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 Post subject: Hot Weather Veganism
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:06 am 
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We're in the middle of a heatwave here in Portland, and I'm kind of sucking at cooking right now. We've had salads a lot this week, but I'm in need of stuff that will make good leftovers for lunches the following day. What do you guys cook when it's hot? Anything good that you can make in advance and keep on hand?

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:32 am 
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In the morning when it's cool bake tofu, make tempeh or chickpea tuna salads, and cold salads like potato or pasta.
Use the proteins on salads or in sandwiches.
A big batch of quinoa/kale/pintos with a dressing is good for a bunch of lunches or dinners. Sub any grain/veggie/bean you like. Yellow Rose Recipes has a lot of good cold salad options.

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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I think baked tofu and roasted beets are both delish cold with a dressing (like lemon-tahini) on it! And you can make a big batch and eat it througout the week. And variations of chickpea salad (either on sammiches or salads) - I do a "chicken" one (with mayo, chopped celery, pecans and grapes, and usually some tarragon or something), a "tuna" one (mayo, chopped nori, capers/caper juice, shredded carrot) or an "egg" one (mayo, black salt, mustard, etc).

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:48 am 
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I really like making ramen & cabbage salad when it's super hot out. I get a bag or two of coleslaw mix and non-fried ramen, make up a dressing with some sesame oil, tamari, garlic chili sauce, and whatever else sounds good and then mix it all together with some almonds. Sometimes I add tofu or some other protein. It's good right out if the fridge will last a few days.


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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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I mostly eat cold soups, salads, bowls, tofu and bean spread sandwiches, and collard rice paper salad wraps in the summer.

if it's too hot to cook: tofu dill salad from VWAV, chickpea salads, gazpacho, massaged kale salads, edamame, tabouli, and three bean salads are good no/little cook options

cooking ahead in the morning or at night for later: borscht (I love pureed and chilled borscht), baked or grilled proteins for bowls or wraps, grains to use in bowls, potato salad, pasta salad, baked falafel

Sometimes I use the slowcooker if I get tired of cold food but I still don't want to heat up kitchen.


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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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pandacookie wrote:
Yellow Rose Recipes has a lot of good cold salad options.


Good call! Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:58 am 
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I really love Salad Samurai as well. I would say I use it 3 or 4 times a week, because the recipes are just so incredibly good. She has a lot of info on how to keep leftovers unsoggy for the next day.

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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Couscous and bulgar are awesome in the summer. I love being able to cook only using a tea kettle. I do lots of grain salads using these with beans and veggies,or as grains to go with a cook-cooking hot dish.

Also, when it's really unbearably hot, I basically live on meal type smoothies, that involve nut butters and oats in addition to fruits and soy or almond milk.


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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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I keep our toaster oven in our garage during the summer and if I need to bake something it goes in there. It keeps the house much cooler but the downside is it is small and I am limited by its size.


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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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Wraps and burritos are my go to for hot weather. I fill them with refried beans, hummus, chickcheeze, tofurkey, etc and then lots of greens and shredded veggies.


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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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slowcooker, chilled soups, and frozen salad/green smoothies in Popsicle molds. also sushi (rice cooker!) and bbq foods.

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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One of my favourite summer dinners is the Ribs from American Vegan Kitchen (grilled or could be BBQed) with either the BLT potato salad or Mustard Mac Slaw.
Also pasta salads and cold pie (cooked in AM and left to cool in fridge).
Cold lasagne, chilli and pizza are also rather good

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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I like the dragon noodle salad from IDI, it has a no cook peanut sauce that is perfect for summer meals. I like steaming veg in the microwave or just making a big hummus and eating with pita and cucumber and carrots.

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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I more or less live off hummus with veggies and pretzel sticks this time around.

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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Thanks for starting this thread!

I use the oven a LOT in the winter so I always have a problem in the summer figuring out what to make. We can't have a grill in our apartment building so we're limited there. We've been eating tacos, salads, and other things that have already been mentioned. If it was up to me I would just eat hummus + veggies + pita bread for dinner every day.


When we used to live somewhere with a grill, we just cooked outside a lot.

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:27 am 
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pandacookie wrote:
In the morning when it's cool bake tofu, make tempeh or chickpea tuna salads, and cold salads like potato or pasta.
Use the proteins on salads or in sandwiches.
A big batch of quinoa/kale/pintos with a dressing is good for a bunch of lunches or dinners. Sub any grain/veggie/bean you like. Yellow Rose Recipes has a lot of good cold salad options.


Second on this. I cook either first thing in the morning or very last thing at night (so the kitchen can cool down overnight). Bake tofu or tempeh; cook quinoa, couscous, rice; steam a few veggies; and finally make a few sauces or dressings (love APF's Green Goddess and Sanctuary dressings). Then for lunch/dinner, just toss components together.

And, if I'm making salads, I always try to add some romaine. Something about the crunchy-yet-wateriness of it makes me feel cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:52 pm 
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Spring rolls, bún (the rice noodles just need to be soaked); noodle or pasta salads, potato salads, grain salads or beans salads. Patés, hummus, crudites. Nori wraps (rolls) with or without rice. Chickpea "tuna" salad. Taco salad (raw walnut meat or a no cook TVP meat- just soak with seasonings and you're good to go).

ETA. Here is hot and humid as heck (close to 100F including the humidity index), but I've been cooking a lot from Vegan Richa's and Teff Love. I don't associate hot weather with dals and wots but that's what I've been craving.


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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:37 pm 
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Another vote for Salad Samurai.

Also, I really love the Prospect Park potato salad from Veganomicon.


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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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paprikapapaya wrote:
I do a "chicken" one (with mayo, chopped celery, pecans and grapes, and usually some tarragon or something)


I don't know why it never crossed my mind to make this variation. I used to love the omni version. I made mine basically the same, but used dried tarragon and some dijon mustard. It was soooo good.

To keep from heating up the kitchen we do a lot of grilling/smoking. I also use my InstantPot to cook things (like red lentil chili) or shortcut the cooking (like potatoes).

I like Isa's Mustard Potato Salad from "Isa Does It" and we do eat our way through "Salad Samurai."


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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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Hummus and some mixed salads with lots of either lemon juice or apple-cider-vinegar in the marinade/sauce


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Cold soba! You could make the sauce in the microwave, and keep a big container in the fridge. chop up cold veggies (cukes, cabbage, shredded carrots) to mix in if you like.

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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when is hot for almost whole day i eat only fresh fruits and something more when is cooler

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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
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Nicole wrote:
I really like making ramen & cabbage salad when it's super hot out. I get a bag or two of coleslaw mix and non-fried ramen, make up a dressing with some sesame oil, tamari, garlic chili sauce, and whatever else sounds good and then mix it all together with some almonds. Sometimes I add tofu or some other protein. It's good right out if the fridge will last a few days.


This sounds good. I've made something similar with rice noodles, broccoli slaw, baked tofu (store-bought, Nasoya), store-bought sesame dressing, and chopped peanuts. Good for when you not only don't want to use heat for cooking, but also don't really want to put in any effort at all. Which, when it's really hot and muggy, is basically how I feel.


I made this cowboy caviar recently, and it was so good! I did change it up a lot, adding only what I wanted (fewer black eyed peas, no bell pepper, etc) and also making a limey (not Italian) dressing, with cumin and chili powder. I'm sure there's a healthier option than eating it with tortilla chips, but I'm not too worried about that.

http://cookieandkate.com/2015/cowboy-caviar-recipe/


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 Post subject: Re: Hot Weather Veganism
PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:57 am 
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I just eat bean salad, basically. So much bean salad. Occasionally I'll cook some grits in the am because I miss hot things, and that's fast, easy, and yummy. I also kind of love cold hot dogs, but I do toast the bun, which requires some heating. It's so fast though that it usually doesn't heat up the kitchen much.

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any cold salad.
pasta salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, bean salad

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