Brandon Patrick-Scott

5 Ways to Prevent Food Waste in Your Kitchen

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Tackling food waste starts in your kitchen! Up to 40 percent of the food purchased in the U.S. is wasted. It’s easy to blame supermarkets and restaurants that toss out mass quantities of spoiled, imperfect, or uneaten food, but even small amounts of food waste coming from home kitchens have a big impact. Here are some simple tips for preventing food waste.

The average person throws out more than 20 pounds of food per month. The forgotten leftovers in the refrigerator and over-ripe bananas on the kitchen counter contribute to greenhouse gas emissions in the landfill – not to mention the amount of land, water, and other resources it took to produce that food in the first place. To highlight what a huge global problem this is, see more about the issue in Wasted Yet Wanted. more→

Immune-Boosting Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

Immune-boosting Spicy Thai Coconut Soup is a super tasty recipe —it’s also easy to make, vegan, and gluten-free. For those of you who don’t like spicy, the chillies are optional. When you’re eating the right foods to support your health, food is your medicine. And when it comes to boosting your immune system, nature provides some powerful ingredients to help us fend off those seasonal bugs. 

Contributed by Ursula Escher, from The Vegan Survival Guide: Boost Your Mental and Physical Health – Your Guide to Functional Veganism* reprinted with permission © UEscher Publishing. more→

5 Kitchen Essentials That Make Meal Prep Easier

Berry smoothie in blenderHave you ever wondered how much time you spend in preparing meals? If you’re like me, I wouldn’t want to spend most of my time in the kitchen. Here’s a list of 5 essential kitchen tools that make meal prep easier! Cooking is more likely to become a pleasure instead of a chore.

Food Processor
One of the home appliances you can’t do without is the food processor which truly makes cooking life easier. It allows you to do a variety of things such as slicing or chopping vegetables, shredding, grating and pureeing, all in just one machine. more→

Instant Vegan Taco Filling

Instant vegan taco filling

This instant vegan taco filling (delicious for sloppy joes, too), has just two ingredients; three if you count the little bit olive oil used for heating. And it’s so tasty that it may have you standing at the stove sneaking tastes out of the skillet before it makes its way into tacos.

This clever taco hack uses good-quality vegan burgers, which are already packed with flavor and good ingredients (especially if you steer clear of those made mainly texurized soy protein, a kind of plant-based junk food). We used Amy’s California Burger for this batch (main ingredients are vegetables), but we’ve also tried it with various Dr. Praeger varieties. Here’s a great rundown on some of the best vegan store-bought veggie burgers. more→

How to Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese — Easiest Ever!

Vegan meatballs on pasta with vegan parmesan cheese

Most recipes for homemade vegan Parmesan-style “Cheese” are downright simple — basically a combination of nutritional yeast plus cashews or almonds, ground down in a food processor. This formula for how to make vegan Parmesan cheese is the easiest ever — made in minutes, and no food processor needed. Just two key ingredients combine in one delicious and nutritious topping for pasta, grains, salads, stews, and more.

Huge bonus for vegans — a tablespoon or two of this vegan Parmesan provide you with a good dose of Vitamin B12. Nutritional yeast is one of very few plant-based sources of this valuable vitamin.  more→

Vegan Italian Meatball Sub Dinner

Vegan meatball sub dinner

If you’re looking for something familiar, hearty, and comforting for the evening meal, our vegan Italian meatball sub dinner might be just the thing. It’s made with our healthy (and sneaky) vegan meatball hack — a clever way to make these tasty bites almost instantly and without questionable processed soy.

Since the vegan meatball sub skews toward bread-y comfort food, let’s make sure to add plenty of vegetables to the plate. Fresh asparagus and broccoli slaw add very little work to the mix and go so nicely with the sub. more→

“Beefy” Vegan Nachos Grandes

Easy vegan nachos grandes

Vegan nachos grandes can be a fantastic party snack, appetizer, or emergency dinner. They might also convince your skeptical friends to take a walk on the veg side. You can use burger crumbles — or crumbled veggie burgers to make these “beefy” and very easy nachos.

Nachos are usually made with beans; nothing wrong with that — this “meaty” version is just a nice change of pace. If your crowd likes the really beefy meat subs, try something like Beyond Beef’s burger crumbles. But, as noted below, you can use beans, and these vegan nachos grandes will be just as tasty.  more→

Avocado Black Bean Wraps

Avocado black bean wraps

Here at Vegan Food Hacks, we’re very fond of wraps. There’s something about everyday healthy ingredients enclosed in a soft wrapper that makes them yummier and more appealing.Case in point, these avocado black bean wraps.  And for those who find salad a big yawner, here’s a news flash — many wraps are really salads in disguise, but we wont tell anyone.Just a few ingredients to a tasty and healthy lunch or light dinner. more→

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