Vegan Recipes and Foods
Eating a diet of 70% vegan foods can reduce high blood pressure, help with weight loss, make it easier to get fiber and antioxidants, prevent heart disease, and things like that.
If you want to get more vegan foods in your diet, it's better to start with simple things. Remembering that vegan food has a tendency of being too carb-heavy, light on protein, iron, and calcium, here's a list of ideas to help you avoid shriveling up and dyin'. If you can get away with eating something vegan for one meal a day for a long time, then try adding more vegan things into your diet. Slow steps. Don't go 100% vegan unless you're sure you can handle that.* Most vegan websites online claim that everything they make is "delicious" because their food is vegan. Beware the siren lure of these things' recipes. They can cost a ton, take days to make, and still taste bad. Your best bet is searching for accidentally vegan recipes on cooking websites you trust, such as The Pioneer Woman, Instructables, or The Woks of Life. You can also often find vegan recipes in Indian cuisine.
- Clif bars are vegan. They are also my favorite backup meal that I carry around with me in whatever purse or pack. You can probably survive on them alone for weeks, although I wouldn't recommend it.
- Amy's makes a whole lot of frozen vegan meals. It takes about two or three of them to fill you up.
- Oatmeal with toppings, such as sliced apples and walnuts, chocolate chips and raisins, bananas and walnuts, or peanut butter and brown sugar
- Muesli made with almond milk and topped with nuts and fruits - if eaten each morning this stuff might lower cholesterol and high blood pressure.
- Breakfast cereals are basically all vegan.
- Toast with plain mashed avocado, almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, storebought vegan cream cheese and tomatoes, or tempeh bacon
- Storebought veggie burgers with storebought frozen fries and all the fixings
- Storebought granola, vegan yogurt, and fruit in a parfait
- Storebought hummus with crudites and either sliced up pitas or crackers - warm up the sliced up pitas with a little olive oil brushed on there in a 200F oven for 20 minutes first, and drizzle some olive oil on that hummus, and you'd be hard pressed to find a restaurant doing better
- Warm up a can of kidney beans on the stove. Add soy sauce. Serve over toast with some chopped green onion.
- Make a humongous salad and pour some storebought vegan dressing on it. It ain't pretty but it works. If you are daring, try some of the Joy of Cooking's dressing recipes.
- There is a vegan cheese substitute called Daiya. The shredded mozzarella kind makes a pretty good pizza. Get a premade crust or follow a recipe, put pizza sauce on it, top it, bake it. Any pizza recipe will do. If you can make the crust whole wheat so much the better. Decent vegan pepperonis can be had from Yves if you like those.
- Lightlife is a good brand for fake bacon. The stuff comes in "bacon strip" type things and "tempeh bacon." I have not tried the other meats by the brand. Also the CEO has criticized the guy attempting to turn the US into his own dictatorship so that's good enough for me. Source
- The best vegan mayonnaise is called Vegenaise and the best kind of it is the soy-free kind.
- Fruit plates and fruit salads are vegan by default. Alcoholic beverages are also all, for the most part, vegan. Did you know sangria might have health benefits?
- Boil or steam green vegetables until they become a brighter green, drain, optionally dunk in ice water and drain again, done. Perfect side dish.
- You can make some simple swaps of stuff you normally get - swap out regular milk for almond or soy, butter for margarine, soy yogurt for regular. These aren't too bad.
- Bland vegan foods, like tofu, beans and rice, or veggie burgers, can be made way better with sriracha. Most baked vegan savory dishes can be improved with pressed or minced garlic added before they cook. Onion powder is the supreme savory seasoning. Fermented foods like kimchi or sauerkraut generally improve bland meals if served on the side but are super expensive, so if you can afford the investment of jars with airlocks and fermenting weights, and if your home's temperature is usually below 75 F, make your own. No, you can't make ferments without these three things, ask me how I know. *grumble*
- Several junk foods are vegan, and are so awesome you'll wonder why on earth people call veganism "healthy." Dandies marshmallows for instance, those are great. Also you should try covering popcorn in hot sauce, Spike, and nutritional yeast. Potato chips, most popcorn, kettle corn, candied almonds, terra chips, Equal Exchange chocolate bars, GoMaxGo candy bars, coconut fake ice cream, and chocolate sauce are all vegan. I suggest tossing a scoop of that fake ice cream in some soda.
- Hands down the easiest foods to make vegan are actually baked goods. It's hard to screw up when sugar's involved, but avoid all recipes that use these things in their sugary baked goods: flax "eggs," oil-free anything, fat-free anything, chickpea flour in sweet stuff, quinoa or tofu in dessert, other weird stuff that really shouldn't belong in dessert but somehow is in there. Also, most bread recipes are vegan already, especially the crusty artisan ones like baguette, focaccia, and ciabatta.
*I tried once and turned out to have a genetic B12 deficiency problem (YES, I WAS TAKING LOTS OF B12 SUPPLEMENTS, YES, IT STILL WASN'T ENOUGH). Wasn't pretty.
Links to vegan recipes
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The best vegan cookbooks
- The Uncheese Cookbook by Jo Stepaniak because all of the fake cheese recipes on the internet are vastly inferior
- How It All Vegan by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer plus the two others in that series. Note: The recipes are hit-or-miss so adapt them until you get results you like
- Skinny Italian by Teresa Giudice, for legit pizza dough and tomato sauce recipes