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.
Convenience is the number one reason why people say they “can’t” go vegan, followed closely by price and accessibility. And when you look at what drives the fast food industry, it’s the convenience, the price, and the accessibility. So, what better way to prove how easy it actually is to be vegan, than by veganizing the most ubiquitous of fast foods: the McDonald’s Hamburger. Retailing for less than a dollar, and found pretty much on every continent, I wanted to show just how easy it is to recreate that almost-too-salty, real-but-fake-tasting burger. Using the same dirt-cheap condiments, I was able to recreate this burger in about the same time it would take you to drive-thru McDonald’s, and costing less than $2 a pop. Sure, Beyond Burgers are still a slightly niche item here in the states, but give it time.
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.
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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.
- Pumpkin Spice Ramen with Spaghetti Squash Noodles and Char Siu Shiitakes
- The Best Way to Cook and Cut Spaghetti Squash (Whole Baked Spaghetti Squash)
- Vegan Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Haul and Taste Test
- Vegan Thai Coconut Soup (Vegan Tom Ka Kai)
- Thai Style Vegan Garlic Noodles with Tofu (Gluten Free + Oil Free Option)