10 Things to Make on a Plant Based Diet
Being plant-based might seem hard, but it is actually an easy diet plan to follow. You might want to try it out and see how it is, but you probably don’t know where to start, do not worry. When starting something new, everything might be confusing, so make things a bit easier for yourself. Here are ten things you can make on your plant-based diet to hopefully make this change just a bit easier on you.
Acai bowls are delicious. You probably order them all the time; however, you can definitely make these delicious healthy meals at home. They go great after a workout. You can buy the acai berries at the grocery stores already ready for smoothies or bowls. Add some granola and your favorite fruit like blueberry and banana, and you got a delicious snack.
Spicy Baked Tofu Bowls
Purchase extra firm tofu and press all the moisture out of the tofu. Cut it into tiny cubes that you will eat and toss the tofu in olive oil, soy sauce, and starch. Place the tofu in a pan and bake it in the oven at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Place it over the cilantro lime rice that you made or bought pre-ready at the store. Add a few black beans, lettuce, cooked red peppers, avocado, chopped tomatoes, and some spicy dressing on top. To make the spicy dressing, mix sriracha, and tahini dressing together. Now you have a delicious spicy tofu burrito bowl worthy of any vegan restaurant.
Buddha bowls are delicious, and here is the perfect way to make your delicious bowl. Start with cooked rice or quinoa, add a healthy fat like avocado, nuts, or olives. Add some roasted sweet potatoes, and carrots make it seasonal by adding pumpkin in the fall. Cucumbers give the buddha bowl a nice crunch and texture. Put some sauteed greens like kale, add steamed beans, or broccoli, and some shredded carrots; it will add a pop of color to your bowl. Protein is always an amazing thing to add. I personally love adding a gallop of hummus to the bowl and mixing everything with some lemon juice dressing.
Homemade Rolled Tacos
You shouldn’t give up tacos because you want to be plant-based. Beyond beef is a great meat alternative to substitute meat for. Purchase vegan sour cream, Parmesan cheese, salsa, and lettuce. Cook the beyond meat in a pan with tomato and onions, add it into tortillas, and roll it up. Add shredded lettuce, Parmesan cheese, and the vegan sour cream on top. Yummy.
Veggies and Rice
An amazing meal all wrapped up in one baking pan. This is a hearty list with plenty of ingredients and very delicious, and others will love this. You’ll need bell pepper, carrots, 2 garlic cloves, one teaspoon of garlic powder, parsley, a wedge of red onions, thyme, and two zucchinis. Add uncooked rice in the bottom of the pan and 1 and 1/2 cups of vegetable broth and add the vegetables on top. Add paprika, olive oil, salt, and dairy-free butter. Mix all of this in with 1 1/4 cups of water, so the rice cooks. Heat the oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit, cover the pan with tin foil and let it cook for 20 minutes. Remove the tinfoil and stir and allow it to cook for another 20 to 30 minutes. Boom, you have one oven baked pan full of fluffy rice and deliciously seasoned veggies enough for five.
Overnight oats are great to make and leave in your fridge overnight, and in the morning, you have a delicious ready to eat a meal. All you need is rolled oats, soy milk, or plant-based milk of your choice, dairy-free yogurt, chia seeds, and any fruits you love that are in season. Place it in a Tupperware or a mason jar and let it stay overnight in the fridge.
Roasted Tomato Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love a good sandwich and this one will make your mouth water. Slice up tomatoes, avocados, vegan mayo, all placed inside yummy sourdough bread, and toasted calls for a simple but delicious sandwich.
This is one of the first things that I’ve tried when going plant-based, and I have to say this is a tried and true staple for me. The dumpling or wonton papers are found in the vegan cold section, so you can get the wonton wrap without eggs. The filling should include cabbage, carrots, and a bit of baked tofu. Dip it into the sweet and sour sauce, and you have a delicious appetizer.
Simple but delicious. The base should be couscous or quinoa/rice and lettuce with olive oil, oven-roasted carrots, balsamic dressing, bell pepper, and parsley. Great to mix up your almost bad veggies and eat them before they’re gone.
A budget-friendly meal is great, especially when you’re spending more on fresh and yummy veggies. Cook kale, sundried tomatoes, and white beans in a skillet with olive oil and cut up a piece of french bread, and you have a healthy vegan and gluten-free meal.
There you have it, ten utterly delicious plant-based meals to start trying. We have healthy options for some delicious homemade Chinese inspired options. These budget-friendly options go great for those on a tight budget while still trying to be plant-based. Let us know which ones you like best and which one of these recipes have your mouth watering that you are just dying to try next. Let us know in the comments below what meals you want to eat the most and what you’re going to try right after you finish this article. I personally love the wonton/dumpling, as it was the first recipe that I tried and fell in love with even those who aren’t plant-based adored that one. I would love to try that one pan rice and veggie mix next on my to-make recipe list.