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Oil-Free + Soy-Free (No Chickpea, No Tofu)
A while ago I made a vegan omelette using beans, mung beans to be exact. I was pretty impressed with how well mung beans held together like real eggs. So from there, I wondered what else I could do with them.
In a recent recipe I used mung beans, or mung bean flour, rather, as a binding agent in baking. It worked well so I decided to keep on this trend of using mung beans in recipes. That brings us to today’s recipe.
The following recipe is for a vegan breakfast casserole. This breakfast casserole is oil-free and soy-free. Unlike a lot of vegan breakfast casserole recipes available, this recipe does not use chickpeas (or chickpea flour) or tofu. I didn’t intentionally exclude soy to be allergy-friendly, but after doing so, I realized how this recipe is a great option for people with that allergy.
The Case for Mung Beans
Mung beans aren’t a common ingredient found at most grocery stores. I can’t think of any dishes I grew up eating that had mung beans. But just like tofu, or nutritional yeast, or tempeh, or any of the other formerly obscure ingredients now known to the plant-based community and transitioning vegans/vegetarians, mung beans are making their way.
One of the reasons I started this blog and love it is because I get to try out new ingredients. Cooking with something unfamiliar is fun! The results of using new ingredients, failure or not, are what make it fun!
I know that cooking is already intimidating enough for some people. I also know that throwing in unfamiliar foods makes cooking even harder; but that’s how you get better at it! Learning to do something new is an uncomfortable process, but after doing it enough times it becomes comfortable.
The first time I cooked tofu it turned out mushy and broken and watery. I thought it was the tofu’s fault. Like, “well, I guess tofu is just supposed to be gross”. Obviously I kept trying at it and now I’m comfortable with it, but I had to be uncomfortable first to figure it out.
So go ahead and buy that bag of mung beans and get uncomfortable with me.
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Want more breakfast recipes? Check out my recipe for Vegan Double Chocolate Muffins!