Friday, December 30, 2011

Stocking a Vegan Kitchen

Both of our girls are vegetarians but one sent me into a mini tailspin a few weeks ago when she decided to go vegan before going off to college like we she had originally planned.
What's a mom supposed to do?  I had adjusted to vegetarian cooking but the idea of no dairy or eggs in my cooking had me a little stumped. In all fairness my daughter said she'd do all of her cooking but I knew I had to buy things she would eat. So of course I did some research to see what other vegans do.
I was pleasantly surprised that our local supermarket had a pretty good selection of vegan items.  She was already eating both of these "chicken" products and they happened to be vegan.
We haven't tried this yet but I'm thinking it would be good in recipes?
She's been trying different non-dairy yogurts, like this one made with almond milk. 
I thought she'd miss cheese but she hasn't really. We have these two options if she does.
Unsweetened almond milk has been a staple in our kitchen for the last year.  
I was stumped for an egg replacement but this has been working great in baked goods.  We've since found out you can also make egg replacements with crushed chai seeds or flax seeds but we haven't tried them yet.
What about pizza?  Well she can always make it/order it without cheese but I also found this vegan pie from American Flatbread(the best pizza ever if you ever get to their farm/restaurant in Vermont!).
She says this tastes like fresh strawberries with a touch of coconut.
This spread is buttery and good. They even make sticks for baking.
We've been experimenting with tofu as seen here and these dry roasted edamame are a tasty soy snack.
Fast food=any of these quick pouches.
Here's another product that we haven't tried yet but we'll let you know how it is.
If we don't feel like baking, we have these cookies for a sweet treat.
We took a trip to WholeFoods and found even more options for her --I will follow up with a part 2 and some vegan cookie recipes.  I know you can hardly wait! 
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8 comments:

Cindy said...

Thanks! My 15 year old daughter is a vegetarian(although I tease her and tell her I seldom see her eating vegetables) and my son was a vegetarian for 3 years. She loves the Chick'N patties! The Chick'N scallopini looks really good, I will have to look for it...
Happy New Year! XO Cindy

Vera @ Cozy Little Cabin said...

I'm 61 and vegan and would not be able to make it w/out the Daiya "cheese" . . . so very, very good.

Another lifesaver is MimicCreme which I bought from Amazon. Now I can make cream of potato, carrot and other soups. So very good.

Congrats on being supportive of your daughter. You're a very good mom to be so accommodating.

Morgan said...

Wow! I didn't realize there were so many great vegan options these days. I'm vegetarian and I buy certain vegan items every now and then, but there were so many on this list that I didn't know about. I love tofu and edamame - those are definitely two of my staples. That almond milk is really good too. I usually drink Silk soymilk though. I'm looking forward to seeing your next post about the other items your daughter uses. =)

jennibug said...

You are such a good mom! Have you baked much with almond milk? I attempted once and it didn't work...

DearHelenHartman said...

My son works in a place called Rainbow Blossom, so you can guess all these products are familiar to us - but he is a meat eater to the core. My daughter is thinking of going from Vegetarian to vegan and while I am flexitarian, she has to learn to prepare her own food for this new stage. How else does one keep up with all the food demands? Loved my first visit to your blog.

Toni said...

I have no desire to go Vegan but I would like to "sneak" for veggie/healthy products into our meals. This post was very helpful. I'm going to favorite it somewhere. Are there any of these products that you just really Don't like?

Jules said...

How wondeful that you are being so supportive of your daughter's food choices. I have been vegetarian since April, but am leaning closer to going vegan as well. The dairy is definitely a tough hurdle....well for me, it is just the cheese! LOL But the Daiya is the closest thing I have found so far to the real thing. This is my first time to visit your blog and I look forward to frequent visits back!

Trish said...

You are so supportive and I'm sure your daughters appreciate it very much! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday.

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