So I was hanging out on Twitter today and saw one of my Tweeps, amoyal, mention that today was #MeatlessMonday. I had never heard of this particular Twitter tag, but I got pretty excited since it’s so close to what I want to do with Vegan Weekend. Anyway, never one to let a good Twitter tag go, I figured I couldn’t not start doing #MeatlessMonday posts.
(For the record, I’ve already been reminded Mondays are hard enough, so giving up meat is just cruel. I, however reminded my friend I wasn’t asking him to give up caffeine! ;))
So, the long and short of it is that you can be 100% sure that every post I write on Monday will be completely meatless.
Like today’s recipe for:
Lasagna Made With Italian Sausage Match Meat
Using delicious Match Meat flavored Italian Sausage, Mrs. WellDone, BWD, Jr., and I made our own lasagnas this evening. Me, I like lots of sauce, garlic, and mushrooms. Mrs. WellDone likes lots of cheee. BWD, Jr. likes noodles and that’s about it. So we all made our own. And to get some protein and the flavor of meat, we used Match Meat Italian Sausage.
The Italian Sausage Match Meat was perfect. It was spicy like Italian sausage should be and it crumbled like Italian sausage, so the texture was ideal, but at the same time, there was a ton less grease, making it healthier, too. I know that to a lot of people going without meat may seem like a huge deal, but no one missed!
Okay, so my resolution to help everyone else ruin theirs was to do 31 posts in 31 days. Fortunately, my resolution was not to release one post per day or else my resolution would be undeniably broken since you may notice January 11th is empty. However, I did release two posts today.
The worst part is that I had the post done, it was just in a draft form. Oh well, life, goes on right into today’s lesson: vegan nachos.
All things considered, vegan nachoes maybe the healthiest thing that comes out of this month in terms of the amount of bad stuff you might consume. Still, I have done my darndest to make sure the recipe is packed full of things which are delicious enough to qualify this as comfort food.
Now, I know what you are thinking…vegan nachos? If you have hung around the site at all, you know I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for vegan ground beef (Fantastic Foods taco meat) or chicken (Match Foods). Still, nachos are known for one thing: cheese. How can you have cheese without animal products? Fortunately, in my post on Nutritional Yeast, I provide the answer using How It All Vegan!: Irresistible Recipes for an Animal-Free Diet‘s Eazy Breezy Cheezy Sauce that we will kick up a bit.
After that, it is a simple matter of adding some vegan refried beans (hello Fantastic!), some olives, tomatoes, and some other goodies and we are ready to rock some nachos.
Vegan comfort food week of unResolution month marches onward. Why vegan food? Well, I figure I’m corrupting the omnivore’s and the vegetarian’s diet, I might as well make it equal opportunity (raw foodists, I’m thinking real hard…) I mean, after all, UnResolution month only works if everyone gets a chance to eat really bad-for-you-food that tastes pretty darned good. Right?
So today, we are going with something quick and easy and familiar to meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike:
Fried Vegan “Chicken Strips”
If you have been following this blog much lately, I have been doing a lot of cooking with Match Foods products. I’ve done gravy burgers and crab rangoon both made from Match’s meat replacers. Today, I decided to bring things back a little bit and do something everyone loves: chicken strips, but vegan chicken strips made from Match meat.
This recipe is simple and easy and uses the same tempura skillz I learned from Julia Usher at Sauce Magazine. However, unlike yesterday’s deep fried sushi recipe, the tempura batter used in this recipe is a lot more open to interpretation. Normal tempura batter uses plain soda water and minimal spices. With this recipe, you can use beer if you like or Coca-Cola or whatever. You can also add more or different spices than those I list.
Feel free to have fun with this one.
Vegan Chicken Strips