But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It's Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner

But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It's Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner

by Kristy Turner


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“Get ready for your taste buds to explode.”—Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Can’t imagine living without cheese? Convinced that dairy-free baked goods just don’t cut it? Hate the taste of tofu and not a fan of boring salads? EXCUSES, BE GONE!

Blogger-author extraordinaire Kristy Turner deliciously refutes every excuse you’ve ever heard with 125 bursting-with-flavor vegan recipes for every meal of the day—including dessert!
  • All those special ingredients are way more expensive.” Not when you can make your own Homemade Seitan, Barbecue Sauce, Zesty Ranch Dressing, and Tofu Sour Cream.
  • I could never give up cheese!” You won’t miss it at all with Tempeh Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Pecan Parmesan, Tofu Chèvre, Citrus-Herb Roasted Beets with Macadamia Ricotta, or Mushroom Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.
  • What about brunch?Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Tacos, Lemon Cornmeal Waffles with Blueberry Sauce, and Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast are vegan breakfasts of champions!
  • My friends won’t want to come over for dinner.” They will when they get a taste of Carrot Cashew Pâté, Portobello Carpaccio, and Gnocchi alla Vodka.
  • But I scream for ice cream!” Then you’ll shriek over Dark Chocolate Sorbet, Mango Lassi Ice Cream, and from-scratch Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream Sandwiches.
If you’re a waffling vegan newbie, on-the-fence vegetarian, or veg-curious omnivore, this book will banish your doubts. You’ll find you can get enough protein, fit in at a potluck, learn to love cauliflower, and enjoy pizza, nachos, brownies, and more—without any animal products at all. (Even vegan pros will discover some new tricks!)

Colorful photographs throughout will have you salivating over Kristy’s inventive, easy-to-follow recipes. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and leave your excuses at the door!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615192106
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Series: But I Could Never Go Vegan!
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 713,321
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A self-described former “die-hard cheese nerd,” Kristy Turner is now the writer, recipe developer, and food stylist behind the vegan food blog Keepin’ It Kind. Once a professional fromagier and mutterer of the words, “I could never be vegan,” Kristy now loves her compassionate lifestyle and works with her photographer husband, Chris, to make veganism accessible, fun, and delicious for everyone. She lives in Marina del Rey, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Where am I supposed to start? 3

But vegans use all sorts of crazy ingredients! 4

Won't I need a bunch of weird appliances? 20

All Those Special Ingredients are Way More Expensive: Basic Condiments and Components that don't break the bank

Tempeh Bacon 25

Sunflower Sausage 26

Homemade Seitan 28

Barbecue Sauce 31

Zesty Ranch Dressing 32

Tofu Sour Cream 33

Happy Bee Honey 34

I Could Never Give Up Cheese!: "Cheesy" vegan dishes

Tofu Chèvre 36

Tempeh Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese with Pecan Parmesan

Citrus-Herb Roasted Beets with Macadamia Ricotta

Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Sunflower Cheddar

Tofu Feta, Spinach & Potato Gratin

Balsamic Baked

Pears with Cashew Blue Cheese

Caprese Farrotto with Macarella (Macadamia Mozzarella)

Where Would I Get My Protein?: Satisfying Ways to Pack in the Protein

Broccoli & Quinoa Tabbouleh with Tahini-Herb Dressing


Edamame Hummus

Chickpea "Fries"

Loaded Mexican Stuffed Baked


Falafel Tacos with Sriracha-Tahini Sauce

"Honey" Mustard

Kale Slaw

Tofu Doesn't Taste Like Anything: Tofu Prepared with all the flavor you can handle

Mediterranean Tofu Scramble 66

Tofu "Bravas" 69

Creamy Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo 70

BBQ Baked Tofu 73

Sesame-Sriracha Tofu Sandwiches 74

Savory Corn Cheesecake with Cilantro-Pepita Dressing 77

Vegan Cooking Is Too Hard: Easy recipes to whip up in 35 minutes or less

Portobello Steak Frites 80

Avocado & White Bean Salad Wraps 83

Chickpea Omelets 84

Savory Overnight Quinoa Oatmeal 87

Roasted Ratatouide Tartines 88

Bean & Rice Freezer Burritos 91

Where's the Beef?: "Meaty" food, minus the meat

Portobello Pot Pie 94

Lentil-Mushroom Meatloaf with Ketchup Glaze 97

Chickpea Sloppy Joes 98

Thai Seitan Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce 101

BLT & Avocado Soft Tacos 102

BBQ Jackfruit Fajitas with Guacamole 106

Just Thinking About Salad Makes Me Yawn: Entrée salads that demand your attention

BBQ Cauliflower Salad with Zesty Ranch Dressing

Roasted Root Veggie & Kale Salad with Cashew Blue Cheese

Three Pea & Orzo Pistachio Pesto Salad

Beluga Lentil & Couscous Salad with Orange-Champagne Vinaigrette

Roasted Broccoli & Apple Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Warm Lemony Olive Potato Salad 111

What About Bruch?: Vegan breakfast that will wake you right up

Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Tacos

Parmesan-Crusted Avocado & Kale Florentine with Smoked Paprika Hollandaise

Buckwheat Banana Bread Pancakes with Peanut Butter Syrup 126

The Best Breakfast Sandwich of All Time

Pecan-Date Cinnamon Rolls

Lemon Cornmeal Waffles with Blueberry Sauce

Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast

Fake "Foods" Freak Me Out: Soild vegan recipes that aren't imitating meat, dairy, or anything else

Corn Fritters with Creamy Chile-Lime Sauce

Potato & Pea Samosa Cakes with Tamarind Sauce

Mexican Bowl with Quinoa, Farro & Amaranth Trio

Lentil, Chard & Sweet Potato Curry

Lemony Green Veggie Pasta

Rainbow Millet-Hummus Collard Summer Rolls

It's All Rabbit Food: Vegan food that isn't exactly "healty"

Jackfruit Nacho Supreme

Crispy Baked Onion Rings


Stout Chili Fries

Impossible Cheeseburger Pie

Fire-Roasted Chile

Sweet Potato Enchiladas

BBQ Bacon Burgers

Not Soup Again!: Made-over classics and brand -new Soups that are anything but boring

Creole Corn Chowder

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Cauliflower Bisque

White Bean & Portobello Stew

Potato Sauerkraut Soup with Sausage Crumbles

Spinach Artichoke Soup

I'D Miss Pizza: Pizza-Party-ready vegan pies

Pizza Dough, Three Ways (basic, spiced, cornmeal)

Roasted Garlic White Pizza with Macadamia Ricotta

Roasted Veggie Deep-Dish Pizza

Kabocha, Caramelized Onion & Porcini Mushroom Pizza

Potato-Leek Pizza with Cornmeal Crust

Seitan Reuben Pizza with Caraway Seed Crust

Buffalo Cauliflower Calzones with Cashew

Blue Cheese

Mini Pizza-Stuffed Mushrooms

Can't I Be Pescatarian Instead?: Seafood-inspired dishes that will real you in

Jackfruit "Tuna" Safad Sandwich

Wild Mushroom Sushi

Orange-Miso Mushroom Scallops with Oranges, Fennel & Forbidden Rice

Artichoke Crab Cakes with Sriracha Tartar Sauce

Baja Delish

Tacos with Mango Salsa

Beer-Battered Faux Fish & Chips

My Friends Won't Want to Come Over for Dinner: Fancy dinner party recipes sure to impress

Carrot Cashew Pâté 210

Greek Bruschetta with Heart of Palm

Tapenade & Tofu Feta 213

Tofu & Avocado Tartare 214

Portobeito Carpaccio 217

Gnocchi alla Vodka 218

Salisbury Seitan Phyllo Pouches with Rosemary Mashed Potatoes 223

No Way, I'm Italian! (or Southern/German/Mexican/French!): Dishes inspired by not-so-vegan cusinies

Roasted Corn, Green Chile & Tofu Chèvre Quesadillas with Avocado Crema 224

Cauliflower Piccata 227

Pretzel Dumplings with Mushroom-Sauerkraut Gravy 228

Asparagus Quiche 230

Southern Biscuits with Sausage & Gravy 233

But I Hate [Insert Vegetable Here]: Recipes to convert veggie-haters into lovers

Eggplant Meatball Subs with Spicy Marinara Sauce 236

Red Velvet Beet Smoothie with Cashew Cream "Icing" 239

Chips & Peasamole Sweet 240

Sour Cauliflower 243

Roasted Garlic Hummus & Broccoli Bowl 244

Balsamic-Maple Brussels Sprouts & Sweet Potato 246

I Don't Want to be Left out at Potlucks and Family Get-Together: Vegan recipes that will the crowds

Pan-Fried Gnocchi & Acorn Squash with Hazelnut-Sage Pesto

Maple-Baked Beans & Cornbread Casserole

Seitan-Mushroom Roast with Wild Rice Stuffing

Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans & Caramelized Shallots with Dijon-Thyme Vinaigrette

Creamy Curried Tempeh Salad with Dried Cherries & Almonds

Cheesy Veggie Stromboli

You Can't Bake Without Butter or Eggs!: Vegan dessert that aren't missing a thing

salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars

Spiced Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Rosemary-Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

Butterscotch Bread Pudding

Mini No-Bake Fruit Cheesecakes

Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Wait, Is Chocolate Vega?: Desserts that highlights chocolate-don't worry, It's vegan!

Chocolate Chip Brownies 273

Double Chocolato Truffles 274

Molasses-Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse Tart with Coconut Whipped Cream 276

Flourless Chocolate Decadence Cake 278

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies 281

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups 282

Mexican Hot 284

Chocolate Fudge

But I Scream for ICE Cream!: Vegan Ice cream recipes that will have you streaming for more

Dark Chocolate Sorbet 286

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Ice Cream 287

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream 288

Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream 291

Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream Sandwiches 292

Mango Lassi Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake

So, Still Think You Can't Do It?

Gratitude 299

Index 331

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