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#1 Old 04-17-2017, 05:44 PM
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picky eater?

hey! i'm interested in going vegan for health reasons but the trouble is, i'm a picky eater. i have autism which makes me sensitive to tastes/smells/textures and a lot of foods make me gag.

i like savory, salty, nutty, sweet, and tangy (not sour).
i don't like foods that are strongly flavored or scented, spicy, sour, or bitter.

i don't like a lot of foods touching, like salads or the "buddha bowls" i see a lot, which makes finding recipes hard because a lot of them involve throwing a bunch of ingredients onto a plate.

what do you guys think? is it possible? am i alone as a picky eater vegan?

i could provide a list of vegan foods i like/love and see if you guys have recipes or tips for me.

the last thing is that i'm converting to judaism and challah bread (which is eaten on shabbat, the jewish sabbath) relies on eggs for its texture, which makes life difficult for me. if someone could recommend a vegan challah recipe, that would be cool.
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#2 Old 04-17-2017, 06:51 PM
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Oh its very possible!
Vegan foods get such a stereotype, but the truth is that once you're used to what foods are vegan, it's just like being omnivore without the animal products. I mean look at all the foods most omnis won't eat?
Sounds like you'd like things like tempeh marinated and sauteed. I slice it kinda thin, mix about 1/2 cup water with 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, a teaspoon of brown sugar or maple syrup, a pinch of red pepper and splash of Braggs (like soy sauce but not so strong) You can vary as you like. I put the slices in, let sit a bit, then sautee on high heat, flipping as needed, till absorbed and golden. You can have this aside other veggies
Pretty much the same with tofu
There are some tasty processed foods, like Gardien, Beyond Meat, Tofurky if you like
I like to simply make beans with garlic and have them aside other things, but I do live beans and rice, they're as good seperate though!
Pretty much deconstruct a Buddah bowl!

Look up Isa Moscowitz. I believe she has a whole book devoted to Jewish vegaized recipes

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#3 Old 04-17-2017, 07:02 PM
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hey! i'm interested in going vegan for health reasons but the trouble is, i'm a picky eater. i have autism which makes me sensitive to tastes/smells/textures and a lot of foods make me gag.

i like savory, salty, nutty, sweet, and tangy (not sour).
i don't like foods that are strongly flavored or scented, spicy, sour, or bitter.

i don't like a lot of foods touching, like salads or the "buddha bowls" i see a lot, which makes finding recipes hard because a lot of them involve throwing a bunch of ingredients onto a plate.

what do you guys think? is it possible? am i alone as a picky eater vegan?

i could provide a list of vegan foods i like/love and see if you guys have recipes or tips for me.

the last thing is that i'm converting to judaism and challah bread (which is eaten on shabbat, the jewish sabbath) relies on eggs for its texture, which makes life difficult for me. if someone could recommend a vegan challah recipe, that would be cool.

Vegan foods aren't necessarily exotic. You probably already enjoy many foods that are vegan, or that can easily be made vegan. What are your favorite foods now?
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#4 Old 04-17-2017, 07:05 PM
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the last thing is that i'm converting to judaism and challah bread (which is eaten on shabbat, the jewish sabbath) relies on eggs for its texture, which makes life difficult for me. if someone could recommend a vegan challah recipe, that would be cool.

You're in good company! There are many vegan challah recipes on the internet: https://www.google.com/#q=vegan+challah
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“Under the twinkling trees was a table covered with Guatemalan fabric, roses in juice jars, wax rose candles from Tijuana and plates of food — Weetzie's Vegetable Love-Rice, My Secret Agent Lover Man's guacamole, Dirk's homemade pizza, Duck's fig and berry salad and Surfer Surprise Protein Punch, Brandy-Lynn's pink macaroni, Coyote's cornmeal cakes, Ping's mushu plum crepes and Valentine's Jamaican plantain pie."

from Witch Baby, Francesca Lia Block, 1991
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Yes why don't you give us some examples of what you like or how you like to eat.

You could stir-fry tofu with just a sauce so it wouldn't touch your other foods, and have a side of broccoli and a side of rice to go with it. This is similar to the way some meat eaters would eat dinner and there are some really lovely sauces you can get or make that are savory, salty, nutty or tangy, without being spicy, for your tofu or vegetables.

You can always make pasta with a tomato based sauce and add vegan margarine instead of cheese or butter to give it some balance and extra calories. If you don't like to combine foods, don't worry you can eat a starchy breakfast or dinner and just make sure you have some beans or nuts or a vegan meat analogue for lunch or snack. (Complete protein is a thing, it's not made up, all animals in the animal kingdom need amino acid profiles but you can get this on a varied vegan diet as long as you know to eat legumes, nuts, tofu, seitan, and/or beans as well as grains).

You could also have a baked potato or yam as your starchy food, with a bowl of lentil soup, for example.

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Oh its very possible!
Vegan foods get such a stereotype, but the truth is that once you're used to what foods are vegan, it's just like being omnivore without the animal products. I mean look at all the foods most omnis won't eat?
Sounds like you'd like things like tempeh marinated and sauteed. I slice it kinda thin, mix about 1/2 cup water with 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, a teaspoon of brown sugar or maple syrup, a pinch of red pepper and splash of Braggs (like soy sauce but not so strong) You can vary as you like. I put the slices in, let sit a bit, then sautee on high heat, flipping as needed, till absorbed and golden. You can have this aside other veggies
Pretty much the same with tofu
There are some tasty processed foods, like Gardien, Beyond Meat, Tofurky if you like
I like to simply make beans with garlic and have them aside other things, but I do live beans and rice, they're as good seperate though!
Pretty much deconstruct a Buddah bowl!

Look up Isa Moscowitz. I believe she has a whole book devoted to Jewish vegaized recipes

Mayim Bialik also has a vegan cookbook with some traditional style Jewish recipes.

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#7 Old 04-21-2017, 01:42 PM
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Zsu Dever's vegan cookbook "Aquafaba" has a recipe for vegan challah. The recipe, and a pretty photo, are also online here:
http://healthyslowcooking.com/vegan-...view-aquafaba/

There is also a cookbook coming out next month called "NYC Vegan" by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment that veganizes a lot of New York favorites. There are familiar jewish foods: blintzes, matzo brei, chick'n soup, reuben sandwich, knishes, seitan brisket, latkes, coleslaw, egg cream, mandelbrodt, bagels.

Isa Chandra Moskowitz doesn't have a jewish vegan cookbook, but there are jewish recipes throughout her books, especially "Veganomicon".

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