| Register  | FAQ  | Search | Login 
It is currently Sun Nov 23, 2014 5:47 pm

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 27 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 9:53 am 
Offline
Tofu Pup

Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:14 am
Posts: 7
I need help... quick!

My lady and I are vegan but I just received the "I wish you would cook more" talk from her.

This scares me to death! I'm really not the best cook at all...

Are there any easy things I can start with to make for her? Youtube videos? Books to read? Blogs?

I need help! Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:59 am 
Online
Top of the food chain & doesn't need to prove it
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 12, 2011 4:38 pm
Posts: 634
Location: Germany
Maybe start with The Vegan Stoner?

My first vegan cookbook was Vegan with a Vengeance. Still a trusty favorite.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:02 am 
Offline
Plays The Sims 2 religiously
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:20 pm
Posts: 7659
Location: Portland, OR
I've never read Isa's new book 'Isa Does It', but Apparantly the whole point of that book is ease. Good luck!

_________________
i would schmear marmite on a moist scrotum for Mars. - interrobang?!
"Not everything." ~ mumbles (1973-2013) - mumbles


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:10 am 
Online
Lactose Intolerant...Literally
User avatar

Joined: Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:33 pm
Posts: 670
Location: Reno
I second The Vegan Stoner - it's so simple. Everything is a basic jumping point, and as you grow confident, you can adjust things really easily. Isa Does It is pretty simple and pretty quick, but if you're totally scared of cooking, I'd reccomend that more as a step two.

_________________
Blog: Reno Vegan


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:12 am 
Offline
Tofu Pup

Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:14 am
Posts: 7
Thank you!

The Vegan Stoner book was actually on my list of books for us to get!

I will definitely get it now.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:40 pm 
Offline
TOTALLY CRADICAL
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:42 am
Posts: 4084
Location: Smugville, CA
Good for you for stepping up and tackling the culinary world! I would second Isa Does It, the recipes are super quick and easy. My favorite so far is the chicky tuna salad sandwich, it's delicious and SOFAST. All you need is a can opener, a food processor, and five minutes! Your lady will be swooning. :)

Keep us posted! Be sure to show off your creations in the food porn thread, and welcome to the PPK!

_________________
Crazy rating: Double plus crazytown bananapants ~Jordanpattern
"It's, you know, your typical Portland restaurant; bowls." ~Kittee
Sews Before Bros


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:05 pm 
Offline
Tofu Pup

Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:14 am
Posts: 7
Thanks for the encouragement!

I definitely need to check out that chicky tuna salad - it sounds great!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:52 pm 
Offline
Vegan Vegan Vegan Vegan Vegan
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:55 pm
Posts: 4535
Location: The land of maple syrup and beavers.
Yes, welcome!

I could barely cook a thing when I got married 5 years ago. Now my friends call me a "foodie" and I love tackling new recipes. The more you cook, the better you will get. Honestly!

I'd also recommend you get the book Vegan on the Cheap by Robin Robertson. Lots of recipes to teach you how to cook but also lots of inexpensive, simple options. I also LOVE Isa Does It and many of the recipes are on the ppk blog, so check that out. Print out a recipe and try it!

Finally, pasta or soup. Both are pretty forgiving and as long as the seasonings are good, even over cooked pasta can taste good.

_________________
Anyone for some German Shepherd Pie? - daisychain
Well! Fruit is stupid! These onions taste nothing like fruit! - allularpunk
Dwarf-tossing for God: A Story of Hope - Invictus


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:06 pm 
Offline
Lubes With Earth Balance
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:38 am
Posts: 1594
Location: Rochester & Albany, NY
In addition to what others have said:

Although not vegan, the TV show Good Eats is a decent resource for learning cooking techniques. There are several episodes on YouTube and there are some on Netflix now too.

If your lady is a more confident cook, cook together! My SO is not a cook at all, but we cook together and he is learning knife skills and using measuring spoons/cups etc. slowly but surely. It's a nice way to spend time together!

Overall, I agree that just practicing and gaining experience is a great way to learn to cook. I think Isa's recipes are excellent in part because they are so well written and easy to follow- little things like the ingredients being listed in the order you use them are really helpful!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:03 am 
Offline
Tofu Pup

Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:14 am
Posts: 7
I have added "Vegan on the Cheap" to the book list as well! Thanks for the recommendation!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:04 am 
Offline
Tofu Pup

Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:14 am
Posts: 7
Nicole, good point in watching shows like "Good Eats" to get basic cooking skills down. Thank you.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:00 am 
Offline
BAD PASS
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:43 pm
Posts: 843
Location: NW Indiana/Chicago
Most of the recipes in Appetite for Reduction are pretty simple too.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:08 am 
Offline
So Totally Yiffy

Joined: Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:24 pm
Posts: 37
When I went vegan I did not know how to cook. But as the saying goes: Practice makes perfect.

I found that Appetite for Reduction is a great book for beginners. Easy and approachable recipes.
What kind of food (cuisine) does your lady likes?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:33 am 
Offline
Vegan Vegan Vegan Vegan Vegan
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:46 pm
Posts: 4459
Location: 5 mi east of philly
yes, knife skills are super important. in addition to watching knife skills videos, make sure you have a good chef's knife to begin with. whenever we visit the in-laws, my prep slows down so much, and my terror level rises exponentially, because their knives are low quality and never seem to keep a sharp edge. (the lightweight feel also makes me feel as if i'm not in control.) i used to laugh at the TV shows that had the chefs packing up their knives to travel, but now i understand completely.

_________________
I solved it for once and for all -- and for everyone -- by intentionally leaving behind some 9-lives burritos... ~Lorelei4mc
supercarrot.com, vegan groupony things, vegan coupons


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:59 am 
Offline
Invented Vegan Meringue
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:14 pm
Posts: 3605
Location: NJ/Philadelphia
I actually taught myself how to cook by watching the Food Network. Alton Brown's Good Eats and Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals were my go to shows. But that was before I was vegan so I'm not sure if those would be good suggestions to those who are already vegan. There is a vegetarian cooking show on PBS called the Jazzy Vegetarian.

Once you have some basics down cookbooks are great! Any and all of them. Just don't try to tack the Veganomicon on your first run.

How It All Vegan is a great book with lots of resources in it too and super easy meals.

_________________
"Gnome kicking says a lot a man's character." - Babbette


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:24 pm 
Offline
Dislikes Rick Santorum
User avatar

Joined: Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:51 am
Posts: 5457
Location: United States of New England
another vote for Appetite for Reduction. i dont really use it in its "low fat" capacity. the recipes are just simple and easy and YUMMY.
i also like that it doesnt rely a lot of packaged vegan stuff because sometimes that stuff can be hard to find depending on where you live.

even though i cook a lot i really appreciate how detailed Isa's recipes are when i use other books and feel a lot of things are *implied* rather than written. so if you aren't super familiar with cooking i would definitely recommend an Isa book. i think Appetite for Reduction is the easiest but her new one Isa Does It is also fairly simple but super yummy recipes and they are all relatively quick

i also like Chloe Coscarelli's books and would recommend Chloe's Kitchen to get first but i do think Isa's book are written better for a novice (not that Chloe's recipes are hard it's just Isa's are more step by step)

_________________
Unimpressed Baby Blog


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:44 pm 
Offline
Baking In The Flavor
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:29 pm
Posts: 180
Location: Central Plains, USA
happivore's blog is full of easy and tasty recipes with video how-to's - www.happivore.com

_________________
Coder/Shaper who thinks this is his blog: www.alienvir.us


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:51 pm 
Offline
Lactose Intolerant...Literally

Joined: Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:25 pm
Posts: 714
I have to disagree with some of the suggestions here. I'm a slow cook and while I LOVE the recipes in Chloe's Kitchen and Isa Does It, for me these are special occasion cookbooks. Likewise Vegan on the Cheap -- I like it less, and for me it's not quick and sometimes not easy. The recipes are very affordable, though.

For suggestions, I second The Vegan Stoner (I haven't cooked from it but I have looked at it and the recipes appear very simple). A couple of other suggestions: Lorna Sass's Short Cut Vegan-Great Taste in No Time, and Quick Fix Vegan, my favorite of Robin Robertson's Quick Fix cookbooks, which is slightly more involved than the Stoner book and the Sass, but recipes are delicious and still relatively simple and quick.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:56 pm 
Offline
Has it on Blue Vinyl
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:27 pm
Posts: 2101
Location: Ashevegas, NC
In general, the whole bowl concept is a pretty simple, straightforward way to easily make delicious meals. Grain + protein + veggies + sauce. There are infinite combinations, and it's even easier when you use canned beans, and cook a big batch of rice or pasta, and roast a bunch of veggies, to keep in the fridge and use for bowls throughout the week.

_________________
"Some of my best friends hate Oreos. I once let one use my bathroom." -Shy Mox


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:06 pm 
Offline
Banned from Vegan Freaks.
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:44 pm
Posts: 378
Location: Jungles of America
I guess I'm lucky that neither I nor my spouse demand anything fancy be cooked very often. I rarely cook and neither does my spouse, but I don't think either of us would demand the other do the work for something we want. Can't you just learn together? Typically when I'm "cooking" I'm really just cutting things up while my spouse worries about the recipe portion. Teamwork.

On my own I mostly just throw veggie patties onto a pan with some greens and onions. Veggie burgers are about as complicated as I get most of the time.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:54 pm 
Offline
The Real Hamburger Helper
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:31 pm
Posts: 2312
Location: Austin, TX
Isa has some videos too that go along with the Isa Does it Recipes
http://www.theppk.com/2013/10/makeitvegan/

_________________
blarg Lazy Smurf's Guide to Life
twitter @veganLazySmurf
Pinterest


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:38 pm 
Offline
Remembers When Veganism Was Cool
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:43 pm
Posts: 2467
Location: In some dumb hotel in an equally dumb town...or in San Diego
get some cookbooks and jump into the easier looking recipes, if you follow them as written the food will not be bad

for extra laziness and ease of use you could try crock pot recipes and soups and stews

_________________
http://dumbveganfoodblog.blogspot.com/


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:52 pm 
Offline
Lubes With Earth Balance
User avatar

Joined: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:26 pm
Posts: 1593
Location: santa cruz!
another vote for Appetite for Reduction - no weirdo ingredients, straightforward recipes, delicious results!

_________________
Vegan Eats & Treats


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:31 pm 
Offline
Tofu Pup

Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:14 am
Posts: 7
Wow!!! So many replies and great recommendations to check out!

We could definitely learn together but the reason she's wanting me to cook some nights is we are both working 2 jobs in order to pay off our debt total and be able to move to Portland, Oregon.

Some day we will be out there where we belong!

Should take us 4 to 5 years I think.

Thanks everyone for your encouragement!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Vegan guy needs help!
PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:42 am 
Offline
Banned from Vegan Freaks.
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:44 pm
Posts: 378
Location: Jungles of America
You'll be in the food porn section in no time!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 27 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Rebekah and 15 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group
Template made by DEVPPL/ThatBigForum and fancied up by What Cheer