I have been vegetarian for over 16 years (whaaaat?!) and rarely do I wish I ate meat. At Thanksgiving, I've always been content to stuff myself with sides - cranberry sauce, noodles, green bean casserole, mmmmmmmm drooling now. When I see someone with a juicy cheeseburger, there isn't even a single part of me that wants a bite.
There are just two meaty foods that I crave from time to time. I miss Arby's beef and cheddar sandwiches and tuna salad the way my grandma makes it. I miss both of those things so much. Granted, I love most unhealthy things that have that much fake cheese dumped on them (see also: mac n' cheese at my daycare and nachos at basketball games). And I also love everything my grandma makes.
I tend to fulfill my occasional beef and cheddar cravings with unhealthy amounts of melted cheese on and in things. But tuna salad? There's just no substitute...
I found an awesome vegan tuna salad online here
, but I modified the recipe this time and loved it even more! Here's the original:
1 c. cooked chickpeas or canned (drained and rinsed)
1 large celery stalk, diced
1 stalk green onions, white parts included, diced
1 heaping T. reduced fat Veganaise
1/2 T. quality Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. dried kelp
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash of freshly ground black pepper
Here are my modifications:
-I didn't have green onions, so I subbed a small white onion and it was great.
-I added much more of all the dressing ingredients- much more fake mayo (maybe 3/4 c.?) and at least a full tablespoon of the Dijon.
-I made my own vegan mayonnaise and it is healthier for you! (recipe below)
-I didn't have dried kelp so I just crumbled a sushi nori sheet in my spice grinder and added that instead.
-I added diced Sweet Baby Gherkin pickles just like my grandma does.
You just mash all these things together, or lightly blend the chick peas in a food processor first and then mix in all the other ingredients. It turned out amazing.
|Moosewood Cookbook from Powells Books on our honeymoon (source of our vegan mayonnaise recipe), veggie tuna salad, teh internetz, and a cat named Whiskey.
I also don't feel guilty adding that much fake mayonnaise because I make it at home which is so much cheaper and better for you, since it's tofu-based, rather than oil-based.
Vegan mayonnaise! - Combine a brick of silken tofu with 2 cloves of garlic, a dash of salt, and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a blender and blend until it looks like mayonnaise. Keeps for a few weeks, and tastes exactly like mayonnaise. It's crazy.