I cook a lot in my daily life, and I find that browsing for recipes often takes up a sizeable portion of my down time. This isn't a bad thing at all -- in fact, I'd be willing to file this admission under the 'first world problems' category of personal issues -- and it means that I have food ready and waiting for me in the fridge.
Lately, however, I've noticed that about 85 per cent of the recipes made in my house have not only been vegan (as is to be expected, what with my veganism and all), but accidentally gluten-free as well.
If you were to draw a venn diagram of what diets most of the dishes recently cooked in my home have been catering to, it would look a little something like this:
|A 'happy medium' is no longer a saying -- I'm living the dream by regularly eating dishes that are both vegan AND gluten-free.|
What do some of these vegan/gluten-free meals look like, you ask? Let me show you!*
|Roasted brussels sprouts with rice and cranberries from Thug Kitchen (swapped the recipe's quinoa with rice because why not?)|
|African sweet potato and peanut stew from The Vegan Table (recipe available here)|
|Edamame succotash adapted from Food Network. Check out my veganized version of this recipe here.|
|Fresh herb potato salad from Thug Kitchen.|
*Sometimes, in my haste to dig into whatever I've just cooked, I forget to snap some food photos. While I deeply regret the fact that you won't be able to get your dose of food porn for some of the glorious gluten-free/vegan foods I've recently made, you can at least try them out yourself. Here are some of the scrumptious recipes that were so good, their end results never got a chance to be photographed:
Pumpkin pie cookies
Black bean brownies
So there you have it: it's completely possible to make your own drool-worthy vegan and gluten-free food without having to resort to basic, uninspired meals.
What are your favourite vegan and gluten-free recipes? Please feel free to tweet us with your recipe suggestions at @PickyBitchez.