Transitioning to Vegan-Enjoy Cooking Again!

12 Jan

Last Saturday night we had some friends over for dinner for a vegan feast.  They aren’t vegan but my husband, Jim, had been raving to Craig about my cooking while they were making beer together.  (Thanks, honeybunch!)  Anyway, as I’ve shared with you before, my interest and excitement about cooking has been re-ignited since I transitioned to vegan.  It has inspired me to try many new recipes and cooking techniques as well as become more familiar with a wide variety of plant-based ingredients.   I keep thinking, if only everyone knew that you don’t need any animal products to produce luscious food!  I’ve been having a great time making delicious, healthy food made only from plants. On Saturday we toasted (with the tasty, home-brewed beer that Craig had made) to good health, good friends, good food and the fact that no animals had been harmed in the making of our fabulous meal.

Here’s the menu:

Lemony Artichoke Dip with pita crackers (from Terry Walters’ Clean Food)  So, so, so good!  Kristin was surprised this is made so thick and creamy with cannelini beans.

Massaged Kale Salad with Apples and Golden Raisins (This was originally written with Gorgonzola, which I omitted).  Craig could not believe how good kale could taste and had second helpings!

Eggplant, Green Beans, Pumpkin and Basil in Coconut-Tomato Curry (from Mollie Katzen’s The Vegetable Dishes I Can’t Live Without) This was a big hit!

Zesty Basmati Rice with Cinnamon and Cumin (from Terry Walters’ Clean Food)

Sesame-Walnut-Ginger Broccoli (from the same Mollie Katzen cookbook as above)

For dessert, I had been wanting to try Turtle Mountains’ Non-Dairy “Ice Creams”.  We decided to compare a couple with chocolate and peanut butter involved, since I love that combo.  Kristin liked the creamier texture of the Coconut Milk concoction, while I preferred the bigger chunks of peanut butter in the Zig Zag.  But really?  Both were incredibly delectable and I believe difficult for most to detect the lack of dairy ingredients.

Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl (YUM!)

Purely Decadent Non-Dairy Chocolate Peanut Butter Zig Zag Soy Ice Cream (YUM!)

The Vegan Feast was a smashing success!  All recipes were requested and shared. So, as you are Transitioning to Vegan, get back in the kitchen and do  some home cooking!  Feel the zen of creating healthy, comforting, compassionate food with your own two hands. It really is a wonderful way to express your creativity and we all know that making time to express our  creativity on a daily basis is part of living a vibrant life!

On another note, I want to again express my appreciation for all the wonderful chefs out there who share their recipes so freely.  The three sources mentioned above are just a few of the many who are spreading the word about how delicious it can be to eat more vegetables.  Check them out!

Do you have favorite go to sources for veggie recipes?  Please share!


3 Responses to “Transitioning to Vegan-Enjoy Cooking Again!”

  1. unicornonastick March 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Hi I just wanted to say hi and that I came across your blog while doing a search for vegan ann arbor. My husband, baby son, and I are traveling to ann arbor this week from Athens GA to check out the law school and decide if its a place where we could be happy for the next 3 years. Your blog is very helpful and I look forward to checking out the markets and restaurants you have featured. I’m also always happy to find other vegans. Thanks so much!

    • Dana Gramprie April 9, 2012 at 1:14 am #

      Hi there,
      How was your visit to Ann Arbor? It’s a great town with a growing number of vegans. Let me know if you have any question, I’d be happy to help.

      Thanks for reading my blog!


      • unicornonastick June 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

        Hey Dana,

        Sorry about the delay in replying to this. We loved Ann Arbor! We decided it’s the place for us for the next 3 years while my husband is in law school. We really enjoyed our food options, along with grocery stores, etc. We plan on joining the vegan meet up, and look forward to meeting new people once we get up there. Thanks again.

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