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    Introduction to Intuitive Cooking & Recipish

    Introduction to Intuitive Cooking & Recipish! First off, what the heck is a “recipish”?? To me, a recipish is a method of cooking a dish, like a loose equation. There’s a general formula for a certain type of dish, and you plug in the various ingredients and follow certain steps to get the final dish. You start with X, then do Y, add Z, and that gives you the finished dish. Unlike a formal recipe, it does not provide exact quantities of any of the variables for the final dish. This is something that has been developed by me through . But how did I get here and how can…

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    TVP Tacos

    TVP tacos! What’s TVP you ask? TVP stands for textured vegetable protein. It is a high fiber, high protein, soy based meat alternative. It is usually dehydrated when purchased, it’s texture resembling a really crunchy cereal. But after rehydrating it gives a very meaty texture comparable to ground beef, which makes it a perfect protein for tacos! To make the tvp tacos, first get out a pan and put it on medium high heat. Add some vegetable broth to the pan and let sit until boiling. Then add the tvp and stir. The tvp should absorb the vegetable broth like a sponge. If it’s too dry, add more broth. If…

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    Roasted Potatoes

    Ahh roasted potatoes, one of the easiest ways to eat this simple yet absolutely delicious vegetable. Well what makes a roasted potato? Heat. Dry heat. Oven heat. For a while. Maybe 30 minutes or up to an hour depending on the oven temperature and the size of your potato pieces. How can we make the roasted potatoes extra delicious? Add lots of flavorings! Like spices and herbs. This time I used garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, (isn’t that a song??), a little bit of oil, and of course salt and pepper. After washing and cutting your potatoes into equal sized pieces, toss them in a bowl with…

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    Autumn Squash Soup

    Autumn Squash Soup is a delicious way to warm up and get cozy while using ingredients that are in season. This recipe is a vegan inspired version of Panera’s Autumn Squash Soup. The soup itself is very easy to make, but it can involve a bit of time. You can save time by buying the shortcut version of the ingredients (pre-cubed butternut squash and a can of pumpkin puree). I usually do the squash prep the night before I want to have the soup. That way, it all comes together in a flash the night I want to make it.

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    Kabocha Croquettes

    The other night I picked up one of my favorite vegan Japanese cookbooks, Kansha, and created the Crispy and Creamy Kabocha Croquettes. It’s a very easy and delicious recipe perfect for using fall’s squash bounty. Here’s how it went: Kabocha I started of course with the main ingredient, kabocha. What is kabocha you ask? It’s a Japanese pumpkin, almost identical to buttercup squash here in the states. Its skin is dark green and hard, yet edible; while the inside is orange-yellow with seeds and guts like a pumpkin. I didn’t need to use up the whole squash for this recipe, so I simply took a sharp knife and cut it…

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    Summer Risotto with Corn, Tomatoes, and Basil

    Got extra summer produce? Try this fresh and delicious vegan summer risotto with corn, tomatoes, and basil. It’s velvety and creamy without any dairy due to the starches in the short-grain Arborio rice. This dish needs a bit of tending to, but the results are worth it! Visual Instructions for Summer Risotto Start by gathering your ingredients and doing the prep work for them such as warming the broth and chopping the vegetables. Soffritto Melt the vegan butter over a large pan on medium heat. Once it starts to bubble, add the onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Cook until the edges of the onion…

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    Vegan Caprese Salad

    Vegan caprese salad, the perfect quick and easy summer appetizer or side salad!There are typically only three main ingredients: tomatoes, basil, and cheese.Each coinciding with one of the colors on the Italian flag. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Since there are so few ingredients, freshness is key to making this simple dish absolutely delicious! Tomatoes ๐Ÿ… If you’re growing tomatoes in your garden, you’re gonna really see their flavor shine with this recipe.If you don’t grow tomatoes and don’t have a friend/family member/neighbor who is, then please try to go to a farmer’s market for some fresh tomatoes. It really makes a difference! Otherwise, I suppose you can settle for the ripest tomatoes you…

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    Summer BBQ 2019

    I wanted to share some photos of a few dishes I brought to a 2019 summer BBQ. Who said vegans couldn’t participate in the summer celebrations? Check out the photos below for some summer BBQ inspiration. I wasn’t hosting the party, but I sure did bring enough for everyone to eat! Grilled Corn It’s easy, cheap, and everyone loves it! Make it vegan with Earth Balance instead of traditional butter. Add a spritz of lime and a dash of chili powder for extra zing! Mushroom Steaks For when you want something a bit “meatier” than just veggies.Marinate the mushrooms in balsamic vinegar and garlic, then grill and top with chimichurri.…

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    Cucumber Salad

    Need a quick and easy summer recipe? Try out this simple, delicious, and refreshing cucumber salad. It’s a great way to keep cool when it’s hot out. Plus, you get to use up all those extra cucumbers from your summer garden! My mom has always made variations of this salad for me while I was growing up. I think she was inspired by a sushi restaurant that we regularly frequented which had a similar salad, sunomono salad. Read on to see detailed instructions on how to create this delicious cucumber salad! Visual Instructions for Cucumber Salad Ingredients 2 cucumbers, preferably from your garden half of a large red onion rice…

  • Beyond Burger vegan meatloaf
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    Beyond Burger Vegan Meatloaf

    The other night I made a Beyond Burger Vegan Meatloaf, and it was so good! “Wait a minute….vegan meatloaf?? I thought vegans don’t eat meat?!” Well, we do eat meat, just not the animal based kind. ๐Ÿ˜‰This vegan meatloaf is made out of Beyond Burger patties, which closely mimics the taste and texture of traditional animal-based ground beef. “Why not just make a chickpea or lentil loaf like every other vegan?” I’ve already tried a few of those recipes and they ended up too dry and obviously lentil tasting. Plus my significant other is not the biggest fan of legumes. Sad, yes I know. So what is a vegan to…