Monday, March 22, 2010

To vegan or not to vegan

As I have a nutty yummy vegan banana bread baking in the oven I am writing this entry. The concept of baking/cooking vegan has always been a mysterious endeavor that always intrigued me for many reasons. Besides the how I feel that health and eco wise makes a lot of sense. Now I am not even close to giving up my omnivore ways but I do want more options in my life where I can make/eat fresh good food when I am in such a mood although the next moment I might be struck by a desire for a big greasy slice of cheese pizza. I don't want to come from a point of depriving myself but be more aware of what products are out there and give myself more healthy options. I am pretty sick of packing the quick frozen meal, high sodium soup, etc. For instance, I just got a recipe to make tofu lettuce wraps that I am very excited to make this week.

I just bought this book called The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes. It is written by Kris Holecheck and holds numerous yummy contraptions including muffins/cakes/cookies/pies. Recipes like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, french toast muffin, You are My Sunshine Loaf....will keep me busy for awhile. Luckily I have a husband and co workers that definitely welcome any sugary contributions.

So as go clean up a disastrous kitchen which has seen two wars today, first with the vegan baked mac and cheese I made (pretty good but have to get used to soy cheese) and now the banana bread I pledge to try to be adventurous even if sometimes it only goes afar as the kitchen . :)

2 comments:

Miss Kolleen said...

may i recommend the veganomicon and la dolce vegan as excellent vegan cookbooks. i am a vegetarian, jeff isn't, but those two are excellent cookbooks that would please anybody, vegan or not.

i cant totally be vegan since i love cheese, but making healthy and cruelty free food is so rewarding.

i can send you some recipes if you want!

{Arianna Belle} said...

I definitely want to incorporate more vegetarian foods in my diet although I'm not sure I'm ready to give up meat right away. My husband and I recently tried this vegetarian dish and absolutely loved it:

http://www.wholeliving.com/recipe/stir-fried-vegetables-and-chicken-with-buckwheat-noodles