Today is Day 6 of Vegan Month of Food and the theme today is to recreate a restaurant meal. I’ve had a meal in mind for at least a year now that I’ve been wanting to try, but just haven’t done it. Well this prompt finally gives me a reason to do it!
I think I finally am past the worst of my sickness, but I was still feeling run down today. I made it to the store to purchase the items I need to make the dish, but I didn’t have the energy to make it today. I will be posting an extra post tomorrow though with how it turns out. And no, I won’t say what it is until I actually make it! I can give you a hint:
Recreating restaurant meals is something I’ve been doing for a few years now. I love to eat out, but often the food is not vegan, or it’s very high in fat. I know because I always end up with a stomachache when I’m done eating- or worse! So recreating meals to be healthier has been something that I’ve loved doing.
I thought that I would share some of these creations again with you since I won’t be doing much cooking today.
This one has got to be, hands down, the most popular post on my blog. This is a veganized version of Cheesecake Factories Ligurian Pesto Pasta made to be low fat. It was absolutely delicious! The trick was to make the sauce with beans. I changed up a recipe from Oh She Glows for the sauce- she has amazing sauce recipes. See how I did it here.
The next one comes from a vegan friendly restaurant in town where I work called Bomber’s Burrito Bar:
These are the BBQ Tofu Tacos I recreated. I love this restaurant because of how vegan friendly they are, but I can’t eat there all the time because of the high fat in the food. I’m almost certain the tofu is fried. So to make it healthier I baked my tofu using a flavorful and no high fructose corn syrup BBQ sauce. See how I made these here
The next one is not exactly from a particular restaurant, but is a meal you can order in many restaurants in Binghamton, New York.
It’s the Vegan Spiede! This is a popular sandwich in Binghamton made out of chicken marinated in spiede sauce. If you’ve never heard of it, spiede sauce is kind of like Italian dressing. It’s a simple sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and maybe mayonaise. I leave off the mayo, and made it with tempeh instead of chicken! See how I did it here.
While I don’t have a post specifically for this one, I didn’t want to not mention it. This is vegan Massaman curry! I first had massaman curry at a restaurant called Sushi Thai in Saratoga. You can get it without meat, but I don’t think it was vegan. We never wrote down exactly what we did for this recipe, and it comes out a little different every time we make it, but it’s still a favorite to this day. I think this is one of the first things I veganized with my friend Andrea when I changed my diet. It holds a dear place in my heart 🙂
Stay turned for my real restaurant meal recreation to be posted tomorrow!