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Oil-Free Vegan Thai Peanut Sauce

As you probably already figured out, I love Thai food. The variations in flavors — from sweet to savory to spicy, and sometimes all three together — and fresh, colorful veggies keep me coming back for more. You can take almost any Thai dish and convert it to a vegan or WFPB recipe. One of my favorites to order in a Thai restaurant is vegetables with peanut sauce. Add some red pepper flakes to this sweet-savory dish and I’m all over it!

So of course I decided to make an oil-free vegan version of this awesomesauce and send it your way! This one is always a hit at home, especially with the kids, who probably think I’m just melting peanut butter on their veggies… but hey, they’re eating their veggies! This oil-free vegan Thai peanut sauce has so many different uses. Let me know in the comments how you used it!

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General Kev’s Sesame Cauliflower

Quick story here. I recently moved from an electric wok to a the stovetop variety for its ease of use and easier cleaning, as well as the ability to control the temperature better. I bought a copper-coated one and I love it! I can’t believe how nonstick it is. I know I’m so late to the game on this, but I have a pretty expensive All-Clad set that I normally use, so incorporating a $20 pan into my collection just seemed wrong. But I’m so glad I did, especially for a sticky dish like this. The cleanup was such a breeze. I’d recommend you use something similar for this!

I know, I know. You’re here for the recipe. Ok, here it is.

Two of the most popular dishes in Chinese takeout are General Tso’s Chicken and Sesame Chicken. They’re very close to the same thing, with the General’s version usually being a bit spicier and the Sesame variety being sweeter — at least that’s my experience.

So I thought I’d make a plant-based version, marrying the two dishes and leaving the spice level optional, allowing it to be chosen by each person at the table. Here’s how I did it.

Note: This dish is not for the carb or sugar conscious! Proceed with caution!

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Better-For-You Vegan Bibimbap

The first time I ever had Korean food I was on my way to the Phillippines on a business trip. I was on a flight from San Francisco to South Korea, and the flight attendant handed me a dinner menu. One side of the menu was American food and the other side was Korean (in English, thankfully). I saw something called Bibimbap on the menu and it sounded intriguing, so I thought, “why not?”

What was put in front of me was the best food I ever ate on an airplane. I’m sure as far as bibimbap goes, it sucked (I mean, it was on an airplane after all). But after that, I was obsessed. The sweet and savory flavors together with the spice of the gochujang paste mixed in… I was hooked.

But then we went plant-based and bibimbap was out of my life. Until now. While this doesn’t use a traditional bibimbap marinade (that would contain sesame oil), a good oil-free teriyaki glaze will do the trick.

Change out the veggies for anything you prefer. This is a versatile dish.

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Savory Oil-Free Vegan Fried Rice

One of the simplest, yet most delicious, versatile, and crowd-pleasing dishes is fried rice. If done well, it’s the star of the show at any hibachi restaurant. But it usually has a fatal flaw — it’s oily, and we’re trying to avoid oils as much as possible, right?

Enter Savory Oil-Free Vegan Fried Rice. It’s a bit different than your traditional fried rice, but its pretty damn good! With this dish, we’re straying away from the oily, salty flavors and moving toward a sweet/savory/nutty theme. This one is a hit with the whole family.

Note: I recommend following the recipe the first time, then tinkering until you get this the way you like it: less sweet, more salt, less nutty, etc. This one is pretty easy to adjust to your own preferences.

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Oil-Free Vegan Kung Pao ‘Chicken’ with Rice

When I was a kid, I loved to get Kung Pao Chicken from our local Chinese restaurant. The sweet and spicy sauce paired with the crunch of the peanuts and celery was perfection to me. So naturally, I wanted to come up with a healthier, plant-based version to make at home for the fam. Here’s my first attempt at it with some minor post-dinner tweaks.

When I made it, I had to leave out the optional spicy ingredients because I was making this for the whole family, including two kids, 7 and 3. I think it came out well, and my wife especially enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy it too, and let me know in the comments if you made any improvements and I’ll try out your version next time!

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Avocado Pad Thai

“Kev cook Thai… Kev cook Thai very well…”

If you live in my house, you have to listen to me say that every time I make this. It’s required or you’re not allowed to indulge in this tasty dish. I’m a fan of “dad jokes” and that Meet the Parents reference invokes the intended eye-rolls from my wife and kids.

Since this plant-based version of Pad Thai is my wife’s favorite, she’ll put up with my bad jokes in order to get me to make this as often as possible. And the kids love it too! (The food, not the jokes.)

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*REVAMPED!* Veggie Sushi Bowls

Easy, healthy and delicious — the trifecta. Sushi bowls are a common occurrence in the Davis house. Even Ryan’s carnivorous friends in the neighborhood love these! For the kids, the raspberries make this dish fun. They bring in the sweetness to balance the savory and jack up the kid-friendliness of this dish. We’ve even done these with strawberries in a pinch when raspberries weren’t available.

For me, it’s the sushi sauce and oil-free sriracha mayo. That combo makes these sushi bowls taste like the expensive gourmet rolls I loved getting at Japanese restaurants. There are so many possibilities here. Let me know in the comments what you came up with!

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