7 Simple Vegan Recipes You Should Try
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Let’s be honest here, who doesn’t want a fried chicken or a medium-rare beef steak or a roasted turkey or a butter baked salmon? If not all, almost everyone I know loves these savory foods.
We all have our preferences when it comes to what we want to eat or to cook. I prefer to have meat mixed with vegetables because I could simply make some delicious food from it. There are also times that I just want to have fish or vegetables, but very often. Some of us prefer meat over seafood or vegetables, dairies, or processed foods; it all boils down to our preferences.
I have seen and watched self-acclaimed vegan individuals from YouTube, but what does it mean going vegan or a vegetarian? Is there any difference between the two?
According to a blog post from Natures Path, vegans eat no animal products while vegetarians don’t eat animals but may eat products that came from them, such as eggs and dairies.
An article from The Vegan Society talks about why we should go vegan: for the animals, environment, health, and people. Going vegan demonstrates animal compassion; avoiding animal products is a way that we stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation everywhere. In terms of health, going vegan is great as it allows more room for health-promoting nutrients that comes from these plant-based foods. One most striking thing that we, as an individual, can do is to lower our carbon footprint by avoiding animal products. Switching to a plant-based living is also more sustainable to feed the human family.
How to begin this journey?
Learning new things the first time is never easy, especially a lifestyle change. Some may find it amusing at first, but later, after a week or months, they gave up because they realized it’s not for them. Some may not be interested, but later on, they’ll get used to it and eventually love it.
Here are some tried and tested tips from The Vegan Society on how to begin your vegan journey.
Take it slow. It takes time to determine what works for you and what’s not. You can start making little changes to your meals every day by adding more plant-based foods. Instead of having meat for your dinners, try to make a plant-based dish, you can check Pinterest or YouTube for recipe ideas. For your regular milk, you can opt for non-dairy, like almond or soy or coconut milk (plant-based).
You don’t need to deprive yourself of eating what you like; this is just a simple step to start your vegan journey.
Do it Right. Nowadays, there’s a lot of unhealthy vegan food that is out in the market. There are vegan versions of our junk foods. Really? Definitely! So planning your meals is essential to make sure that you are getting the right nutrients. You could also ask your dietitian about it.
Try new things. Pinterest has a wide variety of saved information from home ideas, food recipes, DIY, home decor, and so on, you just have to search for pins, and you can try them. And the good thing about it? You don’t need to have an account to view images.
If you want to watch vegan recipes and ideas, then YouTube is excellent for you. Watching chefs and individuals with that savory foods would encourage you to try on your own.
Keep Learning. Allow yourself a time to learn. Going vegan is a learning curve.
Ask for Help. Do not be afraid to ask. There are people out there who have the same journey as you. You can search for Facebook Group or join your local community; they will support or even guide you.
Remember Why. Remind yourself of the reasons why you choose a vegan lifestyle.
Don’t Give Up. Along the way, you may encounter problems, don’t give up. Believe in yourself, live the vegan life you want, and enjoy it.
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Here are some simple vegan recipes that you must try! You can find these recipes on YouTube, and I will add their links below. Enjoy!
1. Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Ingredients: Ripe Banana, Roll Oatmeal, Peanut Butter
Mashed the ripe bananas in a bowl. Add peanut butter and oatmeal.
Mix everything. Add baking powder (optional).
Pop in the oven.
2. Black Bean Tacos
Ingredients: Tortillas, Black Beans, Baby Spinach, Salsa
Place baby spinach into the taco.
Add black beans.
Top with salsa.
3. Vegan Pancake
Ingredients: Whole Wheat Flour, Baking powder, Almond Milk
On a bowl, add a cup of flour, a pinch of salt, a tablespoon of baking powder, and mix.
Add 1 cup of almond milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (optional)
Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
On a non-stick skillet, coat the pan with coconut oil. Add a scoop of batter and put it in a pan forming small-medium pancakes.
Once it is cooked through and golden brown. Serve with your favorite toppings!
4. Marinara and Veggie Pasta
Ingredients: Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Eggplant, Zucchini, Marinara Sauce, Beans, Garlic
Cook pasta and set it aside.
Add a splash of water in a pan and add the chopped zucchini and eggplant. Cover the lid.
Add the beans, and some marinara sauce, wait until everything’s cooked.
Add your pasta. You can also add some marinara sauce.
Stir and serve.
5. Hummus and Veggie Sandwich
Ingredients: Avocado, Bread, Hummus, Lettuce, Carrots
Toast the sandwich bread (optional).
Spread hummus on both sides of the bread.
Add the chopped veggies. (You can add/use vegetables that is available on your pantry.)
6. Garlic Green Beans
Ingredients: Green Beans, Salt, Vegan Butter
Melt 2 tablespoons of vegan butter.
Add the beans and mix well.
Season with garlic and salt.
Once the beans are cooked, put it on a plate and season with pepper.
7. Quinoa Power Bowl
Ingredients: Quinoa, Tomato Sauce, Black Beans, Frozen/Fresh Veggies, Basil, Pumpkin Seeds (Optional)
On a low heat, boil the quinoa and add some salt. Cook for about 15 minutes.
Add the black beans, veggies, tomato sauce, basil, and add 1/4 cup of water.
Mix it well.
Stir occasionally. Cover the lid for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the quinoa is thoroughly cooked.
Transfer into a plate and add some pumpkin seeds. (optional)
A single step can make a difference. Change is the only constant in this world, and these changes affect us. This lifestyle change could help other people, and we might even save the environment just by doing so.