I talk to my mom nearly every day, and even though our food preferences differ (or, perhaps, because of it), we often find ourselves discussing meals. Recently I asked her what I should have for dinner. She said, “Well, I don’t know … I always plan my meal around the meat”. Her response reminded me that most people I know plan their meals this way. In fact, my sister-in-law, who is making the migration from omnivore to vegan, finds this one of her biggest challenges. At first glance, the vegan diet can seem like merely a collection of side dishes. But seasoned vegans and vegetarians know it is so much more!
When, after talking to my mom, I’m longing for something like the traditional home-cooked meals I grew up with, I have several favorites that are easy to make and offer a hearty entree with a traditional side:
2. Grilled blackened tofu with onions, broccoli and red peppers. (Recipe to come this spring!)
1 head of cauliflower, boiled until soft
1/4 to 1/3 cup of veggie broth, depending on how thick you want them
2 or 3 Tbsp of Earth Balance
1 Tbsp of Nutritional Yeast
2 cloves of garlic, minced
optional: fresh chives for garnish
Put all ingredients into your food processor and blend until completely smooth. Garnish with chives and serve.
What are your favorite traditional or comfort vegan meals?