Vegetarian recipes and info

Category - Cooking Tips

How to Make Vegan Cheese

There are some good vegan cheeses available at the store, but since they are often expensive and/or full of preservatives, it’s nice to have the option to make your own. Read on for tips on setting up your vegan cheese-making kitchen.

How to Peel and Seed Tomatoes

For many recipes, tomatoes can be cooked with their skins and seeds, but there are some, especially certain tomato sauce recipes, which turn out better if the tomatoes have been peeled and seeded – this results in a smoother, more easily digestible sauce. Try these easy steps for peeling and seeding tomatoes.

How to Press Tofu

How to press tofuFirm and extra firm tofu are packed in water for freshness, but when you use tofu, you want to get as much liquid out as possible so that your marinade or sauce can be absorbed instead.

How to Roast and Purée Pumpkin

Roasted and pureed pumpkinSure, you can buy canned pumpkin, but it’s cheaper, healthier, and tastier to make your own pumpkin purée. All you need is a nice pumpkin (smaller is better), a few common kitchen tools, and some time.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seedsPumpkins are a key ingredient in some wonderful recipes, notably pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup – not to mention jack-o’lanterns – but what can you do with the seeds? Roast ’em!

How to Soak and Cook Beans and Legumes

Soaked chick peasBeans and legumes are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and a staple of many vegetarian diets. The drawback is that they take a long time to prepare, but once you know the techniques, you’ll find it’s not difficult at all.

How to Steam Asparagus

Asparagus is a rather delicate vegetable, and steaming it correctly so that that stalks are done but the tips aren’t soggy can be a real challenge. Here are two tried-and-tested techniques for perfectly-steamed asparagus without a steaming basket.

How to Thicken a Sauce or Soup

Sometimes you can boil a sauce or soup long enough to obtain the perfect thickness, but that’s not necessarily efficient or nutritious, so here are some easy ways to thicken without cooking for an extra hour.

Omelette Ideas

Omelettes are very flexible – you can eat them plain or with anywhere from one to a dozen ingredients. Here are some possible additions and toppings for interesting omelettes.

Smoothie Ideas

Smoothie-making tips as well as suggested ingredients for smoothies.

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