I'm a junk food vegan at heart. You all know that. But lately, post-cleanse, I've really been trying to clean up my diet with more raw foods (mostly side salads lately), less sugar (sorta failing there), and less processed foods (this doesn't mean I'm giving up Gardein, just eating less of it).
To clean up my diet, I'm keeping a few simple steps in mind. And I shared those steps today in an article I wrote for VegNews.com called "7 Steps to Becoming a Healthier Vegan." Check it out! And while you're on the VegNews site, look what else they did! They pimped my Cookin' Crunk cookbook in their 2012 Cookbook Preview!
But before you get all sad thinking I'm giving up Oreos and Ramen, think again. I'll never totally give up junk food, but I hope to make it less the star of the show and more like an extra on the set. I was still totally psyched to check out Lane Gold's new cookbook, Vegan Junk Food: 255 Sinful Snacks That Are Good for the Soul.
This book is filled with veganized versions of comfort food classics, like pizza rolls, Mongolian beef, and sloppy joes. But despite the book's title, many of the recipes are actually pretty healthy. Take for example, this Tandoori Tempeh on Onion-Garlic Naan with Cucumber Soygurt Sauce:
I made the naan with whole wheat pastry flour and it's loaded with sauteed onions and garlic. The tempeh is marinated in unsweetened soy yogurt mixed with cumin, coriander, and some other spices. The tempeh and some chopped onions top the naan, and it's broiled for a few minutes. Then its topped with a homemade cucumber sauce. The recipe didn't have enough spice for me, so I added sriracha after this shot was snapped.
Of course, with a name like Vegan Junk Food, you've got to have a few guilty pleasures! There's a Baked Ziti Pizza (yes, pasta on a pizza) that I would love to try. And the Chicken Fried Seitan and Gravy is definitely on my to-make list. Other highlights: Barbecue Chip-Crusted Tofu Bites, Crispy Chicken Ranch Burger, Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole, and Jalapeno Bacon Poppers. For dessert, I must try the Coconut Cherry Vodka Bars and the Butterfinger Chunk Cookies (they have Chick-O-Sticks in them!!!).
I'll be making dishes from this book over the next few days, so expect more review posts tomorrow and Sunday night.