A quality vegan diet consists of legumes, nuts, fruits, and of course vegetables! A vegan nutrition plan has a number of great health benefits if executed properly, such as drastically reducing your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Certain junk foods are technically vegan, so we recommend buying fresh, unprocessed items. Check out these recipes for some great vegan meals!
Try these healthy burgers for a delicious alternative to ground beef.
Place beets, rice, raisins, chipotle and spices in a food processor and mix. Add black beans and oats then process briefly until beans are coarsely chopped. Add more oats if the mixture is too wet.
Take about a 1 cup of mixture and shape into a burger sized patty. Repeat until mixture is all used. Pan fry patties for about 3 minutes per side or until they have nicely browned. Serve on whole wheat buns with desired vegan toppings.
Makes 4 servings.
A vegan take on a favorite breakfast dish. No dairy milk or eggs required!
Mix applesauce, almond/soy milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. In another bowl, mix oats, cornmeal, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour waffle mix into your waffle iron and cook based on its instructions. Top with maple syrup (not too much!) and walnuts to serve.
Makes 4 servings.
This soup combines tasty veggies and herbs to boost your immune system.
Sautee all ingredients except water and miso. Add ingredients and water to large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
Whisk miso into small amount of water and add to soup. Simmer soup 1-2 hours before serving.
*Recipe submitted by SCNM faculty
A great vegan alternative to ranch!
Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir until mixed. Enjoy on sandwiches, salads, veggie trays, etc.
*Recipe provided by SCNM student