Making your own recipes is a fun affordable way to use up leftover veggies, or what’s on sale at the farmers’ market. Base meals around cheap staples like pasta or rice (take your own container to the zero waste shop, but eat rice up quickly, as it’s a food poison hazard, if left too long). Eating plant-based recipes is good for animal welfare, the planet and your health. It’s also a good way to replace tasteless and expensive plastic-wrapped ready-meals from the supermarket.
Many foods are toxic to animal friends, so keep these recipes away from nosey paws. If making your own bread or pasta, keep fresh dough away from pets (it can expand in the stomach) and never use xylitol (a sweetener that can be lethal, if licked)
The USA’s Deep South is real comfort food Heaven, with rib-stickin’ traditional foods that most people enjoy the taste of. Think fried chicken and mashed potatoes, biscuits with gravy, finished off with peach cobbler or Mississippi Mud Pie. All washed down with some sweet tea, y’all!
However, the truth is not so good. Many foods from the Deep South are made with animal products, and all that fat and cholesterol is not good for health. But there are solutions to all, with these plant-based recipes that are not just kind and cholesterol-free, but free from plastic packaging of all the takeaway joints. If used, choose a vegan butter with no palm oil, to protect orangutans and other endangered creatures.
Southern Vegan is a super book of down-home comfort recipes from the Deep South of the USA. Not only is Deep South food often full of fried animal foods, but it’s also one of the worst offenders for plastic packaging. So this book shows how to make your own versions from home. These recipes (by a native Southerner) show how to make rich and buttery plant-based versions of your favourite foods, so not to miss out on tastes you love. All served up with sweet tea, y’all! The recipes include:
- Candied Jalapeno Hush Puppies
- A Proper Southern Brunch
- Giant Gooey Toffee Cinnamon Roll
- Black Pepper-Chive Biscuits & ‘Sausage’ Gravy
- Cheesy Biscuit Vegetable Pot Pie
- Pecan-Crusted Tofu with Sweet Potato Mash
- Collard Green Carbonara
- Pimento Cheese Spread
- Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
- Berry-Peach Cornmeal Cobbler
- Red Velvet Funnel Cake
- Mississippi Mud Cheesecake
Laura Hartmann is a classically-trained pastry chef. Author of a popular food blog, she lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
Mississippi Vegan is a wonderful by chef, writer and photography Timothy Pakron. Inspired by the landscape and flavours of his childhood on the Gulf Coast, he found his calling in cooking the Cajun and Creole classics. The book shares 125 plant-based recipes including this beautiful Hummingbird Cake. This guy can cook!
Easy Southern Vegan Cookbook gives all the beloved belly-warming flavours of the South, with 75 recipes that often can be made ahead of time. The recipes include:
- Vegan Chicken Gumbo
- Four-Bean Chili
- Creamy Cajun Pasta
- Jackfruit Barbacoa Tacos
- Beer-Battered Okra
- Peach Cobbler
- Bourbon Pecan Pie
Vegan Soul-Food Cookbook offers 101 modern twists on traditional favourites, using wholesome ingredients that are affordable and easy to find. Recipes include:
- Biscuits & Gravy
- Cajun Fried ‘Chicken’
- Peaches & Cream French Toast
Southern Food in an Instant Pot
Instant Pot Vegan Soul Food Cookbook offers simple dishes with budget-friendly ingredients. Make staples like Maple Butter, Coconut Bacon, Buttermilk Biscuits and Chick’n Cutlets. The find recipes for:
- Porkless Rinds
- Cheeze Grits
- Cajun Chick’n Salad
- Shrimp-Less Gumbo Stew
- Classic Cornbread with Berry Compote
The Zero Waste Deep South Grocery
Simple Potato Salad with Dill (Crowded Kitchen)
- Vegetables do form a big part of Deep South cuisine, so visit farm shops for all your potatoes, okra and anything else you like!
- Spices are easily bought in zero waste shops, as is rice (ideal for jambalaya), just it up quickly to avoid food poisoning, once cooked.
- Most fake meats like ‘chicken’ are not in plastic-free packaging, but you should be able to recycle most food packaging these days in supermarket bag bins.
- As mentioned above, look for vegan butters free from palm oil. There is no such thing as sustainable palm oil. You can find good alternative brands like Naturli in supermarkets.