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Is Lo Mein Vegan?

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While there are vegan versions of lo mein that you can make, typical lo mein is not vegan. The noodles in traditional lo mein are egg noodles, which of course have eggs in them. So it’s already not vegan, before you consider any other ingredient. Usually lo mein also contains vegetables and some sort of meat. Obviously the ones with meat are not vegan. There’s plenty of Asian food...

Can You Freeze Cooked Lentils?

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You absolutely can freeze cooked lentils! Cooking a huge batch and freezing unneeded ones is the most efficient way to meal prep. It saves you even more time if you like sprouting your lentils, which takes even longer before cooking. They also last longer. Cooked lentils last around 5-7 days in the fridge before going bad, but can last up to 6 months in the freezer. Here are some important things...

The Science Behind Why Frozen Tofu Tastes Different

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I’ve tried my fair share of tofu variations since going vegan, and frozen tofu is one of the best. Somehow, freezing tofu makes it spongier and firmer when you actually cook it. Two researchers actually conducted a study to find out what happens when you freeze tofu. Here are the highlights: Tofu made from frozen soybeans showed higher hardness, gumminess and chewiness than the control. Freezing...

Why Do Chickpeas Foam and Should You Remove It?

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When you boil chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), particularly soaked chickpeas, you’ll notice that a sizeable layer of foam forms along the top of the water. You can even find some of this foam in many canned chickpeas. So what is it? Can you eat it? Is it nutritious? And other questions probably came to mind. I’ll answer them as simply as possible here. Why Do Chickpeas Foam, and What is it? The...

Garam Masala vs Curry Powder: How Are They Different?

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Garam masala and curry powder are both blends of spices, but are very different ingredients. The easiest way to see how they’re different is with a table: Curry powder Garam Masala Added to the food… Usually while cooking Right at the end after a dish is cooked Most common ingredients… Cardamom Chile Cinnamon Clove Coriander Cumin Fenugreek Saffron Tamarind Turmeric (and sometimes...

The Complete Guide to Vegan Seafood Substitutes

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There’s a wide variety of vegan seafood substitutes that come pretty close to the real thing. I’ve compiled a mixture of homemade recipes and store-bought substitutes that are easily found. Vegan Clam Substitutes When it comes to clams and oysters, king oyster mushrooms are the best substitute (as the name implies). You can’t really substitute anything for plain clams, but you can replicate the...

4 Reasons Why You Should Soak Your Beans

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Beans are a great source of nutrition. They are one of the top vegan sources of iron, and have a lot of protein and a great amino acid profile, but they contain a lot of antinutrients, along with other undesirables. One way to reduce these negative aspects of beans is to soak them before cooking them. People have soaked beans and nuts throughout history, but it wasn’t until recently that the...

How to Use Coconut Oil as a Vegan Butter Substitute

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Butter is one of the easiest things to substitute for when cooking a vegan dish. In my experience, coconut is one of the best vegan butter substitutes. Here’s what you’ll need to know: You should add the same amount of coconut oil as the butter in the recipe (a 1:1 substitution). Unrefined coconut oil has a stronger coconut taste, and is also thicker. You should use refined or...