August 12th, 2006

recipes for week long trial veganism -- help my meat-eater see the light!

After lots of arguments and coaxing, my omni husband is trying veganism for a week (starting this morning). A lot of bribing is involved, but it really seems like he's finally given some serious thought to the health and animal rights sides and will probably come out of this at least a vegetarian. That's a huuge step -- he's kind of set in his ways about most things, and in this case his ways are loving chicken and beef and wanting to eat only them all the time.

I am looking for varied, attractive recipes for this week that will show how much variety there is out there for vegan food ... he's a very picky eater who doesn't like most veggies (although potatos, carrots, and broccoli are ones he really likes) so part of the need for variety is a search for vegan foods that he will really like.

I will be doing all of our cooking (as usual) and packing him lunches for work. Of course I'm looking at the vegan lunchbox! I can do a few really time consuming recipes, but I need some simple ones too since I'm busy with school.

More info: I can't eat food with gluten, but he can, so I'm thinking I should make some kind of vegan baked treat for this week. We don't have tons of money but I'm willing to get a few highly-recommended meat-subsitutes (cuz I think that would help him a lot). He's already tried bocca burgers (which smell way too much like meat to me) and said that they were good but needed cheese :(

thank you whoever tagged this for me! sorry I don't know the ins and outs of the community yet!
also, my husband and I are doing this mostly for health reasons -- I'm reaaally worried him. He's overweight and has athsma and some other serious chronic conditions that my research says this would really help -- not to mention that his diet previously of fast-food meat made him a candidate for high cholesterol :( so HEATHY recipes are best!
Lily and the Unicorns

Road's End Penne and Chreese

I inherited a box of this from a former friend of mine. I want to use it. I have been avoiding it like the plague for a while now (bad experience with Whole Wheat Elbow Macaroni Mac and BAD)
I know some of you out there like it. I want to find a way to make this work for me without wasting anything. I have and can get whatever I need to make it bearable the next time I travel down to Austin either at Wheatsville or Whole foods so that's not an issue.

max, MUN russia

Jam Banana Bread

I experimented with the banana bread recipe from How it all Vegan this afternoon by replacing the sugar with the last of my 2005 stash of peach jam. The results were really tasty, though I needed to lower the temp, reduce baking time, and cover the bread with foil to keep the top from caramelizing and burning. Thought I'd share the updated recipe:

Experimental Banana Jam Bread

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tbs lemon juice (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
1/2 c oil
1/2 c peach jam (raspberry would probably be great, too)
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 wheat germ
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
(and I threw in 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, because I like cinnamon with peaches)

Combine until "just mixed", pour into sprayed loaf pan, and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. (45 was too long and my top got a bit over-browned; a piece of foil on top of the pan would probably help.)

chocolate chip cookies from vegan with a vengeance

this is the second time i've made the chocolate chip cookies from vegan with a vengeance and BOTH times i've have the same problem
after i add the flour in the dough is so dry! it doesn't clump up or anything for me, it's almost like.. power sort of, not really fine or anything but just all these little dough crumbles
i wind up having to add water or soymilk to get it to hold for me to form it into cookies
anyone else have this problem? or am i doing something totally wrong? i follow to recipe *exactly*
everything else from this book comes out AMAZINGLY YUMMY so i'm going to assume it's not the recipe