I’ve had my brother and his girlfriend visiting all week and they are both not vegan. I was worried about it for a few weeks and then decided that I would just do a lot of cooking and baking while they are here, and introduce them to some tasty vegan foods. I went with comfort type foods, baked goods, and great breakfasts.
Here are some of the recipes that I made for them:
Get a big baking dish
7-10 vegan tortillas: To determine how many tortillas to use you will need to find the baking pan you are using, the tortillas should be able to cover the entire bottom of the dish, and you should have enough to make 3 layers.
- 2 diced peppers (any kind you like)
- 1-2 diced tomato’s
- 1 can sliced black olives
- 1 package sliced mushrooms
- 1 package firm tofu
- 1 soy chorizo sausage (You can use another spicy meat substitute, or none at all)
- 2 TBS garlic
- 1 TBS chili powder
- 1 TBS hot sauce
- 2 diced potato (you can cheat and get frozen diced organic potato)
- 1 cup salsa
- 1/2 cup vegan sour cream
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 diced onion
- 1 avocado
- 1 TBS paprika
- Spray olive oil.
- Stick the tortillas on a cookie sheet and spray with olive oil and sprinkle some paprika on top, then throw them in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes. Until they are not flimsy and limp. You want them nice hot and a little stiff.
- In a frying pan (use some olive oil) sauté peppers until they are soft. Add mushrooms, garlic,olives, onions, potato, until they are soft and smell tasty together.
- Next add the tofu – just crumble it up in your hands and add to the veggie mixture.
- Add meat substitute if you like (soy chorizo is a good one)
- Add your chili powder.
- Mix this all up until it is blending nicely together.
- In a separate sauce pan put in sour cream and hot sauce.and heat it up till it’s a little runny.
- Slice up avocados
- Have salsa ready to go
It’s time to layer!
Layer tortillas, spoon in an even layer of the tofu crumble/veggie mix, spread hot sauce sour cream on top of that, and then add a layer of salsa and avacado.
Do this until the baking pan is filled to the top. Try not to make your layers too thick.On top layer add hot sauce sour cream and sprinkle chili powder on top if you like.And add some sliced avocado – make it look all pretty like Martha Stewart was cooking.
Stick back in oven for 10-15 minutes. (I don’t know, I make up the times most of the time, just watch it)
Take out of oven and serve with a side of tortilla chips.
Watch as people smile.
Pancakes and homemade syrup:
There are a lot of pancake recipes. You can also go the grocery store and get a pancake mix, check the dry ingredients to make sure they are vegan (Bob’s red mill has a bunch of good ones) and then make the recipe vegan. Use soy milk or other vegan milk (instead of water to make them more fluffy and adds a little protein), use apple sauce instead of eggs. *hint on the apple sauce, I get those little apple sauce cups 1 of them equals about 1 egg in a recipe. (make sure you get the natural non sweetened ones). Add in vanilla and cinnamon to your batter and you’ve got some good pancakes.
You can also add in fruit – any kind you like!
For homemade syrup:
- 2 tbs of vegan butter
- 3-4 TBS of Agave Syrup
- Any kind of frozen fruit (you can probably use fresh fruit, but for some reason frozen works well for me) – go ahead, go crazy. Mango syrup, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, banana, whatever you have chopped up and frozen, or whatever you have bought frozen.
- Heat up butter till it melts (but not boils)
- Add in agave syrup
- Add in Fruit
Stir, stir, stir. The fruit will get nice and soft, and start blending with every thing. Play around with it, taste it to see how it’s doing. Add more as needed.
*Note – if you really want to go all out – buy a chocolate chip cookie mix (vegan of course), press mixture into a baking pan and bake. Use this as your base, and then add the pie mixture on top after it cools. This will win you friends. A lot of them.
Again, the cornbread – you can find a dry mix that is vegan and then use applesauce instead of eggs or vegan milk instead of regular milk.
Tofu Scramble Burritos:
Any kind of tofu scramble will do. I have found using a firmer tofu is much better, soupy tofu is not so good. I like adding potato into my tofu scramble for a little more binding
After your tofu scramble is done put it to the side. Heat up some oil in a frying pan and put in a tortilla. Cook till it’s slightly brown on both sides. Add in tofu scramble and fold over like a burrito. Add some vegan sour cream and salsa to the top.
Stuffed Green Peppers
- Hollow out a few green peppers (or red or yellow or orange, or all colors, make it pretty, it’s ok)
- Use the top of your pepper in your mixture – dice it up!
- Depending on how many peppers you make depends on how much stuff you use, so
- I’ll just go with 5 large peppers.
- 2 cups rice
- Diced peppers
- Tofu crumble or vegan meat crumble of any kind
- 1/2 -1 cup tomato sauce (just don’t make it to soupy)
- 1/2 TBS sea salt
- Sliced tomato
- Sliced mushrooms
Mix all of that together in a pan. Make sure your peppers are nice and done. Don’t make it soupy, add more rice if it’s too soupy!
Broil hollowed out peppers for about 5 min before you do anything else. Stick them on a cookie sheet spray some olive oil and let them get a little soft – the skin will start to crinkle and brown a little.
Spoon in mixture into peppers add a sliced tomato on top
Put back under broiler until the tomato is a little brown and bubbly, but not black. Don’t burn the tomato.
Serve hot! You can also add a little tomato sauce on top for more moisture.