Something that I get asked often is, “What do you eat?” Well first off, we cook… a LOT. We also wash a lot of dishes, but that’s besides the point.
One thing I’ve had to learn to do well when making this lifestyle transition is to cook new foods that had never crossed my mind before. Over the last three years, I’ve collected over 700 vegan recipes and wanted to share the favorites that make a regular appearance on our vegan meal plan.
This was one of the first meals that Brandon and I ever cooked in our tiny kitchen back in Louisiana. There are a few time sucking steps involved, but the process is simple and the delivery is impeccable if you take your time to make this. Minimalist Baker created a timeless “date-night” classic with this recipe.
Another pasta dish, but oh so yummy. Back before I became vegan, my favorite dish to get at Olive Garden was their Carbonara and this takes me right back to that place without all the animal products & inflammation. It’s also pretty simple to make and sneaks its way onto our meal plans pretty frequently.
Vegan Hack: Use Banza Pasta for this one. Not only is it grain free, but your getting lots of fiber and protein!
This was something I thought was going to taste boring by the sound of it, but WOW were we surprised! It brought me right back to little-town-Texas Sunday luncheons after church where all the little old ladies (and young ladies) would carry in dish-after-dish of casserole pans in different varieties. This one is SO perfect for easy eating later too. It fed us through the next day!
If you love Chinese Food Takeout then you’ll love this recipe. It’s everything it sounds like, and it only takes 30 minutes to make. Make it a meal by pairing it with rice and steamed veggies which are also very simple to make. This makes great leftovers for lunches the next day.
Vegan Hack: Make DOUBLE the recipe if your a big family and/or need non-hassle lunches for a few days.
I discovered these back when I helped a friend make/take some food to the local homeless population in Denver, and they were a hit. Naturally because of my love of burritos, they started to make a regular appearance in our kitchen. We have since learned NEW versions of this recipe as burritos are very versatile.
Vegan Hack: Swap new kids of veggies, beans, and starches for different varieties of flavors. They can be great on-the-go lunches for the week.
We’ve shared this meal with other people and they loved it just as much as we did. Crowd-pleaser meals are always good to have on hand, especially if you ever plan to share your food. The flavor you ask? It’s just as it promises and has a the healthy kick of cauliflower, which is great for disguising something you wouldn’t normally choose to eat on it’s own.
Bonus Recipe: Easy Vegan Ranch with Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen
My sister brought this into our lives when she lived with us last year and we made it often! First, the flavor and nutrition density is what you want for a meal, second the ingredients are relatively cheap. Making double of this recipes is a great crowd pleaser and you could pair it with some vegan naan to take the experience even further. This is definitely one you should try and have often!
This award-winning recipe is exactly that. Chili was a crowd pleaser we had often growing up, especially when cold weather hit our area. The leftovers are even better as the flavors sit overnight together. I highly recommend investing in an Instant Pot if you don’t have one. It’s definitely worth making this recipe!
If you haven’t caught on already, we love using Minimalist Baker recipes. She makes “sticky buns’ possible for the vegan looking for the traditional taste of home-cooked favorites. These buns are sure to make anyone blush, especially because they are easy to make and taste just as good as they look.
Brandon and I have been in love with this flavor combination since the day we got married. Ever since then, we’ve been on a mission to recreate that moment we bite into our favorite cake flavor, and we finally found the recipe! It’s also another crowd pleaser, and will surprise any non-vegan with how tasty life can actually be.
Vegan Hack: Buy chocolate boxed cake mix and use plant-based milk, vegan butter or oil of choice, with 1 tablespoons ground flax per 3 tablespoons of water (that equals an egg). You can also find store-bought chocolate vegan icing to save time & dishes.