Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cooking Vegan

  There are some vegan recipes that have become staples in our home.  One is a delicious vegan Alfredo pasta dish, that Angela came up with.  I made it for dinner last night.  The great thing about this dish, is that all the ingredients for the sauce are just thrown in to a blender, then poured over cooked pasta and warmed.  It is so easy, and takes only as long to make as the pasta takes to cook.  



If you haven't tried this recipe yet, I highly recommend it.

Another recipe I love is Averie's Caribbean coconut rice with garbanzo beans.  I have adapted this recipe a bit, and used a new ingredient that I bought a couple weeks ago.



Spicy Coconut Rice with Garbanzo Beans
(Adapted from this recipe of Averie's)

2 cups canned coconut milk
1 T ground ginger
1/4 cup Earth Balance (vegan butter) or regular
1 cup regular brown rice
1 heaping T "The Heat is On" PB or more to taste
1 chopped red pepper
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
3/4 cup garbanzo beans

Bring the first 4 ingredients to a boil, then move to the back burner, cover and let cook 40 minutes on low.  Once cooked, stir in the next 4 ingredients until hot and delish!


Both of the above dishes are vegan, but I have also been eating non-vegan things ... like the tuna melt I made for lunch today.


Do you ever cook vegan recipes?  
What is your favourite vegan dinner? - Please feel free to link!

21 comments:

Allison said...

Wow, I feel like this post has EVERYTHING i love in it!

Tuna melts are my go-to recipe whenever I'm craving some fast comfort foods.

I had no idea that there was a peanut butter with fiery spices. That sounds incredible and I'm definitely going to check that out!

One Healthy Apple said...

I don't purposely cook vegan dinners but they end up that way! All of your meals look delicious and I'm excited to come back and look at the links people end up adding.

Simply Life said...

great meal ideas - thanks!

Faith @ lovelyascharged said...

Oh, I love the idea for that rice!

I've got a vegan spicy Daiya mac & cheese recipe coming up that's hands down my favorite vegan dinner evah...I could seriously even go for a bowl right now!

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

I eat vegan dinners most of the time!! But I still like my seafood!!

That rice looks like the ultimate comfort food!! SO good!!

Allysia said...

I eat vegan meals all the time! Ha ha, we already knew that though. :)

That alfredo looks delicious, I'll have to give it a whirl. I've attempted alfredo in the past and haven't much cared for it, but I like all of the ingredients she uses in this one so there's hope.

I will share a recipe since you mentioned it - we make some variation of these black bean burritos every week or so. They're so easy and amazing. But hey, when can you really go wrong with burritos?

Anne Marie said...

I've always been intrigued by vegan recipes but haven't ever cooked any. Mainly it's because I'm afraid I won't ever use the ingredient again. Silly, I know, but it's the reason.

Kacy said...

That coconut rice looks insanely delish!

Kelsey said...

i still love cooking vegan recipes, especially knowing how much quicker they generally take than ones with meat or even dairy etc. im hoping they start carrying the 'Heat is On' peanut butter here. cayenne is my fav spice, so i definitely can see myself enjoying this one!

xoxo <3

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I haven't tried a lot of vegan recipes but I've been meaning to. I recently bought some cashews to try making cashew cream. I have no idea what I'll do with it though.

Laura said...

I've been experimenting with lots of vegan "cheese" pasta sauces lately and pouring them over spaghetti squash. I made a tex-mex one I found on Caitlyn's blog (A Spoonful of Life) that was AMAZING!

Losing in the City said...

i have never cooked vegan but wouldn't mine trying the pasta dish.. looks really good

Lauri (redheadrecipes.com) said...

I enjoy a yummy vegan meal every now and then. One of my favorites is vegan nacho cheese (made w/ cashews!) http://redheadrecipes.com/?p=11867

the actor's diet said...

i'm not vegan but i make a lot of vegan foods, considering my husband's vegetarian and we both don't do well with dairy. this recipe looks AMAZING

Indie.Tea said...

I do cook vegan food...but I never think of it as vegan. For example, I'm a bit obsessed with coconut rice with green curried butternut squash, and lots of homecooked Indian food (unlike that stuff served in restaurant, we practically never use cream or milk in our day-to-day cooking). I didn't realize that my dinner last night was vegan - basmati rice, pea and potato curry, Indian stir-fried yellow beans, curried acorn squash.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I eat vegan quite a bit now that I don't eat dairy. My favorite is probably Angela's mushroom risotto! That is to die for!

bakingnbooks said...

Hmm...vegan? I don't know...cheese seems to make its way on everything it seems...oh oh ;)

Lisa said...

I'll occasionally go meatless, but vegan would be a tough one for me. No eggs, no dairy? Your vegan alfredo looks lovely though, I like the idea of tossing everything into the blender.

mostlyfitmom said...

I don't cook vegan, but your recipes look delish!

Eric said...

PB rules! Have you seen the Peanut Butter and Co. individual snack packs? I found one with dark chocolate that is a great portable snack

mymarblerye said...

omg. I haven't bought the heat is on but I'm so excited to get moved in and try to cook again!!! I've been eating out nonstop so these recipes came at the perfect time!!! Even if I tried to be vegan Glenn would put chicken on top of the dish