Easy Vegan Dumplings (The Veg Space)
North & South Dakota (collectively known as ‘the Dakotas’) are not the most vegan-friendly states. Low in population but high in cattle ranching, people who go hunting and vote for Trump etc. However, let’s have a bash by looking at the most popular collective foods in these two beautiful states, and then veganizing them.
If you think all North Dakota natives eat moose and buffalo burgers, know that Dr Neal Barnard (President of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) who has been promoting plant-based diets for years (and is instrumental in helping to stop vivisection and dissection) hails from the state. He’s also a groovy guitarist with CarbonWorks.
Veganizing North Dakota Foods
Apparently North Dakota has a lot of Norwegian and Germanic heritage, so you’ll find many of the foods stem from these parts.
Kuchen is a German coffee cake that is popular in many areas of the US. If you’re British, note that coffee cake in the US means a cake served with coffee (whereas coffee cake in Britain means a cake made with coffee!) Try this 1-Bowl Vegan Coffee Cake (Minimalist Baker) that tastes like a cinnamon roll, but is easier to make. It’s also topped with pecan crumble.
Fleischkuekle is a Russian-German dish that is a bit like a Cornish pasty, fried in hot oil? There are plenty of vegan Cornish pasty recipes online to try.
Lefse is a Norwegian Christmas flatbread made with milk and cream.
Goulash is a Hungarian national dish, made by mixing a vegetable stew and meat, with paprika spice. Try this American Hungarian Goulash by Simple Veganista.
Knoephla is a German dumpling soup. Elevegan has a good recipe for potato dumplings.
Hotdish is a meat casserole with canned vegetables.
Sauerkraut is usually sold in jars in grocery stores. It’s made from pickled cabbage, and is said to be good for digestion. It’s often served with sandwiches or ‘veggie’ hot dogs.
Krumkake is a Norwegian sweet waffle that is often eaten with whipped cream. It’s often eaten at Christmas. It’s easy to make your own vegan waffles (Minimalist Baker). Just serve with fresh fruit and coconut whipped cream.
Cheese Buttons (?) carries on the cholesterol-laden feast. These are noodles stuffed with dry cottage cheese, whatever that is. The nearest Italian version would be vegan ravioli filled with ricotta.
Veganizing Foods in South Dakota
South Dakota has more of a Native American influence. It’s interesting that so many people in these parts voted for a President (no politics here, just an observation) that was ripping up the paperwork so that people could drill for oil, even if it destroyed the habitats of polar bears or created climate change. Because Native Americans (like other native tribes around the world) live with the land, and feel they are part of it. Go figure.
Chislic is the main dish, which is like a shisk kebab, with meat and vegetables, fried and served on skewers. Try these Grilled Veggie Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce (Minimalist Baker).
Buffalo burgers are very popular here (actually made from bison). Try these Easy Grillable Veggie Burgers (Minimalist Baker) instead.
Wasna is a mix of dried buffalo meat, cranberries and grains. It’s made into a snack bar? Try these cranberry crumble bars instead.
Wojapi is a berry dipping sauce that is served with fried bread.