The last time you went to a supermarket, did you come across foods labelled vegan friendly? When you visited your favourite dessert place, did you find a whole section designated to vegan desserts? Did your favourite celebrity just turn vegan? Did your trainer ask you to turn vegan to break that weight plateau?
Well, welcome to the world of veganism. A world where your diet consists of whole grains, fruits and vegetables sans meat, eggs, dairy and other animal-derived products like honey. For a hardcore meat eater, this might seem not doable. It might seem as if salads and steamed veggies are the only options when you take away all that meat and dairy. But one might be surprised by the wide variety of vegan dishes that can be made easily at home without compromising on the taste.
Let us have a look at the 12 tasty vegan recipes given below. These tasty plant-based dishes are a flavour bomb and are guaranteed to turn you into a vegan lover.
Vegan Smoothie Bowl
Breakfast is the main meal of the day, and what better way to start the day with a super healthy bowl of vegan smoothie. To make this smoothie add frozen berries like strawberry, raspberries, blackberries along with ripe avocado in a blender. You can even use a ripe banana to add some natural sweetness. Pour in some plant-based milk like almond milk or oats milk and blend it smooth. You can also add a handful of spinach or flax seeds to make it healthier.
Avocado on Toast
Another easy-peasy breakfast recipe that can be quite handy on a busy Monday morning. Core and slice a ripe avocado. Add a dash of lemon juice to prevent it from browning. Arrange it artfully on a whole grain toast and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Vegan Cornflakes and Muesli
If you can’t let go of your favourite cornflakes or muesli, don’t worry. You can eat them and still be a vegan. Instead of your regular dairy milk just substitute with plant-based milk. There are many options for plant-based milk available in the market right now. It’s easy to make your choice of plant-based milk at home too.
Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes
This lazy Saturday morning brunch dish is super healthy and super tasty. To some buckwheat flour add baking powder, maple syrup, vinegar and almond milk along with a little water. Add a pinch of cinnamon towards the end. Cook the pancakes on a pan sprayed with some olive oil. Serve with some maple syrup and sliced bananas on top.
Sweet Potato Fries
These healthy fries make a great snack and are vegan friendly. Wash your sweet potatoes and cut them into French fries. Place them in a bowl and add olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place them in the air fryer and bake them till crisp.
Veggies and Hummus
Hummus is a Middle Eastern creamy, garlicky yummy spread that goes well with assorted cut veggies. Hummus is very easy to make. You need canned chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper. Just blend all till smooth and creamy. Scoop it into a bowl and drizzle some olive oil on top and sprinkle some paprika. Serve it with some cut cucumbers, carrots, cherry tomatoes and crackers.
Vegan Potato Soup
A hearty filling soup on a cold winters day not only warms up your body but also nourishes your soul. In a soup pot, add peeled and cut onions, celery and carrots. Cook them till the onion turns translucent. Add in the potato cubes and vegetable broth along with salt pepper, garlic and dried parsley. Cook till all the vegetables turn soft. Use a blender and blend it smooth. You can add a dash of vegan milk to make it creamier.
Biryani is the quintessential Indian food and you can never go wrong with it. Sauté your onions with some whole spices. Add in ginger, garlic tomatoes, cubed vegetables of your choice along with some fresh herbs. Add in your rice and steam till done. Serve this with some mint and coriander chutney.
Vegan Tikka Masala
Panner isn’t vegan but tofu sure is. Marinate some firm tofu and vegetables like potato, mushrooms in a marinade of soy yoghurt, ginger garlic paste and red chilli powder. Leave it overnight. Skewer them and grill them in an oven after spraying them with some olive oil. Serve with cut onions, mint chutney and lemon wedges.
Drain a can of chickpeas. Rinse them and add them to a bowl. Add firmly diced green onions, cucumbers, carrots, red capsicum and yellow capsicum. Squeeze in some lemon juice, add salt, dried herbs like rosemary, thyme and parsley. Give it a toss and sprinkle generously with some chopped coriander.
Tofu Veggie Stir-fry
You will need some extra-firm tofu for this recipe. Make sure to squeeze out the water and dry it using a kitchen towel. Now dust your tofu with some cornflour and pan fry it in sesame oil till crispy. In a wok, stir fry vegetables like carrot, beans and capsicum. Add soy sauce, ginger and a dash of maple syrup. Add some cornstarch slurry to thicken the mix. Finally put in the crispy fried tofu, give a mix and garnish with some green onions and sesame seeds.
Cook some rice with lemon zest till soft. Add in some almond or walnut milk and simmer it on a gentle heat. Add some sugar and stir it. You can replace sugar with maple syrup and stir in some toasted nuts and coconut for an extra crunch effect. Substitute coconut milk and add in some mangoes for a very tropical pudding. Chill and enjoy.
Don’t forget to try these 12 tasty vegan recipes. Hope you enjoy them.