I'm writing a recipe called Readers Delight! which I have shared on Genius Kitchen (previously Food.com). My goal is for the recipe to have one ingredient for every letter in the alphabet. This is the recipe so far:

  • 1 (24 ounce) can alphabet pasta
  • 1⁄2 cup orange juice
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 avocado, pulp
  • 1⁄3 cup wheat germ
  • 4 cups croutons
  • 3 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 1⁄3 cup red pepper flakes
  • 1 yellow banana


  • Pour soup & orange juice into a medium pot.
  • Add all ingredients except croutons.
  • Cook over medium heat for 45 minutes.
  • Add croutons toward the end of the cooking process.
  • Serve warm or chilled.

Now my question is this: after viewing this recipe, does it need any tweaking to be vegan-friendly? If so what tweaks would you recommend?

  • @AbrahamRay Your recipe doesn’t have any meat in it so it’s already vegetarian. Are you asking what might be necessary to ensure your recipe is vegan-friendly?
    – Nic
    Nov 9 '18 at 7:27
  • Pretty much @Nic Nov 9 '18 at 16:07
  • @AbrahamRay Okay thanks, I get it now. I edited your question to help make it more clear.
    – Nic
    Nov 9 '18 at 16:19

Most of the ingredients you've listed are unprocessed vegetables, fruits, or seasonings all of which are already vegan. There are only two ingredients which might raise concern: pasta and croutons.

Pasta is usually purchased in one of three ways.

  • Dry pasta in a box is almost always vegan, with only basic ingredients like semolina and wheat flour. This dry Catelli alphabet pasta is vegan.
  • Fresh pasta (not dry) might not be vegan, because it is often prepared with egg.
  • Canned pasta might not be vegan because dairy products are common in the sauce, such as with this can of Alpha-getti.

Croutons are commonly made by brushing slices of bread with butter (a dairy product). Many pre-packaged croutons available in stores are not vegan, so either read labels carefully or make your own.

To make sure this recipe is vegan, I suggest the following tweaks:

  • Recommend dry alphabet pasta specifically, or leave it up to the reader to find some canned alphabet pasta that is vegan.
  • Link to a recipe for vegan homemade croutons, like this one from Oh She Glows.

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