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Created on: 11/04/13 04:05 PM Views: 1125 Replies: 6
Best Vegan Cookbook(s)
Posted Monday, November 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Hello

This evening I had a load of ingredients (having been shopping) BUT when I looked at the meals I'd planned nothing grabbed me.

What I needed was a few cookbooks with easy to put-together veg & wholefood based meals. You know what I mean - 10 ways to cook with aubergine / 5 things you can do with a load of veg & some chickpeas etc. Food for real life - quick, easy & very tasty.

Oriental & Indian, Mexican or Eastern European - I like most things.
What do you recommend?

Thanks

RE: Best Vegan Cookbook(s)
Posted Monday, November 4, 2013 at 4:19 PM

carlibeth wrote:

Hello

This evening I had a load of ingredients (having been shopping) BUT when I looked at the meals I'd planned nothing grabbed me.

What I needed was a few cookbooks with easy to put-together veg & wholefood based meals. You know what I mean - 10 ways to cook with aubergine / 5 things you can do with a load of veg & some chickpeas etc. Food for real life - quick, easy & very tasty.

Oriental & Indian, Mexican or Eastern European - I like most things.
What do you recommend?

Thanks

I like the Veganomicon. While some of the recipes are a bit higher in fat (caramelizing onions in oil for example, but it's not hard to modify things) there's a section called Mix and Match where there are recipes for grains, beans/lentils, veggies, tofu/tempeh/seitan and you pick a recipe from each category - kind of like Garanimals for food - and it all goes together well. There's also good info in an earlier section on how to cook various grains and legumes and such, which is good basic stuff.

Our household basic plan is based off that - a bean, a green, and a grain, then add other veggies, sauces, spices, etc.

If we have cooked chickpeas, for example, that can get mixed with quinoa and braised kale plus a bit of soy sauce and it's a quick simple dinner that is hearty but not heavy. We can also chop the chickpeas up in the food pro (cold chickpeas don't make good smooth hummus) and make a tuna substitute that can be used for sandwiches/wraps or mixed into pasta a la tuna casserole (toss in some chopped spinach as well). Chickpeas can also get thrown into soups and salads for texture. Throw them in the oven to brown slightly and then salt them lightly or just simply salt them cold and they make a tasty lower fat alternative to peanuts for snacking.

--DebR

RE: Best Vegan Cookbook(s)
Posted Monday, November 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Thank you so much DebR - your chickpea suggestions are exactly the sort of thing I need when I get stuck, I know I'll get into the swing of it, I just need to develop a whole new relationship to the foods in my fridge & cupboards!
I'll be sure to check the Vegonomicon too x

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.

RE: Best Vegan Cookbook(s)
Posted Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I'm so glad I posted this question. All of your ideas are really helping me to start thinking in the right way - I think that's the most difficult things for me, it's like my brain needs to switch up a gear to move away from old habits.

Lemon is a godsend isn't it I need to remember this & think about a whole new range of seasonings / sauces - lemon, ginger, nuts, soy / tamari, ginger, sesame etc.

What is gomashio? I love togarashi - is it anything like that?

I love the sound of celery spread with nut butter and dotted with raisins & have never tried it! Your open sandwich sounds great too - I'm going to start a note book of recipe ideas from the forum / friends etc so will be sure to add it.

I'll definitely check out Sarah Kramer's books too.
I keep hearing about the "Veganomicon" so I'll definitely have a look at that too.

Thanks Smile

RE: Best Vegan Cookbook(s)
Posted Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I'm always looking for recipes too. For fancy dinners I love The Milennium Cookbook.

RE: Best Vegan Cookbook(s)
Posted Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

gomashio is made from sesame seeds and a few other ingredients (which can vary a bit).

I've got a small store-bought container that has sesame seeds, sea salt, and garlic.

But I've also got a recipe for it which is really tasty too - it's a recipe from one of the vegan cookbooks I've got (this recipe is from "How it All Vegan", by Sarah Kramer and Tanya Barnard)

1 cup raw sesame seeds
1-2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp kelp powder

Toast the ingredients in a frying pan for a few minutes (you'll want to watch them closely before the seeds start 'jumping' off the pan. Remove from the heat and let it cool. Then grind it up (you can use a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder). Just grind it up lightly (ie: NOT until it's powdered). Store in a sealable container.


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