini. Tabouli salad. Dolmades--rice and pine nut stuffed grape leaves you can buy prepackaged at Trader Joes.
I would google vegan recipes and see what you find. There is a wealth of information out there. I have a milk allergy so I sometimes just eat vegan, but tend to eat a lot of fish and chicken. Also anything marked kosher pareve will not have any dairy, but may have egg.
Boca burgers are also vegan, but be careful with your buns. As I said above baked goods often time have eggs, milk, and/or butter in them. Good fresh bakery bread is less likely than mass produced.
Vegan or Vegetaria?
love tofu scramble with veggies fro breakfast. I use the soft tofu and sauteed garlic, onion and peppers-maybe basil and tomatoes.
You can also use soft tofu, a little mustard, chives, and salt and pepper to make an "eggless" egg salad, good on salads and in wraps (check label for ingredients)
Continuing the tofu theme, alton brown has a great chcolate peanut tofu silken pie on the food tv website.
Also, nothing beats fresh fruit for dessert! bake a pear with brown sugar and spices, poach the pear! Bake apples?
Do bananas foster and serve it over tofutti!
Couscous - curried, with or without nuts and dried fruit.
I also like to grill veggies- like Portabello, zucchini, bell peppers and fennel simply with EVOO and garlic and S&P. Portabello makes a good meat substitute because of its texture. Grilled veggies are great as side dish or to include in sandwiches with a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil.
Hummus, babbaganoush and tabbouli, use veggies and pita crisps as accompaniment
Guacamole with chips, veggie burrito with beans and rice and and maybe a soy protein product.
Try making sushi rolls with veggie ingredients - cucumber, avocado, sprouts, daikon. Miso soup using veggie stock, with tofu and wakame. Hijiki and carrot salad; cucumber salad with seaweed. Edamame.
Fruit - Mixed berries in season, peaches, apple, pineapple, grapes and mango. Throw in some ghopped ginger or mint chiffonade for extra zing. When you get sick of the fruit, add to soy and blend with ice for smoothies
Granola and soymilk
Oatmeal - with steel cut oats, topped with vanilla soy and a bit of fresh fruit or dried cranberries, ginger and toasted nuts.
A simple veggie soup with fresh organic veggies- add beans, potato, rice or barley, and cumin, white wine, coriander, S& P to flavor the broth. MAke a basil or parsley pistou to add extra oomph.
No-egg pasta with classic pesto using soy cheese.
Sorbet with some compote for dessert (how about plums simmered in red wine). I've also soaked peaches (now in season) with some aromatics and rum and grilled them to eat with vanilla or coconut sorbet. Buy a pint of tofutti or have aforementioned soy fruit shake