By Sara Novak, Planet Green
You don’t have to abstain from meat products altogether to enjoy the veganized version of some of your favorite dishes. Maybe you want to enjoy a more healthful version of an old fashioned favorite. Cut out the meat and the dairy and often times many of the unnecessary calories go with it. And if done right, the food doesn’t suffer from the loss. While making food vegetarian is often really simple, hormone laden cheeses and dairy products aren’t much better.
Vegan recipes can be every bit as rich and delicious as their meaty counterparts. These are also great choices for those times when you’re feeding both a vegan and a meat eater because they’re just hearty enough. Here are some of my all time favorite traditional recipes, gone vegan:
1. Tempeh Reubens
8 oz tempeh
5 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup Vidalia onions, diced
4 slices rye bread
2 tbsp Thousand Island dressing (recipe to follow)
1/4 cup (or more) sauerkraut
4 slices vegan Swiss cheese
1. Slice the tempeh so that it’s about ½ inch thick.
2. Heat the olive oil up to medium and add garlic and onions. Cook until softened and add in tempeh. Fry tempeh for about 4 minutes on each side.
3. Toast the rye bread on each side. Add a slather of Thousand Island Dressing on both pieces of bread. Top with tempeh, onions, sauerkraut, and cheese. Melt under the broiler and serve immediately.
Easy Thousand Island Dressing
1 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup hot pickle relish
1. Combine ingredients and serve.
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