7 Recipes to Try If You're Thinking of Going Vegan

By Brittany Loeffler on November 9, 2018

The latest trend in health and wellness is living a vegan lifestyle. People swear that their lives and their health changed for the better after going vegan. While it may require more effort when it comes to making food at home and going out to eat with friends, there are plenty of benefits. One of those benefits is learning how to cook new recipes that fit your desired diet. Some people believe that if they go vegan, they will never get to enjoy their favorite foods again. Before deciding to go vegan or not, try these delicious recipes inspired by your favorite foods.

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What Does It Mean to be Vegan?

You may be wondering what it means to be vegan. Vegans do not eat animal products. This includes meat, milk, or eggs and anything made using those three animal products. That limits all dairy products, which can be a little rough, especially for people who love cheese and ice cream. However, people who have a vegan diet have experienced better health and feel more energized and just feel great overall. So, if so many people love the diet, why wouldn’t you want to try it for yourself?

Vegan Pancakes

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There is nothing better than waking up on a Saturday morning and eating a stack of homemade pancakes. These vegan pancakes are extremely easy to make and use vegetable oil to replace the eggs and water to replace the milk that you would have regularly used. Top with fresh berries and pure maple syrup for a purely vegan breakfast.

Vegan Mac ’n Cheese

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Cheese may be the hardest thing to give up when adopting a vegan diet. However, there are many recipes that teach you how to make imitation cheese, such as this Mac ’n cheese recipe. There are many ingredients that go into this comfort food dish such as cashews, onion, potato, and dijon mustard. Also, pay attention to the pasta that you use. Not all pastas are vegan.

Black Bean Tomato Chili

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There is nothing better than a hot bowl of chili on a cold fall or winter day. Don’t deprive yourself from your favorite dish if it doesn’t fit the vegan diet. Instead, try to find substitutes. This recipe uses black beans instead of ground beef to make sure there is a good source of protein and not just tomato and veggies left.

Eggplant “Meatballs”

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If you love Italian food, then going vegan may be a little difficult when it comes to being vegan. It involves a lot of cheese and meat. So, when it comes to Italian Sunday dinner, you don’t have to miss out on enjoying spaghetti and meatballs with this recipe. Rather than using meat for the meatballs, you will use eggplant and chickpeas. If you don’t feel comfortable eating spaghetti noodles or are trying a healthier alternative, spiralize zucchini into long noodles.

General Tso’s Cauliflower

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If you are a lover of take-out Chinese food, don’t fret! We have a vegan recipe that is perfect for you. Cauliflower has been incorporated into a number of vegan recipes. It can replace chicken and is sometimes used as rice for a low-carb alternative. For this recipe, you will basically do everything the same as if you were using chicken, but with cauliflower. Serve over some white rice or cauliflower rice, and enjoy!

Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

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Everyone loves tacos. Everyone loves buffalo sauce. So join these two loves together to create a delicious vegan meal! Once again, cauliflower is used as a substitute for chicken. Rather than frying the cauliflower, this recipe is a little healthier and instructs you to bake it in the oven. This means the meal is low in fat, which is great for anyone, vegan or not.

Vegan Brownies

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These gooey brownies will taste just like your favorite chocolatey dessert. In fact, they may be even gooier than your favorite brownie recipe. Some people are under the impression that vegan meals are automatically healthy. This recipe is here to let you know otherwise. It uses plenty of sugar and vegetable oil.

Are You Ready to Go Vegan?

There can be many factors stopping you from becoming vegan. One of those factors may be that you will miss all of your favorite foods. As you’ve seen here, there are hundreds of recipes that imitate your favorite food, but only use vegan ingredients. So, you will always be able to eat what you love. Along with experiencing the many health benefits of going vegan, you will also learn how to cook new recipes and share them with your friends and family.

By Brittany Loeffler

Uloop Writer
Brittany is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing at Temple University. After growing up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania, she found her calling in the streets of the big city of Philadelphia. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, movies, baking, and photography.

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