Yippee! It’s November.. and November is World Vegan Month!
To celebrate World Vegan Day/Month, here are our 10 Great Vegan Dishes that don’t suck!
Our Top 10, most delicious Vegan dishes are..
1. Soba Noodles
Soba noodles are native Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour (soba-ko) and wheat flour (komugi-ko). They are roughly as thick as spaghetti, and prepared in various hot and cold dishes. The most basic soba dish is zaru soba in which boiled, cold soba noodles are eaten with a soya based dipping sauce (tsuyu). Have this with a dab of wasabi, sprinkle some nori seaweed, sesame seeds and negi (Japanese leek).. perfection in a bowl!
2. Fried Tofu
The chinese make this dish remarkably well. It’s so easy to make this – just make sure you buy the local tofu – the ones with a yellow brownish skin. Deep-frying gives the tofu a golden color and a crispy texture. Dunk this in a Thai chili sauce or even any chili sauce, and voila.. there’s your delicious Tofu snack all done.
3. Indonesian Tempeh
A great way to have your tempeh is with broccoli and rice. slice up your tempeh into even rectangular bite sizes. Fry tempeh slices in oil till crispy. Set aside. Then in a skillet, over a small flame, fry shallots, garlic and chilli till aromatic. When shallots have softened, add some water, sugar and salt, and continue frying till you get a caramelized syrup. Throw in fried tempeh pieces into the skillet and toss to coat them evenly. Add splashes of kicap manis and continue tossing. Once all the tempeh have been coated in the sauce, dish up and serve alongside lightly blanched broccoli and rice.
4. Guacamole and salsa
If you’re in a hurry, have some healthy blue corn chips with your home made dips, and that’s substantial enough to get you through half a day. Avocados, the main ingredient in guacamole, are really good for your heart and skin and salsa contains antioxidants and vitamins. Buy organic where ever possible too.
5. Aglio Olio
Aglio Olio means “Garlic and Oil” in Italian, and one of the simplest pasta dishes to make. Authentic Aglio e Olio only have a few key ingredients – just garlic, olive oil and pasta, so this is something you can whip up with minimum ingredients. And with this light-and-fresh-tasting Aglio Olio, I find that I can easily finish my plate, but I don’t feel sluggish and can hit the gym within the hour. Perfect!
6. Chapati with Dhal or Chickpea Curry
An Indian staple dish, chickpea curry is healthy, nicely textured and rich in flavor. It’s fairly simple to make, too. As Chapati’s require very little oil to make, this is a great snack, anytime of the day.. If you don’t like chapati, serve with hot naan or brown rice. Everyone loves a good chickpea curry.
7. Vegetable Paella
Traditional paellas is full of meat – fresh seafood and shellfish etc. But there is a way, to get the full blown flavours into your rice, without all that meat.. and the secret is to drizzle in a generous amount of truffle oil! Never had a better vegetable paella in my life.
8. Blueberry Pancakes
They’re fluffy, moist, sweet, and a touch salty. To make them even more delicious, add blueberries or even dark chocolate to give it that super-food boost and kick start your day with great gusto!
9. Vegetarian Popiah/Spring rolls
If you take away the lard, and just stick to the veges, then the Chinese Spring Roll, is super healthy. Even the Vietnamese Vegetarian Springroll for that matter. The Vegetarian springrolls employ shiitake mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, cubes of tofu and some soy sauce for flavour.
10. Grilled Artichokes
Are you an artichoke lover? I know I am! Anyway, if you love artichokes, here’s a great way to prepare them on the grill. The trick is to steam them first. Artichokes take a long time to cook, and like moist heat, so it’s best to just grill them at the end for the grill marks and smokey flavor. Cut them in half so the steam penetrates the center more easily and the artichokes cook faster and more evenly. Steam them instead of boiling them so they don’t get too soggy from the water and they stay dry enough to get good browning on the grill. Sprinkle with salt and lemon juice to serve. Delish!