08 June 2011

Delicious vegan food…in the microwave? New website requests vegan recipes

I don’t know about you, but whenever I think of delicious vegan cooking, I immediately think of piles of chopped fresh veggies on heavy wooden cutting boards, dried beans and hearty grains poured from glass mason jars and cooked on the warm stove in a cast iron skillet, fresh herbs in pots on the window sill – all earthy, wholesome, natural images.

I do not think about microwave ovens.

But Pamela Maunsell is trying to change that.

Maunsell is the owner and editor of Microwave Heaven, a new website based out of London, England, dedicated to promoting the use of microwave ovens. In addition to buying guides, tips on how to care for and repair your microwave and even ideas about very unusual ways to use your microwave oven (e.g., drying flowers or fusing glass beads), the site offers a selection of recipes for foods that can be cooked entirely in a microwave.

But Maunsell wants to branch out from the predictable popcorn, rice and hot cocoa recipes and she’s looking to add some tasty vegan recipes to her offerings.

Why vegan in the microwave? Well, according the site, “As this isn’t a recipe site there will only be a few recipes so they should be made with easily available ingredients that the majority of people can eat. Therefore all recipes are vegetarian and dairy free.”

So, put your thinking caps on folks. Do you have a favorite vegan dish that can be made entirely in a microwave? I can only think on nachos, but I know there are far better vegan cooks around here than little old me.

So, chefs, start your microwaves!

You can submit your ideas to www.microwaveheaven.com/share-a-recipe.html

Sara Best | @shbest
Sara was literally born into the animal welfare movement. While growing up, her father worked with various organizations on campaigns from the Canadian seal hunt to the slaughter of dogs in the Philippines to the ivory trade in Africa. Eventually, Sara became involved in animal protection projects herself. Now she is a writer living near Toronto, a mom to two little omnivores and married to one dedicated carnivore. Visit Sara's blog.

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