Cooking by Steam

Cooking by Steam is another fundamental method much used in China with great effect but, surprisingly, almost unknown elsewhere, is cooking by steam, called jeng. The closest counterpart in American cuisine is boiling. Both methods use water rather than oil to transmit the heat, but there the resemblance ends. If, for instance, you boil a piece of fish, part of its taste is bound to be lost in the water; besides, you cannot use other ingredients to enhance the taste of the fish (they will only add taste to the soup). But in steaming, 100 per cent of the taste is preserved within the fish, and you may add flavor with other ingredients. The Chinese are very fond, of fish cooked this way, and cannot understand the* Westerner who stubbornly insists, “I don’t like fish.” If you try this simple recipe, perhaps you will be converted, too.

1 fish (about 2 pounds, whole or cut, fresh, or frozen and thawed)
2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sherry
2 scallions or green onions, chopped fine
6 slices green ginger
5 dried mushrooms, soaked to soften,
then shredded Salt
2 slices cooked pork or lean ham (optional)

For stove-top steaming, use a traditional bamboo steamer, Chinese style, or a large covered pot. Cover bottom with about 2 inches of water, and insert a stand with a platter on it, or use an inverted dish high enough to keep the platter above the boiling water.

Brush the fish with the liquid ingredients and distribute the remaining ingredients on top of it. When the water boils, place the fish on the platter, which is now very hot. Cover and let steam at high heat until a test-straw touches the bone and comes up clean.

Remove and serve the fish immediately in the same platter, which, if not presentable, may be put on a more decorative one. The whole idea is to get the fish cooked by an overwhelming heat in a minimum of time, so as to preserve in full its freshness and delicacy of flavor. If the water were not boiling when the fish was put in, this would be equivalent to leaving it in a warm place prior to cooking. The interval, though short, has the effect of dulling the delicate fresh flavor. For the same reason even the platter holding the fish must be preheated in the steam-a hint that may well be regarded as a “secret.” And removing it when about 99 per cent done, to continue cooking on its hot plate until served, is the final step to perfection.

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10 Easy Steps To Becoming A Vegan

Yes, becoming a vegan is as easy as 10 steps.  It may seem like an impossibility, but rarely are things as they seem.  It all comes down readiness.  So ask yourself if you’re ready for a life that is vibrant, abundant and awe-inspiring.  If after doing so you determine that you are in fact ready, then from there you can take the other steps necessary to make the transition seamlessly and permanently.  Now let’s look at all that’s involved.

Be open-minded – If nothing else, becoming vegan is quite a mind job.  It goes against all that you’ve previously believed about health and nutrition.  That’s why before anything else, you have to make this change mentally.  Change the mind and the body will follow.
Talk to a vegan – Whether you discuss it with one that you know or a vegan from an online blog, hearing about the ins and outs of being a vegan straight from the horses mouth, so to speak, is priceless.
Do some research – The more you learn, the more you know and the more you grow.  Being able to validate your reasons for becoming a vegan will do more for your confidence than all of the other steps put together and as with all things, confidence is key.
Get some recipes – Go to the bookstore or online and buy some vegan cookbooks or just start collecting meatless recipes that are easy to prepare and that appeal to you.  This will keep things interesting.
Do a meatout – Yes, any day of the week will do. Just pick a day and over the next 3 weeks on that day consume only meatless meals such as salad, soups, and rice dishes.
Eat meat less often – Do this gradually by eating one meatless dish per day.
Give up one type of meat  – Keep doing this until you have eliminated them all from your diet.  Some go cold turkey, but the majority of us just don’t have the willpower to do that.  Thus, giving up one meat at a time affords us the time to mentally, as well as physically adjust to this new lifestyle.
Stop keeping meat in your home – No need to temp yourself.  Just as working in a bar is difficult for a newly sober alcoholic so is having meat in your home.  Make it easy on yourself by keeping the temptation out of sight and out of mind.
Trade out dairy products for dairy-free alternatives – Instead of buying butter or margarine get a non-hydrogenated, vegan buttery spread as an alternative.  Then instead of sliced or shredded dairy cheese choose one of the vegan options.  Both will be equally as flavorful and have textures that are consistent with their dairy-based counterparts.
Notice the difference – The change in the way you feel will be undeniable.  You’ll notice that you have more energy, feel better about yourself and most of all you’ll see, as will others, that you look sexier!

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Preachy Vegan Vs Vegan Diplomat

I find that as a Vegan, there is nothing worse than being preached to concerning our food choices. Being singled out amid dinner conversation, among friends or loved ones, is an awkward situation, at best. It turns a relaxing get together into a standoff battle ground where each individual, or sometimes group, feels it needs to be on the defensive. We have all been attacked by someone we thought of as a friend. Questions such as; “Do you live on twigs?” “What do you eat?” or my personal favourite, “How do you live with yourself, killing all the innocent vegetables?” It is not a nice feeling, however many of us forget this while dining with omnivores, and will attack them in a similar fashion.

This is what I call the “preachy” Vegan. Every time they eat with an omnivore, they preach and proselytize. This brings the tone of the evening down for everyone, and really does more harm than good to the Vegan movement generally. Omnivores who have had the preachy Vegan experience become hostile at mixed gatherings, often attacking Vegans in a preemptive fashion. Since we all know how well preemptive attacks tend to work out, I’d like to offer an anecdote.

A rather good friend of mine is devoutly religious, I would classify myself as devoutly non-religious, and yet we get along. This was not always the case. Every time I would see this man at social functions he would gravitate to me and begin extolling the virtues of his religion. Frankly, I found this to be terribly off putting to say the least, and it made it hard to see what a good person he was. Finally, at another social event, I told him that I was flattered that he wanted to share his happiness with me, but that I was not inclined to be a part of his religion any time in the foreseeable future. I did, however, reassure him that if I had any questions I would not hesitate to ask him. Since then we have been good friends, often he, his wife, my spouse and I go to the movies, or we all go for an evening out. I now have a wonderful couple as friends, and I know that they are willing to answer any questions I may have in their area of expertise. I understood that this man was not trying to be rude to me, he had simply found a lifestyle that has made him very happy and successful, and he wants to share that happiness with his friends. That is very admirable, after all it would be a terrible friend who would find happiness and hoard it for themselves, right?

It is much the same with Vegans, we have found a lifestyle that makes us happy, and we wish to share that with everybody. After all who wouldn’t want to call themselves cruelty free? I cannot think of many people that actively seek to bring more harm into the world.

There are solutions to this awkward problem, however. Firstly, make sure the dinner table and social affairs do not turn into battlegrounds. Make the loudest statement of all by saying nothing. Rather enjoy a cruelty free selection from the menu or bring a delicious Vegan dish to a party. Wait for the other diners or party attendees to ask you about your selection or the dish you prepared. Secondly, keep it appropriate, when someone asks you why you’re Vegan don’t launch into a ‘meet your meat’ style tirade, simply say that you believe in cruelty free living, and that being Vegan is a cruelty free and healthy lifestyle, for you, the animals and the planet. Offer them a website to visit, and tell them that you’d love to answer any other questions they have in a one on one, or more appropriate, setting.

I find this approach gets people thinking about Veganism, rather than causing a knee jerk reaction. This allows people to come to you, when they are ready, to be guided into a cruelty free lifestyle. After all, wouldn’t you rather be a Vegan Diplomat than a Preachy Vegaan?

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Healthy Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

Now that the weather is getting to be a bit cooler, I have a strong urge to be busting out my baking supplies and warming up the oven. I mean, who doesn’t love the smell of delicious baked goods wafting throughout the house. For me, the quintessential baked good is banana bread. My mother would save loads of overripe bananas in our freezer, waiting to defrost them
to make her delicious easy banana bread recipe. Just thinking of her moist banana bread recipe makes me salivate a little bit.

However, I have found two main issues with her original recipe: 1) Like most traditional baked goods, it’s far from a low-cal option. 2) It’s definitely not vegan-friendly. With a few twists, I remade my mother’s traditional moist banana bread recipe so that it’s not only a healthy banana bread recipe, but a vegan banana bread recipe too!


Makes: One loaf
Takes: About 1 hour and 25 minutes, not including prep

2 very ripe bananas, mashed into a pulp
½ cup homemade applesauce (To make your own applesauce, you can use my go-to recipe, which can be found on
1 ¾ cup stone-ground whole wheat flour
1 ½ cup sugar (I used regular refined sugar because it’s all I had on hand. I’m sure you could also use raw sugar or a sugar substitute suitable for baking)
½ cup canola oil
¼ cup vanilla almond milk or vanilla soy milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 3x5x9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray

Mash the bananas in a large bowl, and combine with the applesauce, oil and almond milk

To the bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine

Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean

The end result is simply delicious. It is a bit more crumbly than your average banana bread recipe because it has no eggs to bind everything together, but it is still plenty moist. Using whole wheat flour adds lots of fiber, protein and nutrients to the mix, as does using my Homemade Applesauce instead of eggs. If you’re worried about your calorie and/or sugar intake, opt for a sugar substitute that is suitable for baking and make sure you’re using unsweetened almond milk. Also, this would be great with chopped nuts, say walnuts or pecans. I didn’t have any on hand, but they would be a great flavor and texture addition to this. I’ve been eating this for breakfast for the past week, and I got to say that it easily beats cereal in the morning. Enjoy!

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How to make great vegetarian pizza recipe

With several possibilities, vegetarian pizza recipes can suit every taste and are also accessible to interpretation and creation. Test, enjoy, and share!

Regardless of whether you bake plenty of pizzas or are entirely fresh to them, they are one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things to cook. Some pizza restaurants make lousy pizzas, being oily and full of fat, but when you bake them your self, you will be able to control each and every element of them, particularly if you’re vegetarian and also have your very own vegetable pizza recipe. You can add all your favourite components, and eliminate every one of the fatty and greasy elements that you don’t like.

Obtaining control over the elements also means you are able to use ones that you might have grown your self in your very own garden. Since vegetables are so widespread and straightforward to cultivate inside your backyard, they are wonderful to add to your pizza recipe. The base itself is also very easy to make as it’s an easy dough. You’ll be able to also modify it to suit your requirements and likes, for example utilizing wholemeal or gluten-free flour, which is certain to have the ability to suit each vegetarian. The pizza sauce is traditionally tomato based, but it is possible to change that for whatever you like, a good jam if you are so inclined!

As you’ll be able to see, trying pizzas and all sorts of combinations is certainly achievable and limitless. As I’ve eluded to, you are not limited to vegetables and savoury pizzas. Even though quite uncommon, it is also achievable to create sweet pizzas to serve as a desert. You are able to sweeten the dough a little by adding sugar, and you’ll be able to add jams, chocolates, and lollies for toppings. Just make certain the lollies do not melt inside the oven to make a good old mess!

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Vegetarian Food Recipes: Straightforward Vegan Food Recipes For Newly Converted Vegetarians

Most of my friends and family are hard working, soccer mom, basketball dad, health aware super parents. Even my single associates live a very active lifestyles and though we love food, we are hard pressed to find the time to prepare food.. Vegan recipes is not just easy to cook but is also healthy.

My mother-in-law a true advocate of veganism, has never been so healthy earlier. She has encouraged us to turn into vegans. Earlier, she was a vegetarian while my husband and I are not willing to abandon fish and eggs, etc, his almost three hundred point cholesterol count a year before sent us on a path down a healthier pathway.

6 months later his cholesterol dropped below 200 which is a blessing compared to his previous level of 280. The contributing aspects are: he exercises few times a week, he takes some fresh herbs prescribed by our doctor, and lastly, our diets changed. It needed merely 5 weeks to reduce his cholesterol levels by nearly 100 points.

Good tips for your transition:

The toughest aspect about converting to a vegetarian diet is the lingering thought of the delectable steaks and the popular rice and stir fried chicken. So endeavor to make your vegetarian meals as imaginative and novel as possible.

Once you start this course, hunt for formulas that are effortless for the reason that if things appear challenging at the beginning then you may get discouraged and abort the plan completely.

In the opening month use vegetables which you and the whole family like to eat – dont get into radical recipes and repulse people with eggplants that a lot of people are not accustomed to eating.

Different from non vegetarian food, vegetarian recipes might feel unappealing if had repeatedly without spices – so include spices to offer that additional tang.

Eat lots of fruits and employ fruits in your meals too. One can prepare quite a few delectable sweets using fruits. A mango or an apple can stop that craving for meat.

Vibrant foodstuff looks more enticing, so use plenty of vegetables and fruits of dissimilar colors. Some medical professionals actually recommend multi-colored food to improve digestion. Include greens, yellows and reds in your diet.

Include children whilst shopping for groceries, this imparts them ownership of the dish and they might not crib about the dish on the table. Also include them a little bit in cooking too if you can.

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Vegetarian and Veganism – What is the Difference?

Some of these Home cooking recipes have been handed down through generations from mother to daughter and mother-in-law to daughter-in-law. Although humans have been consuming vegetables and plant products, along with meat and other animal products, for many millennia, vegetarianism dissuades consumption of all types of meat, and eggs too. Some communities do not consider eggs as a non-vegetarian item, but in countries like India, eggs are not considered vegetarian and are not consumed by strict vegetarians. Many individuals are used to meat and egg based dishes, along with a few veggies in salads and soups. But they are unaware that there are thousands of Veg Recipes available that can be used to make a complete meal, including soups, starters, appetizers, main course dishes, and desserts.

Vegetarianism evolved with religions and cultures over many millennia. Many religions like Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism have strict rules regarding food consumption. Meat and eggs, and products made from these are strictly prohibited in many religions, castes, and communities. Thus evolved the dependence on vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices. This led to the evolution of Vegetarian Recipes over the millennia, with each caste, community, and even individual households having their own variations of standard recipes and ways to cook food. Vegetarianism is gaining ground in western countries like the US, UK, and Europe, but the opposite is happening in Eastern countries like India, where people are becoming more aware of western meat dishes and recipes.

Although vegetarianism does not exclude animal products like milk, and products made from milk, like butter, Ghee, sweets, chocolates, desserts, ice creams, etc, Veganism excludes these too. Donald Watson and Elsie Shringley started veganism and the Vegan Society in 1944. Veganism excludes all animal products as food, including milk and milk products. Anything that involves exploitation of animals for food, clothing, or any purpose is excluded for use. As veganism evolved, so did Vegan Recipes, which excluded all animal products for food consumptions. Veganism still includes all vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices, and there are hundreds of Recipes available for vegans.

Although Fast food and eating out in restaurants has become a necessity due to the hectic lifestyle, many families are turning back to healthy home cooking and the recipes handed down from past generations are coming in handy. Many individuals are also willing to try new Veg Recipes, meat and egg based Recipes and even Vegan Recipes. As they say, variety is the spice of life, and adding some variety to daily meals is sure to entice the family back to the dining table, instead of ordering pizzas and burgers, or taking the family out to lunch and dinner, which is an expensive affair.

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Vegan Cooking – A Benefit For Your Health Or a Restrictive Diet That Will Make You Ill?

At the first glance, vegan cooking can well look like a quite restrictive diet. Well, in fact, it is one. All animal products are banned from the vegan menu. That’s basically one and a half of our five main food groups: half of the protein rich foods (the meat) and all dairy products. And in general, all food groups are meant to be part of our diet, and all of them provide us with important nutrients.

Does then the vegan diet not rob us of foods and nutrients that we need badly? Can such a restrictive diet really be healthy, or is it not much closer to a fad diet that is rather health-harming?

What are the risks of being a vegan?  

It is a fact that vegans are more prone to a lack of certain nutrients which we normally mainly get from animal products, especially vitamin B12 which is important for the production of the red blood cells, calcium that we need to maintain strong bones and iron, a lack of which can cause anaemia.

It’s also more difficult for vegans to meet their need of proteins, since they don’t eat animal products which contain all the protein components that our body cannot build itself. Legumes, grains and nuts only contain some of these essential amino acids.

Although it is very important to be aware of these problems when you decide to eat vegan, there is not much need to worry about your health. If you eat a wide variety of foods, your body will still get all nutrients it needs. Make certain you combine at least two of the three food groups grains, legumes and nuts/ seeds so that you get enough proteins.

What are the benefits of vegan cooking?

The vegan diet definitely has a number of health benefits too which we should not overlook. It is:

low in cholesterol
low in fat
rich in healthy foods

Low cholesterol diet

If you are suffering from high cholesterol levels, for example, this can be a good way of eating for you. Cholesterol is mainly found in animal products, and consuming excessively much saturated fat (also mainly in animal products) causes your body to build bad cholesterol. Vegans barely eat saturated fat, since vegetables contain mostly the healthier unsaturated fats. For this reason, a vegan diet can be very helpful in controlling your cholesterol level and preventing further diseases like arteriosclerosis which can later on lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Low fat diet

Another great advantage of the vegan diet is that, besides consuming less of the health-harming saturated fats, vegans consume significantly less fat in general. Many “fat traps” vegetarians still face (generous cheese toppings and sour cream) are not an issue for vegans because they are animal products. The vegan diet only allows few foods that contain much fat, like vegetable oils, margarine, nuts, avocadoes and coconut milk. This results in a much lower risk of obesity and its dreadful follow diseases (heart attack, stroke, diabetes and many others).

Diet rich in healthy foods

An unbeatable plus for vegan cooking is that it focuses on many of the healthy foods which should be a part every person’s diet, but which meat lovers often neglect. Vegans eat plenty of fruits and vegetables which ensure they are well provided with vitamins and minerals. Grains and legumes provide a great amount of fibre and contribute to keep the digestive system in perfect working condition.


The benefits of vegan cooking definitely outweigh the risks this way of eating carries. If you are healthy, you don’t even have to use complicated plans and calculations about what to eat to ensure you get all nutrients you need. Simply eat a wide variety of grains, whole grain products, legumes, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, and combine several food groups to get the maximum health benefit out of your diet.

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Vegan Cooking Schools Becoming Popular As People Switch Lifestyles

If you never dreamed on paying money for actual cooking classes or courses then you need to change your thought process. This holds especially true if you plan on becoming a vegan and staying one.

You would not believe how many people are fabulous at cooking but who were not born with that talent. Like many things in life they learned the art of cooking from instructors and perfected their craft over time. Over the last two decades cooking classes have become the rage due to popular shows like Rachael Ray, Emerald and yes, Martha Stewart. Everyone wants to the ability of cooking fantastic meals and have come to understand that the only way to achieve this is through professional instruction.

Today as more science comes out backing it up more people are becoming vegans. They understand that while it will be initially difficult to completely cut out all animal products from their diet the result with be a longer, healthier and less sickly lifespan. The only problem is this: there are very few restaurants nationwide the cater to this lifestyle. Its not like you can stop at your nearest corner store and pick up some food that contains no meat, eggs or milk in them. It is imperative that you learn vegan cooking, prepare your meals in advance and always have at least a light snack on you, in case.

What does this mean? Some people will shiver at the thought but its time to go back to school.

Yes, if you have grown up cooking with certain items you are going to need specialized mini vegan cooking schools or classes to show you how to substitute them with vegan-friendly food. It will take experience courses to show you the way.

Can you learn how to cook vegan on your own? Yes. There are endless recipes and techniques on the Internet. But, like most things you will see that not only is there too much information on the net for one to handle but that trying to start something new on your own usually yields less than stellar results.

It has been proven time and time again that when you have specialized training by a human being, in anything, your success rates are much higher than if you tried to go at it alone. The same holds true with going vegan.

In order to be successful you will need at the very minimum 1) training and 2) a support group. You need to learn how to cook vegan meals on your own and you need to surround yourself with other people (at least a couple) who share your same healthy lifestyle. Its time to start looking for schools, classes and online courses to accomplish this.

Becoming a vegan is easy! Remaining one in this meat, milks and eggs obsessed society is whole different thing! To be successful you need to be training and you need to be in constant contact with other like people.

Visit this website to learn more about great vegan cooking schools

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Vegetarian Cooking – Healthy Foods Can Taste Terrific

Whoever said that vegetarian cooking needs to be tasteless and bland? Many years in the past, that might are the case, but right now, when people are additional concerned about their wellness, healthy meals are becoming more delightful. Different elements and cooking strategies are created to improve the all round taste of meals, especially that of healthy meals. You will find also numerous vegetarian recipes that not only appear terrific but taste great too!
How can you enhance the taste of vegetarian meals? It is not as hard as it looks, because in vegetarian cooking, essentially all of the cooking techniques can still be used. The difference may be the elements being used. As an example, vegetarian as well as healthy cooking use more olive oil, as it is a healthy alternative to animal-fat-based oils. Oils like olive oil and canola oil have healthy fats that are needed by the system. Several of these oils are also incredibly aromatic and add for the taste of your food you are cooking.
The usage of pure herbs and spices also can make vegetarian cooking scrumptious. These are significantly better than salt, which is higher in sodium and could be bad for the system. Organic herbs and spices also have different aromas that will significantly improve how your foods tastes.
Who says you can not reside with out meat? Lean meats are an great supply of protein, but you’ll find lots of plant proteins that are out there. Soy protein can be an option to animal proteins. (Health note: There has been some study printed suggesting that soy depresses thyroid function. So both do more research in your personal or, in the quite least, consume soy protein in moderation.) Beans and nuts include healthy fats and proteins, so consuming the right sorts will get your protein repair for the day, therefore allowing you to skip meat.
Vegetarian cooking indicates greens, fruits and every thing plant-based. With vegetarian food, you are only excluding meat out of your cooking, and also you do possess a wide array of components to select from. Spices and herbs that make meat taste scrumptious are also at your disposal, plus they can make vegetables taste good. Fairly a lot all of the things that make typical cooking taste good could be utilized to vegetarian cooking.
And there are many great-tasting recipes for healthy foods. No one dislikes pasta, right? How about all-vegetable pasta? It really is essentially the same taste, only with healthier elements. You are able to use spinach rather than ground beef and whole wheat pasta rather than normal pasta. Plus, the herbs and spices at your disposal are heading to tremendously enhance the look, taste and smell of your entire dish.
Healthy eating does not have to be dull, and healthy meals do not need to be tasteless and bland. You may get pleasure from healthy vegetarian dishes which are as delightful as their typical counterparts, not to mention that these dishes are much far more healthy that their regular counterparts. With lots of people looking right after their well being and watching what they eat, quite a few have done inventive things by way of vegetarian cooking that the entire loved ones will take pleasure in. Yes, even the children will like them, because they taste scrumptious!

Hectr is a food market research analyst dedicated to discovering and sharing information about the best values he finds in food and beverage including vegetarian cooking.