Stop whatever you are doing and ask yourself this question. Are you tired of feeling like your diet is limited due to the lack of vegan food options at your local restaurants? Well, I have the perfect solution for you. Grab your favorite apron, go to the kitchen, and prepare to cook some bomb vegan recipes that will put all of your local restaurants to shame.
1. Vegan Mac n Cheese
Cheese has been highly neglected because it is a dairy product, and lactose intolerance is a very common issue. If you’re somebody who loves cheese but can’t have it due to a dairy intolerance, prepare to be mind-blown. Yes, there is vegan cheese! From brands such as Daiya to Kite Hill to Tofutti, the options are literally endless. There is also nutritional yeast, which will come to a cheese lover’s rescue! In fact, nutritional yeast is the main ingredient for this delicious vegan mac n cheese recipe! Here’s what you’ll need to do. Cook 1-2 cups of whole-grain macaroni elbows and drain them after they’re done. Next, add 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of avocado oil to a saucepan, and add onions and stir fry them until they are translucent. After that’s done, add a cup of grated potato, 3 cloves of minced garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder, salt, red pepper flakes, 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, a cup of water, and 2/3 cup of raw cashews. Let this mixture simmer until the potatoes are fully cooked, and then transfer to a blender. Add 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast to the blend, and pour the mixture onto your pasta and enjoy the party in your mouth!
2. Broccoli Cashew Fried Rice
Broccoli and cashew might seem like a weird combination, but they go just as well together as peanut butter and jelly! This recipe is so good, and definitely worth drooling over. Before making the fried rice, you want to make the sauce first! Grab a bowl, and mix in 2 tablespoons of liquid aminos (soy sauce substitute), 1 tablespoon of water, 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of white rice vinegar, 1 teaspoon of red miso paste, 1/2 teaspoon of red chili flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger. After that’s done, add some oil to a pan and stir fry some chopped onions, and 1 broccoli head. Add some cooked jasmine or brown rice, and stir fry it with half of the sauce mixture. Transfer your fried rice to a bowl and add more of the sauce mixture to your liking.
3. Pulled Pork Sandwich and Fries
Heck yeah you read that correctly! This recipe is flavor-packed and tastes almost exactly like the real thing! To a pot, add 1 can of jackfruit, 1 chopped onion, and 2 cups of water. After 45 minutes, add 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 vegetable bouillon cube, olive oil, 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke, 1 teaspoon of red chili flakes, 2 teaspoons of paprika, and vegan barbecue sauce. Put the jackfruit in the oven for about 10 minutes until they brown in color. For the fries, cut some potatoes into wedges, season them with garlic and onion powder, and cook them in the oven for about 45 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the jackfruit to your favorite hamburger buns or bread, and dig in!
4. Burrito Bowl
Skip the Chipotle down the street, and make your own vegan burrito bowl at home! Here’s what you’ll need to do! Cook some brown rice and set it aside. Grab some kale and season it with lime juice, olive oil, chopped jalapeños, cumin and salt. Mix the kale thoroughly and add it on top of your brown rice. Next, chop an avocado and add to it mild salsa verde, cilantro leaves, and lime juice. Also add this mixture to the brown rice! Lastly, add half a can of black beans to a bowl and add to it a small chopped shallot, 3 minced garlic cloves, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Add this to your bowl with some halved cherry tomatoes and enjoy!
5. Pesto Pizza
This colorful pizza is packed with vegetables and a phenomenal pesto spread. Believe it or not, this recipe is super easy, making it a recipe that anyone can make for themselves! To make the crust, add a tablespoon of yeast and a tablespoon of sugar to 1 cup of warm water. While the yeast begins to rise, grab another bowl and add a teaspoon of sea salt, 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 3 cups of flour. When the yeast starts to bubble, add your flour mixture to it and combine with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix and kneed the dough on a flour surface, and put it in the oven for 45-60 minutes, or until golden brown. For the pesto sauce, add to a blender 2 cups of spinach, 2 cups of kale, 1/2 cup of vegan parmesan, 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast, 1/3 cup of olives, 4 garlic cloves, 1/2 cup of pine nuts, 1 teaspoon of salt and blend. Add the pesto to the cooked dough, and top it with arugula, cherry tomatoes, and avocado slices!
6. Coconut Bacon
Who the hell said vegans can’t eat bacon?! They sure can! This coconut bacon recipe is freaking amazing in sandwiches, soups, salads, and basically anything! Prepare for your mind to be blown away from this universe. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grab a bowl and add to it 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke, 1 tablespoon of liquid aminos, 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of water, and then toss 3 and 1/2 cups of flaked coconuts and mix gently altogether with a wooden spoon. Pour the coconut mixture on a non-stick baking sheet and bake it in the oven for 20-25 minutes, while flipping the coconut every 5 minutes. See how easy it is to make scrumptious vegan bacon? You’re welcome.
7. Corn and Avocado Quesadillas
This warm comfort food recipe guarantees the comfort, not the weight gain! Add some corn to a bowl and mix it with 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast, 5 garlic cloves, salt and pepper. Mash some avocados in a separate bowl and add to it a cup of cherry tomatoes and chili powder. Use corn or spinach tortillas and add the corn mixture and avocado mixture. Use a pan or a panini press grill to cook your quesadillas! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
8. Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
Looking for a healthy and tasty snack? Try these crunchy roasted chickpeas! Add a layer of chickpeas to a sheet pan and bake them for 30 minutes, shaking them around from time to time. Transfer the chickpeas to a bowl, and season them with olive oil, chili powder, thyme, and salt. Put them back in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until they are crispy and golden brown. This snack is perfect to eat with popcorn while watching a movie!
9. Sweet Korean Lentils
If you love Korean food such as KBBQ or Bulgogi, this recipe is definitely worth a try. By itself, with rice, or with noodles, these lentils will not disappoint your tastebuds! In a bowl, add 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of soy sauce or liquid aminos, 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and mix well together. Cook your lentils in a tablespoon of olive oil, and cook it with onions, green onions, and sesame seeds! Serve these lentils on rice, quinoa, farro, or noodles, and grub grub grub!
10. Tofu Scramble
Tofu scrambles are the perfect substitutes for scrambled eggs! Grab some tofu and crumble it with your hands. To your crumbled tofu, add pepper, turmeric, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and salt. Add olive oil to a pan and fry your tofu with any vegetable of your choice!