what is the best vegan foods and recipes out there?

Question:
I was recently diagnosed with being severely lactose intolerant, and i use to live on dairy products. So i decided i want to be a vegan because i hate meat, and i cant have dairy, so i was wondering what are the best products and recipes out there? also I’ve tried a lot of vegan cream cheeses and i didn’t like any of them. Any suggestions?

4 thoughts on “what is the best vegan foods and recipes out there?”

  1. I went vegan 2 years ago and it has been the best thing I could have done for myself and my family. I lost almost 40 lbs and look and feel so much better. I have taken lots of cooking and nutrition classes and read a massive amount on veganism and cooking healthy vegan food. I started my own website to help lots of friends and family eat this way as well and it is helping lots of other people get ideas too. I have a meat eating husband and 18 year old son who I have to please too so most of my recipes are good for both types of eaters. There are some simple dishes with familiar ingredients and then a few with new things to try. Here is a link for a great breakfast that everyone loves for Oatmeal Waffles http://www.theveggiegal.com/blog/?p=1007
    Here is one for a Super Sourdough Sandwich for lunch http://www.theveggiegal.com/blog/?p=603
    Then for dinner here is a good dinner of Chili Mac http://www.theveggiegal.com/blog/?p=1218
    Lastly for dessert here are some vegan blueberry muffins http://www.theveggiegal.com/blog/?p=1296

    The vegan cream cheese is a tough one, tofutti makes the best one but I like to just put jelly on top of it so it tastes better. Some dairy things are hard to replace but there are some dishes you just don’t need dairy for. There is a great vegan cheese that in my opinion is the best. It is called Daiya and it is even soy and gluten free too if that is an issue. I just made a vegan pizza with it tonight and YUM.

    Good luck to you and I hope you find what you are looking for, it is a road worth traveling on!

    Kim

  2. Something that is really fun to experiment is a combination of a vegan’s best friends: vegetables, nuts, grains and tofu (or at least my best friends).

    Take a base of some leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce, mustard greens, etc.) and slightly fry them with some of your other favorite vegetables (green beans, broccoli, okra, peppers, etc.) and nuts/seeds (I really enjoy some sunflower seeds while cooking this). In the meantime lightly bake and then broil tofu squares in your favorite seasoning/sauce. Also meanwhile (because you have multiple hands), boil some grain. I prefer to use smaller grains such as cous cous or quinoa, but you can use pasta, rice noodles or anything you want.

    When cooked, mix everything together and (if you wish) add some of your favorite sauce to the mix.

  3. You should try this. When I became Vegan it was a lifesaver! This website actually convinced me into veganism. Plus my love for animals. GoVeg.com

  4. I like this so much and make it all the time.

    Potatoes, peppers, and onions with Soyrizo (veg. chorizo)

    Ingredients:

    5 medium potatoes (russet, idaho, etc.), cut in 1 inch pieces
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/2 tsp. salt
    2 fresh jalapeno chiles
    1 large onion, halved and then cut in 1/4 inch strips
    2 large green bell peppers
    1 package of “soyrizo” (found in most grocery stores [at least in my area])
    3/4 cup white wine

    Preparation:

    1. Heat oil on medium high heat in medium or large skillet until oil is hot

    2. carefully add potatoes and salt and saute for 20 minutes or until browned and cooked through, stirring occasionally.

    3. when potatoes are done, use a slotted spoon and place them on several paper towels to soak up excess oil, reserve oil in the skillet for other ingredients

    4. cut a 2 inch slit in the sides of the jalapenos, add to skillet along with onions, peppers, and soyrizo and reduce heat to medium

    5. cook, uncovered, stirring frequently, until vegetable are cooked and softened…about 6-10 minutes

    6. add wine and boil until the mixture thickens…about 5 minutes.

    7. discard jalapenos, and mix the onion-pepper mix with potatoes in a large mixing bowl

    8. add salt and pepper to taste

    About the cream cheese, I’ve had the same experience with vegan substitutes so I have moved on. I now use hummus or guacamole instead.

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