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I’d like to introduce two vegan-friendly food brands that I’ve recently discovered. I’m heartened to find that more companies with such philosophies are springing up and making it easier for people to adopt this lifestyle. Preparing vegan foods doesn’t have to involve extensive prep work.

BAO Fermented Food & Drink

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BAO uses the process of fermentation to create all-natural products that are free of preservatives and boost digestion (http://www.baofoodanddrink.com/). The only one I’ve tried so far is the Tangy Raw Slaw, a tasty, mildly sweet combination of cabbage, daikon radish, carrots, green onions, apples, pears, garlic, ginger and sea salt (all organic). If you like kimchi or sauerkraut, the raw slaws will really hit that spot. It was really yummy and addictive simply paired with steamed greens. I’m sure it’d taste great in a salad, wrap, sandwich, as a hot dog or burger relish or over rice or quinoa. 

I’m excited to try their kombuchas (sweetened fermented teas, often with fruit added) and their condiments and hot sauces. I love adding a kick of hot sauce to anything.

Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods


curry-sauces prod-rs-vIndian food is one of my favorite cuisines because of its strong, aromatic blend of spices. While for religious reasons there’s a plethora of vegetarian Indian food options, vegan ones are harder to find. Curries or chutneys often contain ghee (clarified butter), paneer (cheese) or yoghurt. Maya Kaimal (http://www.mayakaimal.com) offers a number of vegan pre made curries and sauces that take the hassle out of cooking. Specifically, the Coconut Curry, Vindaloo and Tamarind Curry are vegan. For the sauces, the vegan options are the Madras Curry, Kashmiri Curry and Spicy Ketchup. Everything else is vegetarian.

I simmered the Vindaloo sauce with diced vegetables (carrots, celery, spinach and tomatoes) for a quick, easy, delicious curry. Other possible ingredients are any type of beans eg. chickpeas, mushrooms, eggplant, tofu, squash, potatoes, string beans, peas etc. I served it with Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Brown Rice Tortillas, which remind me of prata or naan bread. Perfect for mopping up the delicious sauce. Needless to say, the curry would also taste great over freshly-steamed, fluffy rice.

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