How does a vegan survive living in a 14th century castle? A medieval castle is fully prepared to defend itself against invasion. Unless, of course, that invasion happens to be of one voracious vegan. Although there are more vegan options than I thought there would be, I’m pretty much forced to consume steamed vegetables for dinner every night. Now, I don’t want to offend any adamant steamed veggie lovers because they are a legitimate way to get your necessary nutrients. A bag of “ready to steam” vegetables even make the perfect side dish for busy vegans…but I’m eating this nutritional mush on the daily.
As much as I love vegetables and am willing to eat them in any form, I’ve never mooned over the taste of steamed peas and carrots. However, one day, whilst munching on such blandness, I suddenly became inspired. Spaghetti was served at dinner, and although I abstained from the pasta for obvious reasons, I put some of the marinara sauce on top of my steamed vegetables. After mixing it around, I took a tentative bite…and everything was different. After weeks of consuming, I rediscovered tasting, eating, enjoying. Okay, so I was eating vegetables covered in the world’s most basic sauce, but still. It’s called being optimistic.
So if marinara isn’t your ideal sauce, some more adventurous (i.e. actually tasty) ones can be found here:
Another sauce that is my personal favorite is vegan pesto. Seriously, I try to find an excuse (I mean reason) to put this on everything. A couple of my favorite homemade recipes are:
Simple Kale Pesto
The Bestest Pesto from our friends at theppk
Besides being a pestophile, I have a serious obsession with Thai food, especially peanut sauce. Served over some steamed rice, broccoli, and string beans, I can’t get enough of the stuff. Here are a few of my favorite peanut sauce recipes:
From Fat Free Vegan.
This one from the cheap veggie
This little gem on about dot com.
Depending on your taste buds, any of these sauces (and even ones I haven’t mentioned) can liven up any dish of boring veggies. Instead of force feeding yourself proper nourishment, you won’t be able to get enough! This is also a great way to “trick” kids into eating their veggies. You just need to get in the kitchen and get creative!