Gluten Free Vegan FAQ

  • Rinse 1 cup of quinoa in a fine mesh colander (note rinsing will wash away bitter coating on quinoa seed, wash quinoa in 3 changes of water) Rinse and drain well
  • In a medium pot over medium heat, add quinoa to 2 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes until tender
  • Let sit for 5 minutes
Nutritional yeast is a very useful ingredient in vegan and vegetarian cooking. Its gluten-free, non-gmo, kosher and contains no salt, milk, corn, wheat, starch, soy, artificial colors, preservatives or animal derivatives. People also call it “hippie dust” or “nooch”. Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast. It is a significant source of some B-complex vitamins that is needed in a vegan diet. If you looking to add sources of B12 to your diet you have make sure that the product you purchase has been fortified with B12. A serving can also provides 9 g of protein. One of the most popular brands is Bragg. It has a very unique umani (oo-MOM-mee) flavor. Umami is the Japanese word for “savory” its favor can remind you of a broth-like taste, nutty, meaty, parmesan, soy sauce or and kelp favor. It reminds me more of mushrooms; portobello or shiitake favor. Umani favors like nutritional yeast can definitely next your recipes to the next level. You can try nutritional yeast in a number of recipes like:
  • Tofu scramble
  • Risotto – recipe coming…
  • Scalloped Potatoes – recipe coming…
  • Vegan Mac and Cheese – recipe coming…
  • Cheese substitute and/or cheesy recipes
  • Popcorn seasoning
  • Sprinkle on salads or veggies
  • Rinse 1 cup of lentils in a fine mesh colander
  • In a medium pot over medium heat, add lentils, 2 cups of water and 1/4 teaspoon of salt (1 bay leaf optional)
  • Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes
  • Drain and season lentils with salt, peppers or whatever herbs you like
Roasting is one of the easiest ways to cook root vegetables like brussel sprouts, beets, carrots and potatoes. Because of the high heat the flavors are concentrated and caramelized. The vegetables develop a wonder complex flavor.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Toss vegetables with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt
  • Roast for 35 to 45 minutes, tossing occasionally

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