By vegan, we mean dishes that exclude all animal products, including meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy. These recipes are perfect for anyone looking to follow a healthy vegan diet or simply add more vegan meals to their rotation.
The best part about vegan cooking is that vegan ingredients are often more nutritious than conventional ingredients. That’s because vegan diets focus on whole foods such as beans, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains; vegan cooking emphasizes fresh and natural flavors, which enhances the flavor of these vegan items.
“Vegan” may bring to mind images of bland and boring food but vegan dishes can be extremely flavorful and exciting if one knows how to prepare them correctly. These vegan meals incorporate some tasty spices and condiments for a kick in every bite: vegan Cajun shrimp tacos with garlic sauce; soyrizo black bean burgers with creamy avocado dressing; vibrantly green vegan fettuccine Alfredo with crispy shiitake bacon; baked vegan orange-scented tofu with spicy vegan chili sauce; vegan Italian sausage with sweet caramelized onions and vegan white wine; vegan bibimbap with steamed vegan chicken; vegan Thai vegetable curry; vegan spaghetti with vegan meatballs; Vietnamese vegan chicken noodle soup (ga kho gung); vegan jambalaya (vegan gumbo z’herbes); vegan Philly cheesesteak sandwich, etc.
The following vegan recipes are extremely nutritious as well as delicious:
1. Spicy Citrus Tofu Tacos (with garlic sauce)
Vegan Cajun spice, garlic, vegan Worcestershire sauce, vegan mayonnaise (or vegan sour cream), lime juice, firm tofu blocks.
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Ready In 25 min
Combine the juice of 1/2 orange, agave nectar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger puree lime zest, and red pepper flakes in a bowl.
Cut tofu into 1-inch cubes and place in a marinade for at least 30 minutes.
In a 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
Drain tofu from marinade and saute until golden on all sides, about 5 minutes total; set aside.
Stir onion into the same skillet along with more red pepper flakes if desired and cook about 2 minutes or until onions begin to soften; stir in garlic and cook another minute longer.
Return tortillas serve tacos topped with vegan mozzarella cheese vegan sour cream cilantro vegan shredded vegan lettuce vegan tomatoes avocado slices, vegan Cajun shrimp (marinated tofu), vegan garlic sauce, etc.
2. Soyrizo Black Bean Burgers
This vegan black bean burger recipe calls for the vegan soyrizo, vegan ground beef, and vegan Worcestershire sauce to make a vegan patty that is flavorful from the inside, crispy from the outside.
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready In 30 minutes
1 (16-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed very well vegan mayonnaise vegan Cajun spice vegan Worcestershire sauce garlic powder red pepper flakes ketchup cornmeal onion vegan mozzarella cheese chopped spinach vegan ground beef crumbled Vegan Soyrizo tomato slices avocado leaves.
Optional toppings such as ketchup mustard lettuce vegan shredded cabbage vegan mayonnaise vegan cheese vegan sour cream vegan shredded vegan lettuce vegan tomato vegan mozzarella vegan cheese vegan bacon, etc.
Combine 2 tablespoons of the vegan Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, 1/2 cup water, and vegan Cajun spice in a food processor; set aside.
Add the beans, vegan ground beef, vegan soyrizo, cornmeal, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and onion to a large bowl and mash well.
Form mixture into 8 patties.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.
Cook the vegan burgers for 4 minutes per side or until browned on the outside and heated throughout.
Place vegan cheese on vegan burgers, cover the pan with a lid to help vegan cheese melt.
Meanwhile, toast vegan buns.
Spread vegan mayo on vegan buns and top with vegan patties burger (feta, vegan mozzarella vegan shredded vegan lettuce vegan onion vegan tomato, vegan beef bacon, etc.
3. Vibrantly Green Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo
This creamy vegan fettuccine Alfredo contains the secret ingredient of puréed cauliflower to make it deliciously rich and decadent while packing in plenty of vegetables and fiber, too! This vegan recipe is a comfort food favorite that everyone can enjoy guilt-free. The colorful combination of veggies adds additional nutrients and flavor with zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, and peas.
Vegan butter vegan cream cheese vegan mozzarella cheese nutritional yeast flakes salt black pepper garlic cloves cauliflower florets olive oil green onion diced vegan white wine frozen peas and carrots fettuccine noodles.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then salt it generously and add the pasta.
Meanwhile, melt the vegan butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cream cheese and vegan mozzarella and whisk until melted. Add the nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, garlic cloves, and cauliflower purée and continue to whisk until very smooth.
Add the green onion and vegan white wine and cook for about 5 minutes or until heated through.
Add the peas and carrots and vegan fettuccine noodles, stirring gently to coat. Serve warm with vegan Parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!