My daughter has recently come to visit us and she has become a Vegan.
Can you recommend any good "vegan" recipes?
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I could eat ratatouille or panzanella every day in summer (and I'm definitely not vegan).
Ratatouille: sautee 1 onion, 1 eggplant, 1-2 zucchini, 1 fennel bulb, 3ish cloves of chopped garlic in 1/2 cup olive oil. Add 4 chopped tomatoes (or a can of tomatoes), some sprigs of fresh thyme and salt & pepper. Simmer 20-30 minutes, finish with a glug of red wine vinegar. For the non-vegans, you can add fresh chèvre on top, and serve over cooked farro or bulgur.
Panzanella: there are lots of variations, some more authentic than others but it's basically a stale bread salad with tomatoes, a bit of fresh garlic and a red wine-olive oil vinaigrette. I sometimes add grilled corn, onions, fresh basil, you can throw in some bacon (for the non-vegans, naturally), etc.
pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.
In this reporter's opinion there is no such thing as a "good" vegan recipe. You can work with beans and quinoa for protein but when you subtract out meat and dairy products it's an uphill battle. I refer to vegans as the "VegBollah". You are sacrificing health and well-being for some hippie abstract idea.
While I personally share your views on veganism (and have been known to declare during alternative baking week that "raw food diets are stupid")...
There is such a thing as a good recipe that *happens* to fit the definition of vegan... so to help the OP keep family peace, that's what I was going for :)
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We hope you're joking Pierino! We're open to all diets and preferences, as you know.
Actually I'm not entirely joking. I have to confront this situation all the time within a community where there's always that militant that expects something prepared exclusively for them---at my expense. I see it as being childish. Sarah Reinersten suggested panzanella which I love making but then there are the vegan falangists who will insist that the meal be gluten free too! They don't even know what gluten is but they are avoiding it just to be smug. I'm not talking about real celiacs. Okay, here's a glass of sparkling water. It's your dinner and it's gluten free.
There are many traditional recipes that are vegan, especially fantastic Indian food that is vegetarian (mostly vegan). You don't have to deal with fake food when the world is so full of wonderful and natural proteins for healthy eating. Try the search box (top right) for vegan and you will find endless choices. Refine the search a bit to make it practical.
www.vegkitchen.com is an excellent resource run by an experienced cookbook author, Nava Atlas. It's full of information and recipes, without attitude.
Totally agree with susan g - although I consider myself a flexitarian - there are amazing recipes that don't use meat and animal fats. 101 Cookbooks has some great recipes http://www.101cookbooks...
And I get raves about my Raw Basil Guacamole http://food52.com/recipes...
I've got an interesting dish that is very sophisticated and has layered flavors and isn't difficult to make. This is from NYC chef of Verbena. Good for anyone who likes mushrooms vegan or not.
We have a whole column dedicated to veganism, with recipes every week!
Vegan fake foods may not be the healthiest, but there are plenty of "non-vegan foods" that are equally unhealthy if not more so. Thus, I'll second the suggestion to do some searching here as well as on 101cookbooks, as mentioned above.
Because I love dessert, I'll mention this phenomenal mousse: http://food52.com/recipes...
This zucchini recipe, which also incorporates chickpeas, is great. Served with brown rice, it covers all your food groups and makes for quite a filling lunch or dinner: http://food52.com/recipes...
Corn is another seasonal favorite. You can easily leave out the bacon on this one: http://food52.com/recipes...
Finally, I love homemade veggie burgers too when done right. Before linking to this one, I'll acknowledge that it is a food network recipe, a Guy Fieri one no less (shutters), but it's great: http://www.foodnetwork...
ATG117 -- link for zucchini recipe?
Thanks, everyone, for all the good recommendations!
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