5 Tasty & Simple Vegan Recipes Everyone In Your Family Will Love
Whether you're trying to switch to a vegan diet or you've been vegan for years, sometimes it can be hard to constantly come up with new dishes. Staying in and cooking can be time-consuming, and most of us just don't have time for that between work, chores or kids. Couple that with the fact that vegan options can be hard to find at your average restaurant, a vegan diet can be tough to follow through with.
If you don't mind refrigerating your food for a week, some people simply cook all of their week's meals ahead of time on the weekend and just eat leftovers. Others give in and cook time-consuming meals every day to be able to enjoy fresh meals. It's time to save frustration and time on something that is the foundation of our health. The solution is simple: easy recipes with shorter cooking times can help reduce the frustration of having to always choose what to eat and when to cook.
Below we've included easy recipes for a full day of cooking. If you are someone who likes to have staple meals, these delicious recipes are flexible enough to be mixed up with new ingredients to freshen up the taste. Get ready to minimize the stress of cooking with delicious and easy 5-ingredient vegan recipes that you can cook in 30 minutes or less (and it's usually less!) Having fresh vegetables, fruits and grains on hand makes cooking for a vegan diet much easier.
Vegan Strawberry Quinoa Porridge
Everyone loves a good porridge for breakfast from time to time. It has a simple and hearty taste and texture that nothing else can compare to. Even better, this quinoa porridge is incredibly healthy for you!
- ½ cup quinoa, dry
- 1 ¼ cup non-dairy milk of choice (soy, almond, coconut)
- Strawberries or other fresh fruit to top
- Agave nectar or other sweeteners (cinnamon, maple syrup, stevia)
Directions:Add your milk and quinoa to a pot. Bring it to a boil and then cover it, simmering for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent the quinoa from sticking to the sides. Top with fresh fruit and sweetener of your choice and enjoy!
Vegan Barley Vegetable Soup
I know, it sounds strange at first but give it a try: this simple barley vegetable soup is absolutely delicious, and perfect to serve warm during the colder months of the year.
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 medium carrots, chopped
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- ½ cup quick cook barley
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 bay leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
Directions:In a large pot, saute the garlic and onions in a small amount of water for a few minutes until the onions begin to brown. Add the carrots, celery and spices with enough water to cover. Cook for a few minutes until the carrots soften a little bit, stirring occasionally. Add the barley and vegetable broth, bringing the whole mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the barley is soft.
Tip: Cooking with quick cook barley will reduce the cooking time by about 45 minutes compared to regular barley.
Vegan Creamy Avocado Alfredo
This creamy avocado substitutes your everyday white Alfredo. You'll never go back once you try this delicious recipe.
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
Directions:Put everything into a food processor, blend and enjoy. Alternatively, if you don't have access to a food processor (which is a good idea to have if you're switching to a vegan diet,) you can shred the basil and then whip the ingredients together with a fork. Add this creamy sauce to your favorite pasta.
Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chia pudding has a special texture and taste that will easily replace any midnight snack. The best part? It's so much healthier (and tastier) than ice cream or cake! Say goodbye to junk food and hello to delicious.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 3 tsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp cacao powder
- ½ tsp peppermint extract
- ½ tsp agave syrup or other natural sweeteners
- 1 scoop protein powder
Directions:Mix together the ingredients with a fork or blender until smooth. Place in a small bowl covered with plastic wrap and cool for a minimum of 2 hours (or overnight). Garnish with bananas, raspberries, toasted coconut or other treats of your choice and enjoy!
BONUS: Vegan Midnight Snack
Five Minute Banana Sorbet
It's midnight and you're not able to kick that craving for ice cream.
We've all been there, and luckily, we've found out a substitute that is completely vegan, 3 ingredients and easy to put together in under 5 minutes!
- 1 banana, frozen
- ½ cup non-dairy milk of choice (almond, coconut, soy)
- 1 tsp agave nectar or other sweeteners of choice (maple syrup, cinnamon, stevia)
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until you have your preferred consistency. If you don't plan to eat this right away, it's a good idea to stick it in the freezer to keep it from melting. It's important that your banana is completely frozen before you blend it, or else you'll wind up with a smoothie. You can add more ingredients if desired, from cocoa powder to strawberries, chia seeds or vanilla extract.