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[Sep. 29th, 2011|02:22 pm]
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[missmicrophone]
I wanted to thank everyone for all their awesome suggestions for tomatoes on the last entry! I really appreciate it. On that note, I'm a brand new vegan and a fairly inexperienced cook (I just got my first "big girl" job about a year ago and just saved up enough to move out on my own after college). Does anyone have any quick, easy recipes they use a lot that work well for one-person dinners? I could just google it, but I do like the personal opinions that LJ communities give, so I'd appreciate it! I'm also trying to lose some weight, so while some doughs, breads and pastas are great, I'm trying not to get too addicted ;). Thanks everyone!
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From: mangiati_vivi
2011-09-29 07:28 pm (UTC)

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I haven't been doing it much lately, but one of my general staples is marinated tofu that's been pan-fried over brown rice and mixed veg.

I also make the potato-spinach curry and pasta de los angeles from Appetite for Reduction quite a bit. Both make quite a bit, and are super, super tasty.
[User Picture]From: missmicrophone
2011-09-29 08:23 pm (UTC)

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Those both sound delicious! What do you marinate the tofu in? What kind of mixed vegetables, or do you just buy some frozen?
From: mangiati_vivi
2011-09-29 08:34 pm (UTC)

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The marinade differs every time since I basically just throw stuff together to taste, but the basics are things like soy sauce, peanut sauce, sesame oil, hoisin, curry powder, ginger, and garlic. The veggies are just plain old frozen mixed veggies - whatever's cheapest. My local store has a "stir fry" mix that's pretty good - onions, water chestnuts, carrots, snow peas, stuff like that.
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[User Picture]From: missmicrophone
2011-09-30 12:14 am (UTC)

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Ooh thanks for the suggestions! I'll have to look up Viva Vegan.
[User Picture]From: rikkitsune
2011-09-30 12:50 am (UTC)

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I have two cheap and easy soup recipes for you. :)

Speedy Tuscan White Bean Soup. Now, when I make this, I leave out the pancetta for obvious reasons. If you don't want to faff around with fresh thyme, you can just add dried, or stir in some herb paste. In Oz, where I am, there's a brand of stock called Massel which makes chicken, beef and veggie stock, ALL VEGAN. It's brilliant. Anyway, if you don't have that brand, I recommend vegetable stock. You can either food process the lot for a smooth soup, or leave half un-processed for a chunkier, more satisfying soup. It makes 3-4 hearty serves and keeps well in the fridge for up to a week.

Red lentil and Sweet Potato Soup. I normally add a sliced up leek to this recipe, because I love the leek/onion/garlic flavour. I also recommend adding a good splash (around a cup or so) of passata (Italian cooking sauce) once you've added the stock. The grated up zucchini is a delicious addition too, so even though it's annoying adding it at the end, dooo eeeet. Again, 3-4 hearty serves.

They are my favourite vegan go-to's when I am busted ass broke but still wanting to eat healthy.
[User Picture]From: missmicrophone
2011-10-14 01:38 pm (UTC)

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Sounds great! Soup is such a filling food for me so I love making it! Unfortunately we don't have Massel here :( I'll hunt around for a good alternative.
[User Picture]From: rebel
2011-09-30 07:59 am (UTC)

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Smash some cooked/canned chickpeas and mix it with diced onion, celery, dill pickle and some vegan mayo (vegenaise) for a fast, delicious vegan "tuna" salad.

Frybread tacos are delicious and really cheap. This is the recipe I use, except I don't use any powdered milk obviously. I usually mix a can of black beans with chopped onions, tomatoes, lettuce, olives, avocado, cilantro and salsa. I know you want to veer away from breads and stuff but this is a good, yummy option if you're broke and/or feeling lazy that day :)

Stir fry some vegetables (I usually do peppers, mushrooms, onions and garlic; I add baby corn/bok choy/black olives if I have them on hand) and add some spoonfuls of Thai Kitchen brand curry paste and a half a can of coconut milk. Serve over rice or noodles, if you'd like.

Check out vegweb.com, too. There are so many recipes (all vegan!) and users rate them and review them as well. You can also add recipes to your "recipe box", meal planner and even a grocery list. :)
[User Picture]From: missmicrophone
2011-10-14 01:37 pm (UTC)

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Thank you for all the suggestions! I'm going to make the fake tuna salad sometime in the next week! (I've been so busy at work--forced to just have a wholeeee lot of soup). I'll have to get some of that curry paste. Does it last you awhile?
[User Picture]From: rebel
2011-10-14 03:18 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, it does! It's 4 bucks for a small jar and it lasts me 5 meals if I am eating by myself which isn't bad seeing as I eat it once a week! :) You're welcome!
[User Picture]From: jennilee
2011-10-14 04:56 am (UTC)

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i have just the website for you!

go to http://theveganstoner.com/. it's so awesome. most recipes have less than 7 ingredients and it's just easy. there are no measurements or quantities, you just throw things together and experiment for yourself.

i've made the chickpea curry, the peanut stew, and the corn salad sandwich so far. all delicious, all cheap and easy to make.
[User Picture]From: missmicrophone
2011-10-14 01:35 pm (UTC)

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You've just made my day! What a cute an easy way to make things! Thank you so much.