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 Post subject: scared of Veganomicon
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:23 am 
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i dont know why but i find Veganomicon very intimidating.
can anyone recommend some simple, easy, and tasty recipes in it for dinner as a way to "break the ice" with this book.

ive made the lemon coconut bundt cake twice and LOVED IT but i need dinner ideas.

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Don't be scared. It's delicious! Well, probably not the book itself, since paper hasn't ever been delicious (er, to me. Some kids might beg to differ? maybe? Or is that a myth?) I personally love the Leek & Bean cassoulet. I'll probably make it this week since my roommate procured leeks recently.

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I have been working my way through it for the past three years and it's the best way to get "unintimidated," every week I pick one or two recipes, make sure the ingredients are on my grocery list and then make them! I have yet to be disappointed. It's one of those jump in with two feet kind of books and the dishes are always infinitely easier once you get going.
Personal favourites include the cornbread, Dill/Chard/Chickpea Rice, cannelini/mushroom/bulgar salad, and that wasabi dressing.

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Penne vodka
Pasta e fagioli
Mac daddy
Green pea and lemon risotto with roasted red peppers
Red lentil-cauliflower curry
Porcini-wild rice soup
Broccoli potato soup with fresh herbs
Tomato rice soup with roasted garlic and navy beans
Chickpea cutlets
Snobby joes
Black bean burgers
BBQ seitan and coleslaw sandwich

Lots of the casseroles are amazing too, but are a tad more work than what I listed above.


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I also feel a little intimidated by v"con. I don't use it as much as my other cookbooks from Isa. I think the hard cover might be most of my problem. That being said the chickpea noodle soup, chickpea cutlets and low fat banana bread are great.


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i got stuff to make the pineapple quinoa stir fry this week.

the mac daddy and penne vodka also sound like easy places to start. this book just overwhelms the crepe out of me

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LisaPunk wrote:
i got stuff to make the pineapple quinoa stir fry this week.

the mac daddy and penne vodka also sound like easy places to start. this book just overwhelms the crepe out of me

But the directions are very helpful with imbedded tips to make sure everything will turn out fine. It's not scary I promise!

The pasta dishes are a bit less involved though which is why I recommended a few of them. The penne vodka is completely amazing. You won't be disappointed.


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make those frigging tamarind lentils!!! they are AWESOMEBALLS.

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The salads, appetizers, and sammiches are all quite easy! Also, maybe make meals out of simpler recipes (barbecue tofu + one of the veggies, for instance). In no time you'll be making multi-course feasts! V'con remains my favourite vegan cookbook of all time.

Also, the suggested preparations for veggies and stuff in the intro are great for side dishes.


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LisaPunk wrote:
i got stuff to make the pineapple quinoa stir fry this week.

the mac daddy and penne vodka also sound like easy places to start. this book just overwhelms the crepe out of me

The pinapple quinoa stir fry is awesome. I also really like the penne vodka, tamarind lentils, baby bok choy with shallots, and the lemony potatoes. I like the chickpea cutlets, but rarely make them. They have been a hit with every omnivore I've served them to. I much prefer the pumpkin baked ziti to the mac daddy, but then again I've found that I don't think I like mac & cheese... The tofu po' boys are one of the best sandwiches ever.


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The lasagna! I just made it for the umpteenth time, and it's sooooo good.
I also have the seitan recipe permanently bookmarked.


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The first recipe I ever made from Vcon was the stuffed pepper recipe. It wasn't complex, and uses easy ingredients I already had. Good luck! Veganomicon is my favorite cookbook.
Also, I just made the leek and bean cassoulet, and it took some time, but wasn't difficult, and is super delicious and impressive looking.

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The pastas are probably the easiest recipes, and the basic baked tofu, grilled tempeh, chickpea cutlets, the stuffed peppers. I don't really find any of the recipes particularly difficult though. Some just take longer than others.


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i've had V'con for 4 years and i'm still a bit put off by how many recipes seem to require a ton of work or ingredients that are hard to source/i'm not going to use for anything else.

that said, here are a few nice things i've made that didn't overwhelm me:
spicy tempeh nori rolls (the filling would be nice in sandwiches, too)
baby bok choy with shallots & sesame
sauteed collards
smoky grilled tempeh
seitan cutlets
acorn squash, pear, and adzuki soup with sauteed shiitakes
baked potato & greens soup with potato-wedge croutons (i skipped the croutons, but must try them sometime)
tempeh shepherdess pie
spicy tempeh and broccoli rabe with rotelle
lasagne marinara with spinach (a bit of prep & assembly, but not hard, and well worth it - my omni family LOVED it)
green pea & lemon risotto with roasted red peppers (i skipped the peppers)
mushroom gravy

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Pasta e Fagiole is a quick and easy but insanely good and foolproof. Sometimes I add a bit of sugar if my tomatoes aren't sweet enough.

Italian tofu and asian tofu are easy though not so quick (just because of the tofu pressing and marinating time).

Snobby Joes and Black Bean burgers are fairly quick and easy.

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The penne vodka is easy to make and delicious.

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mel b wrote:
every week I pick one or two recipes, make sure the ingredients are on my grocery list and then make them!


This is a fantastic idea for those of you overwhelmed or put off by the sheer size of this book. It's meant to be a comprehensive resource of vegan cuisine. It's great for learning to make new dishes, preparing unfamiliar ingredients, mastering culinary methods, and creating awesome menus for entertaining.
I read it like a book when I first got it. I suggest flipping through and picking out something that really jumps out at you... and just making it. I like to flip through each recipe and mark with a post-it note the ones I definitely want to make first.
The sample menus in the back would be a great place to start for ideas for a full meal.

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Yes to tamarind lentils! My fave. Also: the chickpeas romesco or whatever it's called that's right after the tamarind lentils recipe, the eggplant-chickpea stew, pumpkin ziti and the seitan piccata thing. I don't have the book in front of me, but those are a few of my go-to recipes.


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With that book (and a couple others) I've started opening it to a random page and making whatever it lands on. No disappointments yet!


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Chickpea cutlets were the first thing I made from v'con, and they were super easy and delicious! Just serve them with some mashed potatoes and corn or something. Easy peasy! Oh serve it with peas!

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Omigawd chickpea cutlets. Make a double batch and freeze half the dough... you will not regret it.


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The tofu po' boys are one of the best sandwiches ever.


Tis! Pretty easy too, but then I kinda cheat and buy the pre shredded coleslaw.

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Omigawd chickpea cutlets. Make a double batch and freeze half the dough... you will not regret it.


You freeze the dough, not the cooked cutlet?


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I really like making stuff shells with their Ricotta Cheese recipe. Very simple and one recipe to try that may break the ice. ;)

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I really like making stuff shells with their Ricotta Cheese recipe. Very simple and one recipe to try that may break the ice. ;)


I do that too, using the marinara recipe.

There are a few fussy recipe in Vcon, but there are tons that are quick and pantry friendly too.

Mac Daddy is quick and easy. Leftovers are great. I always add the peas.
Coconut Lemon Bundt Cake
Penne alla Vodka
I forget the name of the Lima bean recipe.
I love the hummus recipe because it is just a perfect, basic recipe. You can easily adapt it.
The biscotti are great one bowl, quick cookies

I admit that I don't use it as much as I should. This is inspiring me to go back through it.

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