Aquafaba?

I took a vegetarian cooking class recently and the demonstrator mention aquafaba.  I had no idea what she was talking about so figured, I would Google it later.  Well, I learned something new today, aquafaba is the liquid from a can of beans.

I also learned that if you are vegan or working towards becoming a vegan, you can use this liquid as an egg replacement. For recipes where eggs are needed to bind or add moisture like in cookies and cakes, using 3 tablespoons of aquafaba can replace 1 egg and liquid from chickpeas and white beans usually works best due to its neutral color.

So, just a little tidbit of information for those working their way to becoming a vegan.

 

Top 10 Pantry Staples for Veg Home Cooks | Vegetarian Times

I’ve been on my vegetarian journey now for just about 9 months and I am still learning a lot about common items I should have in my pantry, from what spices are commonly used, the various grains and their nutritional value and making sure I get enough protein in my diet.

Recently I started training for a marathon, thanks to a dear friend, and have really come to realize the importance of adequate calorie intact from protein, carbohydrates and even sugar for energy.  Since I am not taking in meat protein having the levels needed for energy, muscle recovery and development is even more important from a fitness perspective.

This article is from Vegetarian Times, a magazine that I subscribe to and I hope you will find the information useful.

A well-stocked pantry means a nourishing meal is never more than a cupboard (or freezer!) away. Short on shelf space? We asked cookbook authors and nutrition experts 
to help us narrow down our list of the most versatile ingredients for your kitchen.

Source: Top 10 Pantry Staples for Veg Home Cooks | Vegetarian Times

Clean Eating List

As a new vegetarian/vegan it can be overwhelming on what is needed to get started on your new lifestyle.  Yes, we all dabble in it a little here, a little there.  Then you jump both feet in and say, I am going to do this thing!  And now what? Does that mean a complete overhaul of your refrigerator, your freezer, you pantry, and your spice rack?  Maybe it does, depending on how bad you have been eating. But I think it might help if you read a bit using the links below for some guidance. You don’t go into bankruptcy in making the switch to a healthier, cleaner lifestyle.

Mind Body Green

The Gracious Pantry

Spices to Always Have

I’ve always enjoyed cooking and experimenting.  I learned how to cook at the culinary school of trial and error.  I recall my first attempt trying to make a pumpkin pie.  What a disaster! First of all, I’m not a lover of pumpkin pie myself, but because my daughter’s birthday is in October, one year, many years ago she wanted a Halloween themed birthday party. So, we postponed the normal celebration and held her party on October 31st. She loves pumpkin, all types of pumpkin, so we did it up.

Well as I mentioned, I made my first pumpkin pie ever. I got out my mom’s recipe book and followed the recipe to a “T”.  At least I thought I did, to my disgust I had mistakenly switched the teaspoon portions of cinnamon and cloves – BIG MISTAKE!  I have never made another pumpkin pie again.  To this day, one of my nephews, who is an excellent cook, tells that story over and over and over at every family gathering we have that includes a dessert table with any type of pie on it.   My pumpkin pie baking days gone before they ever started.

So, back to spices. As I evaluate my own spice rack, I looked up commonly used spices in vegetarian/vegan cooking and here is what I have concluded and will be restocking in my kitchen:

  • kosher salt or sea salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • paprika
  • chile powder
  • turmeric
  • ground cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • cumin
  • red chili flakes
  • cayenne pepper
  • ground ginger
  • SPIKE seasoning
  • dried Italian seasoning (because you get a good mix of spices in a single bottle)
  • dried oregano

If you are going to be a doing a lot of ethnic cooking, then you will want to keep those commonly used spices in your kitchen as well.  If you plan to do just some ethnic experimental cooking, then it might be better to purchase those mini spice bottles so you don’t waste money, spices, or space on spices that you might only use a few times.

You can get more ideas on spices via this link to One Green Planet

How many types of cooking oil are there?

In short, a lot more than I every knew about. olive oil

  1. Avocado Oil
  2. Canola Oil
  3. Coconut Oil
  4. Corn Oil
  5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  6. Flax Seed Oil
  7. Grapeseed Oil
  8. Hemp Seed Oil
  9. Light Olive Oil
  10. Olive Oil
  11. Palm Oil
  12. Peanut Oil
  13. Sesame Oil
  14. Sunflower Oil
  15. Toasted Seed & Nut Oil
  16. Vegetable Oil

In a prior post, I mentioned that cooking oil has a maximum heating temperature, so be careful of the type of oil you use in cooking, baking, and salad dressings.

Bon Appetit has come out with a list of oils and the proper usage for each of them.  Here is a link to that information that you can read up on when time permits.

Everything You Need to Know About Choosing, Storing, and Cooking With Oil