Try Your Hand at Vegan Cooking in 2014

By Nicole Hopping January 9, 2014 No Comments

Appliqued grocery bag for vegan yummies!If eating healthy, cooking more often, or losing weight made their way into your New Year resolutions, Fooducopia’s newest vendor Tiengarden Vegan Kitchen may have just what you need to stay on track. A vegan kitchen with a Traditional Chinese Medicine flare, this New York based company has been selling vegan products since 1995.

The vegan diet, which takes vegetarianism one step further by cooking without meat or animal products, is certainly one way to increase fruit and vegetable intake while decreasing fat and cholesterol. What’s more, Tiengarden uses the principals of Traditional Chinese Medicine to balance their products, giving customers a little extra bang for their buck.

chayoteTiengarden has an array of pickled vegetables that undoubtedly sound a bit exotic. Chayote in Vinegar, for example, couples the probiotic prowess of fermented food with the nutrient dense gourd chayote. Sometimes called chow chow, chayote is a pear-shaped fruit that can be eaten cooked or raw. It’s also known for its mild anti-inflammatory properties and abundance of fiber, vitamins C and K, and Folate.daikon

The probiotic party doesn’t stop there though. Order a jar of Daikon in Vinegar to keep the vegan meals coming. Daikon, or white radish, is a root vegetable used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an indigestion aid. It’s also a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, and iron.

These pickled treats can be eaten straight from the jar or thrown into more elaborate dishes to add depth and flavor.

To help you stay true to your New Year resolutions, we’ve scoured the web to find a few vegan recipes using chayote and daikon. Try cooking one vegan meal a week and let us know how it turns out!

 

Caribbean Roasted Roots

Vegan Caribbean Stew

Daikon, Carrot & Broccoli Slaw

 

Photo Credit: Flickr (cc) The Sean & Lauren Spectacular

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