Vegan/Vegetarian recipes? Looking for some new dishes to try.

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  1. Edika

    Edika SS.org Regular

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    A vegetarian recipe that's more Mediterranean style would be green beans stew. You put green beans, finely chopped onions and garlic, potatoes, carrots, persil, a can of chopped tomatoes or fresh tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, a bit of sugar for the tomato acidity and water and let it boil until most of the water has gone and carrots and potatoes are soft (about an hour). If you don't mind dairy products accompany it with some feta cheese.

    You can do the same with peas but replace persil with dill and the tomato sauce with lemon juice.
     
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    A vegetarian recipe that's more Mediterranean style would be green beans stew. You put green beans, finely chopped onions and garlic, potatoes, carrots, persil, a can of chopped tomatoes or fresh tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, a bit of sugar for the tomato acidity and water and let it boil until most of the water has gone and carrots and potatoes are soft (about an hour). If you don't mind dairy products accompany it with some feta cheese.

    You can do the same with peas but replace persil with dill and the tomato sauce with lemon juice.

    The secret for extra taste is quite a bit of olive oil.
     
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    Kind of a cop-out, but really good bread is amazing and, technically speaking, vegan.

    There's a couple baguette recipes I use, but this is one of my favorites and has the added benefit of being publicly available. It's good as is, but I also generally double the starter and cut flour and water from the bulk ferment to offset:

    https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/classic-baguettes-and-stuffed-baguettes-recipe

    Baguettes are fun because the difference between a mediocre one and a great one is all technique.
     
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    https://www.connoisseurusveg.com/thai-massaman-curry/

    Or... start here: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/142055/chicken-massaman-curry/ but sub one package of extra firm tofu for the chicken and either leave out the fish sauce or try substituting 1/4 cup of vegetable broth. If you don't have vegetable broth, but you have any canned vegetables, you can also use the water out of the can. I prefer to add 3-4 sliced mushrooms, and then save the liquid from a can of chickpeas from another recipe to use for a little extra saltiness and flavour. I also sub out the curry paste for a mix of spices on hand, like garlic powder, curry powder, black pepper, cardamom, and turmeric, but you can improvise pretty much whatever you feel like when making a curry, IMO. To me, the thing that makes the masssaman curry a massaman curry is the tamarind (I prefer fresh), ginger, coconut, and of course the hearty root vegetable chunks. That's the basic idea of it...

    Basically, take your oil and heat it in your pan, once the oil is hot, stir in your dry spices. You let it simmer a few minutes, then add wet ingredients, stir, and then add your vegetables and tofu, then stir some more, let it come to a boil, cover for usually ~15 minutes, then let it cool for a few minutes, and serve with jasmine rice or brown rice. Make sure you use tamarind and ginger and garlic, definitely coconut milk, probably onion (sweet and yellow work best, IMO) and potato or sweet potato, then either carrots or turnips or something like that. Salt to taste. Mmm.
     
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    Gazpacho? perfect for summer, and also it's white version

    Post-war healthy and delicious drinks
     
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    Skimmed through this a bit as I've switched over to vegetarian (occasionally pescatarian but I try to stay away from farmed fish and seafood).

    Another great suggestion I haven't seen anyone mention is Jack fruit in place of pulled pork. It has a very similar texture and there's plenty of recipes online. With sweet bbq sauces you wouldn't even miss the pork.

    Also I prefer roasted cauliflower for tacos. If you spice tacos with chili, a little cayenne, and cumin it really brings it a meaty flavour to it. It's especially good if you like tacos with all the fixings, but if you're a bread + protein + sauce kinda person then it may not be great.

    On the topic of great tacos, I've had a few walnut charizo ones at some restaurants that are on the trendy, hipster, expensive side but they were pretty good, albeit a bit dry. The best vegan taco I've ever had was actually made with cactus "meat," which tasted almost like a fajita stir fry.

    Otherwise Mediterranean, Thai, and Indian are always a good choice since they frequently use tofu, hummus, cauliflower and other non-meat things. Also look up cashew cheese in place of ricotta for Italian style cooking.
     
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    Here's some recipes I knocked together for a pal who was trying to eat healthier. There are some options for where meat can be used as they are an omnivore but obviously just go with the v/V versions for this thread.



    Can add flaxseed to literally any of these for omega 3 for your brain.


    Meal 1: refried beans, baked sweet potato, fried aubergine, pickled cabbage/coleslaw

    Around 20 mins prep time, 90 mins cook for beans and sweet potato, 3-5 days pickling time in advance for cabbage

    Cook 2 sweet potatoes at once and you should have leftovers enough for lunch the next day. Sweet potato can be replaced with ¼ of a butternut squash. Don’t peel as the skin cooks nicely and contains lots of vitamins

    All of this can be placed in tacos/burritos with a bit of hot sauce.


    Refried beans

    Small saucepan

    A couple of hundred grams of black beans or pinto beans

    Add hot water enough to fill saucepan

    Finely chopped four or five cloves of garlic and add to pan

    Add a couple of tablespoons of olive pomace oil (buy from maqbools)

    Add a teaspoon or two salt to pan. Be sparing as you can always add more later

    Keep heat on pan At a low simmer and keep topping up with water as water cooks off. keep a lid on them.

    Once beans are well cooked enough to be soft mash with potato masher or bottom of a bottle.


    Alternative to refried beans

    Mung beans/mung daal/mungdall/moong dal

    Slice a red onion into thin strips.

    Heat olive pomace oil in a small saucepan over a low heat. Add red onion and keep stirring as it starts to brown but not burn/blacken. Should become more fragrant.

    Add less than half a pan of mung beans and fill to top with hot water.

    Add a couple of teaspoons of sea salt

    Place lid on pot and top up water as it cooks off.

    When beans are soft enough to enjoy, remove lid and cook down until water forms a thicker fluid around the beans.


    Fried aubergine

    Slice aubergine into 0.5-1cm thick slices

    Heat olive pomace oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Err toward more than you think you’ll need.

    Add aubergine slices flat in pan. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cook until top of aubergine slice no longer looks dry and then turn over. Cool no further than starting to brown. Repeat this process until all the aubergine has been cooked, topping up oil in pan as necessary as aubergine will absorb lots of it.


    Baked sweet potato

    Chop rough ends of sweet potato off.

    Stick in oven and turn up to 180-200 degrees C until the flesh has noticeably shrunk in the skin.

    Remove from oven and slice in half.


    Pickled cabbage/coleslaw

    Finely slice a red cabbage into noodles. Do not wash cabbage beforehand.

    Place in a large glass jar until full. Top with warm water. Add sea salt. Taste brine. Should taste similar salinity to the sea. Tightly secure lid and leave jar on counter/table/windowsill for 3-5 days, upending daily to move the yeasts in the jar around the cabbage.

    After this time, store in fridge once opened.

    For coleslaw, use a mix of red cabbage, red onion and carrot, and add mustard seeds to the brine.


    Pile all of this up on a plate and consume.


    Dessert

    2 tablespoons of fresh ground peanut butter.

    One brown banana. Mash together

    Mix in cocoa powder from Lidl

    1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Microwave 30 secs at a time to melt and mix in.


    Meal 2: around 30 mins. Should have leftovers for lunch the next day.


    Broccoli and pumpkin seed soup with gram flour pancakes

    Chop red onion into thin strips

    Heat olive pomace oil in a large saucepan over low heat

    Add onion and keep stirring to caramelise, not burn. Should be one fragrant.

    Chop 3-5 cloves of garlic and add to pan.

    Chop a head of broccoli to separate stems and chop up tender part of stalk. Bin the tough bit but add the rest to the pan and top up with hot water. Add a couple of tablespoons of sea salt and add lid.

    Once broccoli has become vibrant green and soft but it’s green hasn’t started fading yet, turn heat off pan and leave to sit for 5-10 mins.

    Once cooler, use a stick blender to blend soup smooth.

    Add a tall narrow jar of pumpkin seeds.


    Pour a small pile of gram flour into the bottom of a breakfast bowl. Add a teaspoon of salt. Add a little water and mix with a fork to make a thick paste, with no bundles of dry flour. Add little bits more water and mix until a pancake batter consistency is achieved.

    Heat some olive pomace oil in a frying pan. Pour in some batter and cook until the top stops looking wet, then flip and cook until lightly browned. Repeat until all batter is used.


    Serve and Consume.


    Meal 3: tempeh satay. Can do with chicken/pork if you want meat. Should have leftovers for lunch the next day


    If using meat, fry in oil, or grill, beforehand. If using tempeh, no need, just defrost packet in basin of hot/warm water


    Finely chop one red onion, 3-5 cloves of garlic and as much chilli as you like

    Add to a frying pan of hot olive pomace oil

    Stir until onion is soft

    Add 3-4 tablespoons of fresh ground peanut butter from New Leaf Cooperative and a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce. Stir to melt down peanut butter

    Chop ⅓ off of a bar of creamed coconut from Asian supermarket, add this ⅓ to pan and add some water. Stir over heat to melt down, adding more water as necessary to maintain sauce consistency not too thick or dry.

    Add chopped red bell pepper and meat/1cm thick slices of tempeh to sauce. Add more soy sauce if more salt is needed to bring out the flavours.


    Fill base of large saucepan with 1inch depth of hot water. Place a bowl in bottom of saucepan. Place head of broccoli in bowl.

    Turn medium heat on pan and place lid on. Once broccoli becomes vibrant green but not too soft, remove from pan.


    Serve and consume. Could serve with pickled cabbage, too.



    Meal 4: Nepalese green beans with cauliflower rice. Around 40 mins. Should have enough leftover for lunch the next day.


    Finely chop cauliflower and place on baking tray. Pour olive pomace oil over this and place in oven around 150 degrees until soft.


    Heat olive pomace oil in a frying pan. Chop red onion into thin strips

    Add mustard seeds and stir until they start to pop

    Add red onion and cook until soft

    Finely chop one tablespoon of ginger and add to pan with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (dry from jar). Add a packet of green beans and stir to coat in flavours in pan.

    Add flakes coconut from packet. Around 100-200 grams to roughly equal the amount of free beans. Cook a couple of minutes to slightly soften but still have some crunch. Squeeze in juice of one lemon and add one tablespoon of salt and some pepper to taste.


    Serve and consume.


    Meal 5

    Gram flour pizza. Around 45 mins. Put 2 in oven and have other for lunch the next day.


    Pour a small pile of gram flour into the bottom of a breakfast bowl. Add a teaspoon of salt. Add a little water and mix with a fork to make a thick paste, with no bundles of dry flour. Add little bits more water and mix until a pancake batter consistency is achieved.

    Heat some olive pomace oil in a frying pan. Pour in some batter and cook until the top stops looking wet, then flip and cook until lightly browned. Repeat until all batter is used.


    Finely chop red onion and a few cloves of garlic and fry until soft. Add tin of chopped tomatoes, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of oregano. Cool on a medium heat until thick.


    Spread on pancake base, add spinach then cheese and veggies/toppings. Place in oven and cook until cheese is melted.


    Serve and consume.


    Meal 6: easy

    Ramen with peanut butter sauce and pickled cabbage


    Microwave 1-2 packets of ramen

    Add 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter and stir with a fork to emulsify into the broth.

    Add a few heaped forkfuls of pickled cabbage.


    Consume.


    Meal 7: haggis (vege or otherwise), neeps and sweet potato, with carrot and salad. Around 45 mins. Should be leftovers for lunch the next day.


    Put all of the above, except salad,in the oven until cooked. Mash the root veg except carrot.


    Serve and consume, with optional gravy if a bit dry.


    Meal 8: lentil and veg stew thing


    In a large frying pan or wok, get some oil medium hot and add some sliced onion. Stir until caramelised. Add some finely sliced mushrooms and aubergine, continue stirring until aubergine becomes softer. Add 2 heaped teaspoons of salt and some sliced garlic. Add 300g dried red lentils, one can of tomatoes and refill can with water and add to pan, then turn heat down to medium. Once lentils are almost soft enough to eat, chop a head of broccoli into bite size pieces and stir in. Give 5 mins to cook, turn off heat and leave to cook in residual heat if broccoli is still tough.


    Serve and enjoy. Microwave leftovers for next day lunch.


    Breakfast:


    Pour 100g of mixed seeds in a bowl, cover with oats and add some water/milk. Microwave for a minute. Stir. Microwave another minute. Add a little brown sugar if you want sweetness. Consume


    Or


    Pour 100g of flaxseed into a bowl. Cover with cocoa powder. Add some water and slowly stir to make chocolatey paste. Add more water and mix to make a bit less thick.

    Chop ⅓ off of a bar of creamed coconut from Asian supermarket and add to bowl.

    Microwave for 90 secs, stir, add more water if getting too thick, microwave another minute or so, stir. Put in tub and consume as much as you have time for and take the rest with you about your day. It takes a while to eat. Add some chopped banana if you want a little more sweetness. Must be chopped if eating in public or Wiz Khalifa will be offended.
     

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