A collection of favorite vegan recipes, all made without processed food. Fresh, whole and delicious, that's Vegan Done Real.
Vegan Visitors: Please know, Kitchen Parade is not a veg(etari)an website but includes many veg(etari)an recipes as part of a healthy omnivore / flexitarian diet. You might appreciate my food blog about vegetables, A Veggie Venture but please know, it is vegetables, NOT vegetarian, even though heavily vegetarian and mostly vegan, see (Note to Vegetarians).
Regular Readers: No worries, Kitchen Parade is not turning vegan, nor even advocating a vegan diet. What I do want to stand up for is fresh, seasonal healthy food -- real food, not processed food -- whatever our diet choices.
"Oprah Winfrey, who has been on more diets than the rest of us combined, challenged her staff to 'go vegan' for a week. Intriguing, except her idea of surviving without meat and dairy -- no explanation why we should go from too much to none -- is to fill your shopping cart with fake versions of both, like meatless chicken breasts and dairyless cheese. But the goal is not universal veganism, which is pie-in-the-sky; it's health and sustainability. And we get there by preparing real food, vegan or not. (Remember: Coke, Tostitos and Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs -- yum! -- are all vegan.) The answer is not fake animal products, whose advocates argue that they're transitional to a kinder-to-animal diet. Indeed, that's good, but a real food diet is better."
Why Vegan Done Real?
A month later and still unable to forget the opportunity that Oprah threw away, I had to act. So I asked some of my food-blogging friends for help and we put together this collection of our 52 favorite vegan recipes -- a year's worth of recipes for Meatless Monday.
Only two of the bloggers are veg(etari)an, the rest are 'omnivores', that means our diets include both meat and meatless meals. What unites these bloggers is that our vegetarian and vegan recipes are based on whole food, real food, not processed food. We cook fresh, whole and delicious vegan meals with plant-based ingredients, vegetables and grains and beans, all easy to find in grocery stores.
That's Vegan Done Real.
Be sure to print out Katie's
~ Plant-Based Shopping List (PDF) ~
~ Colorful Curried Red Lentil Soup ~
~ Black Bean & Mushroom Quesadillas with Guacamole, Roasted Acorn Squash & Spinach Salad ~
~ Winter Warmth Salad ~
~ Nutty Stir-Fry with Collards & Tofu ~
~ Couscous & Kale Salad To-Go ~
~ Mushroom, Caramelized Onion & Cannellini Bean Salad ~
~ Quinoa with Black Beans, Corn & Chipotle Pepper, Lime & Honey Dressing (substitute agave for honey) ~
~ Crockpot Gingered Chickpeas with Spicy Tomato Sauce ~
~ Smoky Black Bean & Corn Vegetarian Chili ~
~ Creamy Zucchini & Coconut Milk Soup (Dairy-Free) ~
In My Own Sweet Thyme
~ Kale with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Garbanzo Beans on Polenta ~
~ Spinach with Chickpeas ~
~ Kusherie (Egyptian Rice and Lentils) ~
~ Squash and Hominy Stew ~
~ Yellow Pea and Mint Soup ~
~ Mexican Red Lentil Stew with Lime and Cilantro ~
~ Stir-Fried Tofu with Scallions, Garlic, Ginger & Soy Sauce ~
~ Southwestern Bean Salad with Black Beans, Black-Eyed Peas, Peppers & Cilantro ~
~ Revithia - Greek Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) Soup with Lemon & Olive Oil ~
~ Lebanese Lentil Salad with Garlic, Cumin, Mint, and Parsley ~
The Perfect Pantry
Wicked Good Dinner
Many thanks to my fellow bloggers for sharing their favorite vegan recipes!
Other food bloggers, do you believe in Vegan Done Real too? Please feel free to send me a message via firstname.lastname@example.org. Include links to your favorite five vegan recipes, no processed foods, please. Vegan bloggers, please send recipes that include the most accessible ingredients.
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