I recently started cooking for myself and am simply overwhelmed with all the amazing things you people do with food!
It's like you guys are haute couturiers of the food world and I'm simply struggling to find a way to get quality separates in my life.
I've quickly learned with meat-based foods, like chicken rice and veggies, steak potatoes carrots and peas... It's all about the spices, such as...
Mexican - cumin, ancho/chipotle, lime juice, cilantro, oregano
Indian - garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, coriander, cardamom.
Chinese - sesame oil, soy sauce, fish/oyster/plum sauce, garlic, ginger
East asian - mirin, soy sauce, dashi, 7 spices, etc
Thai - coconut milk, lemongrass, chili paste, soy/fish/oyster sauces
Greek - lemon, oregano, garlic
Scandinavian - caraway, dill and fennel
Italian - basil, oregano, thyme, and parsley
I also have been learning how to make good basic marinades and such, which will definitely come in handy this summer.
The thing I really want to know how to whip up are bulky vegan salads and soups. These are the type of complex carbs that really give me the best energy throughout the day.
I love to make my own traditional, leafy green salad dressings but really want to learn the basics to make a really good bean/legume/grain/pseudograin/veggie recipes.
And soup! It can be frozen! It's super healthy! I can add to meet my macros! Any specific way you like to add things to the stock?
How does one use the spice blends above to make a salad or soup like that? How do I know what veggies / beans / grains to use?
Any cookbooks, resources, tips, or list of skeleton recipes would be AWESOME! I'm trying to eat more vegan dishes throughout the day.