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Vegan Yum Yum: Decadent (But Doable) Animal-Free Recipes for Entertaining and Everyday

Vegan Yum Yum: Decadent (But Doable) Animal-Free Recipes for Entertaining and Everyday - Lauren Ulm I have not actually seen or made a recipe out of this book, but Donna has been making stuff from the Vegan Yum Yum blog for about three weeks now. Let me tell you, it has gone very well.Lots of vegetarians make up for the lack of meat in their diets by eating lots and lots of cheese. I know, because I developed quite a cheese habit over the last few years. But once you stop eating things that rely on cheese for flavor, you realize how many other, more subtle flavors are out there. Recipes like these are good enough that I don't miss cheese and I certainly don't miss meat; anyone who thinks vegans are all about bland tofu and handfuls of nuts needs to eat chez nous.I mean, look at what we had tonight; this is easily the best salad I have ever eaten. It's not exactly health food but it is way better for you than the average salad and you are missing nothing for the lack of cheese and dairy in the dressing (and real bacon):Vegan BLT Salad1 Head Lacinato Kale (aka Tuscan or Dinosaur Kale)1 Package Lightelife Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips2 Tbs Peanut Oil, divided1 to 1 1/2 Cups Baby Spinach, Packed1 to 1 1/2 Cups Sweet Cherry Tomatoes (about 25)Dressing1/4 Cup Vegenaise Mayo1 tsp Dijon Mustard1/4 tsp Salt1 tsp Lemon Juice2 tsp Agave NectarFreshly Ground Black PepperI didn't know you could eat uncooked kale but the secret is to dress it first and let the dressing soften it for you. It doesn't taste bitter at all!-----My other favorite so far is a little bit better for you:Pan Fried Tofu, Kale, and Stir-Fried Noodles1 Package Extra/Super Firm Tofu1 Head Kale, deveined and torn5 oz. Dried, Wide Rice Noodles (Mine come in 10 oz packages)SugarSoy SauceTofu Marinade1/4 Cup Water1/4 Cup Soy Sauce or Tamari1 Tbs Thinly Sliced Ginger (or minced)1 Tbs Maple Syrup1 Tbs Oil1 Tbs Seasoned Rice Vinegar1 Garlic Clove, minced1/2 tsp Mustard1/4 tsp Sriracha or Hot Chili SauceBlack Pepper, to tasteDipping Sauce1/4 Cup Soy Sauce or Tamari1/4 Cup Water1 Tbs Seasoned Rice Vinegar1 tsp Mustard1 tsp Sriracha-----Word of advice: the best tofu for marinating and making into filets is West Soy extra firm. And it was on sale this week at Whole Foods for $1.49 a package! We bought 11.