Help me find cold vegan foods.
October 6, 2012 10:31 AM Subscribe
I'm doing the Eat to Live diet, which is basically vegan, and am having trouble coming up with interesting ways to prepare green vegetables so they taste good cold.
posted by joannemerriam to Food & Drink (17 answers total) 50 users marked this as a favorite
It's not a truly vegan diet, because you can have small amounts of animal source foods from time to time (like if I wanted to have fish for two meals a week, that would be okay), and also because processed, refined carbohydrates can be vegan but I am supposed to avoid them like they are poison. But many vegan recipes are fine, and I know there are a lot of vegans here, so please hope me!
Basically, I can have unlimited: raw fruits and vegetables, cooked greens, cooked non-starchy veg and beans and legumes; I can have limited (no more than a serving/day): raw nuts and seeds, whole grains, starchy vegetables; and I am supposed to avoid: meat, dairy, sugar, refined or processed carbs, fried foods, oil (although I am making an exception on the oil for hummus, because it's one of the only ways I can stand to eat beans).
I usually have oatmeal for breakfast with nuts and berries on it, which uses up my one serving a day of nuts and whole grains, so the rest of my meals for the day have to be pretty much entirely fruits and vegetables.
I eat two of my three meals daily at work, and have a fridge there. Salads and raw fruit hardly require a recipe, but I am coming up short on internet searches for recipes for cold cooked green vegetables and other more interesting ways to prepare green vegetables. Bonus points for stuff that incorporates beans and/or legumes too, without tasting mealy or bland (my usual problem with beans).