So I signed myself up to participate in Vegan Month of Food, which is basically an event where people make a special effort to blog a lot during the month of November all about vegan food.
It’s a good push for me to try and post a little more about “what a vegan eats” on here, despite the fact that I don’t really cook much, but even some of the simple things I make could be an inspiration for some people to just try out a vegan meal once in awhile.
Right now I’m eating some really delicious leftovers for dinner, it took ten minutes to put together and makes at least 3 good sized portions. Let’s be descriptive and call it:
Broccoli, Brown Rice, and White Beans with Tomato Sauce
This doesn’t even need an ingredient list.
1. Make some 5 minute instant brown rice in a pot. I made two cups dry = four servings cooked.
2. While it’s cooking, chop a head of broccoli and steam in another pot. I put mine in a wide shallow pot, add a thin layer of water on the bottom, cover and cook on medium heat for about 4 minutes until bright green. Or even quicker, defrost some frozen broccoli florets, but it won’t taste as good.
3. Heat up a can of white beans (make sure to drain and rinse first!) and some spaghetti sauce (make sure to check ingredients – many prepared sauces have cheese, lots of sugar, or other yucky stuff). In the microwave, or just add to broccoli once it’s done steaming and heat through.
4. Combine everything in ratios suitable to your liking and mix in some nutritional yeast. Really, this stuff sounds strange but it’s so good, TRY IT! It really makes this “dish”. Start with about a tablespoon. Even my non-veg husband is hooked on this stuff now. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
This dish has everything – protein, carbs, veggies, calcium, vitamin B12, iron, vitamin C to help you absorb the iron (and I’m drinking some o.j. for even more!) and it’s cheap and easy.
This is the sort of “cooking” I usually do, throwing together some simple things, but this combo is especially good.