Hello, Everyone! Last year I started A THREAD
asking for raw vegan recipes. I tinkered
with veganism and vegetarianism until making the conversion to full veganism. I didn't know what I was doing at first and had to rely on quite a bit
of salads, fruit cups, and smoothies! LOL! But little by little, I've come a long way and wanted to share some of my cooking with you!
Sorry if the quality isn't great. These are mostly taken as text messaging photos. To let my husband know dinner is ready, I text him with every
night with a photo to entice him to come home.
Here is a sampling of some of my favorites.
Italian Stuffed Peppers. Instead of ground beef, I use beans, rice and sometimes corn kernels as filling (but I personally do not care for the texture
of corn). The 'cheese' is pepper jack cheese made from rice cheese I purchased from Whole Foods.
Cheese Enchiladas. Again, the 'cheese' is rice cheese- all of my cheeses are. I couldn't live in a world without cheese enchiladas so I had to find
a vegan alternative right quick!
Ingredients are the same as regular enchiladas- just make sure the sauce is vegan and doesn't contain meat
sauce or products.
Meatloaf! Replace the ground beef with lentils. All other ingredients are the same and I just keep the egg out of it completely. Mashed potatoes are
made with almond milk and Earth Balance vegetable spread from Whole Foods.
Hawaiian Luau 'Pork' Chops. Baked tofu fillets topped with seasoning and sliced pineapple. I'm not a major tofu fan and try to avoid it most of the
time. But it is helpful as an entree with the right seasoning. You can grill them or bake them. I suggest wrapping them in foil and baking them like I
did here. Tofu loses moisture quickly so grilling them can dry them out.
Raviolis. Make sure your ravioli dough is made without eggs. Whole wheat is best. Then stuff with vegan ricotta cheese. Top with meatless spaghetti
sauce and bake in the oven. I probably won't make these again, TBH. They were too much work but I wanted to post this to show it can be done!
Bean stew topped with rice cheese and Pico De Gallo. Served with corn bread (bake with egg substitute and almond milk. Top with Earth Balance vegan
'butter' and serve with sliced fruit.
Macaroni & Cheese Casserole. Sorry the photo looks so unappetizing but it is DELICIOUS! I goofed and added the topped cheese too late so it didn't
melt all the way. But the mixed in cheese did. Too add extra nutrients, I added mixed veggies. Of course, use vegan cheese alternatives and vegan milk
(almond, rice, soy, etc.). Also, I use nutritional yeast for a natural cheesy flavor for the sauce. Again, the pic came out really bad but it tastes
better than it looks. LOL!
Southwestern Beans & Rice. This is SO SIMPLE and SO EASY but one of my favorites. Just top brown rice with your choice of beans (black and kidney
beans are the best IMO). Then top with guacamole. I like to serve it with a simple salad and fruit salad.
You can make a million different salads. It's easy to get creative with greens, nuts, fruits, etc. So I'll just post one instead of all the salads I
make. Here is one with just about all the fixings possible! I made it with broccoli, spinach, avocado, almonds, cranberries, vegan cheeses, cherry
tomatoes, cubed apple, etc. It's very filling.
Potato Soup. This photo has poor zoomed in quality but it is really good and easy. Make a potato soup with nutritional yeast for a cheesy texture,
almond milk, and peeled soaked almonds. Top with roasted potatos and vegetables as a garnish. Here it is as part of a different and larger meal with
my beloved grandparents over for lunch.
You'll notice a little bowl of something by the salad above. They are cinnamon and sugar baked pecans. So easy and so good! I just toss together a
mix of sugar and cinnamon in a large ziploc back. Then a mixture of almond milk and vegan butter in another. Coat pecans in the liquid mixture then
the dry mixture. Bake for 20 minutes and you have a good dessert!
Chocolate Mousse cupcake. I did not make this one but ordered it at a vegan restaurant in San Antonio on Mother's Day. Sorry it is half eaten.
I ate halfway through it then wanted to take a photo so I could replicate the recipe later. I'm just including it to show you can have dessert, too,
if you want something more intricate than pecans.
I have a few more photos like fajitas (tofu) and nachos and stuff but you get the idea. I've also made vegan veggie cheeseburgers, vegan pizza, vegan
gingersnap cookies, etc. You can also find vegan alternatives like hot dogs, sandwich meat, etc. I prefer homemade, though, and just indulge in that
kind of stuff when I have a bad craving.
Really, there is nothing you crave that cannot be replicated as a vegan. Maybe a steak or ribs, I guess. lol
Throughout the day I pretty much feast of fruit and green smoothies and raw veggies/fruits. But at dinner, I like to do creative meals for the family.
We eat raw every other night then on the alternative nights, I will go all out and cook the 'gourmet' vegan meals like you see above.
It's a ton of fun!
I'll be happy to post my full recipes if someone needs them. Many I got online, some I tinkered with, and some are in my head so just ask if anyone