I’ve been vegan for many years now, but before I stepped onto my high horse, I knew very little about cooking. Most of the food that went through my body I had sourced from a take-out menu, and my culinary skills only extended as far as the dishes I’d seen my mother cook as a child.
So after my spiritual conversion to veganism, my options for food all but vanished! I was in crisis. What was I to do? If only I had had some access to food guide (perhaps titled ‘Top Eight Vegan Meal Ideas’)…
This is why many years later, I not only see it as a privilege but as my duty to write this article for all my young budding vegan comrades out there. I hope this helps you as much as it would have helped me.
Jolly Roasted Vegetables
Tired of eating raw vegetables? Can’t eat more than five raw broccolis per day? Well, then you might enjoy ‘roasting.’ My favourite vegetables to roast include (but are not limited to) broccoli, asparagus, carrots, onions, tomatoes, cauliflowers, and bell peppers.
You may want to add some wacky spices such as salt (or even pepper for the more adventurous readers) to flavour things up. Cut your favourite veggies up into equal sized pieces and roast for about 20 minutes in olive oil. You’ll be well fed for weeks!
Good Grilled Cheese
If you thought for even a moment that being vegan means no more cheese, then think again! There are more vegan cheeses available than the mind can boggle, many of which are somewhat affordable to ordinary people.
All of the rules of regular grilled cheese apply, minus the dairy content and the torture of innocent cows.
Tasty Tofu Scramble
Tasty Tofu Scramble is the best dish to learn for those who miss scrambled eggs. The best thing about Tasty Tofu Scramble is that you can create any flavour you wish; Plain, Mexican Spiced, Tofu Scramble with Greens and Beans, Indian Style Tofu Scramble, and many more. These are some of my favourite Tasty Tofu Scramble recipes.
Brilliant Baked Tofu
To make tofu first you leave your soy milk (which comes from soybeans) to coagulate and curdle, then you press the resulting substance into a soft fleshy white cube. Tofu is delicious, and I can NOT get enough of it!
But what do you do when you’ve got tired of plain tofu? Bake your tofu then add the cubes to anything from salad to stew. Even stir fry! The possibilities are endless.
Some veggie burgers are good, and some veggie burgers are absolute abominations of nature and should be destroyed. Let’s be honest; we’ve all had our fair share of both.
The one key secret to making sure your veggie burger is everything you dreamed it would be is to make sure it doesn’t crumble apart. To do this, you need to use a binder to keep the burger together; some conventional binders include wheat germ, ground flaxseed mixed with water, and oats.
Lovely Jubbly Soup
If you’re going to enjoy a veggie burger you need a warm bowl of soup to go with it; it’s the classic combination. Even if you aren’t having a veggie burger, knowing how to make a perfect pot of soup is essential.
Soup can be a light snack or a full meal in one bowl depending on how you make it, and it’s perfect to store for later. With the number of vegan options for soup, you’ll fall deeply in love with this dish before you can say ‘herbivorous’!
Fast and Furious Stir Fry
Commonly known as ‘the-new-cook’s-best-friend’, stir fry is a meal you cannot live without. Especially if you are a vegan like myself, it will be a lifesaver. All you need is one pot and all the ingredients you typically enjoy. Throw them all in together, set to bake and bon appétit!
Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce On Top of Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Rice
I make this meal just about every week, and I really love it. I just made it again this morning in fact. My non-vegetarian partner has even requested it for dinner before. The ingredients are inexpensive, it’s easy to make, and taste great!