Veganize This!, Recipes that Add Variety to the Vegan Diet
If you’re vegan, when’s the last time you enjoyed surf ‘n turf, braised short ribs, or scallops? Maybe never, huh? Jenn Shagrin’s Veganize This! brings 200 recipes—all animal-free—for people who love to eat. Why should omnivores be the only ones to enjoy the taste of veal chops, clams, or braciole? With ingredients like seitan and tofu, vegans can enjoy those tastes as well. How good are the recipes? Well, one chapter is entitled “Recipes Guaranteed to Get You Laid.” “Guaranteed,” it says. Shagrin claims to be a lazy cook, so we can expect recipes that aren’t too complicated or time-consuming.
In the “Vegan Holiday Survival Kit,” recipes like “Oregano and Basil-Rubbed Marsala Flank Steak Stuffed with Saffron Wild Mushrooms,” “Individual Broccoli, Cheddar, and Rice Casseroles in a Chanterelle and Rosemary Cream Sauce,” and “Vegan Matzo Brei” offer variety and elegance to the vegan table. (Speaking of elegance, the dish pictured below is Coconut Vinegar-Cured Tofu Scallops with Lemongrass-Basil Cream Sauce and Cilantro-Garlic Coconut Rice.)
For real excitement, though, turn to “Grillin’ and Chillin’,” featuring such tempting treats as “Vegan Dill and Chive Cashew Cheese,” “Chipotle Adobo Barbecued Chicken,” “Vegan Prosciutto-Wrapped Greens,” and “Grilled Steak and Creminis with Garlic, sherry, and Rosemary Sauce.” While it’s unlikely that anyone could grow tired of grilled eggplant, portabello mushrooms, and sweet red peppers marinated with balsamic vinaigrette, it’s going to be nice having alternatives for the long, hot summer. And…can there be a better dessert for a cookout or picnic than Twinkies? Shagrin shares her recipe for vegan Twinkies as well as a few other tasty sweets and baked goods.
Shagrin offers a quick tour of the pantry to introduce novices to the products they will need on hand, and provides a list of her favorite animal-product alternatives. People who enjoy eating at vegan restaurants that serve faux meats, will find a cornucopia of recipes that provide similar fare. Ovo-lacto-vegetarians will find that the recipes can be easily adapted to their tastes, as well.
Cooking animal-free is not always as easy as the alternative, and sometimes a lot more expensive. However, Veganize This! provides nice variety to those who have made a commitment to “go vegan.”