Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Welcome to the Quick and Dirty Vegan!

Hello out there in Vegan Land! Welcome to my new blog, the Quick and Dirty Vegan. This will be somewhat a carryover of my former blog Veganything, but with a renewed focus on preparing, finding, consuming, and enjoying quick and dirty meals.

All too often I hear, "Oh you're vegan? You must cook a lot." Or, "Wow, you must spend a lot of money on food." Or, "It must take a long time to cook like that." And the ever popular, "I could never eat like that. I love _____ too much and I don't have time to cook."

Well, it's time to dispel those myths and get some good food in our bellies the quick and dirty way! Will my food always be made from scratch? No. Is it always healthy? No. Will foodies be impressed? Probably not. But let's face it, most of us have a lot to do in our daily lives, from jobs to family, to finding time for friends, school, getting ourselves around town, downtime, and the all-important sleep. If you're anything like me, you admire beautiful food creations that combine skill and creativity to create artistic and delicious dishes. But if you're anything like the "get real" side of me, you have neither the time nor the inclination to devote hours to producing such decadence.

That's where the Quick and Dirty Vegan comes in. No more excuses. No more whining about time or skill in the kitchen. It has never been easier to find or prepare a vegan meal or snack, and everyone can do it. Hopefully, cooking newbs will gain confidence and the "aha moment" that they're pretty damn good at feeding themselves and others; and maybe the more advanced among you will appreciate a "day off" from your normal cooking frenzy.

So, let us commence with the tips, tricks, recipes, cookbooks, product reviews, and whatever else helps us be quick and dirty vegans. Cuz yeah, you know you like it like that.


  1. Welcome back!

    I flipped through 30 Minute Vegan yesterday and was pretty impressed by the variety of dishes in it. Although the author is also the author of Vegan World Fusion so I'm not surprised it's got a good variety of stuff.

    And I honestly swear by my pressure cooker for fast soups and stews and beans & rice. I'm not just saying that because I get kickbacks. ;) Heh!

    Let's see, some of my favourite quick and dirty meals utilise some convenience foods but end up being super yummy and nutritious and easy to make. Here's three I fall back on when I have zero time or zero inspiration:

    1. Penne tossed with chick peas, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, hot red pepper flakes and your vegetable of choice (use canned beans and frozen vegetables)

    2. Salad with beans. Just toss some salad greens with a can of beans of your choice and then salad dressing. Have a slice of bread on the side and you've got a complete meal.

    3. Fried or grilled tofu (or seitan if you have some in the fridge), couscous or rice pilaf, vegetables.

  2. Excellent ideas! I tend to forget about adding chickpeas to pasta, but they work so well together.

  3. *ahem* You need to post about your new pressure cooker. ;)

  4. Looking forward to reading your blog!

  5. I love your philosophy. I appreciate the effort that other vegan bloggers go to, getting awesome looking dishes on the table... but it's just not exactly what I do. Less "individual pot pies baked in tiny vintage clay pots", more "Well, that's everything in my pantry. I think I'll call it a stir-fry."

    Looking forward to reading it!

  6. Looks like the great start to a great blog! Thanks to my good friend, Mylene, I am reading this today and will be following it closely. People always think that I spend a lot of money on food - quite the opposite, in fact. I spend only about $200/month for my family [of three]. I am a smiple cook, I don't have a lot of time on my hands or money. And I am in love with my pressure cooker!
    I'm looking forward to following you!