Bean burgers Part 2

In which I try out a Chickpea Burger recipe… When it comes to bean burger success, the texture of the cooked beans is critical.  You can’t make burgers with beans that are too firm.  Case in point: this recipe for chickpea burgers.  Canned chickpeas are very dense and chewy compared to other beans like kidney […]

Vegan pumpkin pie

I came across an article about vegan Thanksgiving desserts recently.  Some of them were just traditional dessert dishes, such as fruit crisp, tweaked slightly to omit butter.  One was a god-awful invention that was going to involve hours of preparation, lots of dirty dishes, all for a very questionable result: Coconut Parsnip Tart.  Why?  Why […]

Stuffed pumpkin for a vegetarian Thanksgiving

Nothing says “meat” like Thanksgiving dinner.  Turkey is the culinary and visual center of the meal.  Until relatively recently, being vegetarian at Thanksgiving was likely to bring hostile or incredulous stares.  Long ago, I brought a vegetarian person to a Thanksgiving dinner, and that’s exactly what happened.  Now vegetarian dining is more mainstream, but I […]

The meatless sandwich

Say the word “sandwich” and what comes to mind?  Ham, cheese?  Tuna?  Roast beef?  Turkey?  Sandwiches typically feature meat and/or cheese, making them a major source of protein.  So what do you do if you’re vegetarian or vegan?  How do you pack protein into a meatless sandwich? Well, there’s always PB & J, or even […]

Umami flavor boosters for meatless meals

Plant-based umami flavor boosters If there’s one thing that discourages people from adopting meatless meals is the lack of the rich umami flavor that’s unique to meat and dairy foods like cheese.  Plant protein foods just don’t have that flavor kick.  Foods like legumes, quinoa, chia, whole grains and tofu are pretty bland on their […]

Food of the week: mukimame

Muki – what? I thought the same thing when I saw it in the freezer section of the grocery.  Basically mukimame is shelled edamame.  Edamame is soy beans in the pod, picked green.  Sort of like green beans, but soy beans.  You don’t eat the pods, so eating edamame is an adventure, stripping out the […]

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