Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe - a healthier and lighter take on the classic, plus a review of the ‘Vegan in 15’ Cookbook! | veganchickpea.com

Mushroom Stroganoff + ‘Vegan in 15’ Cookbook Review!

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe - a healthier and lighter take on the classic, plus a review of the ‘Vegan in 15’ Cookbook! | veganchickpea.comToday I’m bringing you the first ever cookbook review here on Vegan Chickpea! Kate Ford, the blogger behind one of the leading UK vegan and vegetarian food blogs over at The Veg Space, has recently come out with her first cookbook called Vegan in 15: Delicious Plant-based Recipes You Can Cook in 15 Minutes or Less. In exchange for providing an honest review, I received the book for free. Thanks Kate! 🙂

A WORD FROM KATE

“I’m not here to tell you why you should eat less meat and dairy, nor why you should go vegan. Instead, if you are thinking about it, or have decided to do so, I hope simply to show you that you can eat incredibly tasty food that doesn’t take hours to prepare or involve trips to multiple health food shops for obscure ingredients.

These recipes aren’t gluten free, sugar free, low calorie, low carb, paleo or detoxing. They won’t necessarily give you an ‘inner glow’, a ‘bikini-ready beach body’ or cure medical ailments. They just offer really good food which is quick and easy to make, and which happens to be vegan.

I’m passionate about writing recipes which look and taste like the sort of food you see in mainstream cookery books and magazines – recipes, above all, which will lift your spirits when you’ve had ‘that’ conversation about protein with a well-meaning friend for the hundredth time.”

~ Kate Ford

STRUCTURE

The book is divided into the following sections, and I’ve listed a couple sample recipes from each chapter:

  1. Easy Brunch – Smoky ‘Full English’ on Toast; Griddled Asparagus with Lemony Sauce on Crumpets
  2. Speedy Soups – Chunky Green Minestrone with Curly Kale; Oyster Mushroom Tom Yum Soup with Rice Noodles
  3. Salads – Tenderstem, Cucumber and Soba Noodle Salad; Speedy Spinach Falafel with Carrot and Apple Salad
  4. Fast Lunch – Broccoli and Kale Pine Nut Pizza; Speedy Bean Burger with Gherkins and Mustard Mayo
  5. Small Plates – Courgetti (Zucchini Spaghetti) and Sweetcorn Fritters with Coconut Yoghurt; French Beans and New Potatoes with Fresh Basil Pesto
  6. Main Dishes – Portobello Mushroom Stroganoff (recipe below!); One-Pot Linguine with Olives, Capers and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  7. Decadent Desserts – Amaretto-Sozzled Figs with Candied Walnut Crunch; Salted Caramel Chocolate Mousse Cups

Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe - a healthier and lighter take on the classic, plus a review of the ‘Vegan in 15’ Cookbook! | veganchickpea.com

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Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps - Bake the tofu and broccolini ahead of time for an easy, delicious, 5 minute high protein lunch! | veganchickpea.com

Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps - Bake the tofu and broccolini ahead of time for an easy, delicious, 5 minute high protein lunch! | veganchickpea.com

Today I want to share with you one of the easiest ways to throw together a super quick lunch with leftover tofu and veggies. My favorite way to prepare tofu is with this Asian Baked Garlic Tofu recipe, and I often make a double batch so I can add leftovers on top of salads, veggies, grains or create these Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps!

Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps - Bake the tofu and broccolini ahead of time for an easy, delicious, 5 minute high protein lunch! | veganchickpea.com

We’ve been eating a lot of broccolini in this household because they’ve had big organic bags of it at Costco recently. If you’ve cooked the tofu and broccolini ahead of time, it literally takes only 5 minutes to put these wraps together. Therefore it makes the perfect lunch that you can even prep ahead, or use as an appetizer for finger food at a potluck or party.

In these photos I used miniature organic local lettuces from here in Hawaii that I got at a farmers market, but you can use any of the following:

  • romaine leaves
  • butter lettuce
  • iceberg
  • collards
  • endive
  • any wrap of your choice – brown rice, corn tortilla, etc.

You can also use any leftover veggies you have on hand. I love broccolini or broccoli because I think the combo of roasted broccoli and tofu is amazing, so that’s what I’ve used here – but really, this is just a template and you can make any substitutions you’d like to create your own wraps. Here’s what you do:

Layer a piece of lettuce with tofu, broccoli (or other leftover roasted veggies you have on hand), and top with sauce or dressing and seeds of your choice. DONE!

Easy Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps - Bake the tofu and broccolini ahead of time for an easy, delicious, 5 minute high protein lunch! | veganchickpea.com

Here I used Frank’s RedHot Original Red Hot Sauce on half of the wraps, and dijon mustard on the other half. Another combo I like is vegan mayo mixed with Sriracha. Dressings or sauces like my Best Ever Tahini Garlic Sauce and 3 Ingredient Vegan EVERYTHING Sauce would also be good drizzled on top!

You’ll see in the photos that I topped my wraps with pumpkin seeds. You can also use sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, or crushed nuts on top for crunch and added protein.

What are your favorite, quick lunch ideas using leftovers? Let me know in the comments below! 
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Smoky Tempeh & Roasted Sweet Potato Hash Recipe - a perfect vegan & gluten free combination for brunch, lunch or dinner! Simple. Satisfying. High Protein. {nut free, refined sugar free} | veganchickpea.com

Smoky Tempeh & Roasted Sweet Potato Hash (Vegan + GF)

Smoky Tempeh & Roasted Sweet Potato Hash Recipe - a perfect vegan & gluten free combination for brunch, lunch or dinner! Simple. Satisfying. High Protein. {nut free, refined sugar free} | veganchickpea.com What on earth is tempeh?

About 7 years ago before I was vegan, a cool bohemian friend of mine told me she was making us tempeh for dinner. I nodded my head and smiled as if I knew what she was talking about. (I had no idea.) Staring at the square of tempeh for clues as to what it could be didn’t help. I remember enjoying that meal, but then tempeh fell off my radar for a few more years until I went vegetarian for the first time.

Smoky Tempeh & Roasted Sweet Potato Hash Recipe - a perfect vegan & gluten free combination for brunch, lunch or dinner! Simple. Satisfying. High Protein. {nut free, refined sugar free} | veganchickpea.com

A SHORT LESSON ON TEMPEH

Tempeh may sound foreign and unconventional, but it’s simply whole soy beans that have been soaked, cooked, slightly fermented and firmed into a block. It has an earthy, nutty flavor and hearty, firm texture. While tempeh is traditionally made with soybeans, it can actually be made with any type of bean and sometimes includes grains like brown rice, barley, millet or seeds.

You can find it at any healthy food store and at many grocery stores too (I like Lightlife brand). Be sure to check the labels to ensure it’s gluten free, as some varieties add barley or other gluten grains.

Ideally you marinade the tempeh so it soaks up the flavor. From there, it can be seared, grilled, baked, steamed or crumbled into stir-frys or soups. Different tempehs may vary but an average tempeh has about 16 grams of protein per 3 ounce serving.

Smoky Tempeh & Roasted Sweet Potato Hash Recipe - a perfect vegan & gluten free combination for brunch, lunch or dinner! Simple. Satisfying. High Protein. {nut free, refined sugar free} | veganchickpea.com

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Vegan Rice Paper Bacon Strips Recipe - looks real. Tastes real. 100% plant based. | {gluten, nut & refined sugar free, soy free option} veganchickpea.com

Vegan Rice Paper Bacon Strips

Vegan Rice Paper Bacon Strips Recipe - looks real. Tastes real. 100% plant based. | {gluten, nut & refined sugar free, soy free option} veganchickpea.com
Chewy. Salty. Crispy.

This first time I tried this (thank you to my friend Sumir!) I went… “WHOA. No way. It… can’t. Be!” Can this really be a delicious bacon substitute to help you forget about the real thing? Yes, my friends, it can.

Welcome to a whole new world of – RICE PAPER BACON.

Vegan Rice Paper Bacon Strips Recipe - looks real. Tastes real. 100% plant based. | {gluten, nut & refined sugar free, soy free option} veganchickpea.com

The beauty of this recipe is that it has all the qualities of bacon without the large amounts of cholesterol, fat and taking of a pig’s life.

Did you know that pigs are incredibly intelligent? They are widely accepted to be smarter than dogs, some primates and children of at least 3 years old. (Source)

I mean, just watch this video below. Could your dog do that?

I find it fascinating how we’re conditioned to eat certain animals and not others, and how that differs depending on where you grow up. Some cultures and religions don’t eat pigs or cows; in North America and Europe we don’t eat dogs or cats. Social Psychologist Melanie Joy, PhD, coined the term ‘carnism’ to describe this phenomenon, and wrote a fascinating book about our belief systems related to eating animals called Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism. You can check out the book here on Amazon if you’re interested in discovering more!

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Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip Recipe - A perfectly yummy and healthy substitute for traditional buffalo chicken dip! {Gluten Free, Paleo, Nut/Soy/Oil/Sugar Free} | veganchickpea.com

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip Recipe - A perfectly yummy and healthy substitute for traditional buffalo chicken dip! {Gluten Free, Paleo, Nut/Soy/Oil/Sugar Free} | veganchickpea.com

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip Recipe - A perfectly yummy and healthy substitute for traditional buffalo chicken dip! {Gluten Free, Paleo, Nut/Soy/Oil/Sugar Free} | veganchickpea.com LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!

(That’s what they say before football games, right?)

OK, I admit it. I’m not a big football fan. Going to live to games can be fun sometimes – feeling like I’m right there near the action – but I typically get super bored watching football on TV. All the stopping, flags, timeouts… it goes on for 3 hours! Boring.

The Super Bowl however is a whole different ball game. The reason most people watch the Super Bowl isn’t for the game but for the COMMERCIALS, right? Those of you reading this from outside North America probably think that’s insane. Why would we want to intentionally watch commercials for hours? Well, they’re the most expensive TV commercials from the entire year, which means they’re bound to pretty good – funny, heartwarming, perhaps even edgy or thought provoking. It’s an American tradition, really!

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Dip Recipe - A perfectly yummy and healthy substitute for traditional buffalo chicken dip! {Gluten Free, Paleo, Nut/Soy/Oil/Sugar Free} | veganchickpea.com

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