As evidenced by my posts, I eat a lot of chicken and meat based protein. It helps balance the carbohydrates and sugars I consume, and they keep me full longer, which I appreciate. There are times, however, when I really don’t want to cook chicken and I don’t want to eat meat. So what’s a girl to do when the red meat is a turn off and she’s overdosed on chicken? Eat vegan, of course!
I think I just heard you roll your eyes. Yes, I said vegan. When it’s done right, it can be every bit as delicious (if not more) and just as protein heavy as meats. I like the flavors and the addition of lots of veggies. The dishes can be wonderfully complicated and full of unique flavors, or they can be a new twist on a simple dish. I’ve rounded up 10 scrumptious and *easy* vegan recipes!
#2: Pesto Spinach Stuffed Tomatoes: This recipe is easy and uses one of my favorite non-meat proteins: Quinoa! These come together quick and only need a few tasty ingredients. I’d recommend a good strainer to wash the quinoa (try this one) and a nice casserole dish and you’re good to go!
#3 Vegan Swedish Meatballs: I love meatballs. I really do. But these are…better. They are light, full of fiber and omega 3s thanks to the flax, and have a great flavor! They come together easy and are best hot out of the skillet.
#4 Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Fajita Veggies: This is another dish that uses quinoa as the protein, and it’s so versatile! The veggies come out flavorful and full of color and texture. This will definitely become a family favorite.
#5 Tomato and White Bean Salad: Perfect for a summer night, this salad has beans for protein and a ton of flavor. It takes ten minutes to throw together and while it has basic seasonings, that makes it easy to customize to your household’s palates.
#6 Vegan Grilled Burritos: These are definitely a must. They get their protein from nuts and black beans, but you could easily swap out the brown rice for quinoa and pack in even more. The sauce is finger-lickin’ good, and I promise you won’t even miss the meat.
#7 Hummus Pizza with Veggies: Putting pizza together with hummus is one of the best things ever. The creamy flavor of a good hummus goes together perfectly with the crunch of the crust and the delicious veggies. This is a must try if you’re in the mood for some yummy veggies!
#8 Vegan Tikka Masala: I love tikka masala. So does my eight-year-old (weird, right?). This is a pretty darn good substitute for the traditional thing. It uses tofu in place of chicken, forgoes the cheese, and soy milk in place of milk. This is a great vegan dish!
#9 Vegan Mac N Cheese: No vegan recipes list is complete without a twist on the comfort food classic. This vegan mac n cheese comes together easily and uses carrots, potatoes, and cashews to create a creamy and flavorful sauce that is almost as good as cheese. It definitely sits better on your stomach (and on your waistline).
#10 One Pot Peanut Sauce Noodles: Peanuts were made to be a sauce like women were made to love chocolate. This uses one pot which is awesome if you hate doing dishes. And the sauce is nutty, creamy, and full of flavor!
And there you have it! Ten easy and scrumptious vegan recipes that you can throw together in a jiffy on a busy weeknight. No extra tools, no odd spices, but tons of flavor and lots of protein! So the next time you’re in need of some good protein but don’t want to pull out the chicken or beef, try these vegan recipes. You won’t be disappointed!
Creamy Vegan One Pot Pasta via VeganHeaven
Pesto Spinach Stuffed Tomatoes via StaceyHomemaker
Vegan Swedish Meatballs via RabbitandWolves
Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Fajita Veggies via YummyMummyKitchen
Tomato and White Bean Salad via TheCooksPyjamas
Vegan Grilled Burritos via VeggiesDontBite
Hummus Pizza with Veggies via VeganHeaven
Vegan Tikka Masala via GoDairyFree
Vegan Mac N Cheese via VeganHuggs
One Pot Peanut Sauce Noodles via VeganRicha