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I need some help with vegan food please (complicated)

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BlueCowWonders Sat 10-Sep-16 07:33:24

Dd has gone vegan. No prob as she's a teen and can cook for herself etc
But I want to do more family meals.
But, and this is the complication, we can't do any nuts or pulses or seeds -anaphylaxis sad
And really DD tends more towards bland than spicy in all things.
So we've got pasta with various tomato/ veg sauce, or root veg pie with bought puff pastry, or roast veg. All v tasty but on a v short repeat cycle!
And family puddings are not much beyond chocolate puddle pudding/ fruit cobbler.
Any words of wisdom please?
I'd like to try out tofu recipes etc

MrsPnut Sat 10-Sep-16 07:36:19

I use tofu mostly in stir fry, the marinated cauldron tofu is really easy to throw in as you cook the veg.
I also use the smoked tofu block and slice then griddle it to put in wraps with salad.

BlueCowWonders Sat 10-Sep-16 12:44:45

Thank you!
I'll start with these -I've been a bit wary of tofu as I didn't know where to start.

DouglasFirs Sat 10-Sep-16 12:59:52

What about a vegetable curry? You could do mild ones with coconut milk so not spicy. I love tofu with soy sauce in a stir fry, not sure if soy sauce is ok for the pulse allergy though?

Scarydinosaurs Sat 10-Sep-16 13:09:00

Fajitas using just veg and then slices of grilled tofu and vegan cheese!

Do chickpeas count as seeds/nuts/pulses? Sorry if that's a stupid question! But a lovely tomato based casserole with sweetcorn, chickpeas, courgettes, peppers and mushrooms would be delicious. Served with soda bread or vegan dumplings.

Humous wraps with roasted vegetables and sweet potato chips.

Butternut squash roasted on top of tostados is lovely.

GobblersKnob Sat 10-Sep-16 13:15:12

Do you use all recipes online? It's not as good as it used to be but still a great source of info, just look under 'vegan' loads of ideas.

Also just type 'vegan recipes' into search on facebook there are hundreds of groups and thousands of recipes.

DoreenLethal Sat 10-Sep-16 13:16:20

What meals did she eat before going vegan? i'd start with vegan versions of those.

iamEarthymama Sat 10-Sep-16 13:33:28

I am vegetarian with many vegan friends so we now eat quite a few vegan dishes.
Pad Thai and Itame are the current favourites, based on Wagamama recipes
Lentil shepherdess pie, Rose Elliott style, lovely winter dish.
Lentil, vegan sausage and squash casserole
Roasted vegetables with loads of garlic

BlueCowWonders Sat 10-Sep-16 15:42:49

Thanks for the ideas.
No to lentils or chickpeas unfortunately
Had forgotten about fajitas- we all like them

Blondie1984 Sat 10-Sep-16 16:39:18

I believe that Quorn now do some vegan friendly products within their range
If she can't do seeds does that means no to quinoa? As that is actually a seed....
And actually come to think about it, tofu is made from soya beans and soya beans are a pulse - are you sure she can definitely have that? Or any soya products...

DeliveredByKiki Sat 10-Sep-16 16:55:33

Gosh that is hard with the no pulses, I basically live off them!

How is she/you all with a variety of vegetables? Is she the one who can't do pulses? If she can I would make sure she still gets them as they're such a good protein source - use quinoa as your "carb" because the protein content is very high, and if tofu is ok allergy wise then I'd get used to that as well for the protein (I inow what you mean though, I'm still wary of cooking with it)

It's worth looking up "pegan" recipes as paleo folk don't do pulses either - we have friends coming for brunch tomorrow, she's paleo and I'm vegan so I'm doing Shahsuka but I'm having avocado slices on top of mine instead of an egg cracked into it.

Enchiladas are often good because you can put anything into them and adjust the spicy was to suit - these are tofu ones and I often use black beans but sweet potato or broccoli works really well too


As mentioned veggie curries are great and mushroom stews/ragout are great as winter starts to draw in and don't feel like you're missing food groups - actually risotto is brilliant, you can add Parmesan for non vegans at the end on top of their servings and nutritional yeast for your daughter if she wants the cheesey flavour (sub butter in original cooking for olive oil) I feel like risottos are another veggie/vegan food that doesn't make omni's feel like they're missing out

mushroom ragout

mushroom and leek risotto

shit tons of vegan risottos!

GingerAndTheBiscuits Sat 10-Sep-16 17:00:38

Ratatouille - loads of roasted veg with an easy tomato and garlic sauce thrown on top. We serve with couscous but not sure if that's on your banned list - might be useful to have a more complete list so we can see what's ruled out?

Blondie1984 Sat 10-Sep-16 17:16:47

It really sounds as though she could do with seeing a dietician - it's not going to be easy for her to get all the nutrients she needs with so many exclusions....

DouglasFirs Sat 10-Sep-16 21:34:16

Ratatouille and risotto are good ideas! And lots of different flavours you can do with a risotto - Great for winter or summer depending on flavours

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