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A vegan, a person who's gluten free, someone with a nut allergy and an anorexic walk into a bar…

Lots of great options suggested. Go for a vegan risotto, bean-centric meals (dal is a great idea, or an Ethiopian w'et with gf injera), vegan tacos with corn tortillas, tofu scrambles, even hummus and roasted vegetables, etc.

A vegan pad thai with tofu and rice noodles could also work

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May 21, 2014
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Taking my mother to dinner

Hugo's. I love their authentic Mexican which is still very approachable

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Apr 07, 2014
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What would you serve at a mustard tasting party?

I am back with an update. You guys had fabulous suggestions and we ended up serving our spread of 12 mustards with small boiled white potatoes, roasted cauliflower, cornichons, hummus, pretzels, chips and some sausages for the meat eaters. Beer, too. Everyone thought the potatoes were the best way to try out each mustard. :)

Thanks again.

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Apr 04, 2014
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Avocado ideas

Avocado + kimchi + lime = delicious

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Mar 02, 2014
blinknoodle in Vegetarian & Vegan
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Uses for Kimchi

Totally loving kimchi this year.

Our favourites:
1. Sweet potato fries, jackfruit pulled pork with kimchi and mayo (aka Korean poutine)
2. Chickpea flour pancakes with kimchi inside and overtop
3. Kimchi and avocado with citrus
4. Tofu scramble (or eggs) with kimchi

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Feb 20, 2014
blinknoodle in Vegetarian & Vegan

B12 and D low natural source's?

I recommend reading this excellent website for great nutritional information pertaining to being vegan:
http://www.veganhealth.org/

B12 is a must-have supplement for vegans. B12 can be added to non-dairy milks and nutritional yeast, but it is best to make sure you are getting enough through supplementation

Vitamin D is also mostly from enhanced foods (non-dairy milks), but also can be found in mushrooms.. and of course, the sunlight. Best to supplement as well.

I also recommend Becoming Vegan Express or Vegan For Her as required reading before becoming vegan.

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Jan 29, 2014
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Any new restaurants you're looking forward to or wanting to try?

Finally made it to Torchy's Tacos, specifically their new location in The Heights. Very nice tacos.

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Jan 04, 2014
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What would you serve at a mustard tasting party?

I am planning to host a mustard tasting party... and wondering what to serve with the mustard. Your immediate thought might be bratwurst/sausage but I am catering to a veg-crowd.

I am thinking pretzels and beer but wondering about other main-type dishes.

Any help would be great. :)

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Jan 04, 2014
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Best dried-bean cookbook?

I really like The Great Vegan Bean Book. Not spicy, mostly simple bean-based recipes you can make on a weeknight. She also highlights more exotic beans you can buy through Rancho Gordo (and also mentions substitutes).

For those averse to vegan beans, I also recommend Pulse. I actually love the name of this book but it can be hard to locate with such a generic name (it is ISBN 1862059861). I think meat and veg-centric eaters would appreciate this book with its flavourful combinations of recipes.

I actually have Bean-by-Bean as well, but her recipes have a bit more miss than hit for me.

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Jan 04, 2014
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LEGUME SOUPS - Home Cooking Dish of the Month for January 2014

Bean soups are a staple in my kitchen, so I look forward to following this thread.

My latest bean soup was a spin on Mexican mole in soup form. I sauteed onions with hatch chiles, garlic, cumin, cinnamon and Ancho chile powder and mixed it with tomatoes and chocolate. Pureed that into a slick cream. Brought stock up to boil and added some vegetables (zucchini, carrots and corn) along with chickpeas and cooked brown rice. Seasoned with lime juice, tamari and cilantro. Served with tortillas.

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Jan 04, 2014
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Do you have a go-to vegan cookbook for "everyday" cooking?

I think you will really like IDI, then! Quicker recipes that actually taste good.

I also really like The Great Vegan Bean Book (since beans are my vegan protein of choice), although you may need to increase the spices/seasonings.

I am also really liking the 30 Minute Vegan's Soup's On, too, mainly because I love soup. I use the recipes as a guide, though... I think it is worth the extra 10 minutes to chop and saute an onion in oil, instead of aiming for a 30-minute soup.

Please let us know which books you end up preferring. :)

Jan 03, 2014
blinknoodle in Vegetarian & Vegan

Do you have a go-to vegan cookbook for "everyday" cooking?

It all depends on your pantry.. ingredients like nutritional yeast or tofu may seem odd to most people but quite common for vegans.

With that being said, my favourite cookbooks for every day is Isa Does It (check out theppk.com as the recipes are very similar). Worth mentioning are the books by Tess Challis which ended up turning me vegan.

Supermarket Vegan is also fairly basic.

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Dec 28, 2013
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What bakery in Houston sells the best Tres Leche cake?

We did the El Bollilo vs Mi Tienda Tres Leches taste test this weekend. El Bollilo won. The frosting was the key to the win. Not too sweet. Also, fyi, Mi Tienda's slices are the same price but twice the size!

But, if you go to Mi Tienda, their fresh churros are much better than El Bollilo... and Mi Tienda has fresh corn tortillas.

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Dec 11, 2013
blinknoodle in Houston

Any ideas for packing own vegan food to take for holidays or travel in general?

My go-to meals involve lots of beans... they are filling and cheap. They travel well. Use them in a dip like hummus, or a bean salad (I have a lentil, apple and currant salad everyone loves) or try something like a soup or stew, if they will break out the bowls for you. Raw kale salads also travel really well but aren't filling unless you add a protein source.

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Dec 11, 2013
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did any GREAT vegan cookbooks come out this year?

Depends on what kind of recipes you like. My favourite vegan cookbooks this year have been Isa Does It and The Great Vegan Bean Book.

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Dec 06, 2013
blinknoodle in Vegetarian & Vegan

Pearland

Definitely not a recommendation for a main dish, but we head over to Pena's in Pearland nearly every week. They have the knock-off cronut but we enjoy their donuts best.

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Nov 23, 2013
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What bakery in Houston sells the best Tres Leche cake?

Just thought I'd add my two cents to the Tres Leches cake recommendartions. My friend has been on a quest to find the best one in Houston. Not sure how many he has tried (many) but after eating the one at El Bolillo, he stopped looking. It was that good.. and truthfully, the price is great. $2.25 for a huge piece and isn't that sweet.

Radical Eats makes a vegan tres leche which we liked too, but it is completely different than the one from El Bolillo.

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Nov 23, 2013
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Hidden gems

Recently discovered the Dosa Factory. I really enjoyed it. Fast, cheap and flavourful - the best part of CH hidden gems!

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Oct 28, 2013
blinknoodle in Houston

Vegetarian options?

Another vote for Pondicheri's.

Also in that area, I have been to Radical Eats which doesn't fall into your price range but their Sunday brunch is very good and AYCE. Whole Foods salad bar is an option. Also, Trader Joe's is nearby and they have cheaper options, too.

There is also a Greek resto, Niko Niko, near Montrose/Westheimer but I have not been.

Not close, but my latest find has been The Dosa Factory. Right now, a free appy with every dosa. Each dosa is $7-8 with many different fillings. Free AYCE sambhar, too. There sambhar is good because it isn't uber spicy and more flavourful.

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Oct 28, 2013
blinknoodle in Houston

Plant Based College Student Cooking Ideas

Multiple combinations of beans, greens, grains in soups, stews, curries, and stir fries. Leftovers are key

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Oct 28, 2013
blinknoodle in Vegetarian & Vegan

Meals in your regular rotation

Dals, of all sorts. Our favourites are dal bhat, creamy broccoli dal and cauliflower dal with panch phoran

Hummus. We have a classic recipe we love but recently made a cucumber one which was really good

Pad thai. It is actually really easy to make!

Arepas. Love, love, love them.

And for dessert, a no-bake chocolate tofu mousse cake.

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Sep 08, 2013
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healthiest meal you can think of (that you still want to eat)

I am very partial to Indian dals.. although not with store bought curry powder. Cumin, coriander, ginger, garlic are my basics but I have a great recipe with cardamom, cinnamon and cloves, too, which is our favourite. I usually serve it with brown rice.

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Sep 08, 2013
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Vegetarian/Pescatarian Entertaining on a Budget?

Indian is very cheap but still a treat. Dals, rice, pakoras, chutneys can all be homemade on a small budget (if you already use the spices, but then it would be a great investment).

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Aug 02, 2013
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Low Carb Ice Cream

Coconut Bliss is also very good. Sweetened with agave.

You can definitely find it at Fiesta Farms.

You can locate other stores through their website: http://coconutbliss.com/where/store-l...

(They also sell it by the scoop at Sadie's Juice Bar)

Jul 29, 2013
blinknoodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Do you have a vegan or plant-based menu that you serve to omnivore guests? Just brainstorming...

I usually go Indian.. lots of vegan dals. Hummus is good, too. For potlucks, I have a killer lentil salad and balsamic roasted portobellos. Beer-soaked sweet potato fries, and we're all set. :)

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Jul 14, 2013
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Do you have a vegan or plant-based menu that you serve to omnivore guests? Just brainstorming...

I have a chocolate tofu mousse pie (no-bake) that gets rave reviews from everyone. Never fails.

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Jul 14, 2013
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Raw vitamix blended veggies vs cooked veggies blended

I'd love to hear your experiences. I generally don't like blended soups, raw or not, but I have tried both. Raw is definitely easier. :)

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Jun 18, 2013
blinknoodle in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Canada?

Toronto definitely has great vegan eats... although I am constantly impressed by even vegan restos in smaller cities. Thrive in Waterloo is one of my top restos.

Jun 18, 2013
blinknoodle in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best vegetarian/vegan restaurants in Canada?

Depends on the city.

Toronto: Belmonte Raw, Superfoods Eatery, Hot Beans

Burlington: Naked Sprout

Waterloo: Thrive

Montreal: Aux Vivres

Ottawa: Cafe My House

Vancouver: Organic Lives (now closed)

Calgary: The Coup

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Jun 15, 2013
blinknoodle in Vegetarian & Vegan

Banh Mi Boys

I don't know if it is more off-menu than secret menu but I routinely upgrade their kimchi poutine to use the sweet potato fries (so good!) and I add the lemongrass tofu to the jicama salad as a veg-friendly main.

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Jun 11, 2013
blinknoodle in Ontario (inc. Toronto)