Vegan risotto can be tough to make. Traditional risotto recipes call for a lot of dairy, which makes creating a good vegan version a challenge. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this classic Italian dish senza formaggio.
Here are some exciting risotto recipes that are delicious, satisfying, and totally vegan. more→
No matter the season, soup remains a staple dish in everyone’s home. Hearty vegan soups are a great meal option for vegans because they can be easily made with plant-based ingredients. Soups are a great way to cook vegetables and other hearty ingredients like lentils, beans, and even potatoes.
However, there are a number of non-vegan soup recipes that need to be updated with more plant-based substitutes. One of these classics is cream of chicken and wild rice. For vegans, a simple substitute is mushroom and wild rice. This soup is perfect for cozy nights or lunch on a chilly winter day. more→
Winter is a special kind of season. And the best part of it is that no matter how cold it gets outside, you can always come in for a warm meal. It’s one of the best feelings in the world to watch the snow fall outside while you enjoy a steaming bowl of healthy vegan food.
And if you’ve never used a crock pot to make that food, you’re missing out. A crockpot makes it incredibly easy to whip up a meal since all you have to do is put all the ingredients together and wait. Plus, all you need to get started are some good crock pot vegetarian recipes. So in the spirit of winter, here are 5 easy winter crock pot recipes that will keep you warm and healthy through the long, silent nights and clear snowy mornings. more→
Everybody loves tacos. However, in order to eat tacos as a vegan, we sometimes have to get a little creative. A plant-based diet means we have to load up on veggies and find some alternatives to certain taco staples. Of course, that just means our tacos are more colorful and unique! Some recipes for our favorite vegetarian tacos are over on OhMyVeggies, and they cover everything from tofu tacos to lentil tacos. Most of these vegetarian tacos are great options for vegans, but unfortunately, some of them do include things like eggs. As a result, there are only a few viable options for the most important meal of the day: breakfast! Who wouldn’t want to eat tacos for breakfast? Some people think that to be healthy they should eat less and just skip their first meal, but in actuality, you need to eat a good breakfast. In order to jump start your morning, we’re here to give you some vegan and vegetarian tacos recipes for the best vegan tacos for breakfast! more→
It can sometimes be tough to be vegan around the holidays. You have to content yourself with side dishes while your family eats turkey and asks you the same annoying questions about your diet.
But luckily, your holiday meal doesn’t just have to be about hunger and interrogation. Bringing some of these vegetarian entrees for Thanksgiving, or vegan side dishes to any holiday meal is a great way to both feed yourself and give your relatives a taste of the vegetarian lifestyle. more→
Spring is here and it’s that time of year when you just want to jump into everything that’s fresh and green. So what better way to celebrate the season of renewal and rebirth than with some new healthy, green veggie sandwich recipes. Of course, with all the fun things to do now that the snow is finally gone, who wants to stay inside cooking.
That’s why these easy veggie sandwich recipes are so great for this time of year. They’re easy. They’re delicious. And they will help you start off the season with a fresh new diet.
What could be better than that?
10 Spring Veggie Sandwich Recipes
It takes the crispy texture of tofu and combines it with the tangy, sweet taste of ginger peanut sauce and finally throws in some spicy red peppers for a tantalizing twinge of heat. And as if that wasn’t enough, the veggie strings and crisp onion greens add a satisfying crunch to the soft pita bread.
Definitely worth a try this spring. And give it a squirt of lime juice while you’re at it to really bring it all together.
Here’s a question for you: “Have you ever tried tempeh?”
If the answer was anything but “yes,” then that’s something you need to fix right now. The soybean cakes are an Indonesian staple that is a delicious vegan food that can serve in just about any recipe.
And it’s so easy (and so cheap) to make. Just take the tempeh, marinate it in some BBQ sauce, fry it up and slap it between some fresh bread with sliced cabbage.
Mexican food is one of every vegan’s favorites because it’s so easy to just sub the meat out of it. And these veggie wraps show how true that is.
And this veggie sandwich recipe combines some really creative ingredients like roasted sweet potato rounds and avocado for a delicious veggie lunch. All you have to do is put them in a tortilla and wrap them up.
Easy to make and satisfying. What else can you ask for in a veggie sandwich?
It combines fresh hummus with slices of smooth avocado and a crispy piece of tomato. Together they make for a perfect lunch or healthy snack.
Vegan “imitation” recipes aren’t always that good, but this imitation egg salad is actually a pretty good substitute for the real thing.
Not only is the texture dead on, but it has that hearty, slightly tart taste that you think of when you imagine egg salad. That, and the fact that it’s super easy to whip up, makes this a great vegan version of one of your favorite comfort foods.
It’s perfect for those rainy spring days when served along with with a bowl of steaming tomato soup.
Because on top of that salty, savory tempeh is the light, creamy taste of avocado and the slightly sweet, slightly bitter mingling of sauerkraut and thousand island dressing.
It’s surprisingly complex for such an easy-to-make recipe. And it’s heavy enough to fill in for a filling lunch or dinner after a day of enjoying the spring weather.
And combined with the hearty taste of the baked tofu it’s surprisingly filling. It’s definitely worth putting together for a good lunch or even an easy family dinner (assuming no-one is picky about olives).
The creamy elements of the hummus and the avocado combine with the crisp textures of the cucumber and tomato for a really unusual and pleasing wrap. It’s perfect for a healthy lunch in the park after a spring bike ride.
These vegan wraps are one of those rare things in life that is both incredibly delicious and really good for you.
It’s loaded with superfoods like quinoa, spinach, and avocado. And it packs a spicy Asian-inspired taste. So if you’re looking for an easy way to get the raw nutrients your body needs to heal after flu season you really can’t ask for a better way than this. It’s one of the best veggie sandwich recipes to help you take charge of your health.
These veggie wraps are a great companion to a warm bowl of soup on those chilly early-spring days.
They’re easy to make and have a delicious earthy flavor that makes you think of a healthy taco. Combine them with some south-western inspired soups for a great easy meal.
The number of purely vegan restaurants in the United States is growing exponentially. It is encouraging to see some restaurants commit to a 100 percent plant-based menu, as there are many exciting things chefs can do with produce. These restaurants have menus that fully utilize local and seasonal ingredients and entice diners from all dietary lifestyles. Vegan restaurants show people the multifaceted flavors that come from fruits and vegetables and strengthen the vegan presence in the culinary world. Here are five of the best vegan eateries in the United States you should visit:
Gracias Madre in San Francisco and Los Angeles
Gracias Madre is a Mexican restaurant that is 100 percent plant-based and organic. The restaurant environment feels elevated in its design through a mix of exotic comfort and well-curated decor. Behind a graphic-tiled bar lies a large selection of vegan spirits, such as Captain Morgan, almond milk horchata and tequila blanco.
The restaurant was inspired when the owners, who also own Cafe Gratitude, visited the families of their Mexican employees. They wanted to capture the passion and tradition of Mexican food, but through plant-based ingredients. The food celebrates Mother Earth as well as the beauty of the Mexican culture and cuisine.
The Butcher’s Daughter in Los Angeles and New York
Part juice bar, part cafe, The Butcher’s Daughter is a haven for healthy fare. The restaurant has a produce calendar, which showcases the season’s fruit and vegetable offerings. The restaurant knows that seasonal and local produce tastes the best and enhances the community’s sustainability.
One outstanding juice on the menu is the Goddess of Green, which promotes mental clarity. It includes kale, cucumber, pineapple, fennel, green apple, thyme and blue green algae. Other show stoppers include the tacos verdes, spinach artichoke crock, avocado tartare and raw pesto linguine.
Kajitsu in NYC
Kajitsu is a one-star Michelin restaurant that offers exceptional vegan Japanese fare. Kajitsu’s shojin cooking style originates from Zen Buddhism and is regarded as the foundation of all Japanese cuisine. The multi-course meal is composed of seasonal and fresh ingredients and prepared with methods that enhance the flavor profile of each component.
One outstanding dish is the Takiawase, which is made of cauliflower, pumpkin, daikon, fried tofu, scallion, Nama-fu and yuzu. The dishes at Kajitsu excel in flavor and are beautifully plated for a complete and sensational delight.
Vedge in Philadelphia
Vedge was launched by the husband and wife team, Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby, in 2011. The menu spotlights seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, and it uses zero animal products.
Its winter menu features delectable dishes, like cauliflower cottage pie made of mushroom ropa vieja and whipped and pickled cauliflower. Its sticky toffee pudding is a highlight for any vegan who has a sweet tooth. The sweet toffee pudding is layered in its flavor profile with the addition of cedar ice cream and smoked chestnuts.
Canteen in Portland
Canteen is the epitome of Portland veganism. It is unapologetic in its passionate pursuit and knows how to do vegan food right. The restaurant brings in strong flavors from all over the world, including southern barbecue, curries, Mexican spices and kimchi.
Canteen’s bowls and salads are simple, but strong in flavor. It also offers a variety of fresh-pressed juices and smoothies. The Maca & Friends smoothie makes for a wonderful snack, as its ingredients of banana, almond butter, dates, vanilla, almond milk and maca will thoroughly nourish you.
In a society that promotes unhealthy eating in the form of deep-fried fast food, eating vegan is no easy task. Discipline is difficult if close friends and family don’t support you. However, vegan has finally entered the mainstream and brands now cater to this healthy and more sustainable lifestyle. So which brands should you look at in 2016 for vegan products? Here’s the lowdown. more→