If you’ve been following along, you may know that I am a somewhat new vegan. Even after being a vegetarian for years, going fully vegan is a hard transition to make! But, it’s a worthy pursuit for my health and for the animals. I dream that one day I’ll be in the kitchen, whipping up fancy vegan treats like Knead to Cook and Minimalist Baker, but I just don’t have the time or talent yet. Lately, I’ve been going for these reaaally easy, quick, simple, (and did I mention, inexpensive?) vegan goodies on hand.
1. Loaded Salad
I eat this for lunch most days at the office because it’s just so tasty and filling. What you’ll need: your preferred lettuce/spinach mix, 1 fuji apple, 1/2 cucumber, walnuts, baby heirloom tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar. If you’re missing the cheesy flavor of your usual salads, sprinkle a bit of Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast. That’s it! If you’re like me and have a meat-eater in your house, it’s really simple to just chop up some baked chicken breast to add to their salad. Less work for you, and everybody is happy!
2. Banana Protein Latte
Not your typical chalky protein taste – when made with vegan powder, this tastes exactly like a fancy Starbucks latte – you’ll hardly even remember that you’re refueling with 27g of protein. What you’ll need: 2 scoops of vanilla Orgain Protein + Greens, a splash or two of unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 banana, a dash of turmeric, and a cup of hot coffee. Blend it all together and perk up with a little protein in between your morning workout and a long day of work.
3. Temeph, Brussel Sprouts, and Sweet Potato Bowl
Ok, so, I don’t have a photo of this one (and truthfully, it’s not the most photogenic), but I’ve finally tried tempeh and I’ve fallen in love with it! What’s tempeh, you ask? It’s cooked and fermented soybeans, in patty form. I get mine from Trader Joe’s for $1.69 (I told you — eating vegan is inexpensive!), sautee and scramble it up with some soy sauce, and add in roasted brussel sprouts and roasted sweet potato bites for a nice, hearty bowl. There’s so much you can do with tempeh – you can even make ‘bacon’, and I look forward to trying out more recipes and getting creative with it!
There’s a common misconception that vegans don’t get to eat anything fun. Not true at all! Snacking is probably the best part of being a vegan, because there are so many fun snacks and alternative indulgent foods. Some of my pantry favorites include:
- Larabars and Larabar Bites
- Roasted chickpeas
- Gwen’s energy bites (oats, PB, agave, dairy-free chips, flax seeds, chia seeds)
- Pretzels with stoneground mustard
- Cucumber slices with TJ’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning
- Date chips
- Salt and vinegar cashews
- Oreos — yes, Oreos are vegan! But they’re definitely not healthy for you. 🙂
- Kale chips (still can’t find a great homemade recipe – if you’ve got one, please share!)
What are your favorite vegan recipes/snacks that aren’t too intimidating for a newbie to try? Please share in the comments, and have a wonderful day!