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Getting tofu to taste great is simple when you have just the right recipes and tips. Here are easy tofu recipes for kids that the whole family will love. And if you’re ready for tofu to become a staple in your repertoire, explore our category Tofu Recipes: Easy and Versatile for lots more ideas.
Parents always welcome new options for healthy eating, and tofu is a superb food to add to the repertoire of growing children. It’s high in easily digestible protein, low in fat, and is a good source of calcium, iron, and B vitamins. more→
Tempeh (pronounced tem-pay), a traditional Indonesian food, is made of cooked and fermented soybeans. Sold in cellophane-wrapped packages, it’s even higher in protein than tofu. Tempeh is also quite versatile, but has a more distinct flavor and a dense, chewy texture. Though somewhat of an acquired taste, once you do, you’ll be a fan for life. Pictured above, Tempeh Fries with Horseradish-Dill Mayonnaise.
Lots of people come to VegKitchen searching for vegan chicken so we thought we’d accommodate with this easy and tasty recipe for nuggets. If there’s a growing desire to avoid eating the bird (the chicken industry is beyond cruel, and terrible for the planet), we’re all in. And tasty nuggets are as simple as can be to prepare. Kids will love these with ketchup (wouldn’t you rather give your kids breaded tofu than “pink slime”?); adults will relish them with salsa, BBQ sauce, or other hot stuff. Truth be told, they’re great plain, too.
It seems trivial to open an entire can of beans to use 2 tablespoons of the liquid, but that’s the secret to getting the breading to stick to the surface of the nuggets. My favorite for this is none other than chickpea liquid, aka aquafaba, but you can use the liquid from any other beans instead.
If you’re a new vegan (or an aspiring one) you might be missing the heartiness of chicken salad, tuna salad, shrimp salad, and the like. Don’t give in to temptation — try this delectable tempeh sandwich spread or salad. Spiked with apples, celery, and pecans, this has all that umami and none of the animal products. This just could be your lunch hour go-to!
The number of vegan kids has increased exponentially in recent years. Well-planned vegan diets are safe and offer health advantages, even for growing children. Talk to your practitioner and read up on the subject. Here are some practical tips for parents for dealing with everyday situations. Make sure to see the companion to this article by PCRM, The Vegetarian and Vegan Diet for Kids, as well as 10 Tips for Raising Vegan Children. Photo above: Pineapple Veggie Pita Bread Pizza by Vicki Brett-Gach.
School Lunches / Snacks
It would truly be a challenge to find a classroom where every student eats the same foods. Lactose intolerance, food allergies, ethnic preferences, and religious or dietary restrictions all influence food choices. The classroom can provide an opportunity to introduce students and teachers to healthy foods. Fresh fruit, veggies cut into fun shapes served with bean dip, muffins, and crackers spread with nut butter and fruit, are all healthy, delicious snacks. See lots more in VegKitchen’s Healthy School Lunch article. more→
Taquitos (or flautas) are essentially rolled corn-tortilla tacos that are fried. While taquitos are traditionally filled with beef or chicken, these vegan jackfruit taquitos use a plant-based ingredient that gets stringy and meaty when cooked. The addition of beans to the jackfruit boosts protein content and satiety. Look for canned water-packed jackfruit in Asian markets or online. If you don’t have an air fryer, see the oven-baked option after the recipe. Recipe and photos from The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors © 2017 by JL Fields. Published by Vegan Heritage Press, reprinted by permission. more→
Raising vegan children in an omni world will test your patience with the next person who casually wonders aloud if your kids will get enough protein and calcium. Fear not though, it’s not as hard as it seems. In fact, with today’s increasing allergies, and people becoming more aware of what exactly they’re eating, it’s starting to become a piece of (vegan) cake. Janet Kearney is the founder of Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting and has given us some tips on raising vegan kids!
At Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting, I meet parents daily who are frustrated, feeling like they’re swimming against the tide. What’s key is support and information.
What is aquafaba? And why are cooks around the world falling in love with its magical powers in the kitchen? Aquafaba is a cleverly constructed word that means “water from beans.” And the specific bean water we’re talking about here is the liquid that comes in cans of chickpeas. Aquafaba recipes are springing up everywhere, from macarons to mayo, and the sampling that follows is just a fraction of what this simple and inexpensive ingredient can do.
Around the web, cooks and bloggers are exploring aquafaba’s amazing properties to develop vegan sweets, as well as dairy-free butter, mayonnaise, and cheeses. Aquafaba is the secret to making irresistible desserts — famously, meringue and macarons, as well as flourless cakes and much more. Case in point, Hannah Kaminsky’s vegan Flourless Chocolate Cake, shown at top.
Spring and summer are headed our way. While that may mean fun in the sun and a great reason to boost those mood-elevating vitamin D levels, it can also be a time for heartache. Heartache because soup season is over. Or is it? We’ve rounded up some spring seasonal vegan soup recipes that use spring veggies and herbs to create a lighter taste that works great in the warmer months. Check out these spring vegan soup recipes to change up your soup game and continuing making this lovely, versatile dish. more→
One of the biggest advantages of eating vegan meals is being able to reduce your carbon emissions to help the environment. By now, eating less or no meat to reduce our carbon footprint is pretty cemented in the green living lexicon. The vegan carbon footprint is far smaller than other diets.
The Guardian even estimates that giving up beef can lower your carbon footprint more than using a car. Red meat uses 28 times more land and 11 times more water than pork or chicken. Red meat also produces five times more climate change emissions. Taken a step further, red meat requires 160 times more land and produces eleven times more greenhouse gasses than vegan staples like potatoes, wheat and rice. more→
If you’re new to plant-based cooking, you may be looking for a guide to vegan substitutions to swap into favorite non-vegan recipes. Thankfully, there are plenty of products vegans can use in place of animal ingredients that will make vegan cooking a breeze. Let’s cover how to replace animal ingredients with vegan ingredients. more→