Vegetarian recipes and info

Category - Staple Recipes

I try to cook from scratch as much as possible, rather than relying on store-bought items like non-dairy milk and nut butters. Here are my staple recipes that you’ll find linked from more complicated dishes throughout The Veggie Table. (Also see cooking tips for advice on peeling tomatoes, cleaning leeks, soaking beans, and lots more!)

Almond Ricotta

Vegan ricottaSoft and fluffy with just a hint of sweetness, perfect for ravioli, lasagna, and cannoli.

Baked Polenta

Baked polentaI love polenta, but I hate cooking it on the stove. Turns out there’s a ridiculously easy way to make it – in the oven!

Basic Boiled Quinoa

QuinoaQuinoa is faster, easier, and – in my opinion – tastier than rice. Give it a try!

Basic Seitan

Homemade seitanBasic recipe for seitan. Feel free to experiment by adding herbs and spices to the dough.

Basil Oil

When you eat basil, don’t throw those leafless stems away – use them to make a delicious basil-infused oil that tastes like summer.

Béchamel Sauce

This simple white sauce goes well with flavorful vegetables like broccoli and asparagus, or in lasagne. It can easily be made vegan.

Beef-Style Seitan

An easy recipe for tender seitan that’s perfect for making vegan braciole.

Berry Sauce

This sweet-tart sauce is wonderful on pancakes, French toast, and ice cream.

Boiled Rice

Boiled riceI used to hate making rice, until I realized that the world won’t end if I ignore conventional wisdom. It’s ok to remove the lid to stir during cooking and to add more water, and it doesn’t even matter if there’s liquid left at the end. As when cooking pasta, you can just drain whatever’s left when the rice is ready.

Brownie Crust

Vegan brownie crustRich, dense brownie crust – quick, easy, and vegan to boot.

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