Half lifestyle guide and half cookbook, Going Vegan by Joni Marie Newman and Gerrie Lynn Adams is a great resource for the veg-curious, those who are new to veganism or vegans who are fans of easy, no-fuss vegan cooking. What makes GV different from other vegan primers is that it’s written from two viewpoints: one from Joni—an ethical vegan motivated by compassion for all animals and Gerri—a health-driven vegan motivated by the benefits of a plant-based diet.
One of the most common assumptions about a vegan/plant-based diet is that the food simply won’t taste good. One look at Celine Steen’s gorgeous photography throughout the cookbook portion of the book will show that assumption is false, while Joni and Gerrie gently but expertly debunk the myth that vegan food is expensive and complicated to find and make. Wondering how to stock a vegan kitchen? Going Vegan will show you how. Confused about soy and how much protein you actually need? Going Vegan breaks it all down. One you have digested that information, it’s on to the food, which is all approachable, simple, healthy and easy to make.
I first tried GV’s Tahini Noodle Bowl because I was intrigued by the sauce that paired balsamic vinegar and tahini—two things I’ve never thought of using together. This combination created an incredibly luscious and delicious sauce to drench over noodles that was good both hot and cold as leftovers the next day. This is a great “go to” dish we’ll be making for quick weeknight dinners and lunches for its simplicity, versatility and ease.
If you want to try this recipe out too, your’e in luck: the kind folks over at Fair Winds Press have allowed me to share it here, and are offering to giveaway one free copy of the book through this post!
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Tahini Noodle Bowl
- Yield: 4 servings
From Going Vegan: The Complete Guide to Making a Healthy Transition to a Plant-Based Lifestyle. Published by and posted here with permission from Fair Winds Press.
Seems like bowls are all the rage in the vegan community right now. You can make noodle bowls so many ways and serve them hot or cold. We thought this would be a fun one to share, because it shows how easy a restaurant-style dish can be made at home, plus it gives you an idea on how to create your own bowl dishes anytime.
- 1 cup (235 ml) tahini
- ¼ cup (60 ml) soy sauce or tamari
- ¼ cup (60 ml) balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup (60 ml) water
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) sesame oil, optional
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) molasses
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) sriracha
- 1 tablespoon (8 g) garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 pound (454 g) spaghetti or any preferred pasta
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) mildflavored vegetable oil, optional
- 1 block (10 to 12 ounces, or 280 to 340 g) extra- or super-firm tofu, drained and pressed, cut into tiny cubes
- 1 cup (108 g) shredded carrots
- 2 cups (270 g) chopped broccoli florets
- 1 cup (134 g) green peas
- 1 cup (170 g) shelled edamame
- ½ cup cashews (raw or roasted)
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
- Salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 cups (120 g) arugula or spinach
- 1 tablespoon (8 g) black or white sesame seeds
- Prepare the pasta, according to the package directions.
- To make the sauce: Meanwhile, in a small bowl, place the sauce ingredients. Whisk the ingredients until smooth. Transfer to squeeze bottle, and set aside until ready to use.
- To make the bowl: Add oil to a wok or frying pan and heat over medium high. Add tofu, carrots, broccoli, peas, edamame, cashews, and red chili flakes. Toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Saute 6 to 8 minutes, or until veggies are bright and vibrant and tofu is slightly browned.
- To assemble the bowls, start with four pasta-sized bowl. Add 1/4 of the arugula to the bottom of the bowl. Top with 1/4 of the spaghetti. Next add 1/4 of the stir-fried mixture. Top with desired amount of sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds to finish.
- These bowls can be served hot or cold, which makes them ideal make-ahead meals and easy to pack for lunches throughout the week. Simply leave off the sauce until ready to enjoy!
- The oil is completely optional. You can replace it in the sauce with 2 extra tablespoons (30 ml) of tahini, and for the stir-fry, you can simply use vegetable broth or water in lieu of oil. If you’re avoiding wheat pasta, feel free to replace the spaghetti with any variety of grains,
such as quinoa, brown rice, or bulgur.
I definitely went vegan for ethical reasons, but it's worked out beautifully since it's made definite improvements to my health!
My go-to recipe is actually a noodle and veggie bowl but with a peanut butter-based sauce, so this recipe sounds like an awesome way to mix things up!
Tracy Ewing says
just posted my go to dish, which is chili. Forgot to mention my email. email@example.com
My go to dish is a hearty lentil stew. Lentils soup plus potatoes and kale. It never fails. firstname.lastname@example.org
My favorite go-to vegan dish is bibimbap, love the versatility of the dish. This cookbooks looks great! email@example.com
I decided to begin eating mostly vegan for ethical reasons. One of my family's favorite meals is homemade tortillas with lots of fixings – black beans, salsa, caramelized onions, guacamole, cilantro, lime, roasted peppers, etc.
Sue S. says
We went vegan for ethical and environmental concerns. In winter, my favorite go to dishes are hearty bean studded soups served with a complementary bread.
My go to dish is your panisse 🙂 firstname.lastname@example.org
I went vegan, over 30 years ago, for the animals.
I went vegan 22 years ago for ethical reasons. Environmental and health reasons are also great reasons to be vegan.
Aimee B. says
My go to dish is soyrizo and pinto bean soup. It goes together in a flash and tastes awesome. email@example.com
As a 20 year vegetarian I finally went vegan when confronted with the facts about the dairy industry. My favorite go to meal is pasta with marinara and Gardein meatballs. firstname.lastname@example.org (Kim)
My "go to" vegan dish is definitely guacamole. Anything with guacamole. Usually it's a brown rice veggie bowl and I sneak in a few corn chips at the end to finish up the guac. I can't get enough avocado! veganverite.blogspot.com email@example.com
Ashley Hollingshead says
i became vegan for both the animals and my health almost nine years ago. tempeh bacon sandwiches are a forever favorite (with lots of pickles and mayo). firstname.lastname@example.org
This recipe looks so yummy! My favorite easy dish is chickpea farinata…we use it for a "pizza" crust, deep dish for a fritatta…kids love it, too. email@example.com
My recent vegan go to dish is Accordion Zucchini. It is so simple yet so yummy! firstname.lastname@example.org
I originally became vegetarian because my husband and I got food poisoning from the same fish tacos. It took a while to go from there to the next step-veganism. But there were multiple reasons–there is a local vegan meetup group that helped with support, ideas and potlucks. The 2nd-my husband joined a sustainability group and it seems sort of hypocritical to eat unsustainably. And probably the best reason–we have a local CSA to die for so life is good. I name my dogs after cheeses though so my email address is email@example.com
I went vegan because of the mistreatment of animals …and it helps that it's much healthier and way more fun/creative to cook!
My favorite go-to dish is Isa's chipolte mac and "cheese" and any roasted vegetable I have available.
I'm currently vegetarian, but am considering adopting a fully vegan diet due to concerns about animal treatment, health, and sustainability. I love that this book has multiple vegan perspectives, and from the looks of this recipe, should be full of delicious food! firstname.lastname@example.org
My reason for going vegan is because of the mistreatment and abuse of animals. And I'm staying vegan because who needs meat, dairy and eggs with so many delicious recipes?
D Russell says
I became vegan because I was very overweight and all of my vegan friends were so healthy and fit. I stayed vegan because not only did i feel better physically, I felt I was making better ethical decisions. It has since been 5 years and veganism has impacted every facet of my life in a positive way.
Sarah Elizabeth says
Because for me, living deliberately and authentically means not harming animals, and certainly not eating them. As soon as I started a more compassionate lifestyle, it was as if a great weight had been lifted that I never even knew was there.