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6 Easy and Delicious Vegan Recipes

Updated on November 8, 2016

To qualify as vegan, a dish has to contain strictly no animal products at all. No meat, dairy products, gelatine, and no food colouring from animals either (such as red beetle shells used for some sweets). With this restriction on foods that take up a lot of most people's diet, cooking a vegan meal can seem difficult. Here's some ideas of strictly vegan dishes that aren't only delicious, but quick, easy and healthy too.

Spaghetti with veg
Spaghetti with veg | Source

Brown Spaghetti with Veggies

You will need (for 1-2 servings):
Brown spaghetti (white is OK too, but brown goes very well with vegetables)
1 chopped onion
200g mushrooms
1 bell pepper, de-seeded and cut
1 large, fresh tomato or several cherry tomatoes (both, if you love tomatoes like I do)
Half an eggplant
Sauce, herbs and powder of your choice. Ideas include black pepper, paprika, basil and tabasco sauce.

Boil water and put the spaghetti in when it starts to boil. Add a little olive oil to a skillet and fry the onions. Add the rest of the vegetables and the herbs you chose. Taste, taste, taste! Drain the spaghetti and add it to the mix. Serve immediately. Yum!

Stir fry tortillas
Stir fry tortillas | Source

Stir fry on tortillas

You will need (for 1-2 servings):
A packet of tortillas (check the ingredients section to make sure they're vegan)
A packet of beansprouts and/or mixed vegetables
Noodles (again, check they're vegan noodles with no added egg)

Fry the beansprouts/mixed veg in a wok with a little olive oil. Add the noodles and stir together until soft and hot. Warm up the tortillas in the oven, microwave or on the stove-top. Serve the tortillas and the stir-fry on separate plates, or add a little of the stir fry to the middle of each tortilla to make wraps. Satisfying, crunchy and delicious.

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Tomato Pasta

For pasta lovers, this is a filling and spicy dish can be eaten for lunch or dinner.

You will need (for 1-2 servings):
Pasta (any kind, though penne works well)
A tin of chopped/diced tomatoes
1 bell pepper
100g mushrooms
Any other vegetables you desire
Tabasco sauce
Chilli powder
Mixed herbs

Put the pasta on the stove top to boil. Add the tin of tomatoes in another pan, and whilst it's heating up, chop and add the mushrooms, the bell pepper, and the sauce to your taste. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. A ten-minute, hearty meal that can be saved and left over for the next day. Also goes great with bread.

Hummus
Hummus | Source

Hummus

As a snack or a lunch, hummus is a tasty, satisfying addition to bread, toast or carrot sticks. It's made from chickpeas and blended with lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, salt and garlic. You can get hummus at any supermarket in a variety of flavours. If you've never had hummus, try it with chopped carrot sticks or pitta bread for a tasty, healthy snack.

Soups and stews

Especially in winter, soup is a great meal perfect with a crunchy bread roll. Some vegan soup ideas include tomato, mixed veggie, cauliflower, black bean, and mushroom soup.
In addition, stews can really contain anything, like rice, potatoes, tofu, barley, carrots, parsnips and more. There are hundreds of delicious stew recipes to choose from.

Toppings on toast and bread

Vegan meals don't have to be super exotic. A sandwich can easily be vegan, or you could try different toppings for your toast in the morning. Try the following combinations.

Hummus, lettuce and tomato on brown bread
Mango curry paste on a crunchy bread roll
Tomato and basil paste on toast
Jam or marmalade on toast
Marmite and peanut butter (though double-check the packaging, as some peanut butter isn't vegan)
More ideas for vegan sandwiches

Avocado Salad
Avocado Salad | Source

Other great recipes

Vegan meals can also be adapted from non-vegan meals, by using tofu instead of meat, tomato paste or hummus instead of butter, and potatoes, rice or extra vegetables for the added 'filling' factor. Check out this vegan stew recipe for ideas on a hearty winter meal. Other possibilities include guacamole, avocado salad or even a vegan version of sloppy joe.

The vegan diet is extremely healthy, making you eat more vegetables, fruit, and less chocolate and sweet stuff than a non-vegan might eat. All of these recipes are good for you, not too difficult to prepare, and also fairly cheap. Give them a try.

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      Russell Carter 2 years ago from Millville, New Jersey

      Looks great and tasty!!!

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      Poppy Reid 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you for your comment :)

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