It is no secret that I am a vegan superhero. I am lying about one part of that. Unless veganism is a superpower.
I have only been so since March (I decided to go 100% vegan almost at the same time we got married), so I am not quite learned in the ways of the long-time veggie folk yet. Maybe I can go into why I became vegan one day, but I don’t want to be that ranty person. I don’t mind when people ask me about it. I try to answer as honestly as possible at family gatherings and when friends are very confused about what’s the matter with me. The answer: plenty of things, but my food choices are doing okay.
Luckily, my husband is willing to try lots of kitchen experiments. I don’t know what I would do if he wasn’t accepting, since he is still an omnivore. A few of our experiments have gone terribly awry, but we have had lots of tasty, tasty success.
I thought I would share a few of my favorites. You do not have to be vegan to enjoy any of them – I think they are quite delicious, whether you eat just veggies or otherwise. Vegetarianism is my preferred route, of course, but the choice is always up to you. Do what you want.
1. General Tso’s Tofu
This is probably my favorite tofu recipe, and definitely in my top favorite vegan recipes. If you are not familiar with the taste of tofu, it’s a good starting place. It was the first recipe I made with tofu, and the texture felt weird at first, but the more I ate it, the more I craved it.
The General Tso sauce in this recipe is so good, sometimes I just make it and douse fried rice and veggies with it. Recipe found here.
2. Simple Vegan Pizza
If you are not vegan, you could always top this with regular parmesan cheese if you’re not ready for the vegan cheese experience. This homemade cheese tastes a lot better to me than the store-bought vegan cheeses. I loved it just how it was, and it’s super easy to make. Recipe found here.
3. 10-Spice Vegetable Soup
It’s basically been cold everywhere, lately, so unless you are living in a nice tropical country (I know some of you are!!), you may be covered in blankets and drinking and eating lots of warm things. I was craving something to warm my stomach, so I made this 10-spice soup.
The flavor was spot on. I made mine with sweet potatoes, and I think next time I would try regular potatoes to make it a little more hearty. It pairs really nice with a chunk of bread and butter / oregano. It also made a TON of soup, so I have lots of leftovers that I froze and have been taking to work. Recipe found here.
4. Crispy Breaded Tofu and Fluffy White Dinner Rolls
When in doubt, make chicken nuggets. At least, these taste like a yummy version of chicken nuggets to me. I also don’t make dinner rolls often, because I have a problem with freshly made bread. I want to eat them all. I love the smell, I love the soft doughy center, I love everything. Bread recipe here and breaded tofu recipe here.
5. Veggie Burrito with Guacamole