Meatless Monday: Vegan Cooking Class

Happy Monday, loves! Thirteen college students joined me in a vegan cooking class this past weekend at USC.  Here’s a few shots.  You may recognize some of the recipes.

Southwestern Quinoa salad

Southwestern Quinoa salad

I veganized our Southwestern Quinoa Salad by eliminating the chicken and feta and adding in avocado for richness and pépitas for crunch.  The dish gave us the chance to talk about the importance of putting protein into a vegan diet (quinoa and beans of any kind are a great starting point) and practice our chopping skills.  I was able to share a few tips, like laying your big pepper slices skin-side down on your cutting board before slicing.

how to cut a bell pepper

a trick of the trade

It’s much easier and safer to cut from the inside out rather than try and push your knife through the pepper’s waxy skin.

how to roll a spring roll

Rolling spring rolls

I demonstrated rolling a Sweet Coconut, Tofu and Mint Spring Roll.

coconut, tofu and mint spring roll

A finished roll

And the students went to town.

tofu spring rollYum!

Vanilla Vegan cupcake

Mini cupcakes

Elan shared her recipe for Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes.

vegan frosting

Beating in the confectioner's sugar

And Vegan Almond Frosting.

frosting cupcakes

Gilding the lily

Hopefully she’ll post the recipe here sometime soon.  I had no idea vegan baking could taste so good.

vegan vanilla cupcakes

one little cupcake

What’s your take on the vegan diet?  I couldn’t commit.  Eggs are far too important to me. That said, I found it easier than I imagined to create a really satisfying meal.  And those cupcakes!  Thank you, Elan.  And thanks to Eleanor, one of our sophomores here at USC, for taking command of the camera and producing such gorgeous pictures while I was busy chatting with the class.

xoxosl

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Comments

Mary

I am going to have to try these out! Thanks ladies for always making me hungry and inspired!

Joanna

I’m literally salivating.

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