I just bought Vegan with a Vengance today, and so I was wondering, do any of you suggest some of her tried and true recipes that you swear by? I've heard it's a really good book, and quite a few of the recipes look good, but I usually follow recipes from here and I usually choose those by reviews, so it would be most helpful for feedback.
Coconut pancakes and lemon corn waffles.
Sparkled Ginger Cookies are amazing and the Coconut Carrot cake is delish as well, but the frosting is my favorite part!
Her pumpkin muffins are really good, but I only use half the sugar called for. But then, I don't really like stuff too sweet. Also, her matzoh ball soup is freakin delicious. Peanut Butter - Oatmeal cookies are good, but in my notes I wrote to use a mixer mext time. And don't make the sparkled ginger cookies; those are impossible to stop eating! Even my omni hubby loved the tofu and potatoes in miso gravy. He liked it so much that I didn't get leftovers the next day. I also liked the fettucine alfreda, but if you don't really care for nutritional yeast, don't bother. PUNK ROCK CHICKPEA GRAVY!!! So good. The cauliflower leek kugel went over well... the kids liked it, too. Tempeh sausage. Try that, too. There's more that I've made, and really enjoyed. But I think that you get the idea. This cookbook is probably the most used of all the cookbooks that I own. Everything turns out so good.
I love The Best Pumpkin Muffins, Mocha Chip Muffins, Brooklyn Pad Thai, and Big Gigantoid Crunchy Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Cookies.
I love VwaV but often I find her spices are too much. Not the flavors... just too much and not absorbed by the recipe... i.e. I'd half the amount of spices (at least!) for her tofu scramble you still get all the flavors with less bitterness and grit.
It's a bit hard to explain... I do like things SPICY... but as I said the amounts she uses are not absorbed.
If at all possible spice to taste.
Have fun cooking! :)
Waffles of all kinds. Ginger Pear Waffles especially, seriously the best ever waffles. Honest!
Lemon corn waffle, her Brooklyn Pad Thai is amazing, and I also love the corn chowder. MMMM!!!
You'll love this book! :)
Black bean, Chipotle Corn Stew, Sunny Lemon Corn Muffins (I leave out the blueberries personally because I make them savory). Tempeh Sausage Crumbles.
So far everything I have tried was amazing and delish!
Pancakes, Lemon Corn Waffles, Pumpkin Waffles, Scones, Mocha Chip Muffins, Chickpea and Spinach Curry, Ginger Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Blueberry Coffee Cake....
As you can read I'm more of a junk food person but I just can't help it!!!LOL!
Everything I've tried from VwAV has been a total success, you should pick a page & go for it!
I can personally recommend the raspberry chocolate cake, the carrot ginger & macadamia cake, punk rock chickpea gravy, the basic pancake recipe, seitan stroganoff & the choc chip cookies.
Thanks, you guys, I knew I could count on you to give me some good suggestions :)
I'm so glad I came across this thread! I ordered both VwaV & VCTOtW from Amazon & they both came yesterday! I can't wait to go through them. I'm definitely making note of your guys faves. :)
The Fronch Toast! It is amazing! I just had it for lunch :)
coconut pancakes with pineapple sauce!!
I just got mine today!
The names of recipes are so enticing I don't know which one to start with.
More importantly, are there any recipes we should avoid?
My recently veg-curious mother picked this up (by accident, BTW!!) and we made the corn fritters the other night.
She gave me the book for the week (because she figured I'd get more use out of it for a few days than she would).
I'm not the sort to follow recipes in general, but it makes fantastic bedtime reading! There are quite a few that I'll make before I return the book.
Thanks to Vegweb! I'd have NEVER sought this out without your influence.
Tonight I made the Tempeh Bacon (with some variations of my own). The omnis liked it - but the best judge was the dog. The dog usually knows that I'm not a "good cook" ;) (translation - there'll be no meat from me) but tonight, he sat by the table and stared - waiting for his "bacon" - he could smell it! When I gave him some, he was very enthusiastic - would have eaten the whole plate if I let him! :)
I made the Mushroom and Sun-dried Tomato Risotto tonight. This was soooo delicious and my first attempt ever at making risotto. I'll definitely be making this recipe again, along with some other variations. (By the way, I did not use the optional black truffle oil. I never found any at the store, and the white truffle oil I found was $20, which was too pricey for me. The risotto was completely fabulous without this optional ingredient.)
I did not use the optional black truffle oil. I never found any at the store
I saw black truffle infused olive oil at Trader Joes. Since it was in an olive oil base it kept the price down.