So you say you’re Vegan….

A new friend of mine is vegan, so naturally, I needed to check this out.  I love to cook, and I’ve cooked a ton of vegetarian dishes in my time, a fresh Caprese Salad drizzled in balsamic glaze on a hot sumer day or a Portobello Mushroom pasta with Sherry Cream Sauce on a cold winter’s night…  Trouble is, those aren’t vegan!  For those who don’t know, a vegan diet is (true) vegetarian, but also excludes butter or cream, eggs, cheese (from cows or goats), gelatin and honey.  This means not having any animal products or by-products in your diet.

I’ve learned a few things already about vegan cooking that are worth sharing.  To replace cream or milk in a recipe, try coconut milk.  For cheese, try Daiya Foods.  I tried Daiya cheese this weekend when I made Chloe a dairy free pizza.  She loved it!  Thai food is one of my favorites and as as it turns out, there are a ton of vegan and gluten free Thai recipes!  Here’s one that I’ve cooked for ages, but didn’t even realize it’s vegan, Thai Coconut Red Curry with Vegetables.

There are a lot of reasons to think about a vegan diet.  For me, well, this new friend of mine…  For the rest of you, it’s extremely healthy!  Here’s a list of Vegan friendly restaurants in Portsmouth, in case you want to give it a try.  I’ve been to The Green Elephant, and it was fantastic.

The Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro and Bar

5 Thai Bistro

Black Trumpet Bistro (by the way, the Black Trumpet just came out with a fantastic new cook book)

Shio Japanese Restaurant

Flatbreat Pizza Company

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