Salad dressing can get a little tricky when you’re vegan. Most are made out of oils and vinegars. But if you want a hearty, creamy dressing, many have mayonnaise in them. Luckily, it’s easy to get a creamy, vegan salad dressing by using ingredients like vegan mayonnaise, hummus or even nuts like cashews. Below are some of the top creamy vegan salad dressing recipes. more→
Chickpeas should be a mainstay in any vegan diet. They’re super easy to cook with and are a great source of iron and protein. They also have a subtle nutty flavor that mixes well with just about any other flavoring. And their hearty grainy texture is super satisfying. Below are several vegan chickpea salad recipes, both for sandwiches and served as side dishes.
Chickpea salad: A great vegan substitute for egg salad sandwiches is a chickpea salad sandwich. This combines chickpeas with vegan mayo, along with veggies like onions, celery, pickles and red bell peppers. Yellow mustard, pepper and lemon juice also add plenty of flavor.
Cucumber chickpea salad with lemony tahini dressing: The super cool thing about this recipe? It’s served right inside a hallowed out tomato. The cucumbers add just the right amount of crunch to the chickpea base.
Chickpea sunflower sandwich: This is another recipe that combines chickpeas with vegan mayo. It also adds in roasted sunflower seeds to add to the flavor. Mustard, maple syrup and dill also contribute to a dish with rich, complex flavors. The recipe is served up on wheat bread with lettuce, avocado, red onions and tomatoes.
Chickpea salad sandwich: This super easy recipe simply calls for blending soaked chickpeas, cashew cream, red onions and celery together. It’s then seasoned with salt to taste. Serve it up on whole wheat bread with toppings like sprouts, tomatoes and pickles.
Mashed chickpea salad sandwich: This sandwich is served with a layer of mashed avocado, in addition to the chickpea salad. To make the mashed chickpea salad, you can combine the chickpeas with hummus, tahini or vegan mayo.
Mediterranean pesto chickpea salad: Fans of pesto rejoice! This recipe goes great as a sandwich. It calls for chickpeas (of course), black olives, artichoke hearts, red bell peppers and salt and pepper to taste. It’s all mixes together with an easy pesto base.
Lentil and chickpea salad sandwich: If you love the earthy flavor of lentils, then you’ll want to try this dish. If you have dieting concerns, the person who made this recipe cut it with red lentils because they are lower in fat, but higher in protein and fiber. The ingredients are combined with vegan mayo in this dish.
Chickpea salad: Looking for a more traditional salad, like the kind you can throw in a bowl and eat? This recipe throws in a hearty amount of chickpeas combined with ingredients like peppers, kalamata olives and parsley.
Mediterranean chickpea salad sandwich: In addition to the chickpea salad, this sandwich loads in the cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and mashed avocado. The salad itself calls for flavorings like tahini, lemon juice, turmeric, smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder and cumin.
Curried chickpea salad sandwich: Here’s a great lunch idea for curry fans. In addition to the obvious chickpeas and curry in this dish, there’s also the sweet taste of diced apples. Dried cranberries also add fruity flavor against the mustard and vegan mayo base.
You provide your favorite vegan dish and there it is—the wrinkled nose from your non vegan partner. Soon the comments about life not being worth living without meat and cheese start. But this can be a good opportunity to introduce your non vegan partner to the wide world of vegan cooking, which can often look like more traditional cooking. Vegan diets aren’t without hot dogs, pizza, favored Chinese restaurant dishes and even facsimiles of bacon, of course. So it’s time to show your non vegan partner what vegan cooking can do. Below are several good vegan recipes for a non vegan partner. more→
There’s nothing quite like the invigorating color of bright green smoothies. Just looking at the deep chlorophyll green makes you feel healthy. But looking at it reminds you of the taste of spinach or what you would imagine grass to taste like.
Actually, a brilliant green smoothie can taste amazing. Added flavors like spices, berries and tropical fruits can make a green smoothie taste divine. So below are several types of green smoothies that don’t taste green. more→
As far as holistic health trends go, Ayurveda has been popping up everywhere in recent years. There are even Ayurvedic health drinks and recipes being offered in some of the trendiest restaurants. It’s no surprise that this ancient Indian system of medicine is becoming more popular.
Ayurveda takes a truly holistic approach toward the entire human body and mind. It seeks to balance a person, rather than treating illnesses after they manifest. Though it can do that, too. With how popular and versatile ayurveda is, it’s tempting to just throw a bunch of Indian herbs into your cooking and hope it helps. But there’s a rich philosophy behind Ayurveda that will help you make the most of Ayurvedic herbs. more→
If you’re vegan or thinking of going vegan, there’s one major concern: how are you supposed to fit all that fresh produce and exotic food into your budget? Being vegan has long had a negative stereotype of being the diet of choice for affluent yuppies who are disconnected to the budget concerns of the more average household. What you really need is to know how to create a vegan shopping list on a budget.
But in reality, you don’t have to break the bank going vegan. Many recipes simply substitute out butter for even more affordable options like vegetable oil, for instance. Read on to learn how to create a vegan shopping list on a budget.
Here’s how to create a vegan shopping list on a budget.
Plan versatile meals
What tends to make vegan shopping look so intimidating is all the fancy recipes that call for exotic foods like tempeh. If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll want to keep your meals as simple as you can. What really ups the grocery bill is all the exotic, specialty flavorings and additives like miso paste and spirulina powder.
If you’re on a budget, you’ll need more flexibility in your cooking as you scour the ads for what’s on sale, what’s seasonal and what’s in your specific budget.
Ideas for flexible meals include salads, pastas, sandwiches and wraps, burritos or burrito bowls, stir fries, veggies and hummus, smoothies, anything potato-based like baked potatoes and potato curry, smoothies and healthy grain bowls like oatmeal with fruit toppings. These are all basic ideas with cheaper, easily accessible food options. Many of these ingredients can be mixed up, as well, like hummus sandwiches.
Plan based on categories
After you’ve identified your flexible eating options, pick up what you can within your budget out of four basic categories: fruits, veggies, grains and vegan protein sources. That will allow you to have a balanced, complete diet.
What you get will depend on what you decide to make. You’ll need greens if you want salads or beans for bean burritos, for instance.
The other way is to work backwards. Figure out what’s on sale this week or within your budget, and plan from there. Is spinach in season/on sale? Looks like a good excuse for a basic vegan spinach salad. If you notice a coupon for quinoa, it might be quinoa bowl week.
Identity a few must-have specialty items
Being on a budget doesn’t mean you’re restricted from the world of jazzing up your meals a little. This is where you’ll decide which vegan specialty flavorings you must have and fit them into your budget. This will vary wildly depending on your taste.
Common affordable vegan flavoring ideas include Sriracha sauce, basic spices like oregano, vegan mayo and sesame oil. You’ll also want to identify the cheapest milk sources, if you use a lot of it. Then again, you may want to cost compare the actual nuts to the nut milk, since a comparison at Mother Jones found that getting actual almonds gets you all those nutrients of the nut, without that nut being watered down and overpriced.
You’ll want to aim for the types of flavorings that go well with your versatile dishes and can even be used across different dishes. Like how vegan mayo is great for sandwiches and makes a great base for many vegan salad dressings.
Spring and summer are headed our way. While that may mean fun in the sun and a great reason to boost those mood-elevating vitamin D levels, it can also be a time for heartache. Heartache because soup season is over. Or is it? We’ve rounded up some spring seasonal vegan soup recipes that use spring veggies and herbs to create a lighter taste that works great in the warmer months. Check out these spring vegan soup recipes to change up your soup game and continuing making this lovely, versatile dish. more→
In a world where everything seems to contain at least butter and eggs, being vegan can be tricky. People may even ask how you’re able to do it and then assert that they could never be vegan. But there are many vegan diet benefits. Whether someone in your life is thinking of going vegan, you’re considering a full vegan diet yourself or you just need a reminder of why you follow this lifestyle, below are several vegan diet benefits.
It does the body good
One of the prime reasons people go vegan is for the untold health benefits. Vegans have a negative stereotype of being anemic and deprived of protein, but being vegan has been linked to a number of health benefits. Below are some of the top vegan diet benefits.
If you’re vegan, that means you’re cutting out all animal products, including high-cholesterol meats and eggs. You’re replacing those with healthier foods, like whole grains, fruits, veggies, peas, nuts, seeds and beans, to make up the nutrients and protein you’d be getting from meat otherwise.
One study looked at the Nutrient intake and Alternate Healthy Eating Index (AHEI) across a low-fat vegan diet and an American Diabetes Association recommended diet, and found that the vegans raised their score. They increased fiber, vitamins C and K, total vitamin A activity, potassium, magnesium, folate and beta carotene.
However, they also reduced their intake of B-12, calcium and vitamin D, right along with fat, cholesterol and sodium. There’s no denying that eating vegan is a balancing act that will require careful supervision of B-12, calcium, iron, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid intake, to name a few nutrients, but overall it leads to a healthier lifestyle. Vegans have less risk of heart disease and cancer, according to one study. Vegan diets also lead to greater fat loss when trying to lose weight.
It’s an easy way to go green
One of the most impactful ways to help the environment is to cut animal products out of your diet. Meat takes a huge amount of land, water and plant foods to produce, so it’s the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s been in the news for awhile that cutting beef alone can reduce your carbon footprint more than driving a car.
In addition to carbon issues, there’s the fact that swathes of land are cleared out to let cattle graze, meaning a greater risk of land erosion and the loss of natural habitats for wildlife.
Another great reason to go vegan is because of animal rights. Many people swear off of meat after they see the deplorable conditions that animals raised for meat are kept in. You might be one of them. From hens kept in cramped battery cages to sick animals being neglected, all of these are realities of the modern day factory farms.
And while getting free range and organic meat is an option, the ASPCA estimates that more than 99% of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms. Plus, there’s the ethical issue of killing just to get nutrients that can be sourced from supplements and/or plant-based products.
So next time someone is telling you being vegan is dumb, or you’re doubting the lifestyle yourself, just remember these vegan diet benefits: health benefits, the reduced environmental impact and that being vegan means a more cruelty-free existence.
Did you know there are foods that will help you sleep? There’s a lot in modern society to disrupt our sleep, and food could counteract these sleep disruptors.
Late night glowing screens, general stress, insane news stories, caffeine too late in the day, exercise too late in the day, certain medications, getting really involved in binging Netflix and deciding your painting muse is only active at 1:12 a.m. are just some of the ways our sleep can get disrupted. more→
If you need an easy way to serve up a ton of protein and nutrients in one go, you’ll want to look into these vegan quinoa bowl recipes. These quinoa bowl recipes serve up fruit, veggies and tasty spices all heaped onto some delicious quinoa. Serve these up for an easy breakfast, lunch or dinner—seriously, you can have them any time of day! more→
Trying to use less energy when you cook is an admirable goal. Energy efficient cooking reduces emissions and it can help save money in the household budget. California’s Consumer Energy Center estimates that cooking casserole costs $0.03 in the microwave, versus an electric oven at $0.16. Rather than trying to cook everything in the microwave (good luck frying anything), there are also plenty of other ways to save energy while you cook. more→
One of the biggest advantages of eating vegan meals is being able to reduce your carbon emissions to help the environment. By now, eating less or no meat to reduce our carbon footprint is pretty cemented in the green living lexicon. The vegan carbon footprint is far smaller than other diets.
The Guardian even estimates that giving up beef can lower your carbon footprint more than using a car. Red meat uses 28 times more land and 11 times more water than pork or chicken. Red meat also produces five times more climate change emissions. Taken a step further, red meat requires 160 times more land and produces eleven times more greenhouse gasses than vegan staples like potatoes, wheat and rice. more→