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.
"Speak, thou vast and venerable head," muttered Ahab, "which, though
ungarnished with a beard, yet here and there lookest hoary with mosses; speak,
mighty head, and tell us the secret thing that is in thee. Of all divers,
thou has dived the deepest. That head upon which the upper sun now gleams has
moved amid the world's foundations. Where unrecorded names and navies rust,
and untold hopes and anchors rot; where in her murderous hold this frigate
earth is ballasted with bones of millions of the drowned; there, in that awful
water-land, there was thy most familiar home. Thou hast been where bell or
diver never went; has slept by many a sailer's side, where sleepless mothers
would give their lives to lay them down. Thou saw'st the locked lovers when
leaping from their flaming ship; heart to heart they sank beneath the exulting
wave; true to each other, when heaven seemed false to them. Thou saw'st the
murdered mate when tossed by pirates from the midnight deck; for hours he fell
into the deeper midnight of the insatiate maw; and his murderers still sailed
on unharmed -- while swift lightnings shivered the neighboring ship that would
have borne a righteous husband to outstretched, longing arms. O head! thou has
seen enough to split the planets and make an infidel of Abraham, and not one
syllable is thine!"
-- H. Melville, "Moby Dick"
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