My Must-Have Veggies!

To sign up for my 8/27 VEGAN 101: The System class click here! 

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I am often asked what veggies to buy, so I’m writing this post to tell you all about my favorite veggies! These are what I always have on hand at home (and at work in my commercial kitchen!)

I can’t talk about shopping with gushing over my favorite store ever, Market Basket! If you get a chance click on the link above, and see how the employees and shoppers stood up for their CEO and demanded his return to the company when he was ousted! It’s an amazing story. (They buy a lot of their produce from local farms and when they were on strike, Whole Foods snatched it up and charged 4 times as much!) 

So, my love of Market Basket started way back when in 1997 when I first moved to New England. I was living in Concord, NH and noticed immediately that the both the selection and the prices were amazing. It continues to this day and each time I go, I love it even more. I can even get Umeboshi Vinegar at the store in Brockton, MA!

But I will stop swooning about Market Basket, and get down to business. These are my staple veggies.

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  • Red and Green Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Red and Yellow Onions
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Red Radishes
  • Daikon
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Fresh Basil
  • Garlic
  • Avocado
  • Jalapenos, Serrano, or Habanero Peppers
  • Limes

I like to use kale in place of lettuce, and cabbage is pretty much my favorite veggie ever. I also buy frozen peas, frozen corn, shelled edamame, and frozen mixed veggie. When frozen cauliflower and broccoli is on sale ($.99/lb.) I usually stock up on that as well.

I like to prepare my veggies in a variety of ways so I don’t get sick of them.

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Daikon, Carrot, Onion, Tumeric, Jalapeno Pickles
  • Raw
  • Roasted
  • Grilled
  • Steamed
  • Spiralized
  • Sauteed
  • Massaged
  • Soups/Stews

 

 

 

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Homemade Italian Sausage (seitan) and Kale
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Asian Fusion Chickpea & Daikon Stew
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Warrior Bowl

What are some of your staples?

 

VEGAN 101: The System

VEGAN 101: THEY SYSTEM COOKING CLASS 8/27

Learn how to create healthy and delicious 30 minute meals with two hours of prep time a week!

$125.00

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I developed this system of food preparation years ago when I was cooking for my family. At the time, I was married with two pre-teen sons. (They are grown now!)

I have used my system cooking for my family, cooking for myself, cooking for two, and in every single restaurant I have worked.

With around two hours of prep time each week, you can set yourself up to make healthy, delicious, and inexpensive 30 minute meals!

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Learn how to make Vegan Meatballs!

 

CLICK TO SIGN UP! 
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In my cooking class, Vegan 101: The System,  one of the things I will be teaching is how to make a simple, NO COOK (unless you count boiling water) veggie burger base that can be turned into meatballs and veggie meatloaf!

Date: August 27

Time: 1-5 pm

Place: Holbrook, MA

Cost: $125

Here’s what people are saying about this class:

Local friends, if you are looking to massively level up your plant based cooking, Melody Polakow is *the* person to learn from – she makes the most inspired, delicious, satisfying vegan food I have ever come across. – Andrea, Boston, MA

I can whole heartedly second Andrea’s testimonial about Melody — we recently did a private cooking class with Melody — it was totally amazing — I was about to give up on going Vegan as I had almost begun to dread eating — in the class with Melody I learned to make several “master sauces” and applied them to a few recipes — and they were fantastic — tasty, well spiced and filling. Take the class — you will be happy you did. – Penny, Boston, MA

Yes indeed. Melody Polakow’s class is awesome. I love being vegan, but I didn’t feel like I had the tools. Now, we have the basis for a bunch of sauces. We know how to create “cheese flavoring” sauces that work with everything. Amazing “meat” to make meatloaf, hamburgers, meatballs and so forth. Some core ingredients to use.. Comfort with using my Instant Pot, etc.

We crammed more in to this class then I thought possible. It felt like we learned 3 class fulls in one class. We were all exhausted, but happy at the end. Had a delicious “meatball” sub to celebrate and a refrigerator full of food.

Melody is a great instructor.. Super friendly. Very knowledgeable. Amazingly Skillful. Wow. – Michael, Boston, MA

This class is awesome. Y’all should definitely attend! Her food is super tasty! – Jason, Boston, MA