For vegans new and old, it can sometimes seem like a bit of a challenge to keep finding new meals that satisfy everyone. Well if you’re looking for great taste, presentation and to keep everything firmly vegan, there are a lot of options available for you. Here are my favorites!
1. White Rice
White rice by itself is one of the staples of a vegan style diet, but it can get really boring all by itself. So, what you need to do is find a way to add all the things you like while still keeping it healthy. Feel free to add peas, carrots, sauces and anything else to your rice to give it more flavor, while still keeping it as the basic staple of the meal. Basically, have these veggies on hand all the time!
2. Breakfast for Dinner
Breakfast is perhaps one of the most vegan friendly meals of the day, and if you want a dinner that everyone can enjoy there’s a lot to choose from. While bacon and eggs might be out, you do have pancakes, biscuits, waffles and a variety of other tasty baked options. There are also options to incorporate fruits into the meal, which can add fiber and sugar to give you just a little more goodness.
Thick enough to sit heavy in the stomach, gumbo is a Cajun tradition. And with all of the heavy spices and hot peppers that are often included in gumbo, you can cut out anything that doesn’t fit with the vegan path and still keep all the taste. Gumbo does take a long time to make properly, so if you’re going to do it, be sure you have the time.
Whether you’re looking at spaghetti or alfredo, ravioli or some other traditional pasta dish it’s a great way to stay on the path, but you’ll have to keep an eye on what you’re using for sauce. Tomato sauce is fine, but some of the milk based products might be a problem for some people. Fortunately, there are options. You just have to read what’s on the side of the bottle before you decide what you’re going to use.
While they might be seen as something of an appetizer, mushrooms are a favorite of many people and if you want to base a meal around them, all it takes is a little bit of creativity. Deep-fried mushrooms are a great starter, mushroom soup is a favorite at many gatherings, and if you’re willing to go a bit off the beaten path, you can even do a mushroom pizza. Or, if you want to make it a theme for the meal, combine various mushroom dishes together.
A traditional Polish dish, pirogis are like gigantic ravioli that you can fill with practically anything that you want to eat. While they’re sometimes filled with meat, you can also fill them with seasoned potatoes, fruits, vegetables or really anything else that your heart desires. You can put together a wide variety of different pirogis in order to have something for each guest as well. This way, you can have a little variety for everyone!
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