Tips for VegWeb Recipe Submissions

Here is a quick tutorial on how to write your recipe for submission so it looks amazing. We can't wait to see your recipes on VegWeb!

First, here are some links to sample recipes that are properly formatted that you can check out:

Blue Crush Smoothie
Quick and Creamy Macaroni
Summer Squash Scramble

Titles
Please create a title that describes what the dish is for. "Black Bean Soup with Roasted Peppers" tells the viewers exactly what is being made, while "Awesome Soup" or "Jennie's Soup" are less helpful. Names like "Jennie's Black Bean Soup" or "Awesome Black Bean Soup" are more appropriate. Please use standard capitalization in your title and spell check so people can easily find your delicious recipe!

Recipe Body
When listing your ingredients, please keep the following in mind: Make sure you include each item the dish calls for with measurements in the US measuring system (cups, teaspoons, etc). Cans and packaged food can be listed using "pounds" or "14-ounce can" as needed. For fraction measures, type 1/2, 1/4, etc instead of 0.5 or 0.25. Spell out the measurement (for example, use "tablespoon" instead of TBS). The format should be: amount - measure - food. Alternatively, you can give approximate sizes for estimated foods.

Examples:

1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 14-ounce can tomato paste
2 large bananas
2 handfuls walnuts (about 1/2 cup, or as desired)

Avoid listing brand names of products. Many products are not widely available and many companies make products with names that would make it hard for someone without knowledge of them to be able to make. Instead, list what the product is and, if desired, place a "I use ___" afterwards. Ingredients and measurements are not capitalized.

Examples:

1 cup vegan sour cream (I use Tofutti Sour Supreme)
4 vegan sausages, diced (I use Field Roast)
2 cups vegan burger crumbles (I use Boca)
1 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 cup vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)

Directions
Once you list your ingredients, describe how to make the dish. Write your directions as a series of steps, numbered in order as shown below. Recipes should have 1 to 5 steps, although more complex recipes may have more. View the demo recipes for an idea of how to write instructions. Space one return between each step.

Example:

1) Prepare all vegetables by washing them and dicing them into small pieces. Once prepared, steam for 10 minutes.
2) Place diced onion in a small pan with oil. Cook, stirring often, until onion is translucent. Once cooked, stire in dry spices, cook for three minutes, and then add steamed vegetables. Add broth and bring to a boil.
3) Stir in couscous and boil for one minute. Cover, remove from heat, and let sit for 10 minutes or until couscous is rehydrated.

Other Notes

When listing ingredients, please do not put "of" in the list (ie, “1 cup of water” should be “1 cup water”). Proofread and spell check your submission. Double check your measurements and ingredient list to make sure you didn't make an error or forget to add something. Use standard capitalization and punctuation. Submissions that are ALL IN CAPS or all in lower case take a long time to edit.

Again, thank you so much—we can’t wait to see your recipe on VegWeb!