A vegan Russian lunchtime feast 💚🇷🇺
I couldn’t be more thankful to have such a supportive family that is so willing to accommodate my diet. Being a Russian vegan is HARD- there’s sour cream, mayonnaise & eggs in pretty much EVERYTHING. However, because my family is so wonderful, I am still able to enjoy vegan-ized versions of traditional Russian dishes all the same. Whenever my family makes dishes, they make them without the eggs/butter/sour cream/etc., & put away part of it for me on a separate plate before they add what I can’t eat- it’s just THAT EASY! Basically every time we sit down for a meal I already have my area stacked w a bunch of small bowls of food 😂 Plus, most Russian soups are already vegan so I get to eat all the borscht & mushroom soup my heart desires 😍
Lunch started off with Svekolnik- a cold soup made from grated beets, potatoes, carrots & cabbage (no, it’s not borscht!) Traditionally eaten w buttermilk & sour cream (just like pretty much all Russian soups), but despite the shame from gramma, I just don’t add it! Then for seconds came the plentiful salads. Quinoa Tabbouleh w quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes & green onion (actually Mediterranean but my uncle wanted to make “rabbit food”.) Vinegret- diced beets, potatoes, carrots & pickles (traditionally w hard-boiled eggs & dressed in mayonnaise.) Baklazjanaia Ikra- a stew type delicious heaven usually made from eggplant, tomatoes, onion, tomato paste & garlic (this one made w yellow zucchini instead- probably my FAVORITE Russian food.) Sautéed fresh forest mushrooms & onions (ALWAYS w sour cream, but none for me 😉) Molodaia Kartoshka- young potato boiled w garlic, dill (& butter.) Avocado on the side to better enjoy it all, & sweet potato fries fresh out of a deep fryer to further perfect this massive lunch. We Russians really know how to eat! 😋
Also, I know that these dishes may not technically be “originally Russian” but this is what I consider traditional Russian & Eastern European food in my family.
Just thought it would be interesting to share some food from my background & how to navigate a culture that is extremely far from being vegan-friendly. It is so easy to accommodate a vegan diet! 😊🌿