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Food Bytes

Here's a blog all of those of you who want to turn vegan, but are worried about spending the rest of your lives gnawing on carrots. Holy Cow!

Vegan recipes prove that great food can be cruelty-free. Written by an enthusiastic vegan, the blog covers everything from Moroccan to Mexican food, suggesting sensible substitutions instead of eliminating popular recipies.

“I've become more experimental in the kitchen, and I discover and eat new foods every day. While I still primarily cook Indian food — and believe me it is not at all difficult to cook great Indian vegan food — I also love trying out recipes from other parts of the world and, of course, veganizing them!... I find that without exception, the vegan meals I make are far healthier than the meats I used to cook before. What's more, after the first few weeks had passed, I have never ever craved meat or even dairy products like cheese that I thought would be hard to live without. I now crave fresh, vibrant vegetables, a steaming bowl of miso soup, vegan cookies flecked with vegan chocolate chips, hot vegetable biryani garnished with crunchy onion, crispy dosas, or crunchy tempeh “crabcakes”...the list goes on.”

Missing mutton curry? Try her version.

“I grew up in a meat-eating household and one of our family's long-standing traditions was a mutton curry that my dad prepared each Sunday... I can close my eyes and still see my dad standing over a two-burner stove in our Bombay kitchen, carefully roasting the spices and then grinding them to perfection in a little blender. He loved making that curry, just as much as we loved eating it... After turning vegetarian, I sometimes would crave the spices in my dad's mutton curry... Enter the mushroom. This wonderful veggie is like a blank palate and a better-than-meat substitute because it absorbs the flavors of the myriad spices beautifully while retaining its robust texture.”

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