So I want to start doing something new. I have a friend (we will call her Mama C...which is actually what I call her in real life) who is on a very restrictive diet, it's basically vegan-gluten free. And she's been having some difficulty thinking of what to make for dinner that isn't vegetable soup.
I said to myself, "self....how hard is it to modify what you cook into vegan, vegetarian, or even gluten free vegan foods?" Well...I don't really know, but I'm willing to find out.
I probably won't be posting recipes (maybe if I get more adventurous and better with my time management skills) but it'll serve more as a meal-idea reference that Mama C can utilize whenever she's stuck thinking of what to make for dinner. I might put some cooking tips, but not step by step measured out recipes. Let's be honest here, I never really measure my food anyway I just eyeball things and taste it to see what it needs. But anyway....I'll label it "vegan food substitutes" for easy future referencing....and one day I might write a cook book about it.
This is what I made for dinner tonight:
Shirazi salad- cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, mint, lime juice, salt, olive oil
Tzaziki-(there are many variations of this) Greek yogurt, mint, lemon juice, garlic, shredded cucumber (I shred my cucumber on a cheese grater then strain it. It helps get extra water out so my tzaziki isn't a watery gross mess)
Chicken asparagus stuff-pan fried chicken breast with asparagus, tomatoes, olive oil, Mrs Dash original, garlic salt.
To make it Mama C friendly:
Sub quinoa for brown rice
Shirazi can stay the same
Tzaziki should be made with a dairy-free substitute. I hear they make soy yogurt, coconut yogurt and almond yogurt these days. If the yogurt consistency is more watery than Greek yogurt, you can put it in cheese cloth and let it drain overnight to get some extra moisture out. (You can even do that with regular yogurt)
The chicken thingy was actually created so I could use up some stuff in my fridge (like most of my recipes). You could remove the chicken and just have asparagus and tomatoes or you can add whatever hearty vegetables you like: zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant, or even tofu if you like that kind of stuff.
...and that's the end for today....