Shameless Shortcut Recipes
I’ve made peanut noodles dozens of times in my time as a mom and a cook, and I can attest that a homemade peanut sauce isn’t the hardest thing to make. Everyone likes it, even the pickiest of eaters (aka kids). But I’ve gotten to the point where using a bottle of Thai peanut satay sauce makes more sense (and is cheaper) than getting all the authentic ingredients (tamarind sauce, lemongrass, red chili …) and making a mess with the food processor. And so, we give you — the world’s easiest peanut satay noodles!
For this recipe, I used my supermarket’s organic brand — so tasty, and surprisingly low in calories for a sauce whose main ingredient is organic peanuts! Per 1/4 cup (the label serving size of 1 tablespoon isn’t realistic) it’s only 100 calories and 4 grams of fat. more→
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→
Once the weather starts warming up, I start to crave gazpacho, the classic Spanish cold soup that’s tomato-y, spicy, and totally uncooked. Though it’s not that complicated to make, there’s an awful lot of very fine chopping, something I don’t always feel like doing.
The brilliant secret to this 4-ingredient gazpacho is to use fresh salsa! Not the typical kind that comes in jars, but variety that’s in the refrigerated section of supermarket produce departments. The tiny bits of tomatoes, garlic, chile peppers, and herbs are uncannily close to the ingredients in gazpacho. more→
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→
You might laugh out loud when you see how little effort it takes to make these easy vegan meatballs. You might also ask, if we’re already hacking vegan food, why not just buy ready-made vegan meatballs? Good question. Many, if not most brands have as their first ingredient textured soy protein (TSP or alternatively TVP), which isn’t the healthiest of vegan ingredients. And while it wouldn’t hurt to have TSP on occasion for a meaty meatless experience, some of us would just rather not. more→
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→
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→
Portobello mushroom wraps with creamy coleslaw are so packed with flavor that adding anything else would be gilding the lily. That being said, if you like a bit of spice, you can add a strip or sriracha or spicy mustard to the mix. Even with the quick sauté of the mushrooms — which lend a “meatiness” to these wraps, these should take no more than 10 minutes per wrap to make. more→
Sometimes, two shortcuts are better than one, and that’s definitely true for these tasty baked tofu and peanut satay wraps. Using precut coleslaw and prepared peanut satay sauce means that these can be ready to eat in 10 minutes or less. You don’t need a formal recipe; just follow the simple steps and see how the ingredients are arranged in the photo of the open wrap, below. more→
Here’s cauliflower Spanish rice that’s super simple to make, thanks to a great new shortcut —frozen riced cauliflower. This will save you the time and effort of wrangling a cauliflower into tiny bits with a food processor. We’ve added black beans to make this tomato-y rice more substantial as a main dish.
To be clear, this tasty cauliflower fried rice uses cauliflower as the “rice” rather than being an actual rice dish that includes cauliflower (like Cauliflower Rice Pilaf for instance). Because we can’t be bothered with tasks like breaking a cauliflower into bits like most food sites do (we’re not Vegan Food Hacks for nothing!), we start with a bag of riced cauliflower that you will find in your supermarket’s frozen foods section.
When it’s cold and damp outside, or when you’re sick with cold or flu, there’s nothing like a piping hot bowl of Asian vegetable noodle soup. Perhaps you’re tempted to send your significant other to pick up some soup from the local Chinese eatery, as we used to do on such occasions. It was usually something called Bean Curd Vegetable Soup. The veggies were never very vivid or interesting, but still, it provided instant comfort.
This fresh homemade version is ready literally in the time it takes to heat up. Not only do the ingredients take almost no time to cook, they’re best if not overcooked. more→