There is a lot of talk about veganism lately, with studies supporting the health benefits and deliciousness it can add to one’s life. When done correctly, a plant-based diet has been shown to lower heart disease risks by reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, anxiety, and even risk of cancer. In addition, it may reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
While going vegan is a positive change to make in your life if you have been struggling with weight or health issues, many new vegans experience some serious cravings for animal products. This is nearly unavoidable when giving up meat and dairy because so much of our social lives revolve around food.
1 . Pad Thai
Pad thai is one of the more difficult dishes to vegan recipes. It originally calls for eggs, fish sauce, and shrimp paste. Luckily there are many good recipes out there that have wonderful reviews! This is a collection of the best reviews, so you can determine if it’s something you’d like to try. A bonus is that this one is quick and easy.
2 . Chickpea Curry
Chickpeas are a great meat substitute, as they have a bit of a crunch to them when cooked correctly. This curry recipe suggests you use yellow curry paste, which I haven’t tried yet but want to! Yellow curries contain turmeric, which has TONS of health benefits – it’s even been linked to curing cancer!
3 . Vegan French Toast
French toast is another breakfast food that can be difficult to organize. Most people use eggs and dairy because they act as the binding agent, but this recipe gets away with using mashed bananas instead! It also uses flax meal, which is full of Omega-3’s, so it’s a serious health upgrade to the traditional recipe.
4 . Banana Oatmeal Muffins
One of my favorite vegan breakfasts is oatmeal! It has so many benefits – it keeps you full for hours, reduces cholesterol and blood pressure, improves digestion, helps you lose weight, and boosts brain function! The cinnamon in this recipe also has health benefits – it can reduce inflammation, manage diabetes, relieve pain, fight cancer, lower cholesterol, protect your memory, and more.
5 . Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus
Hummus is another good “vegan-friendly” food that can be difficult to make. Luckily, this one is even simpler than the recipe above! If you are looking for a new hummus recipe with some heat, give this one a try. You can also add extra veggies or pita chips to make it more filling if you want something to keep you full.
6 . Baked Tofu and Broccoli Bowls with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce
This recipe is a little more time-consuming than the others but very healthy and delicious! Filled with protein from tofu and broccoli, this is a great vegan dinner idea. The sauce can be used for other meals too, so you can decide if it’s worth the time investment.
7 . Vegan Sloppy Joes
Sloppy joes are classic comfort food that most people grew up loving! This recipe includes lentils and quinoa instead of meat…however, if you aren’t looking for a vegan version it also has a more traditional recipe with beef available. The vegan one is gluten-free and lower in fat than the original.
8 . Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecakes
This vegan dessert recipe sounds too good to be true, but it’s real! This isn’t your average cheesecake either – the peanut butter makes it creamy and flavorful. The recipe also includes a gluten-free version to cater to all dietary needs!