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I have noticed that there are some bad recipes floating around on the interweb.<br>
I am new to many vegetarian ingredients like TVP, tofu, and tempeh- as well as dry beans and grains, and it bothers me that I don't know how to cook them. Especially when I am following a recipe and it doesn't work out.<br>
This has happened a couple times before, but a dish failed tonight and I had to throw $10 of ingredients away- AND get take out to feed everyone in a pinch so tonight ended up costing my family $27. It also was an hour of my time taken away that I really don't have to begin with (having 2 toddlers).<br><br>
I guess I'm kind of venting, but also wondering if any of you have reliable suggestions of time tested recipes, especially ones that highlight the basics of vegan cooking. I don't get cookbooks, I prefer having an online stash- we have a ton of gadgets in the house for this purpose- I have a tablet that I use in the kitchen and store recipes on it.<br><br>
I just can't afford to have a recipe fail me again, time wise and budget wise. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
 

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What kind of recipes? Meaning like key ingredients, cuisine, how many people you wanna feed, that kind of thing. So I can suggest ones you'd actually want. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I've had that happen a few times, and basically, I guess I'd stick with reliable recipe sites, like the PPK....theppk.com, allrecipes.com (vegan or vegetarian), vegetariantimes.com, blog.fatfreevegan.com<br><br>
those are just a few....there are so many more really good blogs and I"m sure sites out there too!<br><br>
I know how frustrating it is....I actually have a vegan cookbook by Kelly Rudnicki, that I wish i could sell or give away, several of her recipes are just bad, and I don't want to try anymore, in case I end up wasting more money/ingredients.
 

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hmmmm...I've noticed that everything on Vegan Stoner is really good and easy to make.
 

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I've found that having a pressure cooker saves both time and money. I make this just about every week:<br><br><b>Spicy Lentils</b><br><br>
1.5 Cups red lentils<br>
.5 Cups green lentils<br>
1 T chili powder<br>
1/2 t salt<br>
32 oz no chicken broth<br>
2 Cups water<br><br>
Cook rice.<br><br>
Sort and rinse lentils and put them in pressure cooker with everything else and cook under pressure 15-20 minutes. Let sit 10 more, release pressure and serve over brown rice. Takes less than an hour, serves 6 and costs about 5 bucks.
 

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I found the same and now I stick to either cookbooks or reliable recipe sites, not ones posted by members of the public. My favourite sites are <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/" target="_blank">http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/</a> the bbc (if you go advanced you can search vegan, or I sometimes just search vegetarian as some of the vegetarian ones are easily veganisable, ie: by switching milks or butter to vegan margerine/oil) and the vegetarian society <a href="http://www.recipes.vegsoc.org/" target="_blank">http://www.recipes.vegsoc.org/</a> . Or I use recipes by chefs I know from tv - delia smith, jamie oliver, etc.<br><br>
I do also have some reliable foodblogs I use, but they have to LOOK like they're going to work. For meals this meals I look for things with actual flavour in them - for example, a stew with just vegetables and stock will be bland, or a curry with just "curry powder" is pointless because I want to use actual spices. For baking I tend not to even use blogs - I'm sure some of them are very good, but I've had too many bum recipes. I stick to websites I know, chefs from TV, and recipe books.<br><br>
Oh and another thing is if you're half way through and thinking "this is going to be bland" or "this is too wet/thin/thick/dry/crumbly/whatever" then trust your instincts and change the recipe whilst you can (unless it's a very reliable source or something you haven't made before) because so many times I've thought "well... this isn't what I would expect... but it must just be different" and I was wrong, it didn't work, and I should have changed it.
 

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Oh and another thing is if you're half way through and thinking "this is going to be bland" or "this is too wet/thin/thick/dry/crumbly/whatever" then trust your instincts and change the recipe whilst you can (unless it's a very reliable source or something you haven't made before) because so many times I've thought "well... this isn't what I would expect... but it must just be different" and I was wrong, it didn't work, and I should have changed it.</div>
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This is exactly what happened last night! I was making an "egg fritatta" out of tofu and she said to put 1 pkg tofu in the blender with 1/2 cup nutritional yeast, tumeric, and 1 tsp lemon juice and it almost broke my blender it was so thick and goopy. I transferred it to the food processor and added coconut milk to thin it out and then tried to bake it with the potatoes, mushrooms and spinach- and it was a disgusting goopy vomit like mess.<br><br>
I have also had failed vegan baking. But now I find it easier to "veganize" regular recipes rather than using different ingredients - simply using an egg replacer and earths balance, raw sugar and vegan chocolate makes thinks like cake and chocolate chip cookies taste exactly the same.<br><br>
I guess I am just experimenting with new ingredients- I'm not looking for specific recipes, I just need to learn the basics so I can go off and be creative myself. I am looking for sites that focus on basics like dry beans, different grains, tofu (I know how versatile it is, I want to know all the different ways it can be used), and the faux meats- TVP, seitan and tempeh. I just want to know how to cook it and get it to do what you want it to do.<br><br>
Thanks for all the feedback and advice! I'm glad I'm not alone here!
 

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I fail with tofu too, I have never managed to make anything good with it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
For the most part I just keep my dishes simple as can be. I do try new recipes all the time (usually based on an ingredient I like like chickpeas), sometime they work, sometimes they fail miserably. However by doing so I've come up with quite a few "regulars" I love that I can add to my repertoire of good dishes. Even if a new dish I try doesn't come out exactly the way I want it too I usually know exactly what to do to improve it the next go around.<br><br>
Being I'm new to this type of eating I end up trying 2-3 new to me dishes/week... but I love it.
 

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Oh girl, don't feel bad , we've all been there, and yes , it's very frustrating. The best luck I've had with tofu is either in scrambles,pressed, marinated and pan fried, or cut up into small cubes and used in soups. Tell me which dishes you and your family enjoy and I'll be happy to send some recipes your way.
 

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recipes from personal blogs and forums (like this one) are not reliable and i don't even bother looking at them. stick to sites where the recipes are tested like ppk, epicurious, foodily, etc...<br><br>
no offense to the people that post recipes here but veggieboards is where i learned this lesson, a lot of the recipes posted here suck balls
 

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The Book of Tempeh is on googlebooks for full viewing. More than you'll even want to know about tempeh: <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=JLeP4E1dQUUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=book+of+tempeh&hl=en&src=bmrr&ei=m9qhTt7HKenj0QGzoJihBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false" target="_blank">http://books.google.com/books?id=JLe...page&q&f=false</a><br><br>
As is The Book of Miso: <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=N3EJorOxXtsC&printsec=frontcover&dq=book+of+tofu&hl=en&ei=AdyhTpDgLOXV0QG9l82VBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CGsQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=book%20of%20tofu&f=false" target="_blank">http://books.google.com/books?id=N3E...20tofu&f=false</a><br><br>
The Book of Tofu isn't, though.<br><br>
Probably the best book for solid, dependable (although maybe a little plain for most palates) tofu recipes is <i>New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook</i> (which is in fact vegan). Also Louise Hagler's <i>Tofu Cookery</i>. A new edition came out a little while ago. The recipes are modernized to shake off the mid-70s healthfood ... stank.
 

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I've had this happen to me before, too. Maybe someone should make a thread of vegetarian and vegan recipes that go wrong so we know which ones to be wary of.
 

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hmmmm...I've noticed that everything on Vegan Stoner is really good and easy to make.</div>
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Thanks for reminding me how much I love vegan stoner! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
The illustrations <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">
 

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Too much nutritional yeast was a big factor in most things I didn't like. Like that tofu frittata-way too much for my tastes, and texture. There was a great one called Tofu Frittata on this site- anyone know it?<br><br>
So many loaves and burgers that didn't hold their shape, or stews that we didn't like by themselves were transformed into shepards pie. Easy as spreading on the bottom of a pan, topping with (usually frozen mixed) veggies, some mushroom gravy, and topping with mashed potatoes and bake.<br><br>
I used to devote a week to different recipes with one thing. We should really do that Iron Chef challenge more! I've only seen rice.
 

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Chloe Coscarelli has my vote for the newest best vegan cook!<br><a href="http://chefchloe.com/vegan-recipes.html" target="_blank">http://chefchloe.com/vegan-recipes.html</a><br><br>
She's a winner of Food Networks Cupcake wars, BTW.
 

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I use cookbooks 99.99% of the time because the vast majority of online recipes I've tried sucked. Except for well known blogs, almost every recipe off like Fat Free Vegan for example have been delicious. I just prefer to have a book on the counter that I can look at rather than having to write it down or save the printed recipe somewhere for future use or have to go back and forth from the computer.
 

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i don't really have many failures when it comes to cooking if it comes from a book that i bought. except for tofu, but i think when it comes to tofu everyone has to go through a few failurures before being able to enjoy it
 

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Im of no use to you. Vegan recipes gone bad is just another regular day in my kitchen.lol.<br><br>
It pisses me off sometimes because some of my vegan friends are seriously good cooks and their skills intimidate me a bit. If I make dinner for them, one of them usually ends up taking over to 'rescue' it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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