September 18, 2012 by cookwithjennifer
Bianca Phillips just published her first cookbook, Cookin’ Crunk: Eatin’ Vegan in the Dirty South. She also blogs daily at Vegan Crunk: vegancrunk.blogspot.com. She brings home the tempeh bacon as the associate editor at the Memphis Flyer, where she covers LGBT issues, crime, city council news, neighborhood revitalization, urban planning, and much, much more.
Top 3 Words of Advice on Eating a Healthy Vegetarian Diet:
#1 Cook at home! Sure, you can find loads of vegan and vegetarian options in Memphis these days, but nothing beats a home-cooked meal. Cooking is the best way to ensure you’re eating a healthy, wholesome meal because you know exactly what goes into your food. Plus, it’s way cheaper.
#2 Eat protein. Whole soy products (like tofu and tempeh), gluten-based proteins (like seitan), beans, nuts, and even protein-packed quinoa should make up the base of a good vegetarian diet.
#3 Take a B-12 supplement. B-12 is the only vitamin you can’t get on a plant-based diet. It’s not naturally occurring in animal products, but since B-12 is produced from bacteria and fungus, animals take it in through the foods they eat. Since humans wash our produce, we don’t get B-12 from those sources like animals do. Meat eaters get their B-12 through the animals because of the food they eat. But B-12 supplements are a fine substitute! B-12 shots, pills, or sprays may be used.
Favorite Food: Oh god! I can’t really name just one. It’s going to have to be a tie between ramen noodles (vegan flavors), vegan mac & cheese, and vegan cheese pizza. Yes, I’ll admit that I’m not the healthiest eater.
Recommended Snacks: I love nuts. I keep all sorts of nut mixes and trail mixes on my desk for healthy mid-day snacks. Also, green smoothies are great before a run. When I’m being naughty, I like potato chips and nachos with vegan cheese sauce.
Favorite Cookbooks: My all-time favorite is Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz! But I also love Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites by Celine Steen and Joni Newman and Color Me Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.
Favorite On-line Resource: VegWeb.com is a great go-to for hundreds of vegan recipes for just about anything your little heart desires.
A Favorite recipe or two from your book or blog we should try:
My recipe for vegan deviled eggs from Cookin’ Crunk: http://vegancrunk.blogspot.com/2009/07/vegan-deviled-eggs-yes-i-did.html and my recipe for Chocolate Gravy: http://vegancrunk.blogspot.com/2008/01/breakfast-for-supper.html