Its been 6 months and my biggest challenge has been breakfast...aside from breads and oatmeal, I'd appreciate some quick & easy suggestions. I've done mochi as well but more as a treat. I find breakfast is so heavy in pastries, breads, eggs, yogerts, etc...I am not full vegan, but have cut out eggs & animal dairy.
Since I have you here...haha...I was trying to find pre-packaged ready to eat Seitan so I could try it but all I've been able to find is TVP to make your own. I haven't been brave enough to try this yet. Any suggestions or advise on making seitan?
Have you tried brown rice porridge, or any other whole grain porridge? That sprinkled with some condiment on top (gomashio, seaweed, nuts, brown rice syrup) with a side of steamed greens or tofu is a great power breakfast.
As for seitan I usually buy vital wheat gluten flour from Bob Red Mills and make the seitan from that. I usually boil it in a broth (tamari, celery, carrots) or bake it.
They usually have the pre-packaged seitan near the tofu and tempeh in the refridgerated section of health food stores/Whole Foods/etc. I can only ever find the small pieces (like strips or "chunks" for a stirfry or something, so I usually make my own. It's pretty easy to make, actually, just a little time consuming! Like Beverly - I use a vital wheat gluten flour, make a dough, and then boil it in broth.
As for breakfast - I'm bad and don't often have it! When I do its usually an oatmeal or other type of grain "porridge" - I've been experimenting with different grains, died fruits, nuts, etc.
I feel you when it comes to breakfast. Cereal with rice/almond/soy milk will do in a pinch (organic, unfortified cereals are the most likely to be vegan - you may have to do a little label reading). If you make muffins the night before, they're pretty easy to grab and go. I'm in love with these muffins right now:
I struggle with breakfast, too. I also travel for work a lot, so I'm usually limited to the "continental breakfast", where I go for oatmeal and fruit.
When I stay in a hotel that has an omelette bar, I'll toast an english muffin, then ask the cook to make me a veggie omelette - no egg, cheese, or butter - just grill me the veggies. Then throw the veggies on the english muffin. People around you who are eating the full fat egg, cheese, and meat omelettes will look at you like you're a genius! (So will the cook! And if he's using a skillet, make sure he wipes all that nasty oil out with a paper towel or something..)
I also make myself the same breakfast at home.. just "scramble" whatever veggies I have in my fridge and eat them with an english muffin and some Earth Balance butter. Add diced tofu if you like. If you keep your veggies diced and prepped, it doesnt take any longer to make than oatmeal. My veggies are usually hot before my english muffin is toasted. Sweet potato home fries are a great addition to this for a big breakfast.
When I'm in a hurry I just grab some fruit, and/or a granola bar.
You can also buy vegan waffles and pancake mixes at whole foods.. with meatless breakfast sausage patties, if you miss the traditional breakfast. I love pancake breakfasts on the weekends.
Hello. For breakfast I try to do 2/3 of my plate filled with fresh fruits, and then I put something sweet or savory on the other 1/3 of my plate. Sometimes I do tofu scramble (my husband LOVES tofu scramble) with whatever peppers/tomatoes we got from the garden, waffles (and I sometimes use rice flour in equal measure to whole wheat flour), pancakes, muffins (homemade because I try to avoid processed food), quinoa with fruit compote or maple syrup, cinnamon, nuts, and nutmeg, homemade biscuits topped with tempeh or seitan, which I make spicy because my husband loves spicy food, and steamed kale (my absolute favorite dark leafy green!). I recently started a blog where I have been posting some of my recipes. I've only posted breakfast recipes thus far as I haven't been blogging long, but I'll add more as I come up with them. And pictures when I remember before the food disappears . http://eatmoreproduce.blogspot.com/
For a continental-breakfast feel, try baked beans and (sweet) potato hash w/ whole wheat toast and some fruit. You can make both beans and hash ahead as they both reheat well and even make enough for a couple of breakfasts. Quick (if you simply reheat), nutritious, and super filling!! In my home, it's a welcome alternative to oatmeal and cereals. Yummy!!
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