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30 Reddit comments about Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week:

u/pinecamp- · 99 pointsr/Documentaries

Hey! I just wanted to say, if you do decide to eat veg, it's completely okay if it doesn't happen all at once. I know I had this idea of "going vegetarian" that meant I would just pick a day, and suddenly stop eating meat.

But if you've eaten meat products your entire life, that's really hard, and you'll probably be healthier and happier if you gradually find plant-based foods you like and incorporate them into your diet over time. I did the "all at once" approach, and spent way too much time eating junk/heavily processed food and pizza because that was the only meatless stuff I was familiar with.

Changing habits and lifestyle takes a while, but small, consistent changes will get you there. You don't have to be perfect. Here's my favorite cookbook! :)

u/ezzyharry29 · 22 pointsr/Parenting

For starters: If husband's goal is getting the kids to become vegan, then forcing them to becoming vegan is the absolute wrong way to do it. I didn't like being forced to eat meat as a kid, so I can't imagine your kids are too pleased with this forced diet either. It's one thing to raise your children to eat what you eat--but if you radically change that mid-stream, that's pretty unfair to them. Also, vegan diets can be perfectly healthy for kids, but only if kids will actually eat the right variety of food. Kids who aren't, probably won't be getting the nutrition they need. Again, I'm a reverse case of this--had an iron deficiency as a kid, but I don't as an adult, and I think it's mostly because I eat a better diet as a vegetarian than as a kid who avoided meat in a meat-centric diet. Your kids may run into issues if they're avoiding key parts of a good vegan diet.

Anyway, on to the actual food advice:

Here's the book I recommended as the vegan starter cookbook: is the first vegan cookbook that my husband started out with. I'd absolutely recommend it as a place to start! Aside from the three main proteins that most Americans aren't too familiar eating (tofu, tempeh, and seitan) there aren't many unfamiliar ingredients. And there are TONS of recipes in the book without any of those three--it's got 1000, after all. There are tons of rice and noodle based recipes that non-vegan wouldn't bat an eye at.

This blog ( has some pretty great stuff, and she also has a cookbook out that we use pretty often. Our favorite cookbook at the moment is Both of these will get you into some more off-beat ingredients, though nothing too crazy. (The latter, for example, uses cashew creme--basically, cashews and water in a blender--in a number of recipes.)

Some foods are really easy to switch to vegan; some are not. Butter and milk are two relatively easy ones, unless you're a butter or milk lover. If you're just someone who bakes/cooks with butter (and not someone who relishes butter on bread), then it's easy to swap for vegan versions. Similarly, if milk is mostly for cereal or for eating with cookies (and not something you enjoy in and of itself), it's easy to switch to soy/almond/rice/etc. I'd suggest having both in the house for a while, and cutting down to just the vegan one as people adjust. And experiment with different milks--I prefer almond to soy, but maybe your kids would prefer soy to almond.

I'm not big on vegan yogurt yet, but others may not really mind the switch. What I'm going to recommend is that you stay FAR away from vegan cheese. There is no faster way, in my mind, to turn someone off to veganism than to give them vegan cheese. It is absolutely impossible to substitute cheese the way you can butter, milk, even ice cream. (And I used to LOVE dairy ice cream. Like, I was majorly snobby about ice cream. But I am perfectly happy with cashew-nut or coconut-based alternatives. Definitely recommend those over the soy based ones--the higher fat content makes a difference.)

Anyway, back to cheese--if your husband wants to get the fake cheese, that's fine, but it will send your kids screaming from the dinner table. The worst way to go vegan is to try to replicate standard favorites with non-animal products (i.e. pizza, mac n cheese, cheeseburgers). Meat and cheese replacements are okay for someone who's been vegan, but they are terrible tools for conversion. ;)

It sounds like you're into stir-fries--have you experimented with curries at all? They don't have to be spicy if that's a concern for you or for the kiddos. Chilis can also be a good meal that appeals to the (formerly)-omnivorous, and you can change up the ingredients so they don't get too boring. Sweet potato and black bean one week, tempeh and kidney beans the next. Frozen veggie burgers are "for emergencies only" vegan food, but homemade ones can be fantastic. (They don't stay together super well without eggs, but the look doesn't affect the taste. If the kids don't like food that "breaks," stick the patties in wraps instead of buns.) Lately, I'm really into using soaked walnuts in taco bowls (not the tortilla kind, more like rice and beans and salsa and guac)--basically you soak roughly chopped walnuts for a while, drain them, and toss with chili powder and cumin. No one's crazy enough to think it tastes like chicken, but it tastes good.

In the summer, I'd barely eat real meals if I wasn't living with my husband, who for some reason thinks that it's appropriate to have an actual dinner even when it's 90 degrees. What a weirdo ;) If your kids eat tofu and mixed veggies, it sounds like they're good eaters, so pump them full of fresh fruits and veggies while you can! A big salad along with corn on the cob can be a great summer meal. Pasta salads work well in summer also--just check the dressing's ingredients if using store-bought. (And, usually they're not vegan, so you're better off just using oil and vinegar + seasoning).

Where I can see having a harder time is when school starts. We bring leftovers to work, which isn't really possible for your kids unless they like their leftovers cold. I've noticed that bento-box style lunches seem all the rage (or is that so 2016?)...if you pack them some carrot sticks or pepper slices orbroccoli crowns, maybe with some hummus dip, a fruit or two, some nuts, some Triscuits--that seems like a perfectly fine lunch to me. Vegan sandwiches--at least, the kind you'd pack in a lunchbox--are harder to do, aside from peanut butter, but a hummus-lettuce-tomato slice-sprouts sandwich would work.

u/Mizar83 · 8 pointsr/Cooking

For Christmas I got Isa Does It as a present, and for now it looks really good.

It's not preachy, and it does not have recipes (like I saw on many blogs) that are just like non-vegan ones with just vegan-dairy/-meat/egg-replacement in place of the dairy/eggs/meat.

u/h2omanjace · 6 pointsr/likeus

Check out some recipe books and see if you can make any meals you like and then ease yourself into it. That's how I started. I started with this one and it has a lot of good recipes.

Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week

Or this one is aimed at doing meals so that you won't miss meat

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

Check them out at your library and just pick a few to test. I've also found a few fake meat products that I never thought I would have liked. Quorn makes some good meatless alternatives like chikn nuggets. There's also Beyond Burger which is shockingly meaty.

u/ConscienceClick · 6 pointsr/veganrecipes

When I became vegan, I frequented the frozen a bit too much.

I love to cook but found myself in completely new territory when I went vegan; home coooking was intimidating (thus making frozen an easy transition choice).

I got a freq books and learned some of the pantry and meal prep basics and I've been on a food journey since! Here are two of my favorites (easy, healthy, delish, and all meals covered):

u/Tanystropheus · 5 pointsr/fitmeals

I eat vegan 75% of the time. I have about 15 vegan cook books (we all have hobbies) but I recently bought Isa Does It and am in love. I highly recommend it. She's all about dinners you can put together on a weeknight and goes into detail on how to create proteins that you can keep coming back to... As in make a batch of seitan and freeze some. I have made many things from her book as well because she is good about using repeat ingredients. If all else fails beans always work.

u/Maura-HKL · 5 pointsr/vegan

I'd recommend she get Isa Moskowitz's vegan cook book "Isa Does It." She teaches people everything they need to know in that book, and she makes it SO easy. Like how to make things seem creamy, or cheesy using cashews... Plus, she emphasizes meals being easy and affordable. I've never had any meal from that book that wasn't delicious!

She has other cookbooks that require more time, but Isa Does It is a full on education for vegan dummies.

Oh, and her desserts are great too! Best homemade chocolate pudding pie, scones, etc. and all vegan.

u/ahough · 4 pointsr/running

High-five! I've been vegetarian for six years now, with occasional forays into veganism. I went from shitty cook to awesome cook, and learned that previously-weird things like beets and artichokes are fantastic. This book has been the basis for a lot of my weeknight meals lately.

u/WatsonJohnWatson · 4 pointsr/vegan

The last Isa book was full colored and delicious.

But you are mostly just going to have to tough it out.

Isa Does It

u/slightlyturnedoff · 3 pointsr/vegan

Check your local library for vegan cookbooks. That's where I get most of my recipes. My favorites are Isa Does It and Vegan Eats World.

u/doggexbay · 3 pointsr/Cooking

You obviously have more than enough individual suggestions already, so I'll just recommend three books instead in case you're a cookbook collector like me!

I'm also an omnivorous meat-eater but I'm happy to endorse these excellent, full-on vegan cookbooks by Isa Chandra Moskowitz:

Veganomicon. This is one of those comprehensive, encyclopedic things that could be—if you were a vegan—the only cookbook you own. It just covers everything, and I've never made anything from it that wasn't great. It's a manageable 336 pages, but they're dense; it's a book where every page has two or three recipes, not one where every dish gets a photo. Highly recommended.

Isa Does It. So this is like the sandwich-shop version of Veganomicon. Isa Does It (get it?) is vegan on easy-mode: here are sloppy joes and mac and cheese and, generally, all the casual vegan meals you could ever eat. Vegans over at /r/mealprepsundays should mass-produce burger patties from it. Not recommended quite as highly, but highly recommended for what it is.

Isa is just a really good cook, so her flavors and vegetable & grain choices have always been on point for me. My favorite thing about her writing, and what keeps me coming back to her as a meat-eater, is that she's never interested in creating meat substitutes. The vegetables are the point, after all, so she's making dishes where the vegetables are the showstopper. When she makes a burger it always feels just a little halfhearted compared to her rock-star vegetable dishes, which is why "Isa Does It" falls just short of "Veganomicon" for me. But it's still great.

For a really great chef who does somersaults to simulate meat dishes—burgers and chili and Thanksgiving turkey—it is well worth your while to pick up The Chicago Diner Cookbook by Jo Kaucher. I could tell stories about some large-scale orphan Thanksgivings I've helped to host, where we served a hundred people over two days with meat and vegan options flying everywhere. We practically scripted the vegetarian (vegan) half of these meals from the Diner cookbook. Here is what I know: a ton of starving Chicago artists of varying omnivore, vegetarian and vegan status absolutely destroyed Jo Kaucher's tofurkey year after year after year, while my SO's actual-turkey, which is damned fucking good, always took second place and became leftovers. Shit, I prefer Jo's tofurkey to real turkey and I'm the kind of guy who makes laap from scratch at home, which means I'll spend an hour mincing intestines on a cutting board that you wet with pig blood while you chop. That is, I don't go out of my way for tofu and still I adore Jo's tofurkey.

Anyway, I hope those are fun suggestions that might be useful. :)

u/juggerthunk · 2 pointsr/Cooking

I saw Pizza Dough in B&N and it looks interesting. Shows how to make different pizzas from a few different dough recipes. Lots of pictures of pizza. Plays directly toward his desire for pizza. Also, even mediocre homemade pizza with Prego branded sauce is better than Pizza Hut, let alone Papa John's.

I find Rachel Ray terribly boring, but her Week in a Day book has a enormous quantity of recipes that can be pushed and modified in different directions and it's filled with a ton of pictures. I think her books are best for getting ideas on other recipes. I wouldn't make too many of her recipes straight, because she tends to add a ton of calories to her meals and I just couldn't eat that much.

Isa Chandra Moskowitz has a bunch of Vegan books. She has an irreverent style I like that doesn't resort to the multitudes of F-bombs that Thug Kitchen has to throw out there. It's vegan, so you'll have to be OK with that, but otherwise, she has plenty of good looking recipes. Her latest, Isa Does It looks like a good place to start.

u/ohaikitty · 2 pointsr/bodybuilding

Oh yeah, I used to be vegan...I am into it.

Taste: It is very bland by itself, but no one that I know eats it straight. It can be made into many tasty things. It is in a lot of faux meats. It is a lot like tofu in that it takes up the flavor of things around it. I think that Isa Chandra is like... the wheat gluten goddess. All of her recipes involving wheat gluten that I've made I've been a fan of. I'm a big fan of her "Chickpea Cutlet" recipe ([recipe here] (

Check out [Veganomicon] ( and [Isa Does It!] ( Both of those books have winning recipes that use wheat gluten as an ingredient.

Expense: Varies wildly. If you find it at a hippie woo-woo place in an individually sealed package (e.g., Bob's Red Mill), the markup can be insane. On the other hand, you can get it cheaply per pound if you can find it in a bulk bin at a place like Whole Foods.

You can get it at an extra "discount" if you find it in a bulk bin but label it as some kind of flour. ;)

My Experience: I made some dang tasty recipes with the stuff, but eventually, I stopped eating it because I personally find that I don't tolerate it as well (it just made me gassy). But more importantly, the recipes I like it best in have a higher protein to carb ratio than I'd prefer during a cut...and when I'm bulking, I'm too busy filling my face with all the things so I usually forget about wheat gluten.

Hope this helps!

u/blaaaaaargh · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This and this are my favourites I think!

u/rubix_redux · 2 pointsr/vegan

Also, sounds like you're going to need to learn to cook w/o animals if you're transitioning. I'd check out Isa and any of her cookbooks

u/kimchiMushrromBurger · 2 pointsr/vegetarian

This cook book is a staple in our house. It is vegan but if you want to add cheese or whatever it's easy to modify. Though I think the vegan recipes are fantastic in their own right.

u/Edeuinu · 2 pointsr/vegan

Isa Does It. She's one of my favorite vegan chefs and this book has a good mix of recipes that span multiple cuisines. Good food takes time so there are some recipes that will take awhile, but not all of them. And she has a lot of great tips too.

u/benyqpid · 2 pointsr/vegan

Good for you for making that connection! It's not an easy thing to accept, but once you do, you're kinda stuck this way.

  1. A non-vegan can live happily in a vegan household. My SO is non-vegan but, I do all the cooking for us so we have a vegan kitchen. I would be uncomfortable cooking and paying for animal products at this point and he knows better than to ask that of me. I would bet that you're a fantastic chef and will have no problem keeping your husband full and satisfied.

  2. If you're comfortable using it then do so. But I warn you that it may desensitize you to eating/preparing animal products again or it'll make you feel disgusted. If possible, I would donate it to a local food bank or a friend.

  3. Clearly, you care about your son so I don't think you will harm him. Keep a watchful eye and maybe contact your pediatrician for advice, there are plenty that are veg-friendly. I would also recommend following some vegan parent blogs.

  4. Like all other weightloss or weight maintenance, if you're keeping an eye on your calories then you should be fine. You can easily keep carbs under 50%, but you may find that the volume of food you're consuming will increase quite a bit. Most people lose weight when going vegan so don't be surprised if that happens (just maybe don't add tahini to every meal like I did).

  5. My best friend has IBS and it improved drastically after severely cutting down on her meat intake. I imagine that there will be an adjustment period (I had like 4 BMs a day and was cramping due to bloat for a couple weeks), but cutting out animal products could really help your IBS as well.. Only time will tell.

  6. Yes, you can! I haven't frozen seitan for quite that long but it would be interesting to see how it goes. I imagine it would be fine though. Also this recipe for tofu nuggets looks really, really good. Cultured vegan cheeses will last quite a while and continually age in the fridge, Miyoko Schinner says they typically last about 100 days. But yes, you can freeze them if you don't use it in time.

  7. Yess this is my jam right here. I read cookbooks like people read novels. It sounds like you would enjoy Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I absolutely love her book Isa Does It and I recommend it to everyone. Her other stuff is also wonderful (I'm sure amazon will show you the rest of her books in their recommendations)! Another one that I think you would enjoy is Miyoko Schinner's The Homemade Vegan Pantry and Artisan Vegan Cheese. After hearing her speak at VegFest it sounds like she has similar style: doing a lot of prep work beforehand so that doing the everyday meal making is simple. Lastly, I will recommend Plum Bistro's Plum: Gratifying Vegan Dishes. The restaurant is absolutely fantastic and while I haven't made anything in this book since I got it (because I am a little intimidated tbh), I have no doubt that you could get a lot of use from this with your culinary skills.

    I hope this was at least a tiny bit helpful! Good luck! :)
u/evilJaze · 2 pointsr/ottawa

np. It took me a while to clue in that you were looking for a vegan solution. Now I feel like I need to make it up to you. I don't know if you or your s/o are into cooking vegan for yourselves, but we own the best vegan cookbook we have ever tried (we have over a hundred cookbooks). If you're interested, it's called [Isa does it] (

u/disastersauce · 1 pointr/vegan

>I need to learn new recipes.

I recently went vegan (about 2 months) and have found the following resources super valuable for my moderately foodie tastebuds:

Minimalist Baker

Avant Garde Vegan

Isa Does It

*Formatting on mobile is hard :/

u/katiekiller · 1 pointr/vegan

I always recommend Isa Does It for beginners, because it has tons of recipes where you just use the recipe from that page, and none of it is too super weirdo or inaccessible. A recipe is an entire meal, so you don't have to look around for sides and stuff to pair it with or compose a plate. Minimalist Baker is also a great resource - it will have healthier stuff, and there's also a Minimalist Baker cookbook.

u/HexicDragon · 1 pointr/vegan

I've found the biggest reasons people quit veganism after deciding that it's the right thing to do is:

  1. Not knowing what to eat or how to prepare it
  2. Losing motivation

    I think that #1 is most important to nail down, because if you're already convinced that veganism is the right thing to do, you shouldn't have much problem sticking with it unless you run into food-related problems. This video covers just about everything you need to know about vegan food. Basically:

  • Eat enough calories
  • Have a few go-to recipes for each meal
  • Use to find vegan-friendly restaurants (virtually everything at Asian restaurants can easily be veganized)
  • B12!

    Eating vegan won't feel hard or restricting at all if you know how, and what to cook. Just like non-vegan food, vegan food can taste disgusting or flat-out amazing. Don't be discouraged if the first vegan food you make turns out terribly, because it probably will. Figure out what you didn't like about what you made, and try to improve it for next time. Vegan cooking can be very different, and it will probably take getting used to.

    If you're willing to buy a cookbook, But I Could Never Go Vegan! should be perfect. It's recipes are split up based on common excuses or worries people have when it comes to vegan cooking ("But I love sea food!", "What about cheese?", "Why does vegan food need to be so healthy!", etc). Thug Kitchen also has a lot of great, and healthy, recipes. They have a trailer if you're interested in seeing the, uh, "tone" of the book. Lastly, there's Isa Does It. I'd say her recipes are a bit fancier and take a little more effort to prepare, but if you're willing to learn she'll teach you everything from what to stock your pantry with to how to the different ways to chop tempeh. There shouldn't be any problem following anything in any of these books if you're willing to read the directions.

    I don't personally watch a lot of vegan cooking channels on youtube, but it might be worth checking out TheVeganZombie, Peaceful Cuisine for asian food, and the channels here.

    On staying motivated, I think it's pretty much required to constantly be reminded by why you want to be vegan in the first place. Regularly visit vegan communities like here, watch vegan, environmental, or animal rights-related documentaries like cowspiracy, earthlings, or Forks Over Knives, subscribe to vegan youtube channels like Bite Size Vegan or The Vegan Activist. It takes a lot more willpower than most people have to stay vegan in a community where everyone around you hasn't given the ethics or environmental aspects of meat production much thought. Worst of all, they might even view you as... weird... for even bothering. Just try to keep in mind the reasons other people get defensive, or even hostile when bringing up veganism, stay calm, and all will be well.

    I wish you the best of luck, hopefully you found some of this wall of text useful :)

u/tigersangel247 · 1 pointr/vegan

From cookbook linked, which I highly recommend!

Shiitake mushrooms make a great substitute for clams in this dish, the perfect texture.

Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week

u/ColloquialInternet · 1 pointr/EatCheapAndHealthy

>Tofu is gross

Yes, it is. It is an acquired taste, and even then you have to do it right. It is still probably my least favorite protein as a vegetarian. What is less gross are the latest fake meats like, but if you do eat meat, I'm not sure there is a compelling reason for those. For that reason, I'd suggest going with

Everything in that will be good. Add meat to the ones you want to, but they're all pretty good in their original vegan state. It is cheap and healthy, but you must have the "well-stocked pantry". So if you do get the book, pop the bucks for Mirin, peanut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, tamari, etc.

If you have a slow cooker and want to do Indian, has a lot of great recipes too. It also has non slow-cooker recipes, but if I recall correctly they were more often ones involving a slow cooker.

u/AriesWolf3 · 1 pointr/Cooking

Even though I'm not vegan (just vegetarian), I really love Isa Does It and Appetite for Reduction, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Every recipe I've tried from those books has turned out amazing, and most of them are cheap and easy to throw together.

I also second the Flavor Bible recommendation. It's useful for those times when you're looking for a creative way to use an ingredient, but you don't want to follow a whole recipe.

u/NotSoHotPink · 1 pointr/vegan

Here are some websites that have relatively easy recipes that you can try.

In general it's pretty straightforward to put together meals such as stir frys, rice and bean variations, pasta, and stews. They could be good go-to vegan meals.

If you're looking for books Isa Does It has been well received.

u/iNsolenc3 · 1 pointr/EatCheapAndVegan

You can get spaghetti and fake meat crumble to make a nice meal. It's not so much about what you can eat, but how you can make stuff out of what you have. Try getting a vegan cookbook, they'll have a lot of the things you used to eat, but just substituted with their vegan counterparts. I've made chili in the crock pot, black bean burgers, pasta, spaghetti, quesadillas, burritos, stir fry, you name it.


u/ChefM53 · 0 pointsr/Cooking

I have some recipes (being pretty new myself) and a few cookbook recommendations..

A few tips: Vegan cheeses will never taste like the real thing. but some are good and some taste like rubber. being new to this I feel my pallet is still fairly descent still. (won't last much longer though I don't think) I like Violife brand vegan cheeses best for sliced and shredded, along with their cream cheese Best out there. for Parmesan I like Follow your heart brand. Coffee creamer (I used to use half and half in my coffee that is the flavor I like) so the closest one to that flavor I found is So Delicious coconut coffee creamer. The Original flavor.

Butters: I like best the Melt (say good bye to butter) and then I can't believe it's not butter Vegan.

My favorite meat replacers are:

Gardein Ultimate beefless ground, I use it in everything to replace ground meat.

Gardein Chick'n Scallopini, is a great replacement for boneless skinless chicken breast.

Gardein Porkless bites. Serve over rice

Gardein Turk'y Cutlets and gravy are Amazingly wonderful a little mashed

Gardein Italian Sau' Sages are Amazing. I use them in anything that calls for Sausage. Works GREAT! even just in a bowl of pasta with a little sauce and some vegan cheese.

Simple Truth has a lot of great stuff too. (they are kroger or fred meyer brand) they have a Great burger patty. Very tasty, a breaded chicken patty that is really good and their chick'n tenders are better than gardein's.


I have taken my favorite recipes and revamped them to vegan/vegetarian. they can be made either way.

these are pretty easy for those lazy days

this is pretty easy and a nice comforting soup

this one has a Ton of seasoning because I added the seasonings that would be in Spicy Italian sausage and didn't add the meat. it is really good though.

this can be a bit dry I am still working on this one

Okay these are yummy! I used sweet baby rays hot wing or buffalo sauce.


My cookbook recommendations are

I have these

this is also a really good one

Everyone raves about Isa's cookbooks but unfortunately I don't have one yet. but plan on getting one soon

sorry for the HUGE post. Hope the information helps you.