Over the weekend I had a really great conversation with a close friend of mine who happens to be vegan. She had made the switch just under 6 months ago and had so many wonderful things to say about it, but while I was listening to her talk about her new diet I couldn’t help but think that I’d be lost without my meats, dairy and eggs. I am never one to back away from a challenge, however, and so for one week I tried going vegan and was completely surprised by the experience.
I know what you’re thinking, “but Kelly, what is there even left to eat?!?” Surprisingly, quite a lot! And all of it is delicious and GOOD FOR YOU! So, I’ve made it easy for you and put together a list of my favorite vegan meals to try and slowly look to incorporate into your diet.
Let me first start with a little disclaimer that I am not a vegan. I do, however, try to enjoy vegan meals as often as I can. I would like to call myself a pseudo-vegan, mainly because there are so many levels and sub-levels to the lifestyle that I cannot for the life of me pinpoint which box I would fit into. I have tried to research as much as I can about veganism beyond it’s “trendiness” in order to better understand it’s benefits (and/or drawbacks).
What I have found is a plethora (hehe I love using that word) of healthy substitutes that I have been actively trying to incorporate into my daily meals. Put simply, eating and more importantly cooking a vegan meal is an eye opening experience I feel everyone would benefit from. Not to mention, these meals are essentially guilt free!
First thing’s first, there are a few key ingredients used in vegan recipes that you may not (scratch that; definitely don’t) have stocked in your fridge already. First of which is a milk substitute. I prefer almond milk, but you can also get coconut or soy milk as well.
Bake some of these tasty blueberry muffins for a quick and delicious breakfast by Crazy Vegan Kitchen.
Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Tasty black bean stuffed sweet potatoes make for a filling and healthy meal. courtesy of www.bbritnell.com.
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Fresh and simple veggie spring rolls from www.eatwell101.com. You can also substitute the rice paper for traditional lettuce wraps.
Quinoa Super Food Bowl
The most versatile of meals, combine your favorite veggies with quinoa to make a healthy, delicious, and filling meal. Perfect for leftovers, too! Try this yummy combination from www.tworaspberries.com.
Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
Because everyone needs dessert! These vegan raspberry cheesecake bars from www.choosingchia.com are made using cashews, coconut cream, lemon zest and vanilla extract!
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