RE: Best Vegan Cookbook(s)
Posted Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM
I find that steamed veggies can taste really good tossed with a little fresh-squeezed lemon juice (super-simple!)
I especially love asparagus and broccoli prepared this way. You could probably put them on a bed of brown rice for your grain. If you want a bit of a kick, you could also try tossing in a (very small) amount of fresh diced garlic and/or ginger.
And if you happen to have any gomashio on hand, I bet a little of that sprinkled on top would be nice (although I haven't tried that, myself).
I once toasted some pine nuts, then sprinkled them on some steamed asparagus and tossed the whole thing with a little fresh-squeezed lemon juice. I had been planning on adding this to a larger meal, but it was so delicious that I ate the whole thing in one sitting.
Also, if you're looking for super-easy snacks, cut-up veggies (think carrots, celery, sweet bell peppers) with hummus. Or here's a snack from childhood that's equally good as an adult: celery spread with nut butter and dotted with raisins.
And here's a snack that I like to make sometimes - I make it as an open-faced sandwich, so it can be a little messy, but I like it:
Take one slice of toast, and spread hummus and (if you want) some vegenaise. Then you can top the sandwich with sliced avocado if you have it, pile of bunch of mixed greens on top of that, and then top off the sandwich with one whole tomato (sliced really thinly). The tomato has to be good quality or it'll be bland. But if you've got a good-quality tomato, this is totally delicious! I like to make this sandwich if I'm really hungry and I'm waiting for my lunch or dinner to finish cooking. It makes a really nice snack.
I've got a favourite vegan cookbook series that I bought many years before considering going vegan: "How It All Vegan", "In the Garden of Vegan", and "La Dolce Vegan", all by the same author, Sarah Kramer. I have loved pretty much all the recipes that I tried in there. A lot of those recipes would need to be modified for Kickstarter purposes, though, since the recipes aren't low-fat. Plus, I'm trying to mainly stay gluten-free and a lot of recipes in these cookbooks call for wheat or gluten-containing ingredients. That being said, I've had these cookbooks for over a decade and have loved them.
There's also the cookbook "Veganomicon" - I don't have this book (yet), but I've heard good things about it.