Tips and Recipes for Great Vegan Eating
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.
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.
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.
In just 20 minutes, you can sit down to a savory bowl of Breakfast Quinoa.
Have a little more time in the morning? A warm, comforting Quinoa Apple Strudel Breakfast Bowl should be on the menu.
Get your morning protein with this savory Jumbo Chickpea Pancake from OhSheGlows.com. (It’s gluten- and nut-free, too.)
OhSheGlows.com also offers this Vegan Cinnamon Rolls recipe because no one should have to live without freshly baked cinnamon rolls!
Find your waffle iron, because you’ll want to put Isa Chandra’s Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles in the rotation.
Pick up Hilary’s Eat Well Organic Apple Maple Veggie Sausage at Native Sun and you’ll be good to go for vegan cookbook author Kathy Patalsky’s Vegan Breakfast Sandwich.
Add some crisp French toast to your morning with chef Karen Hatfield’s Pain Perdu with Roasted Plums.
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.
Grill it, pan-fry it, just make it! It’s the Crazy Good Carrot Dog!
Try this Marinated, Grilled Portobello Burger at your next cookout.
Kale slaw from our own Native Sun Deli is featured in these vegan Crispy Potato Tacos.
Speaking of slaw, this recipe for Refried Bean Tostadas with Mango Slaw packs in the veggies and the flavor.
This vegetarian recipe for Spicy Corn and Avocado Soup from Pacific Foods can easily go vegan with a simple swap of vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
A cashew cream topping makes these Black Bean Taquitos from Kailo Nutrition next-level delicious.
Here are more lunch and dinner dishes from around the web:
Make Vegan Broccoli and Tofu with Sweet & Sour Sauce from WhereIsMySpoon.co as mild or as hot as you like for a company-worthy meal.
BonAppetit.com offers up chef Danny Newberg’s “insanely delicious” Bean and Grain Stew with Garlic and Chiles.
Everyone should have a fast, simple pasta recipe up their sleeves. Here’s Spaghetti Aglio e Olio from BonAppetit.com.
How much color can one pizza deliver? Find out with the Minimalist Baker’s Butternut Squash Veggie Pizza.
Hmm, guacamole on a Vegan Nacho Pizza from TheStingyVegan.com? Yes, please!
Short on time? A prepared coleslaw mix makes this Eating Well Black Bean & Mango Salad recipe come together in a flash.
Discover the wonders of tempeh with Baked Sweet Potato and Tempeh Empanadas from Food and Wine.
Can you have too many vegan burger recipes? We don’t think so, either. Try Veggie Burgers with Pomegranate Ketchup from chef Richard Blais.
IKEA’s got nothing on these vegan Swedish Meatballs from One Green Planet.
Vegan snack recipes.
In addition to keeping hunger at bay, snacks are an opportunity to work some extra nutrition into your day.
Nutritional yeast is the perfect stand-in for Parmesan in Fall Spinach Pesto.
Cauliflower and cashews are the secret weapons in this classic Spinach and Artichoke Dip from Serious Eats.
This recipe for Pressure-Cooker Hummus from Eating Well eliminates the long soaking and cooking process so you can be dipping in less than an hour.
You’re just one bowl and five ingredients away from these vegan, gluten-free Homemade Nut Bars from BeamingBaker.com.
Vegan dessert recipes.
You deserve a great dessert! Start with these recipes from Native Sun:
Make Chia Pudding a couple of hours in advance to let the goodness come together.
Too hot to bake? No problem: Try these easy, refrigerated No Bake Chocolate Chip Oat Bites.
Vegan ice cream, fruit, and a creamy sauce? This Chocolate Peanut Butter Sundae with “Marshmallow” Sauce has everything you need in a summer snack.