Vegan Kitchen Simplified. How to Cut Soy out of Your Plant-Based Diet if You Decided to Go Soy-Free.

Once again, welcome to the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today’s post covers the aspects of going soy-free. While soy remains a polarizing subject among healthy eating specialists, you’ll see that cutting it out of your plant-based diet is not very complicated if you choose to do so. Whenever I have a conversation with non-vegan people about our respective diets, I often hear from them the idea that being vegan must require eating lots of soy products (at least in their opinion). I personally don’t have anything against soy as long as it’s organic and non-GMO, but I often find it hard to convince my non-vegan friends that eating soy is not at all a requirement of a vegan diet. I might make tofu or tempeh a few times a month, but if all soy products mysteriously disappeared tomorrow, I know for sure that my husband and I would definitely not starve to death. Every now … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Kitchen Simplified: How to Bake Tofu with Little to No Oil

Welcome to the first post in the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! I talked about this series in more detail yesterday, and I’m excited that today’s the day to start! In today’s post, I’m going to talk about baking tofu. Why tofu? Tofu is one of the ingredients common to vegan/plant-based cooking that often gets a lot of bad rap. While some people declare it terrible for our health to the extent of causing cancer, others say that they can’t stand its taste or texture. Once I even heard someone say that they could never go vegan because they didn’t want to “eat all that tofu”! Does tofu really deserve all that negativity? A Few Things About Tofu to Keep in Mind: Tofu is made from soy milk in a process called coagulation: soy protein gets separated from the liquid parts of soy milk, and then is pressed to form a solid. Tofu comes in … Read the rest of the post

Mushroom, Kale and Tofu Lasagna – a Basic Vegan Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna is the ultimate Italian comfort food for a lot of us. Multiple versions of vegan lasagna recipes can be found online, and if you’ve switched to a plant-based vegan diet a while ago, you’ve probably tried at least one or two of them. Vegan lasagna recipes can vary in their level of difficulty, so today I’ve decided to share a fairly simple lasagna recipe that I came up with not long ago. Like most of my recipes, this version of lasagna has a lot of vegetables and no added oil. I was born in Uzbekistan (a country that used to be a part of the Soviet Union) and grew up in Russia, and for a very long time we had little to no idea about Italian cuisine. Obviously, Italian people were not that eager to move to the Soviet Union and teach us the tricks of Italian cooking! Growing up, I heard … Read the rest of the post