Beef jerky was not one of those foods that was hard to give up when I went vegan. Sure, I enjoyed the occasional endless chewing sensation of some teriyaki flavored gas station jerky, but whenever I contemplated giving up animal products, I didn’t hesitate because of the inevitable jerky deficit in my life. And when I saw vegan jerky in stores, or online, I was never really tempted to buy it. How could they possibly reproduce the dry rubbery texture of dehydrated animal flesh? How could something plant-derived possibly give me that jaw-popping, tooth grinding sensation?
Whether you’re trying to save money, or the planet, it’s always a good idea to use what you already have. I like to keep a well-stocked pantry, but sometimes I allow myself to over-stock, and that can sometimes lead to food waste. So, I did myself and my wallet a favor, and came up with a recipe using what ingredients I had on hand. I was more than pleasantly surprised with the results, and it just goes to show you that with a bit of ingenuity, chickpea flour, and some type of breading, anything can truly be turned into a Buffalo “wing”. Chicken’s got nothing on these delicious, fairly healthy, and super simple to make air-fried artichoke hearts.
I like the idea of a vegetable noodle, but often times the reality doesn’t match the expectation. Sweet potato noodles are too stiff when raw, and when overcooked, they break apart, and pretty much just turn into hash browns. Zucchini has a similar condition when raw, but the moment you put a hot sauce on them they spit out a bunch of water, and turn your pasta into noodle soup. So, what’s a guy to do when he wants vegetable noodles, but he wants them to be a little bit more convincing and easy to work with? He throws them in the air-fryer, that’s what.
Many people have been asking me for vegan recipes to cook in an air-fryer. This “recipe” is more of a guide on how to bread and air-fry pretty much anything, from vegetables to tofu to mock meats. I give you a basic binder recipe, made from chickpea flour, and I talk you through using panko bread crumbs to create a crispy coating. I have created two recipes for you, General Tso’s and Nashville Hot, that showcase how you can use this breading and turn veggies into delicious, healthy, crispy meals.
It’s a new year, and many people are making their way towards a vegan lifestyle. I just wanted to give you a tour of my kitchen, and share with you what I keep on hand in order to make a vegan lifestyle work for me. Below I have linked a list of pantry ingredients that I try to keep on hand. Don’t get scared-off by the list. What works for me might not work for everyone, but once you do get your kitchen set up in a way that works for you, being vegan becomes much easier.
Sundays were made for two things: laziness and brunch. I’ve devised this perfect, “half-ass homemade” recipe that is sure to satisfy all of your lazy Sunday brunching needs. I’ll show you how to turn cornbread mix into waffles, tofu into eggs, cashews into a chipotle cream sauce, and fake turkey into fake chicken. I stack all that goodness up, with a few healthy greens, and set it atop some frozen hash browns. Brunch is done. Quick, easy, and quite photogenic.
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Hi! I’m Michael, and I’m obsessed with cooking vegan food and developing vegan recipes. I love reinventing my childhood (and even my adulthood) favorite foods into vegan works of edible art. I’ve been vegan for just over two years now, so join me on this journey of discovery in the plant-based world of incredible food. Click the YouTube link above to watch all of my videos, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram.