Vegan food is at once deliciously normal and so mysterious to omnivorous friends and family. Since World Go Vegan Month is upon us for the month of November, now is the perfect time to show everyone we know just how easy living vegan can be, complete with incredibly tasty food. Like all cooking, vegan food can range from easy to complicated, comforting to risqué, innovative to classic. So many people share compassion for animals, but seem to think that a jump to veganism is just too radical a move when it comes to diet. Not so! Preparing cruelty-free food is just as easy as any other type of cooking, so tie on an apron and whip up a delicious introduction to this fantastic lifestyle.
While I’m sure we’d all love to be eating Vegetable Seitan Almondine and Chocolate Chiffon Mousse Cupcakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, sometimes more simple fare is the best place to start. This is where staples such as Portobello mushroom burgers paired with oven-roasted potatoes and a simple salad shine. Stumped on vegan breakfasts? Keep things simple with classic (and thrifty!) oatmeal, juices, and smoothies, or go for heartier fare such as Sunday Morning Tofu Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce. Check out some of our favorite Quick Breakfast Fixes for more.
Parties and Holidays
With your basics covered, now it’s time to show off our new vegan cooking skills to friends and family. Impress the heck out of your fellow diners with Siu Mai dumplings, Eggplant Soup, and a Pear and Fig Tart for dessert.
Thanksgiving happens to fall in the vegan month of food, which might be the most challenging time for omnivores to get down with a vegan diet. But as experienced vegans know, the rich dishes characteristic of the holiday are totally attainable. Creamy Harvest Pasta can take on turkey as a centerpiece dish any day, as can Maple Tofu with Stuffing and Apple Cranberry Chutney, or Squash with Wild Rice and Chanterelle Stuffing with Rich Brown Gravy. Serve your swanky entrées with complementary dishes such as Marinated Mushrooms, Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cashew Butter Sauce, Watercress and Sunchoke Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette, or Pioneer Cornbread. Looking for something simple to mimic the stuffed turkey standard? Gardein is now selling their frozen pre-cooked Stuffed Turk’y Roast in stores nationwide, and all you’ll need is a batch of mashed potatoes, gravy, and some salad to round out that easy feast.
November is also the grassroots vegan-blogger event Vegan MoFo (the Vegan Month of Food), which act as great inspiration as vegan bloggers extraordinaire relentlessly log their delicious eats complete with recipes, inspiration, and best of all—lots of photos! Check out the blog roll over at Vegan MoFo Headquarters International and add some worthy vegan blogs to your daily internet perusing.
Happy Go Vegan Month!