Easy Vegan Meals You Should Try

For our vegan friends, whipping up a hearty brunch or preparing a celebratory dinner feast may not be as easy. Luckily, we have a list of Vegan recipes you can try! Browse through the article to learn more about preparing your new plant-based menu. Worry not though as one does not have to be vegan to enjoy these.

Brunch

Classic Vegan French Toast

Egg has always been a big deal. You can find it in lots of breakfast cuisines.

Nonetheless, a classic French toast can be enjoyed even without it. With the custard playing such a significant role in the flavor and texture of French toast, finding the perfect egg substitute that mixes with the milk and creates the custard-coating is essential. One of the ingredients you can try is chickpea since it has no added taste, it is easy to find, and it creates the perfect custard-like consistency when blended together with milk.

In order to create the best vegan french toast, you will need a loaf of French bread, chickpea flour, soy or oat milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and other toppings that you like. Once your toast is completely coated in your chickpea flour custard, you can now cook it. Cooking the toast can be difficult so it’s important to be able to get the right temperature. You can use an electric griddle (at 350F) or a skillet to do this.  The toast cooks 3 to 4 minutes per side until they are golden brown with dark flecks and soft and chewy in the middle. Sound easy, doesn’t it?

Blueberry and Banana Baked Oatmeal

You can also choose to start your day with a delicious vegan and gluten-free baked oatmeal. This can be made in just 10 minutes with bananas, blueberries, and coconut. All you have to do is place the sliced bananas on the bottom of the dish. Top it off with blueberries (or other berries of your choice) and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the oats, coconut, baking powder, salt, and other spices. Whisk together the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and chia seeds in another bowl.

Once done, make sure that you evenly cover the bananas and blueberries with the oatmeal mixture. Slowly pour the wet ingredients over the oats so they are evenly saturated. You may need to press down on the oats with your hands to fully saturate them. Bake for 40-45 minutes until top is golden brown and oatmeal is baked all the way through. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Dinner

Springtime Quinoa Salad with Asparagus

In just 30 minutes, you can make a vegan quinoa salad mixed with asparagus, peas, and fresh basil tossed in a lemony vinaigrette. All you have to do is follow the listed instructions. First, cook the quinoa according to package instructions. While quinoa is cooking, prepare the rest of the salad.

Next, boil peas and asparagus for 3 minutes in a small pot of water. Next, while the vegetables are boiling, prepare an ice bath. When vegetables are tender, strain through a colander and place the vegetables immediately in the ice bath to prevent further cooking. In a small blender combine the ingredients for the lemony vinaigrette.  Once quinoa is ready, remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes to let it cool. Lastly, add the dressing of your choice and serve immediately.

Green Goddess Pizza

Make your own Green Goddess Pizza with kale pesto, fresh asparagus, peas, watercress, and pine nuts! Just preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake the Flatout Flatbread Pizza Crusts for 3 minutes. To make the Kale Pesto, you will need a food processor to combine kale, parsley, garlic, pine nuts, and lemon juice.

Make sure that the kale is broken down and ingredients are well combined. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil. Scrape down the sides and run for few more seconds until creamy. Evenly disperse asparagus, onions, peas, and pine nuts between the two pizzas and bake for 8 minutes or until when the crusts are crispy. You may now enjoy your pizza best served warm.

Lemon Pepper Cauliflower Steaks

With fresh parsley, toasted pine nuts, and non-dairy Parmesan cheese, you can now make your own cauliflower steak.

All you need to do is preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. Then, de-stem the cauliflower, remove all the leaves and discard. Holding the cauliflower with its base on the cutting board, cut right through the center of the cauliflower so that you have two even halves. Take each half and cut a steak that is 1″ wide.

The remaining ends of the cauliflower can be roasted along with the steak or saved for other cauliflower recipes. Place the cauliflower on the baking sheet and generously brush with oil. Sprinkle with garlic and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, flip the cauliflower steaks and brush the underside with oil. Return to the oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes until they are tender and brown. While cauliflower steaks are baking, gently dry-toast the pine nuts over the stove top. Once baked, you may now remove the steaks from oven. Evenly squeeze the lemon juice over the two steaks and freshly ground pepper. You may top it off with pine nuts and parsley and serve it with pasta.

Dessert

Coconut Ice Cream

 A rich and creamy Coconut Milk Ice Cream can be made with just 5 ingredients for an easy homemade vegan and gluten-free ice cream treat. Preparation may take a bit longer since you already have to place the ice cream bowl maker in the freezer the night before. After that, measure out 1/2 cup of coconut milk and set aside. Add remaining coconut milk, sugar, and salt to a small saucepan. Place it over medium heat and whisk until sugar is dissolved. Next, stir in the cornstarch to the reserved 1/2 cup coconut milk until well combined. Add cornstarch/coconut milk mixture to the saucepan and boil.

Don’t forget to stir frequently until the cornstarch is completely cooked and ice cream base has thickened. You may now transfer the ice cream to a shallow container, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Add chilled ice cream base to ice cream bowl and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. Once done, you can serve now or transfer to a pint-size container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.

Now that we have provided you a list of vegan meals to try, share these recipes with your friends and family and enjoy a hearty meal! There is no better way to celebrate the special occasions and holidays but with a heart full of love and a tummy full of food!

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