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Summary of Vegan Recipes (+ Bonus Short Courses)

In the course of my 30-Day Vegan Challenge, I am able to create & recreate, copy & modify, and experiment on recipes that would fit the “diet” I’m in. I have said this a million times already but I really don’t consider veganism a diet but more of a lifestyle. Anyway, I have shared in this blog over 5 recipes that cater to the prerequisites of a vegan dish. I’m making our lives a bit easier now because I’m curating all of them in this post plus a couple of bonus short courses  that are also vegan friendly.

HUMMUSHummus is arguably the best gift of Levantine cuisine to humanity. It may also be the strongest proof that the tastiest things don’t require complex processes to achieve. With chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and garlic, this dish can be rustled up in a food processor and be ready in under 10 minutes.

Get the recipe here.

CORNSOUPCorn Soup (Gulay/Ginulay na mais) may be a tedious work with shredding the corn kernels from the cob itself but it definitely doesn’t fail in flavor. Suam Mais as called by the Kampapampangans, it’s often cooked with a variety of vegetables such as eggplants, okra, and squash blossoms. This dish also appeared on Erwan Heussaff’s instagram page.

Get the recipe here.

CURRYThis Vegetable Curry uses regular potatoes, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower which makes it an absolute carb loader. Make it protein packed by switching your vegetables to broccoli or brussels sprouts. Although best served with hot rice, this Indian dish would still taste as good on its own.

Get the recipe here.

PAPAYAThe secret to a flavorful Papaya Stir Fry is the freshness of the papaya fruit itself. The flavor profile of the papaya will speak for the dish but often complimented by spices like spanish paprika.

Get the recipe here.

CHOCOBANANAThis Chocolate Banana Cake is the culinary amalgamation of banana bread and caramel bars. It’s moist and dense which makes it a good pair with hot chocolate or tea in the morning. Also, it’s twice as tasty when chilled for a few hours.

Get the recipe here.

PANCAKEVegan Pancakes with Chocolate Glaze is one breakfast food I’d love to make again. Maybe the second time around, I’ll do away with chocolates and go with berry compote and vanilla crème fraîche instead.

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GRILLEDBURRITO This Grilled Vegetables Burrito is straight Mexican cuisine flavor profile. With the touch of cumin and chili powder, these summer vegetables remove your desire for meat-filled burritos. Bonus? Served with fresh salsa and guacamole.

Get the recipe here.

 

 Bonus: Short & Quick Vegan Courses

1 Brown rice macaroni pasta (from Healthy Options) tossed in homemade marinara and thick cut potatoes double fried in canola. Served with tomato ketchup.

Tweak option: Shake fries with vegan parmesan (roasted cashew nuts + nutritional yeast + salt) cheese before serving.

4Coarsely chopped cauliflower sautéed in olive oil, seasoned with salt & pepper, spanish paprika, and mustard powder, and served with rice corn (RiCo as branded by SM Supermarket). Rice corn is cooked like a normal rice.

3Whole wheat tortilla pizza in two kinds. First, olive oil based, topped with minced garlic, tomatoes, and basil. Second, marinara based, topped with grilled eggplants and caramelized onions.

22Linguine in garlic, fresh tomatoes, and capers in vinegar. Sprikled with chili pepper flakes and chopped basil. This is my personal favorite because it’s really quick and easy to toss in everything.

 

I can’t believe I underestimated the food options of veganism lifestyle. As this post shows, vegan dishes are not confined with vegetables alone. Yes, vegetables do comprise the majority of ingredient choices to cook a vegan food but let us not forget that there are all kinds of grains, hard pasta that comes in different shapes, and even mock meats (not tofu) that could make your plate as exciting as a non-vegan meal.

 

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Vegan Pancakes with Chocolate Glaze

I love and like pancakes. Well, who doesn’t? They may or may not be my most favorite thing/food right now. I just woke up one sunless morning looking for pancakes (less bacon, lol) in my kitchen. What I basically know about pancakes is that there are store bought ready-made mixes where you just add water and egg to create the batter that you would carelessly pour on your griddle. Yes there’s egg, so that automatically cuts short of the vegan rule.

I tried making pancakes before and they ended up like soggy pieces of crepe. I remember that they resemble much of the “hotcakes” sold in the neighborhood where they smother a piece with margarine and a lot of sugar. Don’t get me wrong but those hotcakes are equally devouring as well. But hey, my tummy is screaming fluffy pancakes, not those. I thought I’d figure out what makes “just add water and egg” mixes fluffy. The culprit? Baking powder. I was right. Continue Reading

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Vegan Banana Chocolate Cake

One of the most challenging circumstances of going vegan is giving up dairy hence saying  goodbye to  sinful chocolate lava cakes, crispy thin chocolate chip cookies, and thick & rich chocolate mousse. But in the culinary world there would always be a good amount of substitutes to compensate for an ingredient missing, lacking, or have to be given up.

For today’s vegan recipe, I’ll be sharing a new favorite dessert called eggless banana chocolate cake. Since I’ve been searching for vegan desserts to try and been eyeing to tick off an item (#21) on my bucket list, I thought why not  do it right now. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

INGREDIENTS

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  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2-3 medium sized overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. chia seed/flax seed powder + 3 tbsp. water

PROCEDURES

  1. First things first, preheat the oven to 180 deg. Celsius.
  2. Grease the bundt pan (or any cake pan) with olive oil.
  3. Mix the chia seed powder with water and set aside until it forms a gelatinous consistency.
  4. Sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl.
  5. Peel the bananas and mash them with fork. For an easier way and a smoother purée, throw them in a food processor.
  6. Add all the ingredients and mix well until lumps are gone.
  7. Pour the cake mixture into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. To check, insert a toothpick. If it comes out clean then your cake is done.
  9. Let it cool down before removing from the pan and serving.

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My cake turned out to be moist and dense just what I expected. I ate mine with a glass of soymilk for an afternoon snack. I personally think that this cake would also go best with tea and coffee in the morning.

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Obviously, I did not consume the whole cake and stored it in the fridge for midnight and early morning munchies. I then discovered that this cake tastes even better when chilled. The texture is somewhat similar to store bought caramel or chocolate bars.

After writing this post, I am off to researching more dairy free (vegan) baked goods to try in the future. I have cookies, muffins, and more cakes in mind.

Happy baking everyone!