Friday, January 15, 2010

My Vegan Kitchen

I love to cook and my biggest food challenge is converting 'regular' recipes into vegan-friendly dishes. Several people lately have asked me what types of ingredients I use so I thought I'd do a quick post about things that I always keep on hand in my kitchen.

  • bragg amino acids-Kinda like soy sauce but much lower and sodium and high in amino acid. Basic seasoning for main dishes and great on tofu.

  • nutritional yeast -Comes in flakes or powder. I love this stuff. it is the base for my delicious vegan gravy as well as a key ingredient in spinach artichoke dip. If you want to make something creamier or cheesier this will do it . Plus high in protein and b vitamins.

  • egg substitute- I prefer Ener-G Egg Replacer in food recipes and apple sauce in baked goods.

  • tofu-I don't think soy is great for you, so I try to be conscious of the amount I consume. But tofu is the great vegetarian staple. I freeze the firm variety for dinner dishes and refrigerate cartons that I will use for scrambled tofu in the morning.

  • coconut milk- Again adds cream and tasty excitement to most dishes. I love to do curried coconut vegetables.

  • beans and rice-Make a pot on Sunday and you've got two plus nights of eating. Use leftovers to make patties. My favorites are black beans and black-eyed peas.

  • oils-I use olive and sesame oil the most. Sesame add flavor to almost anything. Add olive oil, sea salt and rosemary to vegetables on a cookie sheet(my favorites are squash, zucchini and onions, roast and get ready for vegetable heaven!


Yvonne said...

Great ideas with the coconut milk and making bean patties. I always like to recreate dishes that will last a few days!

Bohemian Gal said...

Kia, I saw the Craft For Haiti badge and signed up right away & posted it on my Blog as well. Thanks for sharing sis!

P.s. the meal looks delish! I love tofu.

Nana said...

I love people that make the comment to be a vegetarian or vegan. I plan on joining the crew as soon as I get my own place and don't have to wake up to the sizzling scent of Bacon :-)

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