sweet_bread (sweet_bread) wrote in vegancooking,

What Do Vegans Eat?: Philly "Cheese Steak"

I decided to take photos of the meals that my husband and I typically eat during the week and post them on my personal journal, to answer the question I hear so often--"What can you eat?" I've been watching vegancooking for years and I hope that the members will take an interest, or at least enjoy the food-porn. While the meals I feature may not be particularly complex, I think there is value in discussing the "normal" and everyday vegan diet. By "normal" I mean meals we make often without using a recipe or list to shop. I will admit to you that Paul and I rely too heavily on processed foods, so our everyday diet is not perfect, but we try.

Our Philly Cheese Steaks are the most fattening meal that we make semi-weekly. Not only does the meal call for a cheese alternative (we use Vegan Gourmet's Mozzarella), but also we use about a tablespoon of Vegenaise and a white baguette. We found the recipe for Philly Cheese Steaks on the back of the Tofurky "Philly-Style" Steak Deli Slices, but overtime it has become our own. We do not measure our ingredients.

We have to purchase the banana peppers at a conventional store, because Whole Foods doesn't carry products that contain artificial colors or preservatives.

We slice up onions, green peppers, the Tofurky slices and fry them up in a bit of olive oil with the banana peppers.

My husband grinds fresh pepper over everything we eat.

We add the cheese, only after some of the Tofurky slices are crisp. Since my husband works at the Whole Foods bakery, we are hip to the "par baked" (partially baked) baguette. You have to ask for it. It's not on the floor. We pop the baguette in the oven, along with some fries, and complete the baking process. The freshly baked baguette is flaky, golden and warm.  

We spread a little Vegenaise on the baguette and load in the Philly Cheese Steak mixture. It makes for a heavy meal. Sometimes I feel guilty about it and ask Paul if we should have some vegetables with the sandwich. He claims that we are having vegetables: the onions and peppers qualify in his mind.

A bottle of cold IPA goes down well with this comforting meal.

Tags: quick-meals, sandwiches-not for packed lunches
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