This colorful creation has a lot more flavor and a lot less fat than traditional pasta salad. It's easy to throw together, and with lots of vegetables and vegetarian protein it can be served as a light entree or a hearty side dish, perfect for potlucks, picnics or packed lunches. It can easily be made gluten-free by subbing gluten-free pasta.
These flavorful patties are baked instead of fried! I modified this recipe from The Great American Detox Diet by Alex Jamieson. These burgers freeze well if individually wrapped. Reheat them in the microwave or oven or on the grill.
This is modified from an Alton Brown recipe on the Banana episode of Good Eats. I replaced the cream with coconut milk and the corn syrup with agave nectar to make it vegan and healthier. I also added the optional carob chips and coconut flakes, which my friends agreed really worked well with the banana flavor. Despite its healthiness, this recipe is still luxuriously thick, "creamy," and rich. Instead of chilling the mixture before putting it in the ice cream maker, you can use frozen bananas. Be sure to use regular (not light) coconut milk. Cooking time is freezing time in ice cream maker.
A vegan twist on traditional pesto! The olives really add a lot of flavor. Modified from the cookbook, Vegetarian Meals for People-on-the-Go, by Vimala Rodgers. I like to toss this with 1/2 pound gluten-free or whole wheat rotini and garnish it with fresh sliced basil and the sliced olives I have left in the can after making this recipe.
This Italy-inspired hummus is a recipe I created in celebration of my bountiful basil harvest. Did you know that basil has natural antidepressant properties? For me, that's just one more reason to put it in everything!
With hearty lentils, brown rice, and vegetables, as well as some sassy seasonings, nobody will miss the meat in this recipe I created for company. I served them with a side of sweet potato fries and watermelon for dessert. Any extra filling makes an excellent midnight snack or lunch.
Full of fiber, as well as protein, this will keep you full and energized all morning. It's easy to make, and leftovers can be refrigerated and microwaved the next day with a little more soy milk or water. Also, you can mix a big batch of the dry ingredients ahead of time. IMPORTANT NOTE: In the ingredient list below, it should say "Quinoa Flakes," not quinoa, but the database does not recognize this ingredient. Ancient Harvest brand Quinoa Flakes can be purchased at your local health-food store in the hot cereal section.
This is modified from http://hellyeahitsvegan.com/?p=755, which has some lovely step-by-step photos. My meat-eating husband said, "In some ways I like these better than real sausage." They definitely wouldn't fool anybody, but they will satisfy any craving you may have for breakfast sausage without harming pigs or raising your cholesterol, and they taste MUCH, MUCH better than any vegetarian sausages you can buy in the freezer of your health food store. Enjoy with hash browns, fruit and Recipe #364735 for a vegan breakfast feast! You might want to double the recipe, though.
This is a great thing to keep in an office desk drawer for an easy afternoon pick-me-up with a little caffeine, some vitamin C, and less sugar than soda. If you put it in a pretty jar, it makes a nice gift. I got this recipe from my mom and changed it up a bit (made it less sweet). It's good hot or cold.
This fits the bill when I'm craving Chinese take-out minus the MSG. The TVP makes a great substitute for egg and boosts the protein content without adding cholesterol. This is inspired by a recipe I found here: http://ericglover.com/Vegetarian_Vegan_Fried_Rice_Recipe.html. Prep time is for cooking rice while chopping veggies. Serves about 4 as an entree or 6 as a side.
This is inspired by the "Tofu Scrambler Seasoning Mix" by Fantastic Foods (but with a lot more flavor and no wheat). 1 batch will season 7 boxes of extra-firm silken tofu, each of which will serve 2-4 hungry breakfast eaters, depending on what else you serve with it. Keep on hand for an easy Sunday brunch; Perfect for camping; In a pretty jar, it makes a nice gift for anybody who can't eat eggs (vegans, people with high cholesterol, etc).
In my opinion, this tastes just like Campbell's, but without the dairy, gluten, and other nonsense. For the non-dairy milk, I used So Delicious brand coconut milk. This is a new product which you can find next to the refrigerated soy milk at your health-food store. It doesn't have a strong coconut flavor, but it does have a lot of good fat, which means it works really well in a recipe like this. You can also try soy milk, nut milk, etc.
These small red beans have a texture and flavor that approximates ground beef, in my opinion, but you could also use black beans or pinto beans in this recipe. Cooking time includes soaking the beans overnight.
This is a Rachel Ray recipe that is actually vegan! I was channel surfing, stopped on 30 Minute Meals, and could not wait to try this easy, hearty, healthy, delicious vegan meal. Try crumbling soy feta on top. Serve with a Greek salad and warm pita bread.
A wonderful combination of flavors. Serves 4 as an entree or 6 as a hearty side. Add grilled tofu chunks for more protein. If you can't afford shitake mushrooms, it would probably be good with creminis. Cooking time includes rice, which you can do ahead of time. I cooked the 2 different kinds of rice together in a rice cooker with lots of water for about an hour. Adapted from The One-Dish Vegetarian by Maria Robbins.
I served these to some non-vegan friends (one of whom "hates tofu") and they seemed to really like them. Based on a recipe from vegweb.com. The original called for crushed cornflakes, but when I went to make this, somebody had eaten all my cornflakes so I used Lay's Baked Potato Chips instead. I like the salty taste of the chips better than the sweet of the cornflakes, but feel free to used crushed anything here and add other seasonings to your heart's content. You can find vegetarian chicken bouillon at your local health food store.
Inspired by a recipe in The One-Dish Vegetarian by Maria Robbins, which called for fusilli pasta. Shirataki (tofu noodles) give my version extra Asian flair and a whole lot of extra protein, but you can sub rice noodles or the whole-wheat pasta of your choice. You can find shirataki in the produce refrigerator of your local health food store.