5 Microwave-Friendly Vegan Recipes for Any Occasion. Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series.

I’m always fascinated by how people find my site through searching for various things online. The other day someone searched for ‘vegan foods in microwave’, and it got me thinking. There’s probably plenty of vegans who find themselves with a limited access to traditional kitchen appliances (say, in a hotel or a college dorm), or don’t want to fire up a stove on a hot summer day, etc. Thankfully, if you have a microwave available, you can still make tasty and healthy vegan meals  – and the fact that microwave cooking is usually pretty quick is a nice bonus! Some of us may scoff at my claim that cooking in a microwave can be healthy. But apparently, as Dr. Michael Greger suggests in this video on his NutritionFacts.org website, microwaving has been shown to be one of the best cooking methods for preserving nutrients in vegetables, and in some cases … Read the rest of the post

10 Homemade Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressings: Quick, Healthy and Foolproof. Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series.

Do I need to prove to you that salads are healthy? Most likely, you already know that a variety of fresh, raw vegetables served on a bed of greens is almost always a good idea as a healthy meal or a side dish. Why ‘almost’? Because it’s often easy to sabotage the healthfulness of your salad by drenching it in oily store-bought dressing that has a laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients. I’m not even going to talk about shredded cheese, bacon bits and croutons as salad ingredients because here at Vegan Runner Eats we’re all about the healthy vegan stuff. (Why do I recommend skipping oil? See how it affects our health in this post, plus get my top 8 tips on cooking oil-free.) So what’s the next logical step for a person who decided to ditch as much processed store-bought junk as possible? Make homemade salad dressings! The abundance of … Read the rest of the post

How to Cook with No Oil: 8 Useful Tips. Vegan Kitchen Simplified Series.

I know it’s been a while since the last episode of the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series, but better late than never, right? Today I’d like to talk about the single thing that can improve your vegan diet from the health standpoint – cooking with no oil. Why would we want to cook with no oil, you may ask? In case you haven’t noticed, the subject of cooking with or without oil is one of the most polarizing among vegan chefs and cookbook authors. One school of thought believes that as long as all of the ingredients are cruelty-free, they are worth using in our kitchens, so hail to the vegan butter, vegan margarine, vegan shortening, all types of oils, etc. Another school of thought is convinced that using all of the above in your cooking on a regular basis will have a detrimental effect on your health, starting from chronic … Read the rest of the post

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 Series. How to Replace Butter and Eggs in Baked Goods and not End Up with Cardboard.

Welcome to the third episode of Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today we are going to talk about vegan baking. I’ve always been a huge fan of homemade baked goods thanks to my mom: she used to bake delicious (but not vegan) treats all the time when I was little. As I got older, I embraced baking at home myself but rarely tried to experiment with unfamiliar recipes. Once I became vegan, a whole new world of amazing vegan baking opened up to me. I was surprised to find out that vegan baked goods could be not only much healthier than their conventional versions, but also quite delicious! I mean, why do people even bother baking with butter and eggs if the same desserts can be successfully made without them?! What Butter and Eggs Do in Baking, and How We Can Replace Them Here’s the deal: butter/margarine/shortening and eggs are widely used in conventional, non-vegan … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Kitchen Simplified. Natural Liquid Sweeteners: Agave Nectar, Maple Syrup and Molasses.

Welcome to the second episode in the Vegan Kitchen Simplified series! Today we are talking about such natural liquid sweeteners as agave nectar, maple syrup, and molasses. Why these liquid sweeteners? If you’ve ever expressed interest in eating healthier, you’ve probably wondered about the alternatives to the common white sugar and corn syrup that are widely used in mass-produced foods and in the conventional home cooking. (I’m not going to talk about artificial sweeteners today – the bottom line with those is that most of those have a chemical makeup not known to our bodies, thus making artificial sweeteners harder for us to process than regular sugar, which is not always worth the trouble of using them.) Agave nectar, maple syrup and molasses all come from natural, plant sources. Does this fact make them healthy, whole foods? Yes and no: while these sweeteners have more trace nutrients and minerals than regular white sugar … 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 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 various degrees … Read the rest of the post

Announcement: Two New Series to Launch at Vegan Runner Eats!

Hi everyone! I’ve got an exciting announcement to make today! When I started this blog, my main concern was to provide lots of valuable information for people new to a plant-based vegan diet and interested in exercise and staying active. I tried to stick to the plan by documenting my training for a marathon and posting recipes I was developing along the way. While this plan mostly worked, I was constantly thinking of finding new ways to make this blog even more interesting. And this is how I came to an idea to start two new series on Vegan Runner Eats: – Vegan Kitchen Simplified: a series of posts about various vegan-friendly ingredients and their use, or different kitchen techniques that can make plant-based cooking even healthier. A lot of people get confused in the kitchen once they make a switch to a plant-based/vegan diet, so the posts from Vegan Kitchen Simplified … Read the rest of the post