My favorite vegan recipes!
I was vegan for a couple years in my teens and have retained a lot of the foods and recipes I used at the time. Veganism is something I truly suggest everyone try for about a month and a half, minimum, just to learn how food affects the body and mind so significantly. The first 24-28 days to build the habit, the rest of the time to allow your body to get fully used to the new diet. Each food you add back after that time frame will be more obvious in its effects on your body and mind. I, personally, feel very good when on a vegan diet. I have never cut out only dairy products, and I think doing so while leaving meat will be my next step in learning about my body.
A few of my favorites are:
Fried tofu with Sriracha- So simple! My neighbor's brother introduced me to this quick vegan recipe.
Dip tofu cubes into prepared onion ring batter (you can buy it in packets or make your own)
Deepfry for about 2-3 minutes or until crispy, golden-brown
Dip in your favorite sauces! I like Sriracha and soy sauce.
Serve with rice and a salad.
Quinoa stirfry- I am a strong proponent of quinoa. It's a small seed used by the Mayans and Incans in many dishes. Super nutritious and highly digestible, it has a nutty flavor and a texture resembling couscous. To the best of my knowledge, it is also gluten free. Some have compared it mother's milk because it is jam-packed with nutrients and easy on the stomach. You can usually find it in bags near the flax seed and various meals at health food stores and sometimes even Wal-Mart, depending on your location. White quinoa is normally of higher quality than red.
Wash (unwashed quinoa has a natural soapy coating that can be bitter) and prepare the quinoa according to the instructions on the bag or box.
Mix in your favorite veggies and some protein such as beans or tofu. (I like bean sprouts, tofu, bok choy, purple/red cabbage, broccoli, mushrooms, celery, and shredded carrots) Cook until warm, but crisp.
Add in any seasonings or sauce you like ( I like Indian type seasonings like curry, turmeric, cumin, things of that nature)
And while we're on the topic of vegan food... many vegans won't eat white sugar because it is filtered through bone. I LOVE agave nectar. It has a very low glycemic index while still providing a very nicely flavored sweetness. This, along with a healthy vegan diet, can be especially helpful for the diabetic in your life. I suppose it would work if you wanted to lose weight, or even just to keep your children from bouncing off the walls from a sugar rush. You can find it near the honey or the maple syrup most of the time. It can get pricey if you really like your food sweet, but it's healthy and absolutely delicious in tea.
Oh, and ground flax seed meal makes a GREAT and super healthy egg substitute. You can sprinkle it on almost anything, sweet or savory for a boost of nuutrition, ALA's (I think this is the right term, don't quote me) and Omega-3's.
What about you? Have any favorite vegan recipes?