Tips and Recipes for Great Vegan Eating

 
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Between a growing community of vegan bloggers, new cookbooks, and websites such as Pinterest, finding tasty vegan recipes is a cinch. Alternatives to meat, dairy, and eggs are better than ever, too, so it’s a great time to expand your vegan menu or give vegan eating a try for the first time. In this post, we’ll do a deep dive on vegan recipes, plus tips for success.

We’ll start with some suggestions to make vegan eating easier for both long-time vegans and newcomers. (Rather get right to the recipes? Scroll on down!)

Make a plan.

Whether you already follow a vegan or vegetarian diet or just want to put more clean, plant-based dishes on your table, planning is the key to success. Having a meal plan frees you from those last-minute scrambles to get dinner made and makes it easier to stick to a shopping list and healthy habits. It’s also a way to ensure you get all of the nutrition you need. Check out “Plant Based Meal Planning 101 for Beginners and Chefs” on nutriciously.com for tips.

Read labels.

Everyone has their own reasons for choosing to eliminate or reduce their consumption or use of animal products. For people who are allergic to dairy or eggs, however, it’s not a choice; it’s a must. Here at Native Sun, our shelf tagging system clearly identifies dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and other special diet-friendly products to make shopping easy for our customers, but elsewhere, it’s up to consumers to carefully read product labels. There’s a long list of ingredients that may not be readily identifiable as animal products by a lot of shoppers, such as gelatin, as well as other ingredients that may or may not be vegan-friendly. The Spruce Eats website lists more ingredients that may not be vegan or even vegetarian.

Look for appetizing apps.

Technology comes to the rescue with apps for vegan eating that can help you get information on recipes, ingredient substitutions, products, restaurants, and more. Healthline.com published a post last year that lists their app recommendations, complete with ratings and prices. Here are just a few of their suggested apps, plus some of our own:

  • Vegan Additives helps you determine if additives are vegan-friendly.

  • Vegan Wines tells you which beverages are free of animal products.

  • Veggie Alternatives suggests more than 200 vegan substitutions for alternatives to meat, eggs, and other animal products.

  • VegMenu focuses on Italian vegan and vegetarian recipes.

  • Food Monster - Vegan Recipes from One Green Planet has thousands of vegan, meatless, and dairy-free recipes.

  • HappyCow offers a robust app for iPhone and Android that helps users find vegetarian restaurants in more than 150 countries.

Let’s eat!

Even if you don’t eat vegan seven days a week, you’ll want to work these recipes into your repertoire.

Vegan breakfast recipes

Mom was right, of course: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because it replenishes fuel reserves and helps prevent overeating later in the day. Get your metabolic engine up and running early with one of these healthy breakfast options.

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Vegan lunch and dinner recipes

Your midday and evening meals can be as simple or as fancy as you like with these easy recipes from Native Sun.

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Here are more lunch and dinner dishes from around the web:

Vegan snack recipes.

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In addition to keeping hunger at bay, snacks are an opportunity to work some extra nutrition into your day.

Vegan dessert recipes.

You deserve a great dessert! Start with these recipes from Native Sun: