Favorite Vegan Meals

It is no secret that I am a vegan superhero. I am lying about one part of that. Unless veganism is a superpower.

I have only been so since March (I decided to go 100% vegan almost at the same time we got married), so I am not quite learned in the ways of the long-time veggie folk yet. Maybe I can go into why I became vegan one day, but I don't want to be that ranty person. I don't mind when people ask me about it. I try to answer as honestly as possible at family gatherings and when friends are very confused about what's the matter with me. The answer: plenty of things, but my food choices are doing okay.

Luckily, my husband is willing to try lots of kitchen experiments. I don't know what I would do if he wasn't accepting, since he is still an omnivore. A few of our experiments have gone terribly awry, but we have had lots of tasty, tasty success.

I thought I would share a few of my favorites. You do not have to be vegan to enjoy any of them - I think they are quite delicious, whether you eat just veggies or otherwise. Vegetarianism is my preferred route, of course, but the choice is always up to you. Do what you want.

1. General Tso's Tofu
This is probably my favorite tofu recipe, and definitely in my top favorite vegan recipes. If you are not familiar with the taste of tofu, it's a good starting place. It was the first recipe I made with tofu, and the texture felt weird at first, but the more I ate it, the more I craved it.

The General Tso sauce in this recipe is so good, sometimes I just make it and douse fried rice and veggies with it. Recipe found here.

2. Simple Vegan Pizza
If you are not vegan, you could always top this with regular parmesan cheese if you're not ready for the vegan cheese experience. This homemade cheese tastes a lot better to me than the store-bought vegan cheeses. I loved it just how it was, and it's super easy to make. Recipe found here.

3. 10-Spice Vegetable Soup
It's basically been cold everywhere, lately, so unless you are living in a nice tropical country (I know some of you are!!), you may be covered in blankets and drinking and eating lots of warm things. I was craving something to warm my stomach, so I made this 10-spice soup.

The flavor was spot on. I made mine with sweet potatoes, and I think next time I would try regular potatoes to make it a little more hearty. It pairs really nice with a chunk of bread and butter / oregano. It also made a TON of soup, so I have lots of leftovers that I froze and have been taking to work. Recipe found here.

4. Crispy Breaded Tofu and Fluffy White Dinner Rolls
When in doubt, make chicken nuggets. At least, these taste like a yummy version of chicken nuggets to me. I also don't make dinner rolls often, because I have a problem with freshly made bread. I want to eat them all. I love the smell, I love the soft doughy center, I love everything. Bread recipe here and breaded tofu recipe here.

5. Veggie Burrito with Guacamole
My ultimate lazy girl's recipe. I pop a frozen Trader Joe's bag of rice in the microwave, open a can of black beans, salsa, and mash an avocado with some lemon juice and sea salt - annnd burrito! I could probably eat just a bowlful of smashed avocado, but I don't know if that's nutritionally sound, so I add a few things.

6. Chocolate Chip Cookies
And finally, the most important part of your vegan meal, the chocolate chip cookies. This one is awesome, because it uses coconut oil and makes chewy, fluffy, deliiicioous cookies! I use half coconut oil and half vegetable oil, which leaves no coconut taste for me, but if you don't mind a slight coconut to your cookie, use full coconut oil like it calls for. Recipe found here.

There are a lot more recipes I want to try, and I am always looking for new recipe books. My favorite so far is the Oh She Glows Cookbook - I can cook lots of stuff out of there and repeat recipes.

Are there any veggie recipes you've tried? Any favorites I should try or recipes I should stay away from?

11 comments:

  1. You're speaking to me right here - this all looks so YUMMY!!!!!

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  2. I was a vegetarian for a long time but I started eating meat again about a year and half ago. I'm pretty sure I want to go back to vegetarian eating.

    I love all these recipes and how they show you can still eat good, diverse and fun things without all the meat.

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  3. I think I could actually make General Tso's Tofu and eat it - my husband LOVES tofu so he would devour it!

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  4. we bought tofu once, and never cooked it. i'm terrified. i've googled for days on how to, so i think i could, i'm just scared.
    here's the thing though... out of all these things, i can only eat the soup and the general tso's tofu if i make sure to get GF ingredients (soy sauce etc). That's trivial so I don't mind and would love to try it, but this is why I'm scared to go vegetarian. like, no burritos, no bread to dip in the soup (gf bread is just not the same, it'll do but it's just not.the.same as a big ol crusty piece of french bread.. sigh)
    lately i have been cooking things for KC and eating them as well, so I have been eating more meat than I normally do and I really want to try and cut back. What do you do for your husband when you cook? I was thinking about making vegetarian meals and just having a huge container of chicken ready for him to eat on the side with each meal. i'm content with rice, beans and veggies. he's not. what do you guys do? the good thing is, we don't eat beef or pork at home, and the only time we do is when we feel like a cheeseburger (which i'm not supposed to eat anyway oops) and there is this Mediterranean restaurant we go to that i used to work at and i eat the beef there, purely because my old boss just makes it and never asks me if i want it, but also because it is amazing.
    i honestly don't think i could be a vegetarian forever, i like the option of wanting to eat this or that, but I would like to get to the point where I am eating like 90% vegetarian. that's better than nothing, right?
    i would love to hear about why you went vegan, i won't think you are ranting, it will probably help me ;)
    sorry of the long comment!

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  5. I actually really like tofu. If it is cooked right it just takes on the flavors of everything else, with a little funky texture to it. That soup I could go for right now!! Looks so good.

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  6. i do a meatless monday, but can't make the whole leap. i can't stand eggs!

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  7. These ALL look yummy! I haven't experimented too much with vegan food myself but when I worked at Lush one of the girls brought in vegan sugar cookies and they were the bomb! You couldn't even tell a difference!

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  8. I'm 99% vegetarian. I made the switch in 2011 and haven't really looked back. I can only say 99% though because I had turkey for thanksgiving and there are rare occasions when I eat fish. I've tried vegan in the past, but I've never been able to fully give up cheese. It's really the only thing that keeps me from going full vegan! I love throwing soups and chili together and those burritos look yum. I like that they're easy! I'm always down for cookies!! A cookie a day keeps the doctor away :)

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