Vegan Deli

Vegan Deli  by Jo Stepaniak

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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

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"I just found your book Vegan Vittles and already I am in love with the recipes. My meat-eating omnivorous family actually eats AND LIKES the recipes in this book.

I appreciate that the recipes easy to follow, and the variety is wonderful. Thank you so much for this book. "

Bryan H., a two-year vegan


"I just purchased Vegan Vittles and I LOVE it.... Your writings inspire me and your recipes make my taste buds dance! I'm so grateful that there are people like you on this planet -- you give me hope and put joy in my life. "

Lynn W., Ontario, Canada


"Great book!! We recently found out that our four-year-old has allergies to milk,eggs,chocolate, and lots of other things. Vegan Vittles was a godsend. It explained -- in language I could understand -- all of my questions, and thanks to your recipes she can have all the tasty things she loves. Many thanks."


"I have had this wonderful book only for two days and have not been able to put it down. The recipes are GREAT. I also liked the stories about the farm sanctuary and the animals there. This book makes me very happy to be vegan!"


"I just wanted to drop a quick note to tell you that Vegan Vittles is by far the best cookbook I have ever seen, and it is the pride and joy of my cookbook collection! I was afraid that when my wife and I decided to go vegan, we would never be able to eat our favorite foods again, but I was wrong. In fact, along with The Uncheese Cookbook, it is one of the few cookbooks I actually use almost every single day. I've been recommending them both to anyone who was willing to listen.

My wife loves the food I make out of Vegan Vittles so much that she thinks I'm a gourmet chef (proving that men can cook as well as women!). But the real genius behind my cooking is Jo and her amazing recipes. I've had amazing success with the eggless omelets (including the Melty White Cheeze), Classic Quiche, Applejacks (the best pancakes I have ever eaten in my life, hands down! and low-fat, too!), and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. I know I should leave well enough alone, but I have found from personal experience that in the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, I can reduce the sugar by 25% and replace all the oil with applesauce, and the cookies still turn out delicious. It's so good that I recommend the recipe to my friends who are trying to watch what they eat but still have a sweet tooth. My only question: when is "Vegan Vittles 2" coming out?"


"This book is a MUST have for EVERYONE!!! It has become my main source of recipes. The book is enjoyable to read and the recipes are clear and easy to follow. Vegans/vegetarians and meat eaters alike will love ALL the recipes from this book. Delicious is the only way to describe them! I use Vegan Vittles religiously, not only when I'm preparing for my family but also for guests as well! I hope there's a sequel in the works!"


"I really love your Vegan Vittles book--the recipes are great, and reading about the Farm Sanctuary animals really helped push me to adopt a vegan lifestyle."


"I really enjoy your Vegan Vittles cookbook, especially the re-writing of the old animal-abusing phrases. Your spicy peanut sauce recipe is a regular on my wife's and my menu. I compliment you on your thorough scientific approach to being vegan. Science, morality, and good fun eatin' need not be mutually exclusive, as your cookbook proves."


"Wow, I just have to rave a little. I just had an old favorite I thought I'd never get to eat again--an open-faced bagel sandwich with olives and toasted "cheese." Commercial vegan soy cheeses I've tried were never any good with this. But a co-worker just tried the uncheese recipe and said it was good, so last night I tried making the Classic White Uncheese from "Vegan Vittles." I'm not much into cooking--anything with more than three ingredients I consider special occasion cooking--and this was the first time I ever bought or used miso, tahini, and agar flakes. Also the first time I used the food processor attachment to my blender that I've had several years. But the Uncheese wasn't hard to make at all, and it is fantastic vegan cheese! You can eat it straight, no yucky aftertaste, or melt it like I just did. Many, many thanks for this recipe, Jo!"


"Vegan Vittles is my family's favorite cookbook!"


question.gif - 1.4 KI am a big fan of yours and I just love your cookbooks! I use them almost daily to help me feed my busy, growing family. One of our favorites is the grilled cheeze recipe from Vegan Vittles; however, the quantity (2 sandwiches) does not make quite enough for us. Actually, as a time saver, I'd love to make a HUGE amount so that we could eat it for lunch for several days. I have as much as "octupled" the recipe in the past, but with mixed results. Can you give me any suggestions on how to revise this particular recipe so that I can make A LOT at one time? Then this lunch staple can truly become as convenient as its processed dairy counterpart!

answer.gif - 1.3 K You're not alone! Several other families have told me how much their children enjoy the grilled cheeze sandwiches from Vegan Vittles (and Table For Two), and they also have been making the recipe in quantity. There shouldn't be a problem making a large batch of the cheeze filling. The only aspects which might pose a challenge would increasing the ingredients accurately and stirring the mixture vigorously and constantly with a large wire whisk as it cooks (the larger the batch, the larger the wire whisk that is needed).

Here are quadrupled and octupled versions for your convenience. Hope this helps!

Melty American Cheeze

serves 8

1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons tahini
2 1/2 Tablespoons tomato paste or ketchup
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons onion granules
1/2 teaspoon EACH garlic granules, turmeric, dry mustard and salt


Melty American Cheeze

serves 16

2 2/3 cups water
2/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
5 Tablespoons tomato paste or ketchup
2 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon onion granules
1 teaspoon EACH garlic granules, turmeric, dry mustard and salt




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