I'm trying to transition to veganism, but all the good recipes seem to require a food processor/blender which we do not have and cannot afford right now. What are some of your favorite/go-to vegan recipes that don't call for a food processor/blender?
My family is not vegan but we eat tons of vegan meals made from lentils, mung beans and split peas. We make various kinds of curries with them. Here is a link to one that is similar to what I make a lot:
http://www.food.com/recipe/lentil-curry-123775 (look at the comments at the bottom of the recipe for modification you maybe interested in). But really, if you experiment you can get into a variety of flavors. We eat the curries over a blend of grains (white rice, brown rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, barley and black rice) ensuring we get a good amount of protein.
We frequently have pasta once a week. I make the sauce from scratch and end up using massive amounts of cheery/grape tomatoes.
I found a similar recipe for you here: http://www.artfoodlifeblog.com/2011/05/fresh-cherry-tomato-pasta-sauce/ It is not exactly the way I cook it but it is pretty close. For one thing, I do not use cognac. I do, however, use balsamic vinegar. I also do not use sugar. No bay leaf or crushed red pepper. I use fresh thyme or chopped up basil; I grow both, so I have ready access. You can taste your way to the flavor you want. Once you master it, this dish is one of the easiest ones to make. It is basically my go to dish whenever I have unexpected guests or I am exhausted.
Huge quantities mean I can freeze sauces and use them for multiple meals. I really have had to get into cooking large quantities of a few dishes and turning them into meals over the week so that I do not have to think about meals on the daily basis. The way I think of it is, if I am gonna be getting down in the kitchen, I might as well make enough to last a few meals. It is an efficient use of my energy -- my own little way of streamlining food production in our home!