Recipe Review: Cuban black bean soup from Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker

Recipe Name: Cuban Black Bean Soup FreshVeganSlowCooker_Cover
Source of Recipe: Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker
Recipe Creator: Robin Robertson

Ease of Finding Ingredients: 5/5
Cheapness of Ingredients: 4/5
Ease of Following Recipe: 5/5
Opinion of Results: 5/5

Overall Score: 19/20

I got this book for Christmas, and this is the first time I’ve gotten around to using it. My mother and I are on the last day of our cleanse (we’re stopping a day early to fully appreciate the Vegan Bake Sale in Atlanta tomorrow), and we’re both really sick of all those blended soups. We made this one last weekend because it sounded more appetizing than the other soups we’d been eating.

This is one of the best soups I’ve ever had. We ate most of it in one day, and we’re making it again tonight – we enjoyed it that much.

We did make a few changes:
• We hate cilantro and can’t have tomatoes on the cleanse, so we left off those two garnish items.
• We replaced the 4 cups of vegetable broth with 4 cups of water and one vegan bouillon cube.
• We didn’t have any liquid smoke, so we ignored that.
• We didn’t want to wait 6 hours for the crock pot version, so we just put it in a pot on the stove and let it simmer, uncovered, for an hour.

This soup was delicious, even with all of these changes. I can only imagine that it would be even better if you prepared it the way it was supposed to be. If I could have them, I would probably add tortilla chips and/or vegan sour cream, although it really is just fine how it is.

This soup also could not be easier to make. Chop up the vegetables. Rinse the beans. Add them all to the pot and let them cook. The only ingredients that were slightly expensive are the liquid smoke and avocados, neither of which is necessary if you can’t find them for a decent price.

Recipe Review: Baked Seitan from “Vegan on the Cheap”

One of the features of this site is going to be a review of the new recipes that I’m trying on my quest to become a vegan. It’s nice to see a bunch of recipes and try them out yourself, but it’s also nice to be able to see what other people thought of them, and see what problems they had. Plus, sometimes it’s just nice to know that you weren’t the only one who thought a recipe was difficult, or you might want to know how easy it was for someone else to cook something before you try it yourself. So that is what I will be doing with the Recipe Reviews on this site. I will not be sharing the recipes, as those belong to the authors, but I will share the name of the recipe, the source of the recipe, and any substitutions I made. And now, for my first review:

Recipe Name: Baked Seitan on the cheap Source of Recipe: Vegan on the Cheap
Recipe Creator: Robin Robertson

Ease of Finding Ingredients: 3/5
Cheapness of Ingredients: 4/5
Ease of Following Recipe: 5/5
Opinion Results: 5/5

Overall Score: 17/20

I was really pleased with this recipe. I’ve tried tempeh and tofu multiple times, but I’ve never really found a way to enjoy either of those. While it’s of course possible to be a vegan without liking any of these substitutes for meat, it seemed like life would be more enjoyable if I found at least one of the big three that I enjoyed.

And that is why I’m so glad that I found this recipe. I’ve had this book for a while now, but I hadn’t gotten around to trying this recipe yet. It was incredibly easy to make. Just blended up the wet ingredients, mixed up the dry ingredients, and then kneaded the wet and dry ingredients together. Super easy to make, and I ended up with a nice large loaf that was actually quite tasty. The nutritional yeast required a special trip to the farmer’s market, but it ended up working out well, because while I was there I managed to find a giant tub of vital wheat gluten for a fraction of what it cost at the grocery store.

I am very happy with my first seitan loaf. I will definitely be making this again!