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lazy vegetarians are everywhere. this is a collection of easy recipes and tips for dining out for vegetarians with little time or effort.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vegan Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is one of the things I occasionally miss from my youth as an omnivore.

Possibly because my mom’s recipe was so good and so simple that it was a near constant presence in the house in the summer time.

The idea of chicken salad always brings be back to hot summer nights and trying to scarf down a sandwich or two so we can get back outside on our bikes to make use of every last drop of daylight until that dreaded end of August.

This recipe is a little more complex than hers was, but that is a hard one to replicate.

Start out by boiling water. Dissolve the cube bouillon into the water, then combine with the nutritional yeast and Braggs or soy sauce.

Mix this until everything is fully incorporated.

Pour this hot mixture into a bowl with the dried textured vegetable protein (TVP) and mix to make sure all of the TVP is wet.

Allow this to sit for an hour so that the TVP gets rehydrated and takes in the flavors.

While that’s soaking, shred the carrots, slice the celery and chop the pepper and onion.

After the hour is up, pour the TVP mixture into a fine strainer and press out any excess liquid.

The texture is kind of spongey, so it will be possible to squeeze out liquid for a long time, so don’t go overboard, but get a good amount of it out so that the salad isn’t too runny.

In a large bowl, mix together the chopped veggies and the TVP.

Add the salt, pepper, mustard and apple cider vinegar, then stir very well.

This is the turning point for this recipe to go vegetarian or vegan, and it’s an obvious move to go either way.

For vegan “chicken” salad, just use vegan mayo, for the ova-lacto vegetarians out there, use regular mayo.

Add whichever mayo you choose one spoonful at a time and mix in until you are satisfied with the flavor.

This will require sampling, so get your wheat thins ready.

Cover and refrigerate for a little while, since the TVP might still be a little warm. Letting it sit in the fridge will also allow the flavors to come together as well, so if you make this the night before you serve it, you’ll be even happier with the result.

1 1/2 cup textured vegetable protein


1 1/2 cup boiling water

2 tbsps. nutritional yeast

1 cube vegetable bouillon (can sub

fake chicken flavor)

1 tbsp. Braggs liquid aminos (or

soy sauce)

5 to 7 baby carrots, shredded

2 celery stalks, sliced

1/2 bell pepper, chopped fine

1/2 red onion, chopped fine

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 tbsp. mustard

4-6 heaping spoonfuls mayo, according to taste

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Corn Salad

Summer time brings us lots of fresh corn for super cheap thanks to farmers markets and sales at the local grocery store.

While nothing beats it on the cob with butter and salt, sometimes we need to switch things up a bit.

This fresh corn salad is great as a side at your omnivore barbecue, but it completely vegan for those of us who don’t eat meat.

Start by cooking the corn in your preferred method. Easiest is just husking, cleaning and boiling for 10-15 minutes. You can also soak in some salted water with the husks still on, then grill them or bake them.

This does give you a better flavor on the cob, but when you’re cutting it off for the purpose of this salad, easier is probably the best bet. Set it aside to cool for a bit so you can handle touching it.

While the corn cooks and cools, dice the rest of the veggies and get them ready.

In a small bowl, mix the oil, lime juice, sugar and spices (and the optional hot sauce if you want more of a southwestern flavor to the dish) until everything is incorporated.

After the corn cools off a bit, use a sharp knife and cut the kernels from the cob into a large bowl.

Mix in the other diced veggies, then pour the dressing over and toss gently.

Cover and allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

Toss again before serving because the dressing will settle to the bottom.

5 to 6 ears of fresh corn

2 to 3 ripe tomatoes, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped fine

1/2 cup olive oil

1 to 2 limes, juiced

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

Hot sauce to taste (optional)

1 minced jalapeno pepper (optional)