In the at any time-expanding multiverse, there is a edition of me smashing away at a keyboard with her ft, doling out dos and don’ts to the masses as that world’s Dear Abby.

But in this article in our actuality, I’m Tanya, an editor at New York Situations Cooking and Tejal’s editor on The Veggie. And for greater or worse, there is one pastime I’ll under no circumstances give up: dishing out suggestions. The good thing is, my work from time to time affords me the possibility to embrace that. Today, imagine of me as your personal Cooking concierge in Tejal’s absence.

These concerns arrive from a handful of reader e-mail that Tejal has held on to for potential newsletter inspiration, and I’m extra than pleased to solution them.

Is there an all-function substitute for mushrooms in vegetarian dishes in which they are an integral element? Or are there numerous substitutes, some of which are better than other folks, dependent on the application? — Kim O.

In most circumstances, you are going to want to swap for an ingredient that is texturally similar: Consider sliced tofu, tempeh, eggplant and even artichoke hearts. But if the mushrooms are also undertaking large lifting in the taste division, you are going to want to make up for the decline by seasoning with umami-wealthy substances, like soy sauce, kombu or roasted seaweed, miso or tomato paste.

These mushroom chicharrón tacos could just as very easily be produced with bite-sizing strips of seared or baked agency tofu, or slightly chewier tempeh. (You could also make these crumbled tempeh tacos in its place.) In stir-fries, veggies like eggplant or zucchini, which sear and absorb seasonings in the same way to mushrooms, could serve you properly. Try out that swap in this gingery fried rice, and style as you go — probably you’ll want a sprint extra soy sauce or a sprinkle of garlic or onion powder.

I love your recipes, but as I have terrible reactions to tomato, eggplant, peppers, chiles, potato and all other nightshades, I can rarely use the recipes. Any thoughts? — Gretchen N.

Spring vegetables are your good friend: This polenta with asparagus, peas and mint and this crunchy spring salad are good places to begin. Through the relaxation of the 12 months, verify out our cauliflower– and cabbage-forward recipes. And the gingery fried rice I described over gets to be nightshade-free of charge if you skip the jalapeño. In fact, you are going to come across that a ton of mushroom recipes on New York Times Cooking will perform for you as written or are very easily modifiable.

I obtain pickles and olives at the farmers market place. They have so many unique varieties. Anyway, I would enjoy to repurpose the brine, as it seems a waste to discard it. Any solutions? Some of the flavors are horseradish, fiery, rosemary or even sweet and spice. — Fran K.

Time to make pickle soup! Brine is also an unbelievable way to season potato salads and dressings like this vegan avocado ranch. And you ought to absolutely shake some of people up with vodka or gin — filthy martini, any individual? — if you take pleasure in a cocktail now and then. Cheers!

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Vegetarians who consume them know that eggs are a kitchen area all-star — they incorporate heft, protein and savoriness to usually very simple dishes. You definitely, perfectly, can not defeat ’em!

If that seems like you, do flip your notice this 7 days to our great ode to eggs, published by Eric Kim and finish with 24 recipes, the vast majority of which are meatless, such as Tejal’s pretty egg curry.

And talking of Tejal: On May well 17, she’s web hosting a digital party with the Food editor Emily Weinstein all about creating delectable vegetarian food at dwelling. They’ll chat to the chef and writer Samin Nosrat, and give advice to visitors with vegetarian cooking problems. You can R.S.V.P., as properly as submit your very own cooking problem for them to explore, listed here.

Tejal will be back again next week. Thanks for looking through, and for having me! Right up until upcoming time, you can discover me on Instagram.

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