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Giveaway: Mayim Bialik’s New Cookbook & Recipe

Congratulations to the following recipients of Mayim Bialik’s new cookbook…

Kelly Anderson

Alina Celis

Nidhi J

Amy Marie

Nicole Whittekiend

We will be sending you an email shortly with more information on how to claim your prize.

Thanks to all of those who participated. This giveaway is now closed, but we will have more in the future so stay tuned!

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Mayim Bialik has a new vegan cookbook - Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to YoursThe book offers recipes, both simple and a little more complicated, for every meal of the day. She also worked closely with pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon to offer more kid-friendly vegan meals, nutritional information and resources for raising kids on a plant-based diet.

Chickpea Burger

Today Mayim has shared her recipe for Dilled Chickpea Burger with Spicy Yogurt Sauce:

No one will ever know these burgers are made of chickpeas, unless you tell them. Shallots, chickpeas, tahini, and spices are combined and sautéed to crisp perfection for one of the most satisfying veggie burgers we’ve tasted. Here we’ve stuffed them into pita pockets and doused them with yogurt sauce, but they’re just as wonderful with ketchup and mustard, or raw onion and a little hummus. These are thinner patties that should be cooked until crisp. Handle them as little as possible, and let them cook well on the first side before flipping.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup plain vegan yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, well-drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • About 1/4 cup vegetable oil, for oiling the pan
  • 6 pita pockets or buns

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To make the burger, lightly mash half of the chickpeas in a medium bowl. Add the dill, shallots, bread crumbs, and lemon juice and mix well.
  2. In a food processor, combine the remaining chickpeas, tahini, salt, pepper and cumin until smooth. Add to the mashed chickpeas, mix well, and form into six to eight patties.
  3. Oil a 12-inch skillet over medium heat and cook the burgers until very crispy and dark golden on both sides, about 6 minutes. Don’t flip them too much! Drain on paper towels or brown paper bags on a wire rack.
  4. Stuff the patties in pita pockets. Drizzle with yogurt sauce.

To make the yogurt sauce, place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir ­until blended thoroughly.

Mayim Bialik's New Cookbook

We are also giving five Kind Life readers the chance to get signed copies of the book! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling us what vegan ingredient you like to use most in your recipes.  We will select five of you and announce the names on Wednesday, February 26.

Good luck!

Love,

Alicia

 

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    beans and cilantr

  • Rhea Korito

    Avocados, they’re awesome with black bean burgers.

  • Elizabeth Sparks

    Avocado! Great way to get healthy fats into my babies’ diets (and mine, too, with a lil’ one on the way).

  • Ashley

    Avocados!! They are delicious, work well in so many different recipes and are great for you. My fave use is in smoothies or pudding.

  • Fabiana Gampel

    Macadamias make any food comfort food

  • Natalie Seaton

    All types of nuts! (Cashews, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, etc…) <3

  • Cathy Onysko-White

    Tempeh

  • KC

    Garlic makes everything better!

  • Paula Wansor Persky

    Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. LOVE <3

  • http://nixaay.tumblr.com Nicole

    It’s definitely garlic, I add it to almost every savoury dish. Everyone loves garlic!

  • Cheryl Pinzone

    Daiya ‘cheese’

  • June

    sweet potato :)

  • Jennifer Moore

    Coconut oil :)

  • Liz Morici

    For the ❤️ of greens…kale!

  • Amy Tucker

    I recently became vegan and have been amazed at all the ‘outside of the box’ recipes you can create. I’ve also found that I’m truly enjoying the real flavors of food, so much more than ever before. I am ‘one of those people’ that thought you would only ever eat boring food if you were a vegan, but I have been so blown away at the combinations and new foods I am still learning of, and trying. I had my 1st Spicy Banh Mi this week and it was total bliss! I don’t know that I can name just ONE go to vegan food, and several things I used a lot of before I was total vegan, but I’d say: TOFU for my new #1, then… mushrooms, avocados, spinach, nutritional yeast flakes, potatoes and chickpeas are a must!

  • susan perea

    Zucchini, bell peppers and mushrooms are so versatile

  • IronMommy BabyEater

    Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to read the whole book!

  • Michelle M.

    Fresh tumeric root! I use it in my green smoothies every day. It tastes good and has great health benefits.

  • Nidhi J

    Tahini makes everything wonderful. Even beets.

  • Charlotte

    Pure maple syrup!

  • Jessica Danov

    MISO!! Miso gravy is hands down the best vegan sauce to put on anything and everything! :)

  • Topher Reeve

    red potatoes with parsley, roasted, peeled and blended with a little water in place of ricotta in my butternut squash lasagna.

  • Amanda Kathryn Scoggins

    Love may I’m on BBT!!!
    I can’t get enough avocado and also portobellos!!

  • ellen

    onions! Can’t live without them.

  • Heather Hall-Ingalsbe

    Chickpeas! I use them for everything =) They’re amazing for chickpea salad, chickpea beanballs, chickpea “burgers,” crispy chickpea croutons, HUMMUS, and even my own special chickpea chocolate chip cookies =D I also add them as one of the protein sources in my vegan dog food =) I would LOVE this book!

  • StacyAnn

    I actually love Nutritional Yeast and Nori!

  • Aimee Henley

    This may not sound very exciting, but my favorite ingredient is honestly rice! Rice bowls are some of my family’s most favorite meals. :)

  • Enid Jackson

    Ume Plum Vinegar! YUM! It complements everything (soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, veganaise, you name it!). Must….have….it. :)

  • Christina

    Maple syrup! Going to try this recipe tonight, looks amazing!

  • Melissa Tucker

    Cauliflower! I have long been a lover of cauliflower soup and mashed cauliflower and pretty much every recipe I have tried subbing cauliflower for potatoes, but I recently discovered an awesome recipe at Fat Free Vegan blog that uses it for texture in an awesome cheezy sauce. And now I’m adapting it for similar purposes. Love it!

  • Kristen Bifulco

    Coconut oil, unsweetened coconut flakes, unsweetened coconut milk

  • Amanda Trombley

    Cashews make everything better!

  • Rebecca Ratliff

    Cashews all the way! So versatile!

  • KimmycatM

    Dark red kidney beans! I put them in everything from breakfast dishes to quinoa and brown rice. It is the only thing that will make everyone happy…including my meat loving husband. He could eat nothing but meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. :( After bad news at the docs office, he has agreed to try more of “my kind” of food. Dark red kidney beans are always on top of the list of foods he’ll eat…no questions asked. :)…baby steps with him.

  • Josée Cyr

    Definitely avocados!!!

  • Shannon

    Cilantro!

  • Jessica Mays

    i looooove my earth balance soy free butter! :)

  • Amanda

    Bragg’s Aminos!

  • Neah van Slot

    Love

  • Tiffany Tweedie

    Hummus. I swear, I put it in and on just about everything!

  • krysti

    Coconut oil!! Almond milk too :D

  • Carrie Royal

    I love Onions, green, red, white, yellow in every meal cooked or raw

  • Erin

    Black beans. I love mexican food…and margaritas!

  • Jenny Zi

    chickpeas :)

  • booklover

    sweet potatoes and baby spinach

  • Linda Smith Lewis

    Mushrooms and onions

  • Melissa C.

    Cashews are a favorite in this vegan kitchen!

  • Norm

    Avocados for sweet and savory recipes

  • Vanessa

    Toasted Sunflower Seeds w/ Shoyu! They make everything taste better: cereal, burritos, salads, rice. . .

  • Dolores

    Looooove avocados!!!!!

  • Lauren

    this is a tough one! i love nutritional yeast, avocados… oh, duh! GARLIC!

  • Amanda

    Beans! I love them all.

  • Ramon Rivera

    I’m not vegan but I want to be. My favorite ingredient is most definitely avocados.

  • Heather

    My favorite vegan ingredient to use is quinoa.

  • Lisa

    I absolutely love Kale, so much nutrients and flavour!!!

  • Chris

    Garlic

  • Crystal

    Quinoa is a life saver! Love it so much!

  • Anna Etherton

    tofu. its so versitle and yummy in small quantities :)

  • Paula Varon

    Lentils and hummus <3

  • acumich

    Me. Once my qi is added its all yummy.

  • PsyHead

    KALE!

  • Meg Hesness

    I agree with avocados. I also love to use kale in any way that I can!

  • Emma Holliss

    spinach I could eat it with everything

  • Nicole Weber

    Mushrooms

  • cindy

    Miso, this is the best seasoning and/or salt replacement ever

  • http://batman-news.com Chelsea Clem

    zuchinni is the my favorite, most versitle vegetable for vegan recipes :)

  • Dana Naya

    Herbamare! If you haven’t tried popcorn popped in coconut oil with herbamare and nutritional yeast… go! Make it now!

  • Nicole Zink

    I love adding spinach to everything.

  • Heather C

    Lately I’ve been working alot with black beans. But my favorite ingredient is always changing.

  • Jill

    Chickpeas. I thought I didn’t like them until just recently and just love them!

  • katiespitfire

    I have to say Kale, or maybe avocado….or almonds? I can’t decide!!! This recipe looks gorgeous.

  • megan norman

    Avocados and/or nutritional yeast – LOVE them both! =)

  • midwest texan

    Tahini! Love love love it!

  • Dillon Tisdel

    Umeboshi plum vinegar!

  • Andrea

    Any greens! I love them and crave them with every meal!! I also love to use nutritional yeast when I can!

  • Ivy Nelson

    Cashews and/or almonds! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Harriet Karsten

    Brown Rice, Lime, Cilantro, and Black Beans. Just had it last night again and love it. Second on my list are potatoes. Love me some good potatoes with Onions and Mushrooms.

  • Colleen Crawford

    My new love is without a doubt, chia seeds! They make quick healthy puddings, wonderful vegan brownies, and can be used as a thickener in almost everything. Not to mention all the great nutrional value found in these tiny gems!

  • christine marti

    Any Veggies with oregano, parsely and ciliatnro

  • marciferous

    Black beans, salsa, and nootch!

  • Sanna Haynes

    Black beans — so versatile!

  • Gaby

    My fave ingredient is quinoa! So many yummy ways to cook it! And for those of is who are more active, a great source of protein!

  • Alicia Dunable

    Lentils, chickpeas, or black beans to make sure I get my protein! And mushrooms are my favorite veggie :)

  • Danylle

    Unflavored rice milk. Same consistency as skim milk, much better for you

  • tmonsite .

    I absolutely love avocados and veganaise!!! Yum, Yum!

  • Kristina Roppo

    nutritional yeast!

  • Michelle Cutler

    I use chickpeas, cashews and lots of spices. I have lots of others too, to many to name!

  • tmonsite .

    I absolutely love avocados and veganaise! Yummy

  • Anna Mossman

    hummus and/or avocado! yum!

  • Ella

    Kale, nutritional yeast and the awesome avocado which I use to make pudding, smoothies, spreads and on and on!

  • Lori R Sacks

    Tahini hands down!

  • Sara P Allen

    Chickpeas! I can eat then with anything ;)

  • Molly

    Lentils! I have twin 2 1/2 year old girls and they absolutely LOVE any type of beans and especially lentils. They eat them like candy.. even though they don’t know what candy is at this point! ;)

  • Neu

    any type of BLOSSOMs! :D

  • Sasha

    Pumpkin! Love how versatile they are…

  • cindy buteyn

    Nutritional yeast.

  • Kathleen

    Peanut Butter! A more awesome ingredient in the world, there is not!

  • Melissa

    Used Tahini last night for the first time to make a “cream sauce” and it was amazing! Generally I use avocados in lots of stuff too :)

  • Liana Weitz

    I’m big on avocados… I eat one pretty much every single day :)

  • Melanie

    A spice, definitely cumin. I also love avocado!!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • http://www.MyBeautifulAdventures.com/ Andi Perullo de Ledesma

    Avocados!

  • Lynn Sheehan

    Absolutely Avocados!

  • Sarah Williams

    Lentils of all varieties!!! Also, avocado and lemon to cut down on the addition of oils.

  • http://www.thevegancookery.com Sarah Hubbard

    My favorite vegan ingredient to use in recipes is quinoa! :)

  • Kassi L.

    Chickpeas, avocados, any kind of fresh greens, & nutritional yeast. Also love vegenaise!

  • Jody Jarrett

    This will definitely be in my belly in the near future.

  • Nicole Sims

    I love young coconuts, mangoes, avocados, and persimmons.

  • alistaircrane

    I use olive oil for so many things!

  • Jennifer Thayer Knight

    Nutritional Yeast

  • marlayoung

    I love nutritional yeast. It is adds a cheesy flavor and it gluten free as an added bonus.

  • Samantha Avneri

    My favorite ingredient is nutritional yeast. I wouldn’t normally choose this as my go-to but my 22 month old daughter loves it on EVERYTHING. She calls it ‘this’ because it’s next to her seat at the table and when I put food on her tray, her next question is always ‘this! this!”….love having to not force a great product and healthy b vitamins on her!!

  • marlayoung

    I love nutritional yeast. It adds a cheesy flavor.

  • Kadra

    Avocado! It’s completely wonderful and incredibly versatile.

  • Ruth Mooney

    Garlic onions and chilli make everything so much tastier!
    Yum!

  • Sarah DiPier

    Avocados and chickpeas! My three year old son will eat either in any form. Avocado was actually his first solid food.

  • Cindy Judge

    I’m a new vegan but so far love Nutritional Yeast!!!❤️

  • Mandy Redwine

    Chickpeas and/or avocados. Both hubby and baby like them!

  • Lori

    Lentils and Garlic. The more garlic the better in my family.

  • Lisa Stemnock

    Country Barley Miso! I make homemade miso soup once a week. it is one of the most healing foods you can eat. I think every woman should include miso in their diet. It reduces breast cancer by 50%! I am now
    making it for several people now!

  • Peggy Lowe

    Herbs and spices add so much flavor to my vegan meals.

  • Rachel Mertz-Rodriguez

    Dill is an unexpected and delightful garden flavor and underappreciated herb that I love sneaking into dishes.

  • Tanya M. Bird

    I adore using avocado and dill in my recipes. I find their flavours really lend a lot of depth to a meal.

  • Charlotte Pierce

    Cauliflower – it’s so versatile! I can eat it raw as “rice,” sauté it, roast it with spices, puree it into soup, or just steam it for a quick meal. I love it!

  • Lynn Sheehan

    Absolutely avocados!

  • Gusto

    chickpeas (those burgers sound delish!)

  • Courtney K.

    Coconuts!!! From the young coconut “meat” to coconut water, coconut flakes & shreds, sweetened or not, and let’s not forget COCONUT OIL– this fruit/seed/nut is one of Mother Nature’s BEST ingredients and I’m in love with Coconuts 100%!!

  • Mandy Redwine

    Chickpeas and avocado. Both hubby and baby like them.

  • Jennifer L Ellis-La Pietra

    I love using nutritional yeast, tempeh and dark, leafy greens

  • Jennifer L Ellis-La Pietra

    tempeh!

  • Adriana Alba

    Sweet potatoes and avocados. I make some delicious enchilladas with both of these key ingredients!

  • Nancy

    I love avocados, nutritional yeast, Veganaise and Earth Balance Butter.

  • Sally Rowles

    I love French lentils …they are great added to salads & just about any kind of cooked dish.

  • Nina Vecchi

    Thank you for sharing the news about this great cookbook!

  • AKM

    I could eat kale at every meal. Perhaps one day I shall be silly and do that.

  • Natalie McMonagle

    I would say garlic, because we use it in everything (our 11 month-old loooves it every which way)… But I’ll go with chickpeas! Roasted for snacks, curried, smashed and reformed, blended into dips, fried for salads… Protein! Fiber! Deeeelicious!!!

  • Cassie Vaughn

    Cumin, chickpeas or peanut butter! Yum!

  • Jikamin

    Cilantro! I can’t live without cilantro! :^)

  • Celia Barberes

    Gamashio! is the piece de resistance! for almost any dish. A simple but truely complex little sprinkle of goodness.

  • Jill B

    Avocados make everything taste great. But I also love spinach, chickpeas, tahini, the list goes on and on! :)

  • Cassie Pruitt

    In this cold weather I’m loving squash/pumpkin/sweet potato in pretty much everything! Also nutritional yeast. And kale!

  • Julie

    Red pepper flakes, I love my food spicy! :)

  • Diana Manzanares

    Avocados in the summer and butternut squash in the winter!!

  • Mama Kim

    nutritional yeast – really mimics that cheesy flavor I love

  • Tiffany Kastle

    My family has a new LOVE for all things curry!!!

  • Kimberly Malone

    I put garlic in almost everything!

  • Etienna Wright

    My kids love beans – black, green, red, all lentils – whatever they can
    get their hands on! So we use a lot of beans in our house. I have a
    seven-year-old daughter and three-year-old twin boys and always struggle
    with finding kid-friendly vegan recipes. This book would be a blessing
    in our house!

  • suzi

    lately i am in love with lentils…. trying different India inspired dishes loaded with exotic flavor and lots of plant based protein. so warming in winter…

  • Rachel

    My favorite ingredient is nutritional yeast. I love the flavor it adds to my vegan dishes!

  • Melissa Sanchez

    Vegan Yogurt! I use it in everything!

  • Amanda Sileo

    Coconut Oil, and not only is it great in recipes but it also can be used for so many things.

  • Nicole

    I love to throw frozen spinach into everything – soups, stews, you name it. Tastes great & it’s a good way to add greens to your diet.

  • Meryl Mazin Ater

    Onions. I can’t eat potatoes with out them. Onions are also my favorite ingredient in stir-fries and on sandwiches.

  • Livomac

    Navy Beans, can’t get enough!!

  • Veronique Daoust

    I love using nutritional yeast to give that yummy, cheesy flavor to my soups, chilis and pasta dishes!

  • Kristy

    I love to use nutritional yeast and spirulina/chlorella!

  • Elissa Breitenstein

    I haven’t converted to vegan yet but am strongly considering it! I love to get ideas on how to have more of a plant-based diet on here. Avocados and asparagus are probably my 2 fav veggies!

  • Jennifer Russell

    Tahini, beans, cashews, I could go on forever!

  • Sarah Kamora White

    Almond milk is my go to milk for recipes

  • http://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/KRISTASCLEANINGSERVICES Krista Rogers

    My favorite is anything coconut and find coconut milk a great subsitute for any milk or cream ingrediants. Also Nutritional Yeast in place of cheese and great on popcorn!

  • Jessa Lytle

    Avocados make everything more delectable.

  • Cate

    Coconut Oil and sea salt add depth and richness of flavor to any recipe! Healthy, too!

  • jo ann

    Black Beans.

  • Josephine Zimmerman

    Almond butter is one of my favorites…it’s amazing the taste it adds to so many things :)

  • Robin Annette VanArsdale Kerst

    I can’t wait to try some new recipes.

  • Denise O.

    Coconut Milk or Coconut Oil. I just love the smell that they give off when I am making Pumpkin Curry! So delicious!

  • Jessica Minguez

    I am such a bean-eater! I love beans of all kinds, and eat them at 1-2 meals per day. I am also an avocado girl, being from Southern California, but they definitely aren’t local up here in Alaska and are really hit-or-miss.

  • karen

    love tahini , avocado, sprouts and different flavored hummus!

  • Katie Waller

    I like to make veggie burgers of various kinds (usually beans and sweet potatoes combined with veggies, etc.) I use them as they are… but often cut in small pieces on salads… over pasta or spaghetti squash or mixed into stir-fry, etc. So versatile with lots of kinds of seasonings! I also have a salt-less herb blend mix that I love to sprinkle on top of things! ( I’m newly vegan… ’bout time I cooked healthy for myself and followed my heart in relation to the animals at 66 yrs old! :) Very glad to have found your blog! Thank you! )

  • Elana Lavine

    Coconut Aminos. Its so easy to use for flavor with steamed veggies, stir-fry, salads as a dressing substitute, on an avocado, as a dip to vegan sushi, etc. Versatile, healthy and a great vegan kitchen staple. Thanks!!

  • shira levy

    Tahini, chick peas, kale, lentils, walnuts, cashews, lemons/limes, umeboshi plum vinegar (thanks to Alicia!), olive oil, quinoa, basil, parsley, mint…I could go on & on…love Mayim Bialik, saw her recently on Bill Mahr speaking about her book, very cool healthy lifestyle & attitude, was very impressed, would LOVE a copy of her book…thanks for doing this!

  • danielle

    I love to use lentils, any beans with tofu, I change it up, it could be Italian, Jamaican, Chinese it’s all in the seasonings and what you prepare it with.

  • Jennifer Gallant

    Nutritional yeast is a vegan ingredient I like to use the most. You can put it on anything. I love it in soups, stews, salads, etc. I also must give a shout to my beloved kale. :)

  • Lauren Gonzalez

    Quinoa <3

  • John Tegan

    Quinoa! So good! Soooo good!

  • longevità

    Seasoning well! It’s such a great way to enhance flavor without sacrificing nutrition (or animal).

  • Diane Upton

    Oh the joys of cashews! Recently been experimenting making “mozzarella”.

  • Rachel Beaudet

    nutritional yeast

  • Rebekah E.

    Garbanzo beans! They can be made into so many different things; tacos,mock tuna, slopptpy joes, garbanzo bean flour scrambled “eggs” (my favorite), and even vegan chicken. I could probably go on and on, I just love them!

  • Tanya Martin

    Garlic and Mushrooms…

  • Emiliana Ravenna

    nutritional yeast and cashew nuts :)

  • Brian Bradley

    Nutritional yeast!

  • Guest

    Shoyu! I love any ingredient that adds umami! I also love dino kale.

  • Mandi

    Love using the Avocado! I have been eating them for less than a year but I honestly don’t know why I never was eating it. One of my most favorite things!

  • Nora

    Oh yay, can non-americans enter too?? I love to use avocado, fresh basil and sweet cherry tomatoes, oh and butter beans. Yum!

  • Julie Wright Costa

    Shoyu! Anything that adds umami! I also love dino kale. :)

  • brandie

    Awesome!!! BTW, does anybody know what could replace the tahini? My son is allergic to sesame seeds.

  • Danielle

    I love black beans and brown rice! You can create Mexican or Chinese dishes. You can even make burgers out of these ingredients! You can’t go wrong! :) PS – Seen Mayim talking about her book this morning on the morning news! Can’t wait to try these recipes!

  • ShaiLee

    Chickpeas, I love them so much! A lot of quinoa is eaten at my house as well :)

  • Jess Erin

    Spices! Especially, cumin, tumeric, allspice, cardamom and thyme.

  • Angela Marie Bessette

    Tofu and mushrooms!!!

  • Celia Barberes

    Gamashio! is the piece de resistance! for almost any dish. A simple but truely complex little sprinkle of goodness.

  • Sarah-Jane Egan

    black beans, yum!

  • Jessica Young

    Earth Balance!! :)

  • Rachel Elizabeth

    I love garlic, cumin… and it might sound weird but Cilantro brightens everything for me! :) God Bless

  • Aimee Wilson

    I have been using a lot of squash right now. You can just use it in so many ways. Before deciding to live a kind life I just roasted it or used it in a soup. Now I use it as an ingredient in sauces, make roasted stuffed squash as an entree, filling in enchiladas, or replace noodles with spaghetti squash in Thai and italian dishes….just to name a few. Love your posts and your book has been so inspiring to me!

  • Joan Mazurek

    cashews and avocados

  • Steph

    Nutritional yeast and cashews. We love making ‘cheeze’ with them.

  • Charlene

    Love Avocados, vegenaise and sriracha on wheat toast! Yum:) Charlene

  • Shane Atkins

    Nutritional yeast! It makes a yummy, creamy sauce!

  • Martine

    Nutritional yeast… yum, yum, yum!

  • Courtney Harrington

    oooh! I love me some garlic!

  • Courtney Harrington

    GARLIC! OM NOM NOM!

  • Chrissy

    Chickpeas. Cooking, baking, snaking- these are the best!

  • Johnna Hodges

    To too love crushed red pepper and tahini.

  • Julie Heerse

    It’s such a toss up!! Meyer lemons add so much sparkle, but first press olive oil is so silky with that little bite at the end. If I had to decide, it’s got to be those crazy lemons!!

  • Kelly Lina Rooth

    chick peas, shoyu, almond milk, avocados

  • Henrietta

    I love using Genmai Miso Paste x It’s delicious in salad dressings, nourishing soups and as a yummy dipping sauce :)

  • Maraiah

    The Bridge tofu, made locally in Middletown CT… It is the best!!!

  • Allison Litten

    White balsamic vinegar has become a staple for me–fabulous drizzled over massaged kale!!

  • Katie

    Avocados or sweet potatoes!

  • Jessie Conrad

    Almond milk is my saviour!

  • http://batman-news.com Kimberly Hattaway

    I love cashews! They are wonderful to add “cream” to soup, for non-dairy alfredo sauce, to make a decadent cashew cheese, and to add creaminess to salad dressings. I always keep a bunch of cashews in my fridge so that they stay fresh and are ready to go anytime.

  • Cat Robson

    Daiya vegan cheese makes even my least liked veggies a treat.

  • Candice

    I love using beans, carrots and ginger

  • D H

    love chickpeas – so versatile

  • L Boylan

    I love the avacado.

  • michelle

    Sweet Potatoes

  • Cheryl Capoocia

    I use a lot of red and white miso paste in my recipes. I also frequently use cubed butternut squash or sweet potatoes.

  • Monica Mansfield

    Nutritional yeast and vegetable broth get the most use in my kitchen. Though lately I have been obsessed with beets!

  • Teresa Woods

    Beans!! Without a doubt, beans!!!!

  • Juliette

    My favorite ingredient is cayenne pepper. I have others but I will restrain my impulse to post all of them :/ :D

  • Raeyanna Boesch

    Nutritional yeast!

  • Hannah-Louise

    Tahini, because it is adaptable (you can use it in sweet and savoury recipes) and delicious. It has the distinctive tahini tang!

  • Marc Riggs

    Mushrooms and greens. In almost anything and everything.

  • http://www.cleanwellness.ca/ Allison @ Clean Wellness

    Brown rice -grounding, simple and delicious.

  • Julie Fitzpatrick

    My favorite vegan ingredient is sprouts – alfalfa, red clover, radish, different lentils – I like the crunch and extra nutrients they add!

  • http://adamfood.blogspot.com/ Adam

    I know this won’t be an original answer, but nutritional yeast makes everything better :)

  • Alaine

    Agave syrup! My partner and I use it for so many things from smoothies, to muffins, to ice cream topping to sweetening our vegan bolognese sauce :).

  • Emily Katz

    Cashews– can be made into a “creamy” base that is either savory or sweet.

  • Lisa

    Miso! It really intensifies the flavor of everything

  • Trena Gamel Howes

    Chocolate please!

  • Diana

    This looks great!

  • Rattle Heade

    Chickpeas, Yams & Sriracha…definitely my Fav’s.

  • Christy Werner

    I love my Earth Balance….way too much! lol

  • [email protected]

    Whatever I can afford. Anywhere I eat out I like to go home and re-create the recipe. Saves money. But if I had to pick one it’d be rice flour. Shout out to being gluten free!

  • Christine Peckaitis

    love brown rice; am always looking for new recipes. just saw recipe for vegan sushi pizza – which looks awesome and easy

  • Sharon Gjertsen

    I love to add seeds (sesame, Chia, pumpkin, sunflower) to everything.

  • Crystal JeffreyPlott

    Sweet peppers, greens, beans, agave, lots of colors

  • Diane Anderson

    ~fresh herbs~

  • Sarah Almodovar

    Cashews– blended into sauces, they make plant-based meals rich and hearty, something I can appreciate especially during New England winters!

  • Samantha Genske-Condon

    Avocado, black beans, quinoa, and many herbs/spices make vegan cooking AWESOME! These are some of my fave, go-to ingredients :)

  • debbie clayton

    Stevia – I use it in tea, coffee & anything else I would normally use sugar – LOVE IT!

  • melissa

    i NEVER thought these words would ever come out of my mouth. i love TOFU. I have been a vegetarian and massive a vegan “flirt” for 2 months now and have never felt better, physically and mentally. I downloaded ‘the kind diet’ on iBooks and now i can go back and read it anytime i need some help – even when i’m travelling! Thank you Alicia for being an amazing inspiration! xx

  • lauraaragon

    I’ve really been getting into coconut milk lately. Sweet or savory, it’s a great addition to my cooking pantry!

  • Fabian Dorgan

    I love using pine nuts!

  • Nancy Rockwell

    I am in L- O- V- E- with oat groats. I kept hearing that oatmeal was so good for you, but a mushy bowl of oatmeal never satisfied me. I use oat groats as a change up for brown rice, barley, and anything else that requires a grain. I’m now an avid oatmeal eater!

  • Darcey Priss

    I’ve been using lime more and more.

  • Zília

    coconut.
    oil, flakes, you name it :)

  • Jennifer Offenbach

    Lemon!

  • Dawn Lindsay Patten

    I have no idea….i am thinking about becoming vegan for all the health benefits and looking for really good cookbooks to help in my journey!!

  • http://thevegetariandormqueen.blogger.com Kimberly Yu

    Tofu or soy in all it’s magnificent forms! The versatility of this ingredient is unparalleled, because it could be used from the appetizers down to the desserts. Silken soy is great for salad dressings, pudding desserts or simply as a thickening agent for those amazing green monsters!

    Soft tofu can be used for scrambled “eggs” or homemade veganaise!

    Firm tofu being naturally adaptive to the flavors that it is bathed in, can be used to make flavorful home-made fried veggy balls, meatless spaghetti meatballs or as a meat substitute in stir-fried vegetables!

    It is a profoundly useful product, one that serves as a bridge between meaty and meatless diets, especially for transitioning vegans.

  • Erica Murie

    Sweet potatoes! I recently added them to a vegan black bean chili I made. They are amazing on their own, too!

  • http://learningcurvesblog.blogspot.com/ Lynn Bonelli

    Beans…mainly garbanzo since they are so versatile but I love all of them…black, white, cranberry, kidney, navy, lentils, mung…etc.

  • Sue Stugan

    I am also loving the cashew cream recently.

  • Tanya

    Chia seeds. They’re so healthy for you and can easily be put in anything you make! I put them in my cereal, muffins, smoothies, loafs, breads, on avocado, in stir fries. I’m not kidding when I say I use them on everything.

  • J Miller

    Not-Beef broth bouillon, it makes a great base.

  • Alaina Driscoll

    One of my favorite meals is breakfast and I love me some bananas. They are the best smoothie ingredient ever!! Breakfast + Bananas = Bliss :D

  • Christine Usack

    Beans…..simple yet transformed into numerous delightful dishes!

  • Terry Sutterman

    That recipe is one I would make, I need more simple and flavorful ideas. And who doesn’t love Mayim?

  • J Miller

    Not-Beef bouillon cubes, makes a great base.

  • J Miller

    Kale = yum.

  • Julia Dixon

    I am absolutely in love with goji berries!! My favorite breakfast is a goji hemp seed smoothie :) Recipe can be found here: http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/goji-hemp-milkshake-with-raspberries.html

  • Adriana

    We absolutely love black beans. We use them in almost everything =)

  • http://www.Kristen-Joy.com Kristen Joy

    Celtic Sea Salt. Our bodies are oceans so high quality spring water and sea salt are essential. Celtic sea salt has so many of the vital minerals we need without all the pollution some of the ocean waters unfortunately have these days. Salt has a bad rep because table salt is dead and toxic. Sea salt is alive and helps us thrive :)

  • Christy Johnson-Reynolds

    Organic vegetable stock…

  • graygrrrl

    Vegan mayo is the best! I’ve even gotten my omnivore boyfriend to start using it & he likes it better than then the other stuff

  • Frances

    Hard to come up with one item, but I guess I will have to say beans of all kinds.

  • Tammy

    Mushrooms!!!!

  • Alaine

    Agave syrup! My partner and I use it on everything, from smoothies to muffin mix, as ice cream topping and to sweeten our vegan bolognese recipe! It is awesome :)

  • Lydia Torio

    So hard to pick just one… I guess I would say eggplant, just because I’ve been on an eggplant kick lately.

  • Mary

    My favorite is nuts, whether cashews, almonds, pistachios. They are so versatile, I like them in desserts, a side dish or in the main entree. They offer different benefits but most are a good source of protein, fiber & essiential fatty acids.

  • Dree

    Garlic. Goes into everything and loads of it!

  • Maria

    I love nori flakes on my salads and stir fry :)

  • Sue Gyomber

    Chickpeas. . . . . I am a hummus nut!!!

  • Belinda Cimo

    Any moment that includes fresh squeezed lime juice is so calming and mentally nourishing for me. I love it on shredded cabbage with cilantro, avocado, and it’s SO good for nausea, too!

  • Shelly Luckenbill Sevinor

    Avacado! Makes anything better.

  • http://pitbullmommy75.wix.com/luvabullcreations pitbullmommy75 .

    spinach…love spinach!

  • Holly

    I use Kale almost daily. It is wonderful juiced or steamed or raw in salads. It is my favorite green.

  • Veronika

    For me it’s a tie between miso and nutritional yeast. I put at least a little bit of miso in almost every soup I make, and a sprinkling of nutritional yeast just makes every dish better.

  • Dawn R.

    I love superfoods! Since you only asked for one I will go with cacao. Who doesn’t love the amazing healthy REAL chocolate?!?

  • Simona Cat

    Could be chickpea flour, it is so versatile!

  • Kim Henrichs

    I love avocado!

  • Savannah O’Hara Curtis

    I use tofu pretty often. Both of my kids love it and get excited when I make tofu scramble!

  • Kate White

    I love quinoa. It’s such a versatile protein

  • Karen Weiss

    Nut creams especially macadamias not too smooth for a ricotta replacement. Also smoked paprika makes so many things yummy.

  • Meghan

    Lentils and chickpeas.

  • http://veggloverherbaltraditions.wordpress.com Debbie

    watercress…as part of a salad, in soups and sauces, on sandwiches…I use it as an herb as often as I do for a dark, leafy green…lots of chlorophyl and other nutrients…small and inconspicuous for kids who think they do not like veggies. ;)

  • Jana Fiorentino

    Beans ! Just love them in anything

  • Rania

    Chickpeas and avocados

  • Natasha Petersen

    I would love to read this book! But right now I can not get it. I wish her all the luck in sales with this book.

  • Sandra Lee Childs

    Nootch!

  • Tiffany Plageman

    dates. dates for snacks, in smoothies and baked goods, etc. yay dates!

  • Roberta Michelle Miller

    I absolutely love pea shoots!!! I add them to so much. I love the spice and crunch. One of my favs! :)

  • Nicole

    Sundried tomatoes. I add them to everything

  • kristin morton

    I put Cayenne Pepper and Red Pepper flakes in everything! My husband thinks I’m crazy! Always love trying new recipes! Thanks for sharing this great burger one. Can’t wait to try it with extra Cayenne and Red Pepper flakes, of course!

  • Leah

    I love Kale in everything!

  • Stephanie Craft

    I love using cashews and tofu! I can’t wait to try more recipes from this book!

  • lmcstgn

    Avocados

  • Sarah Morris

    Probably vegetable broth, which I use instead of oil in almost every meal that I cook!

  • Jody Vencel

    I love spinach and tomatoes. I crave them on everything all summer long.

  • Rachel Cascada

    I put curry in everything!!!

  • Leonardo Fishman

    falafel!!! yeah

  • Amy

    Kale!

  • culryqueen

    Sweet potatoes as of late. Love them!

  • Rayne Mulherin

    oh please please please I love myaim and I need another good cookbook!!!!!!

  • Nicole EyeScream

    Garlic!! I like the stinky stuff ;) Nutritional yeast is a close 2nd place…

  • dramaqueen09

    I love quinoa. So yummy and filling

  • Brent

    We use kidney beans quite often.

  • http://www.lifelovewanderlust.com/ Amy Marie

    I LOVE ginger. In juices, in smoothies, in marinades, in stir fries. Fantastic for upset tummies, too!

  • Suzanne Storer Johnston

    Quinoa and sweet potatoes

  • Jenny

    Apple Cider Vinegar. From baking to cooking collards and making dressings (not to mention its medicinal value), this southern kid loves using apple cider vinegar.

  • Billie Bakhshi

    I am big on using chickpeas.

  • Joanne

    My favorite ingredient has to be avocado. Everything is better with some avocado!! =)

  • http://thedaywellspent.blogspot.com/ Samantha

    Lately I have been wanting to eat rice with everything!

  • http://www.kindlivingorganics.com Caleb Liber

    I love using my own spice concoction! It’s a blend of nutritional yeast with other organic spices. We have a Thai blend, Italian blend, Spicy Cajun blend, and a Sea Salt & White Pepper blend. Check them out at http://www.kindlivingorganics.com and let me know what you think! I can’t wait to get a copy of the new cookbook!

  • JoAnne Speechly

    One?! That’s hard but chia seeds are awesome, on their own or combined with linseed, they thicken dressings, smoothies, desserts and add a lovely creamy texture or mixed with water can be used as an egg substitute. It also helps that they are a protein, antioxidant powerhouse!

  • Kaylyn Mari

    My favorite vegan ingredient is coconut oil; you can cook, bake, fry, and just about anything else with it! PLUS I use it as lip balm, moisturizer, conditioner, lotion… The list goes on :)

  • Andrea

    Avocado is one of my favorite ingredients.

  • Alexandria MoonStar

    Fresh Cilantro/Coriander it makes everything taste SEXY.

  • Tracie Boyle

    I love to use beans in my recipes! They’re so versatile and can be used in tons of things – from a breakfast bean burrito to black bean brownies.

  • VeggieMountainMama

    Cumin in everything. Smoked Paprika is pretty awesome too.

  • Martha Brown

    Chipotle. It gives everything a smoky, spicy well rounded flavor!

  • Dawn Wolf-Spector

    i have been trying to sneak Chia seeds in a lot of things.

  • Christine Grosvenor

    Right now I’m obsessed with Greens! Collard Greens and Brussels Sprouts greens are at the top of my list!

  • NatMat

    I like to use quinoa and non-GMO edamame but need a great cookbook to help me use my CSA veggies, oats and spices to their fullest potential!

  • Monica Wright

    If we are to choose just one item, I’d have to say nuts… they can be included in both sweet and savory recipes, and nothing is better than homemade nut milk!

  • Chelsea

    I find adding just a few dashes of soy sauce, even to things you wouldn’t expect, really adds a lot of heartiness.

  • Honolulu_Girl_Suz

    Ok, I love the smell of mirepoix and garlic. I can throw in any other vegetable and veg organic broth afterward, and sometimes curry. My go to dish.

  • Chatell Douglass Wallace

    I love lemon massaged kale. So simple. So delicious. (no kale chips though, not a fan of kale chips)

  • Helenita Jacobs

    Avocado. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t use one in one way or another.

  • http://blogstalk.com blogstalk

    Roasted garlic makes everything better.

  • Colleen Bowen

    Kale, Kale, Kale! So delicious and healthy, so many ways to eat it, and bonus! It’s my 3 year old son’s favorite!

  • Heather Dinneen

    Raw cashews!

  • Helen

    I use vinegar like I never have before. I use to only use it for cleaning but now that I’m vegan I use white or apple cider vinegar in most of my baking. There are NO vegan bakeries in New Zealand (I miss living in Vancouver :() so I have to make my own yummy cakes, cupcakes, and muffins.

  • Alyssa Patricia

    Fluff! Everything is better with fluff!

  • Betty

    Seitan is one of my favorites! It makes great Mongolian mock beef with lots of stir fry veggies!

  • Angela

    I love kale and avacado too!

  • Cherie Lanthier-Touch

    Roasted garlic with olive oil. Love it on toast and in hummus.

  • Shari Schmidt

    Tough to pick just one ingredient! My husband and I love to use Field Roast ‘sausages’ in our pasta dishes, and Smart Ground in many dishes as well.

  • Kelani Kline

    I use lentils for almost everything– tacos, “meat”loaf, fried rice and spaghetti! <3 :-)

  • MCGmandy

    Dates and cashews….especially cashews when you end up with Desserts, cheese sauces, soup, etc

  • A. E. Bischoff

    Personally I love coconut cream, it’s really turned into my go to ingredient for cream sauces and dishes such as risotto. ^_^

  • MelissaL

    Mushrooms! On everything :)

  • Shaun

    Chia seeds I love overnight porridge with oats and homemade almond milk. Great in smoothies and on salads for crunch. Please pick me I just started to eat vegan after being diagnosed with breast cancer in August at 33. I need an easy cookbook and inspiration from Mayim.

  • Fay Eastwood

    Kale!

  • claudia

    Bananas. I love them.

  • Jim

    I really like to put alfalfa sprouts in a lot of things…

  • Alina Celis

    I like chickpeas. I never used to before I looked into the plant based eating. I thought what are these weird looking things? They are so versatile. I love them now!

  • Marilyn Forget

    Avocado is my favorite :))

  • Sue Mazur

    wow, so hard to pick just one vegan ingredient! I use a lot of bean and spinach – and garlic in everything! can never have too much garlic. And I never got sick at all this winter, which I attribute to my pretty much daily use of garlic :)

  • Steve V Leinen

    My favorite ingredient is quinoa.

  • Kelly Kinsley

    Organic extra virgin olive oil. I add it to everything.

  • Robin

    Better Bouillon Powder by Massel. Great not just as broth but an overall seasoning, the “chicken style” is the best one.

  • Becky Soubeyrand

    I love chickpeas!

  • Erin Marie Patenaude

    I add hummous to dishes whenever appropriate! A yummy protein punch to almost any dish!

  • kuchehexe

    I think we use chickpeas the most.

  • VeganBadass_CO

    Only 1 ingredient? 2 came to mind, though not necessarily together. Beets (odd, but good source of vitamins), and qunioa…lots of self-madeup recepes but could always use more!

  • Erin Marie Patenaude

    I add hummous to dishes whenever appropriate! A yummy protein punch!

  • Missy Carling

    My favorite ingredient is cashews! I love making recipes creamy without dairy!

  • Geraline Holbrook

    Hemp and chia seeds!

  • Anna McDaniel

    Avacado!

  • http://www.dannajdesigns.com Danna Joselovitch

    Good olive or coconut oil

  • Erica Pasquale

    Cacao!!! Chocolate makes EVERYTHING better:-)

  • Christopher Gautrau

    Red potatoes, carrots and green peppers all sauteed in a wok with spices and coconut oil.

  • Tena Osborne

    Mushrooms! Yum!

  • Raina

    nutritional yeast!

  • Shannon Stuart

    Nutritional yeast!

  • Elizabeth L Harman

    Fav ingredient = hummus

  • Shana Roth

    Avocado! Being pregnant, I crave them. Raw chocolate avocado pudding is wonderful!

  • Waiting42Morrow

    I’d have to go with Garbonzo Beans; they’re just so versatile, especially as flour in nummy cookie dough…er…I mean cookies! ;)

  • Linda

    I just love Ethiopian foor and use teff to make injera to scoop up amazing lentil dishes.

  • Lindsey

    Beans! So many varieties, so delicious, so versatile!

  • Marie Stone

    Chia seeds! You can add them to almost everything.

  • Linda

    I just love Ethiopian food and adore injera made with teff to scoop up amazing lentil dishes.

  • Kim

    I love cooking brussel sprouts. My kids love them too!

  • Vince Hebein

    I like to use asparagus

  • Vince Hebein

    I use asparagus

  • Celeste

    There’s so many its hard to pick one. Right now I’ve been using all kinds of squash and lentils almost every day. In fact we just had dinner of butternut squash and lentil burgers!

  • Megan Rawle

    Sprouts! Our little vegan family (myself, hubby and our little 3 yr old
    son) are all about sprouting what we can. We love to spend time in the
    kitchen together creating loving foods for our loving little family. x

  • Julia Fitzpatrick

    I love ume plum vinegar which I first heard about through The Kind Diet. It adds such a unique and delicious flavor to everything and it’ s such a pretty color too!

  • Jessica H

    Agave nectar! In a world of dangerous artificial sweeteners and refined sugar, agave nectar is a better option. It is such a wonderful replacement for sugar and I love it in hot cereals and in my tea. Of course, every good thing in moderation. :)

  • positiveki

    For breakfast I love toasted sprouted bread spread with coconut oil,sunflower seed butter, hemp seeds topped with banana slices then drizzled with coconut nectars

  • Robert White

    Kale! :)

  • Mary A Schanze

    We use a lot of brown rice though I want to try quinoa

  • Nella

    Recently discovered the yummyness that are dates! It’s opened up a whole new world for me. Love using them in recipes or just as a quick snack.

  • Nicole E.

    I’ve been incorporating Cilantro more and more

  • Nella

    I recently discovered the yummy-ness that are dates. I now use them in many recipes or as a quick snack. Loooove them!

  • Kim

    Chick peas. They are so remarkbly versatile! Snacks, dips, pasta, main dishes, patties, etc…

  • Anika

    Totally cliched, but I love tofu!! I’m on a serious scramble kick these days. I like to throw some kale in, too. Another favorite! : )

  • Irene Denney

    Definitely chickpeas…from homeade hummus, to toppings on salads, to chickpea burgers, the possibilities are endless!

  • Roset

    I just ate vegan sushi with Nori, rice, avocado and veges.

  • mary houghton

    Loves me some garlic.

  • Megan Rawle

    Sprouts! Our little vegan family (myself, hubby and our little 3 yr old
    son) are all about sprouting what we can. We love to spend time in the
    kitchen together creating loving foods for our loving little family.

  • Rash82

    My favorite ingredient are Black Beans! There is nothing like it! Flavor and nutrition all in one!

  • Taryn Walton

    Quinoa!! :)

  • Sabina

    Spinach….because it can go with almost anything. :)

  • heather

    I agree with so many before me… kale, avocado, sesame oil… mmm.

  • henare

    Lentils!

  • Jules Winer

    Almond and coconut flours are my favorite for cookies and crusts!

  • Shelley Cavin

    Avocado! Better than butter.

  • Connie

    I am new to the vegan diet for health reasons but I love avocado. I am excited to try many new ingredients and recipes!

  • Jamie Pitts

    onion, garlic and cilantro – something to make your mouth say – Oh Yeah!

  • Tiffany Gibson-Keeping

    My fav ingredient to use is mushrooms they always give a meaty flavour.

  • decemberistsfam5

    Avocados or zucchinis! Id eat them everyday if I could

  • GirlWithWords

    I like using Cilantro. Fresh herbs are delicious! I also adore Dandelion. I know it may sound odd, but my 5 year old an I pick them on our morning walks and use them in teas and salads. They are very healthy, and we’ve made some wonderful Dandelion tea party memories. My little one says Dandelion tea “tastes like sunshine”. ^_^

  • Rosita Kennedy

    My favorite ingredient is celery. It add a special dimension to cooking and is often overlooked. And I have recently had success growing celery in my wee vege patch! So no more limp sad celery from the supermarket yay :)
    Thanks for sharing your recipe xx

  • Nyes

    Lime juice on salads and other veggies, in soups, salsas, fish, basically everywhere!

  • Sugar Doll

    I am new to the vegan lifestyle so this book would be a great help. I’ve been really enjoying the addition of greens & avocado as ingredients in my recipes

  • http://sweetvintagelady.com/ gladys

    I love to use coconut oil. I also enjoy different types of beans.

  • Jane McCoy Murphy

    Legumes! They are so versatile, from savory to sweet. Loaded with nutrition & economical. I especially love the heirloom varieties.

  • Megan Maier

    Kale rocks!

  • Meg

    My fav ingredient is Chickpeas. Mostly because hummus is my air.

  • Liz Sullivan

    Avocados. They are great in so many dishes!

  • Sue

    Chia seeds are a favorite staple. They can be added to almost anything!

  • Nancy Hearn-Harvey

    Avacado!! Love it with just about everything!!

  • Chrystal Ann

    I would love to learn how to make more vegan soups from scratch!

  • Anna Schappert

    I’m a big fan of chickpeas!

  • hilary_d

    White beans – due to a tannin allergy, white beans (cannellini, Great Northern, navy) are the best vegan protein source for our family.

  • Merry Shuart Stephenson

    I love scallions, avocados, and artichokes… Sometimes all together with garlic, couscous, and lots of lemon juice. It’s better than dessert!

  • Lian Showers

    Black beans, bell peppers, garlic, brown rice…so many favorites. My family and I have only been eating plant based for 2 months so far, but we’ve been having a lot of fun finding recipes that are simple, budget friendly, and kid-approved.

  • Kristina Addington

    I absolutely love using coconut oil in my baked goods!

  • Brian Farley

    Nooch, nooch, nooch.

  • Alison

    I find that my favorite ingredient changes every few months (often with the seasons!) but one of my absolute life-long-loves is sweet potato. In fact, my mother claims that even when I was a baby I loved sweet potato – apparently it was the only flavor of baby food that I would eat at one point and my skin actually began to take on an orange tinge because of all the keratin! Sweet potato is a wonderful fresh ingredient in the winter months, and it’s so hearty and versatile. It just makes every meal yummy without fail! I had sweet potato for dinner tonight actually, in a delicious vegan tortilla lasagne with cashew cheese.

  • Ginger Elliott Smith

    fresh citrus (typically lime). It brightens everything up! :)

  • Fresh Spinach

    Hemp seeds are my latest obsession! I put them in everything!

  • Danielle Francis

    Nutritional yeast!

  • Valerie Headrick

    Chi chi chi CHIA!

  • Kelly Anderson

    Garlic it has so many different favors depending on how you prepare it for the specific dish. Spicy or sweet or bold….and the health benefits are wonderful.

  • Laura Stanton Rakitnichan

    I like black beans.

  • Ginger Elliott Smith

    fresh citrus (typically lime). It brightens everything up! ;)

  • Ivy

    I cook tofu weekly and give my kids Edamame with a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt!

  • Laura Stanton Rakitnichan

    I like avocado.

  • Bryan Levy

    Garbanzo beans plain in salad, mashed into hummus, roasted for a snack or added to soups and stews!

  • Bryan Levy

    Garbanzo beans plain, in salads, hummus, roasted or in soups and stews.

  • Kimberly Ireland

    I seem to use at least some amount of turmeric in nearly everything I create. :)

  • Jessica Gelatt

    My favorite ingredient is chickpeas!!

  • Jessa

    I love love love lemon juice is almost everything!!

  • https://twitter.com/electricsuzy80 Susanna Rönn

    Kickpeas are my favorite! I think I might’ve developed a slight dependency… ;-)

  • Angie R

    Oats. So healthy & good! And not just in oatmeal. I use it in
    waffles, ground up as flour in bake goods, as a binder for savory foods,
    raw as muesli or in 3-ingrdient cookies, etc. They’re really more
    versatile than you think!

  • Angela

    Definitely quinoa. So much protein.

  • Waiting42Morrow

    I was going to say garbonzo beans because they’re so versatile & make yummy cookies with the flour or quinoa cuz that’s become my go-to grain for starch with protein but all in all I’d say my favorite & the one I use most is coconut oil! :)

  • Gisele Hall

    Being limited to one ingredient that I use the most is tough but I’ll have to chia seeds. I use them in practically everything!

  • disqus_wlbQ7k3XFF

    I absolutely love avocado. I want it with everything!

  • Ron

    New at this, but avocado and mushrooms are my favorite.

  • Stephanie

    Chia seeds! Love them in or on everything!

  • John Bigaouette

    I’m trying to research a new way of eating and attempting to bring my very reluctant wife and son along with me. We seriously need to put the fast food monster somewhere far away. I have read multiple articles about you, by you and others talking about your life style and your life in general. I have admired your work on TV, and was very excited when you returned to TV. I knew that you would come out swinging, especially when I heard what you had accomplished during your time off. You must have had really great parents to keep you grounded as you became a child star and then to steer you straight though your teenage years. I don’t know if you really read any of these post, but I have to say just writing this has put a smile on my face. Good Luck in your future. If I don’t win one of your signed books, I will still be looking for it to buy. Is there anywhere to request a signed pic of you to frame and hang on the wall, just asking.
    Thanks,
    John B.
    [email protected]

  • Sofia Darhed

    Well, there are plenty but I love garlic and tofu (both silken tofu and the harder one – so versatile!) But also avokado and nuts:-)

  • tracie carver

    I a new vegan and Im just learning to cook, this book would be helpful.

  • http://www.mandelmus.blog.de Christina Bopp

    Here in Germany we love something is called Almondcreme. I don’t know if its in USA too.I use it for sweetness in Cakes,Cookies,homemade chocolate, Müsli and also for Dressings, Sauce, Dips,Smoothies, etc Its such a greatful helper for vegan foods and gives everything a smooth and smart kick!

  • gea

    Our Favorite in My Home Filled with food allergies is Nutritional Yeast, My son has 18 known food allergies and it makes it super difficult to create healthy nutritional meals. But his favorite thing that makes everything taste better is nooch and he can add it himself,

  • Nils Walker

    Favorite vegan ingredient? Bragg’s liquid Aminos. A great substitute for salt that adds a lot of flavor that is entirely plant-based.

  • Nadia Fedortsova

    Seaweed!

  • Kate Rosenberg

    Vegenaise! It helps me make delicious vegan versions of some of my favorites… Vegan BLT’s, potato salad, “tuna” salad.

  • MadySophie

    Without any doubt my fav ingrredient is couscous! Perfect for fluffy meals and fits perfect to everything as a side dish!!”

  • puppies n kittens

    All types of nuts and seeds. They’re a good source of protein and make great creams.

  • Kendra

    My fave vegan add-ins are molasses to any nut butter for an iron kick and silken tofu to smoothies for extra protein!

  • Alexandra

    Spinach and cashews! :)

  • barry miles

    cumin is mine!

  • barry miles

    cumin!

  • Sharon

    Kidney beans. Because we all need a pulse!!! ;-)

  • Anna Orzeł

    Definitely avocado! Always add it to salads and use it on bread, instead of butter or mayo :)

  • Bridge Lucey

    There’s so many ingredients I’m obsessed with but right now my general go-to ingredient is anything I can spiralize into noodles – zucchini, squash, sweet potato, cucumber, carrot, sometimes a cheeky melon for a noodley dessert! But if pushed to choose one I probably use zucchini noodles most as they’re great instead of italian wheat spaghetti or asian noodles so they’re super versatile. You can also make them on the cheap with a julienne peeler if you don’t want to buy a spiralizer. Go forth and noodle! x

  • Sabina

    I put mine in yesterday but I don’t see it…. :(

  • Chasity Grome

    It’s a toss up between nutritional yeast and miso!! YUM!

  • Rania

    love avocados

  • Nella

    I’ve recently discovered the yummy-ness of dates. I now use them often in recipes or for a quick snack. Looove them!

  • Pamela

    Kale! I slip it into everything, smoothies, soups and snack on it as kale chips!

  • Jennifer Paul

    Tahini!

  • Maureen

    Love using light coconut milk for creamy soups!

  • Marcy

    Sustainably farmed coconut oil, because it has sooooooo many uses. Not just in the kitchen :)

  • Jennifer Arent

    I love adobo seasoning on everything!

  • Sherri Trumm

    Zucchinis and red bell peppers show up in many salads and stir fries of mine. Go veggies!!

  • http://alijayne.com Ali Jayne

    Chickpeas! Definitely Chickpeas… you can make them into anything – savoury, curry, stirfry, wraps, pockets, and you can make them into dessert! What? BEST FOOD EVER!

  • April Killian

    I loved Punky Brewster and want this book!

  • April Killian

    I love Punky Brewster and want this book.

    • Tana

      You are thinking of Soleil Moon Frye who played Punky Brewster on the show “Punky Brewster”. The person who wrote the cookbook is Mayim Bialik who played Blossom Russo on the show “Blossom”.

  • Jerry Schneider

    I like to use chickpeas. It’s the wonder legume!! Whole, diced, crushed, smooth, it’s all delicious.

  • Diane Richard

    Organic short grain brown rice

  • Mary

    I would love to use Garbanzo flour more! I read about using this as the egg substitute in omelets. I’d add some veggies, and perhaps the spicy yogurt sauce that Mayim created!

  • http://www.theveganpeach.com Ashley V Leslie

    Chickpeas!

  • Jolanta Thorburn

    Quinoa, Chia seeds, cilantro, avocado…the list is endless…I love all veggies!

  • brandie

    I think I find an excuse to use maple syrup in most everything in my kitchen. I guess I’m addicted to maple!

  • Sarah Cotter

    i use nutritional yeast

  • Molly Pitcher

    I love using chick peas. They taste great and are very hearty! I love making my own hummus and soups with them!

  • Crystal O

    chickpeas, easy and delicious