hot for food all day: easy recipes to level up your vegan meals [A Cookbook]

hot for food all day: easy recipes to level up your vegan meals [A Cookbook]

by Lauren Toyota
hot for food all day: easy recipes to level up your vegan meals [A Cookbook]

hot for food all day: easy recipes to level up your vegan meals [A Cookbook]

by Lauren Toyota


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More than 100 utterly simple, crazy-delicious vegan recipes that satisfy cravings all day, everyday, from YouTube guru and bestselling author of Vegan Comfort Classics Lauren Toyota.

“I’m really looking forward to whipping up all of the delicious vegan meals in hot for food all day.”—Jillian Harris, bestselling co-author of Fraiche Food, Full Hearts

Buffalo chicken crunch wraps. The “spiced” grilled cheese. Stuffed breakfast danishes. Tokyo street fries. These are some of the totally tastebud-pleasing dishes that are within your reach in hot for food all day, a collection of Lauren’s mind-blowing recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. With her signature bold style, Lauren guides you, step by step, through her favorite everyday dishes, using tips and tricks to level up leftovers, saving you from eating the same thing twice.

Filled with drool-worthy photography for every recipe, as well as tasty ideas for entertaining and getting your snack on, Lauren shows why she’s still hot for food, all day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984857521
Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
Publication date: 03/16/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,073,081
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lauren Toyota is the author of the bestselling cookbook Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face. She’s been named one of Canada’s most influential vegans and has appeared on many national television programs sharing her expertise for making vegan food fast and fun. Lauren’s channel and blog, hot for food, have amassed millions of views and devoted fans. Lauren is from Toronto, Canada

Read an Excerpt


Well, here we are again, my friends. I really couldn’t do this without you and your enthusiasm for hot for food and the vegan food I make. In fact, it’s SO moving that I wanted to put myself through the madness of making a second cookbook because of it. Thanks for waiting, and thank you for supporting my endeavors in a way that makes me want to ugly cry on the floor!

This cookbook is a companion piece to Vegan Comfort Classics in that I want you to treat my cookbooks like your vegan bibles. Everything you could ever want and imagine and maybe didn’t even know you needed in your life is contained in the pages of these cookbooks. While the first book gave you a great foundation, this book is going to round out your arsenal of classic comfort foods. That means it is packed with some super simple go-to’s and easy everyday stuff that I whip up quick in my kitchen, including some things you can prep and plan in advance if you’re into that kind of thing. And don’t worry, there are still some stand-out, unique, V-hot for food kinds of recipes that you’ll definitely want to show off to your unconverted friends and fam.

One thing I focus on sharing more in this book is my knack for reusing, repurposing, and transforming leftovers and remnants of recipes into brand-new eats (’cause leftovers suck). That’s right: I found a way to bring the RECIPE?! to life in print. If you’ve been following the hot for food journey thus far, ya already know what a RECIPE?! is. But if you’re new here, I’ll give you the lowdown.

A RECIPE?! isn’t really a formal recipe but a rough, adaptable blueprint. When testing and developing delicious stuff, I have to make things up as I go and then do it again to finesse the amounts and tweak things so they’re perfect. It’s all very intuitive, so I try to encourage this kind of thing for anyone because it’s how one really learns how to cook. And because I’m a recipe developer, I always have bits and pieces of recipes in my fridge including extra fillings, sauces, and so forth that I don’t want to throw out. So I use everything up and make up my own meals with whatever I have on hand when I’m hungry. I managed to document this ridiculous but highly entertaining and educational process on video and put it on my YouTube channel, which quickly became a hit! It was the realness and achievable nature of cooking that I guess everyone liked. It’s certainly how I like cooking on camera because I don’t need to perfect anything before shooting. I just waltz into the kitchen and take out stuff in my fridge and pantry, cook in real time, and pray it’ll turn out to be tasty. It usually is, thankfully!

In this cookbook you’ll see that I’ve taken some of those long-lost ideas and RECIPE?! home runs and perfected them for you, giving you inspiration for using up whatever you have on hand. On top of that, I also figured out ways y’all are gonna level up your leftovers into brand-new meals using the stuff you make in this book. Throughout the cookbook, look for LEVEL UP! in the top corner to identify the recipes that are made from leftovers. Before you can level up, ya gotta backtrack to the page where the master recipe lives. You’ll get the hang of it in no time.

You’ll also see throughout the chapters some fun menu plans of stuff to eat on various occasions, like stuff to bring to a BYOVD (bring your own vegan dish) event! There’s some inspo from stuff I eat when I’m busy, or when I’m Netflix-and-chillin’ on a Sunday. It’s endless food porn so you can stay hot for food all day! You’re going to gasp over my Sweet & Sour Rice Balls (page 186), Butter Chicken Nachos (page 159), and Stuffed Breakfast Danishes (page 24). I even concocted a new-and-improved vegan mac n’ cheese that’s made in one pot (page 110) PLUS there’re five ways to level up the flavor! Did someone say Thai Red Curry Mac n’ Cheese (page 116)? And as per usual, my love of baking took over for dessert stuff. I’ve got luscious loaf cake recipes x 3 (page 214), some easy ways to use more frozen vegan puff pastry (page 230) in your life, and an incredible No-Churn Salted Caramel Tahini Ice Cream (page 226) to share with you.

So with all that said, I’m just asking you to keep my RECIPE?! ethos in mind at all times. You don’t have to follow the rules because there are none! Dive into this cookbook trusting that each and every meal you create for yourself is going to be delectable and delicious and just happens to be made from plants. I want you to take my ideas and try them but also use them as stepping-stones to start working your own wizardry. Tap into that kitchen intuition. Play around, mix and match, use what you have if you don’t have what I listed, and just make it work!

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ingredientsd & Stuff 3

Stuff You Need 7

Breakfast Stuff 13

Tofu Scramble 14

Mung Bean Scramble 17

Level Up!

Mushroom Kimchi Omelet 18

Breakfast Za 20

Breakfast Totchos 23

Stuffed Breakfast Danishes 24

Two Potato Rösti 26

Scones 4 Ways 28

Sundried Tomato, Olive & Chive Scones 30

Jalapeño Cheddar Scones 30

Strawberry Cardamom Scones 30

Blueberry Lemon Scones 30

Tahini Glaze 31

Level Up!

Savory Broken Scone Breakfast Muffins 32

Baked Peanut Butter & Jam Oat Bars 35

Apple Crumble Muffins 36

Crunchy Coconut Granola 39

My Blender Juice 3 Ways 41

Real Green Juice 41

Sunny Citrus Juice 41

Immune Warrior Juice 41

My Fave Smoothie 43

Lunch Stuff 45

Tortilla Soup 46

Level Up!

Red Sauce Enchilades 48

Chipotle Cheese Fries 51

Creamy Green Pea Soup 52

Level Up!

Creamy Green Pea Soup with Pasta & Parmesan 55

Corn Chowder 56

Level Up!

Cacio e Pepe 58

Corn Chowder Hollandaise 60

Zuppa Toscana 62

Clubhouse Sandwich 66

Spicy Lentil Wrap 69

Fried Artichoke Sandwich 70

My Everyday Sandwich 75

My Everyday Roasted Vegetable Salad 76

Level Up!

Roasted Vegetable Poststickers 78

Fries & Salad 80

The Bowl Bible 82

Grain Bases 84

Cooked Veg 86

Grilled Romaine Hearts 88

Roasted Purple Cabbage Slaw 88

Steamed Kale, Bok Choy & Broccoli 89

Blistered Tomatoes 89

Roasted Curry Cauliflower 89

Hearty Additions 90

Crispy Tofu Fingers 92

Miso-Roasted Kabocha Squash 95

Crunchy Butter Beans 96

Chicken Shawarma 99

Tempeh Bacon Chunks 100

Grilled Cheese 4 Ways 102

The "Sharp" Grilled Cheese 104

Level Up!

The "Spiced" Grilled Cheese 105

The "Sweet" Grilled Cheese 106

The "Creamy" Grilled Cheese 107

Dinner Stuff 109

One-Pot Mac n' Cheese 110

Level Up!

Buffalo Chicken Mac n' Cheese 113

Pizza Mac n' Cheese 115

Thai Red Curry Mac n' Cheese 116

Tex-Mex Mac n' Cheese 119

Green Mac n' Cheese 120

Ragu Bolognese 122

Easy Brussels Sprouts Pasta 124

Level Up!

Bacon Kale Pasta 127

Easy Tofu & Veggie Stir-Fry 128

Miso-Roasted Kabocha Squash 3 Ways 130

Level Up!

Kabocha Stuffed Shells 130

Kabocha Wonton Ravioli with Miso Butter 132

Kabocha Broth with Udon 135

Cauliflower Steaks 2 Ways, with Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (Piccata & Parm) 136

Level Up!

Korean BBQ Burritos 140

Buffalo Chicken Crunch Wraps 142

Sloppy Joe Zucchini Boats 145

Level Up!

Zucchini Carbonara 146

Crispy Tofu Fingers 2 Ways 150

Level Up!

Charred Corn Salad 150

HFF Famous Bowls 153

Level Up!

Mushroom Kraut Potato Cakes 154

Snacks, Staples & Saucy Stuff 157

Level Up!

Butter Chicken Nachos 159

All-Green Fresh Rolls with Green Curry Dipping Sauce 160

Classic Onion Dip 163

Level Up!

Stuffed Potato Skins with Onion Dip 164

Blistered Shishito Peppers 167

Level Up!

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Ramen 168

Warm Shishito Pepper Dip 173

Smoky Cheese Spread 174

Level Up!

Savory Cheese Tart 177

HFF Snack Mixes 5 Ways 178

Homemade Stove-Top Popcorn 180

Everything Bagel Popcorn Seasoning + Snack Mix 181

Dill Pickle Popcorn Seasoning + Snack Mix 181

Tokyo Mix Popcorn Seasoning + Snack Mix 182

Old Bay Popcorn Seasoning + Snack Mix 182

Pink Beet Caramel Popcorn + Snack Mix 183

Level Up!

Tokyo Street Fries 185

Sweet & Sour Rice Balls 186

Egg Yolk Sauce 188

Cilantro Sour Cream 189

Jalapeño Ranch 190

Gochujang Aioli 191

Sesame Ginger Sauce 192

Pumpkin Miso Gravy 193

Crispy Onion Strings 194

Old Bay Croutons 197

Salad Dressings for Dummies 198

Tahini Caesar Dressing 200

Pink Goddess Dressing 200

Sesame Soy Vinaigrette 201

Creamy Pesto Dressing 201

Use Up the Hummus Dressing 201

Sweet Stuff 203

Level Up!

Rocky Road Bars 205

Chocolate Chip Corn Cookies 206

Snicktedoodies 209

Coconut Pecan Biscotti 210

Doughnut Holes 3 Ways 212

Loaf Cakes 3 Ways 214

Lemon Chia Seed Loaf Cake 214

Black Forest Loaf Cake 216

Pumpkin Loaf Cake 219

Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispie Cake 222

Passion Fruit Slice 225

No-Churn Salted Caramel Tahini Ice Cream 226

Level Up!

Salted Caramel Tahini Milkshake 229

Puff Pastry 4 Ways 230

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pinwheels 232

Mini Strawberry Tarts 233

Stone Fruit Galette 234

Chocolate Almond Crescent Rolls 235

About the Author 239

Acknowledgments 240

Index 242

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