Welcome to the weekly food blog of VegWeb! Like you, we're obsessed with food and will be bringing in some of our favorite foodie experts to help us hone our culinary skills. Check back every Wednesday for the latest and greatest from our roster of bloggers.
Like most kids raised on the Standard American Diet (SAD is an appropriate acronym), I couldn't stand many vegetables. I was grossed out by avocado, eggplant, and the very worst of them all, tomatoes. Tomatoes were goopy, slimy things, just waiting to contaminate the rest of the food on my plate. However, as I got older and my tastebuds evolved, I started to try many foods I was terrified of as a kid. I soon discovered that avocados and eggplant were gifts from the heavens! But I'm going to be honest with you–I was still terrified of tomatoes.
We all have incredibly busy schedules, and that means little time to do everything. Less time to eat, less time to sleep, and less time to even think straight! Between fixing breakfast, packing lunches, and soccer/ballet/piano practice, sometimes the only dinner option is fast food. Yuck! As a lover of all things food, I find this unacceptable. Having less time to cook shouldn't mean sacrificing taste or nutrition. Take it from me, Webmistress Laura B.!
Let's have Thai food for dinner. Nothing gets my mouth watering quite like that statement. With its sweet and savory curries, marsh mint, lemongrass, cilantro, and hot chilis, Thai food is kinda the best. If you haven't experienced the glory that is red, yellow, and green curries, get thee to the Thai section of VegWeb, stat!
Happy Cinco de Mayo! It's almost the 5th of May, and it's time to live it up! Cinco de Mayo isn't Mexican Independence Day; it's actually an unofficial holiday that celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is heavily observed in the United States. How is it observed, exactly? Oh, just with eating, drinking, and dancing in the streets until all hours.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Vegan Ice Cream, that is! Unfortunately, there aren't nearly enough vegan varieties to go around. But fear not, VegWebbers, we have you covered when it comes to summer's favorite cold treat. And summer is almost here -- thank goodness. I'm ready for long days on the beach, leisurely picnics with friends -- and, of course, plenty of delicious ice cream!
What is the meaning of life? Is there life on other planets? Why is brunch the best meal? These are questions we may never know the answers to. Okay, I'll take a guess on the brunch one. It's something that usually happens on weekends (yay!), after having slept in (yay!) and involves combining the best of the best from both breakfast and lunch (yay!).
Indian food, Japanese food, and Thai food—what do they all have in common? Well, besides being delicious, all three cuisines rely heavily on curries to round out their repertoires! Before I went vegan, I had no idea so many crazy sexy curries existed. Some people complain that veganism limits their cooking and eating selections. I cry malarkey! For me, going vegan did just the opposite.
Although I didn't grow up in a religious family, Easter was always a favorite holiday. That's because it meant candy. Loads and loads of candy. Easter egg hunts, candy baskets, and chocolate bunnies. Becoming vegan doesn't mean giving up all those delightful treats, it just means getting more creative. In addition to making (and eating!) all manners of delicious candies, you can get creative with Easter breads and dishes. And what of Passover?
Seitan was one of the first foods that I seriously loved as a vegan. What other meat analogue is as savory, chewy, and, well, meaty? Seitan is the perfect addition to most any dish (except for a chocolate cake but you know) and is surprisingly easy to make. If you're nervous about experimenting with it, don't be. We have a million variations on VegWeb.