I'm still finding my feet but this guide is for those who are complete newbies and wouldn’t have a clue where to start – that was me a few months ago!
Also on my journey I found this website, the Vegan Mentor Program, I was seriously contemplating it at the time but since I was almost over the finish line I felt perhaps I would be wasting their resources - had I known about this from the outset though I totally would of signed up!
WHAT CAN I MAKE?
The funny thing is I've been making this rissoto long before I went off dairy and meat. So it's been meat eater approved, it does take a while to cook (damn you risotto stirring!) but it's one of my favourite things to cook because Ben volunteers to stir (he says it's therapeutic :P) and we (well probably more so me) get to drink wine in the kitchen!
These Black Bean and Butternut Burritos are one of my staples, I probably make them once a week and great for when people (who aren't vegan) visit for dinner :) Just recently I've been making them with mushrooms instead, I bought the burrito seasoning from the shops and fried the mushrooms up in a pan with onion, garlic, the seasoning and some drops of liquid smoke and hey presto - a mouth watering feast! Oh and I add spread some wasabi to give my burritos a bit of a kick!
THAI GREEN CURRY
I first learned this recipe off Shane when we lived together, back then it was all about the chicken but just the other day I whipped it out to see if I could veganise it (or just remove the chicken and sub the fish sauce). It was so so yummy. Would you guys be interested in me blogging the actual recipe? Unfortunately it comes without a handy link as this one is old school recipe card style!
Did I mention I'm a carb girl :P we have sandwiches quite often at our place, it's been fun experimenting with different toppings, at the moment I'm loving, avo, artichokes, red onion, capers and black pepper and it makes for an easy lunch or dinner when you're short on time.
I'm also constantly trying out new dishes, the other day I made some rice paper rolls, which were nice but probably didn't make it to my weekly recipe folder.
I also like experimenting, one day after a burrito night I used the left over ingredients, blended them up with some pumpernickel bread and added in tomato paste and hey presto - sausage roll filling! I've had a few people (meat eaters included) remark that my sausage rolls taste pretty close to the original thing! and who would of thought THAT most puff pastry is dairy free!
I realise these recipes are super carb friendly fitting in with my indulgent taste buds but there is so much out there, to explore and experiment with. It probably does help, to own a blender and have some interest in cooking but it's not the end all if you don't either. Ben was one of those boys who could only "cook" steak. Now he is pretty much a bread eater, fee food stealer, eater-outerer and not phased by the change either. Actually he has gone a step further than me and has cut his plastic buying down by 99% which in turn has encouraged me to be more mindful, I'm always amazed at the domino effect. Oh I should say you don't need to rule out things like takeaway junk either, I still eat pizza I just ask for no cheese and when I get home put that Nutrional yeast on top (told you I sprinkled it onto everything!)
The last thing I'll leave you guys with are my Vegan Pin Boards