Jan 23, 2011

But What do Vegans Eat? V. I

One of the many questions I get being a vegan is, "Well if you don't eat meat, dairy or eggs, what do vegans eat?" The funny thing is, I don't know what I would do if I did eat those things because I am already going crazy with all of these amazing vegan recipes I have found. My computer is overloaded with bookmarked recipes that I can't wait to try out!

So I have decided to start a feature called "But What do Vegans Eat?" I love helping out fellow vegans with awesome recipes and I also love spreading the vegan love by showing that just because it is vegan doesn't mean it is not tasty. It just takes a bit more thought.

So without further ado, here is what I have been eating recently....

Steamed Broccoli with Orange Dipping Sauce, Edamame and Sweet Potato Fries

Orange Dipping Sauce:
(from "The Kind Diet" by Alicia Silverstone)
2/3 cup orange juice + 1/3 cup maple syrup

Sweet Potato Fries:
cut sweet potato into halves then cut again and then again until they are wedge-like fries. Drizzle olive oil over the wedges and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Cook at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until tender on a cookie sheet.

Toffuti Cream Cheese Sandwich with Cucumber and Black Olives, Steamed Broccoli with Orange Dipping Sauce, Celery with Peanut Butter and a Clementine

Eggplant Chana Masala
from 'The Kind Diet" by Alicia Silverstone (one of my new favorite reads!)

3 large onions
4-5 garlic cloves
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp curry powder or to taste
1-2 tsp cumin to taste
1 large eggplant peeled and chopped into 1/2" pieces
2 (18 0z) cans chickpeas drained
2 (14 oz.) cans peeled tomatoes drained
1 can vegetarian chili (I used Amy's)
I large handful chopped fresh cilantro

"Saute the onions and garlic with the oil, curry powder and cumin in a large pot until the onions are soft or translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the eggplant and saute for 5 minutes longer, until lightly browned and softened. Sometimes the eggplant will absorb a lot of oil, so you might need to add more to prevent sticking. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes and chili. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. It will get watery but then reduce to a thick, stewy chana masala. Add more spices to taste. Stir in the chopped cilantro and serve. "
-excerpt from her book, pg. 166

(sidenote: I served this with brown rice. Also, this makes a very large portion which is great because I have tons of left-overs I can freeze. But if you don't want leftovers for 2 weeks, I suggest cutting this recipe in half or even a third)

Anyways, I hope you lovelies enjoy these fun and simple recipes. Keep an eye out for a vegan baking post soon to come!


1 comment:

  1. Your sandwich is the cutest! I love food art :)
    I get really irritated when people act like my diet is more limited than theirs when all they eat is lean cuisine meals, frozen pizza, and the same sandwich every day.
    How do I find enough to eat? Um, I think I do pretty well...