We all want to reduce our harmful impact on the environment. But where to turn for a dish that’s both free of cruelty and satisfying? Read on for a list of vegan recipes that will make your mouth water. These recipes will purposefully generalize to avoid specific ratios, but will include links to the original sources just in case you want to try them as the author originally intended. A great idea to help you select your ingredients is to look for a vegan certification label to assure it meets vegan standards.
Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
Vegan Macaroni and Cheese substitutes dairy product for nutritional yeast and a bit of grated russet potato. Add a little bit of avocado or extra-virgin olive oil with a couple cloves of pressed garlic and just a dash of mustard powder to your pasta, along with some extra spices to taste, and incorporate a bit of broccoli to add just a bit of flavor and nutritional value. Season it with a pinch of sea salt and you’re all set to enjoy this iconic comfort food.
Kale and Avocado Burrito Bowl
Try a Kale and Avocado Burrito Bowl for a delicious, satisfying feast packed with nutrients. Marinate your kale with a little bit of lime, then season some black beans with pressed or minced garlic, add a bit of chili or cayenne powder to taste, and set it all on a bed of brown rice. Pair your dish with an avocado salsa verde with cilantro and lime juice for a vegan, gluten-free alternative to the traditional burrito.
A vegan negimaki stuffed with scallions is a visually appealing dish that simply substitutes the meat for seitan. Make your seitan with wheat gluten, yeast flakes and soy sauce and cool it in a ginger vegetable broth. Once it’s ready, slice it into 1/8th inch thick pieces and wrap your scallions in your seitan roll. Grill it until you get a nice char on both sides, drizzle it with any leftover marinade, and serve with a noodle dish or over rice for a tasty Japanese-themed delight.
A vegan scampi is a filling plant-based Italian dish which substitutes the scallop ingredient for hearts of palm, which have a mild flavor reminiscing on the artichoke. To make this dish, add a bit of salt and pasta to boiling water, and brown the hearts of palm, achieving a nice sear on each side. You then want to add garlic and white wine to your hearts of palm until the wine achieves a reduction of about 1/2, then add vegetable broth and lemon juice until it, too, achieves reduction. The remainder of the liquid is poured over the pasta and the hearts of palm are added. Season with red pepper, parsley, bread crumbs, or any combination of the above. Yum.