For Beginners

A few great websites for beginners and which we recommend to restaurant chefs to get some basic ideas. Vegan food does not have to be boring by any stretch. See some photos here! Homemade seitan can be an inexpensive, high protein method to replace ground beef, roast beef slices, cubes for kebabs or just about any beef or chicken use. Once you make the basic dough, you can use it for anything. Assembling it is very fast, especially if you preassemble spice mixtures in batches to use in the future. The cooking time is at least an hour…but you can be doing other things while it steams, bakes, or boils.  It freezes/stores well and stays good in the refrigerator for at least a week. Make a large batch, cut it into chunks and freeze some for later.  Watch these tutorials to see how easy it is, then experiment!
  • Vegan Char Siu Pork  (Photo above.) You can watch the video and scroll down to see the written recipe link under show more.
  • Connie’s RAWsome Kitchen also has some great videos. Visit her website and search for the vegan meats tab. Lots of red meat type substitutes.
  • Miyoko’s Unturkey – This is an extensive Thanksgiving meal centerpiece, but you can use the recipe for a terrific basic poultry seasoning flavor. The written recipe is here.

Support and Mentorship

Vegan Outreach (performs outreach mostly on college campuses and has a Ten Weeks to Vegan program and a mentor program, click bottom right of homepage). UC Davis Center for Integrated Medicine has a strong health-oriented 21 day challenge run on their blog with a support group on Facebook. Challenge 22+ is another very supportive network on Facebook.  It is strongly oriented toward animal compassion. Vegan Amino is an App with tremendous resources to use on your mobile or any screen with customized chat groups for your interest, recipes and tips Plant Based On a Budget has basic, low cost recipes, you can subscribe to recipe and shopping lists for a teeny tiny fee or buy their book. They are all over social media as well. Nutrition Education abounds at NutritionFacts.org, a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service. You can subscribe to the newsletter or search through the site or app.

Recipes

There are literally thousands of vegan recipe sites online, (and the New York Times Cooking site even has a vegetarian and vegan search filters). Some have very simple recipes, others are more gourmet. You can join Vegan Cheeze Hits and Misses, Aquafaba Hits and Misses, and Seitan Appreciation Society groups on Facebook for tips from other home chefs. Post Punk Kitchen is another excellent choice for those with medium level cooking skills, a favorite of vegans everywhere. Chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz,  created PPK “in my cramped Brooklyn kitchen in 2003. The idea was simple: a fun cooking show to give vegans something to watch. And, hey, let’s throw some bands in. We also started a website (this website!) to support the show and to foster a vegan cooking and baking community, where we could submit recipes, share ideas and maybe gossip a little bit.”  She is the author of a number of cookbooks for a range of skill levels.     One Green Planet website/blog is a good resource and posts a handful of recipes every day on Facebook. Minimalist Baker is another treasure of a blog with easy to follow instructions and photos.

Diary, Milk, Cheese

If you like awesome cheese, like the baked almond feta above, check out some recipes using Miyoko’s cheeses, and try some of her recipes for Artisan Vegan Cheese to make other cheese from scratch! If you would like to make your own nut milks from scratch, we highly recommend purchasing a Vitamix blenders. If you are interested in making soy milk from scratch, we highly recommend the Soyajoy products (which create soy milk, grain milk, and more). See our Non-Dairy tab for more details.