Oakland Veg Week: Recipes So Good, You Won't Even Miss the Meat!By Ali Geering-Kline
Going vegetarian for a week? It’s really not as hard as it may sound. This year, a whole slew of Oaklanders are taking the dive and going vegetarian for Oakland Veg Week—a city wide, week-long celebration that challenges Oaklanders to pledge to be vegetarian for one week to improve their health, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare. Oakland representatives from Council member Nancy Nadel, to Congresswoman Barbara Lee will also be joining in to take the weeklong pledge and show their support for this sustainable way of living.
In celebration of this local occasion, we decided to round up some of our favorite vegetarian and vegan recipes. A portion of the CEH staff is already vegetarian, and many like to eat vegetarian on a regular basis, so it wasn’t hard to gather up a list of amazing recipes. From vegetarian mole to eggplant sandwiches, these dishes are so delicious you won’t even miss the meat!
(Bonus: Most of the recipes can be made vegan by replacing dairy ingredients)
Borlotti Bean Mole with Roast Winter Squash (can be made vegan by replacing the butter with oil)
Cauliflower Soup (substitute soy milk for the cream)
Vegan Coconut Chai Cake (can substitute the vegetable oil one-for-one for applesauce if desired)
Tags: Oakland, recipes, vegan, vegetarian
Ali manages the website and coordinates the online communications of CEH. She works with the communications and development staff to create messaging strategies and public education content for CEH’s supporters and online audience. A Bay Area native, Ali attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Cultural Studies. This allowed her to live abroad in Argentina, where she studied Latin American history and learned valuable Spanish language skills. Ali is thrilled to be part of an organization that advocates for healthy communities so effectively.