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.
You can see how the past has come to pass //
in the ferns and sweepings of ore and text //
that shadowed such narratives as had been scratched, //
as though any hotel guest could wipe the blight away //
and in so doing, be redeemed for the moment.
-- John Ashbery, "Tension in the Rocks"
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