I think every vegan needs some suggestions for quick and easy meals to prepare. Making things in larger quantities in order to last for a few days is a good idea. But sometimes I just don't get around to doing that. So here are some of the meals I make a lot when I don't want to spend much time cooking.
They are mainly for the vegan bachelor or bachelorette. Were I cooking for someone else, I'd sure try and make some better food than this.
Please send me your ideas too, so I can try them and include them.
There are so many possible variations on this. In general I try to use dried beans, but for doing quick meals that isn't practical.
Cooking rice does take an hour, so whenever I do cook it I make more than I need. It's not the kind of thing you have to babysit, so a lot of times I will put some rice on and then eat some snacks to keep me happy until it's done. Any of these things can be uses for leftover rice from restaurants. When I'm feeling really sneaky (and lazy), I order extra rice to use later.
My current favorite rice is sweet brown rice. Short grained, sticky, and sweet. Takes 50-55 minutes to cook, with the ratio of one cup rice to two cups water. I always add at least a tablespoon of vegetable oil as well.
Usually I just drain a can of black beans, heat it up, mix it with the cooked rice, and add a lot of Tabasco sauce.
I make this with one can of Heinz Baked Beans (make sure they are vegetarian), and two or there veggie hot dogs sliced up. I think Yves are the best. Just mix it all up on the stove and heat, covered. I like to add a lot of Tabasco sometimes.
So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage leaf to make an apple pie;
and at the same time a great she-bear, coming up the street pops its head
into the shop. "What! no soap?" So he died, and she very imprudently
married the barber; and there were present the Picninnies, and the Grand
Panjandrum himself, with the little round button at top, and they all
fell to playing the game of catch as catch can, till the gunpowder ran
out at the heels of their boots.
-- Samuel Foote
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