VegKitchen Monday Menu, February 27, 2017

Black bean sofrito

When it comes to planning a yummy plant-based dinner, even some of us die-hard vegans can overlook the ease and versatility of beans. If you have a pressure cooker, it doesn’t take long to cook your own beans, but for us catch-as-catch can cooks, canned beans are the way to a quick meal. Now, many brands come in BPA-free cans, too.

For today’s Monday Menu we present Black Bean Sofrito, a classic Latin American dish that’s embellished with onions, garlic, and bell peppers. It’s a good choice for an easy, everyday kind of meal. Serve over rice (or quinoa, for a quicker-cooking grain) if you’d like.  more→


Vegan Risotto Recipes

vegan risotto

Vegan risotto can be tough to make. Traditional risotto recipes call for a lot of dairy, which makes creating a good vegan version a challenge. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this classic Italian dish senza formaggio.

Here are some exciting risotto recipes that are delicious, satisfying, and totally vegan. more→


Hemp Seeds: Nutrition, Benefits, & Recipes

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are a fantastic addition to any healthy diet, packed with easily digestible protein and a multitude of nutrients. Rare among plant-based foods, they provide complete protein with all 10 essential amino acids. That makes them quite valuable to vegans and vegetarians. Learn more about this in Hemp Seeds Boost Vegan Nutrition.

More good news —hemp seed is very rarely an allergen, unlike many other nuts and seeds. And unlike flaxseeds, you need not grind them to reap their benefits. Compared with chia seeds, another popular superfood, hemp seeds don’t cause stomach upset. Another unexpected perk: Hemp is an eco-friendly crop that’s naturally pest- and weed-resistant, which means that it can be grown without pesticides and herbicide. more→


Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Wraps

Tempeh "bacon" lettuce tomato wraps and polenta fries

If you’d like to make your own tempeh “bacon” to use in TLT wraps or as a side for tofu scrambles and such, here’s an easy and tasty way to do it. Prepared products like Fakin’ Bacon) are good, but this DIY version of tempeh bacon allows you to control the flavor and tweak it to your liking. You’ll need just a few ingredients to make tempeh — and lots of other things — taste like bacon. Tempeh bacon, lettuce, and tomato wraps are perfect for a portable lunch or a light dinner.

You’ll find liquid smoke and barbecue seasoning in the spice section of well-stocked supermarket. There’s often a section of barbecue seasonings. Check labels carefully; they’re not all vegan! more→