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“But cooking vegan food takes up so much time – you probably have too plan much in advance” – we’ve all heard it from non-vegans.
But once you know a few basics you can switch up, eating plant-based can be easy and truly enjoyable (just how it’s supposed to be).
Here are five of some of the go-to vegan recipes you should have in your arsenal.
1. Veggie Stir-Fry
This taste-packed recipe takes no longer than 10 minutes to prepare and makes the perfect weeknight dinner.
It’s healthy because it’s packed with veggies, and if you get bored, you can just switch up the vegetables or sauces for a different flavor.
It’s just a matter of cutting up the veg and heating them in a pan. Trying to reduce your oil intake? Switch out the oil for water.
For more detailed instructions, you can follow this recipe, as well as the Asparagus with Mixed Vegetables Recipe or the Spicy Mushrooms with Garlic, Black Pepper and Chives.
You can have it by itself, or serve it on rice, or your grain of choice.
2. Stuffed Jacket Potato
This beloved classic can be served with a wide range of toppings, including guacamole, houmous, baked beans, vegan cheese – the list goes on.
It only takes a couple of baked potatoes (the lazy vegans, like myself, can even microwave them) and some imagination.
3. Hearty Veg Stew
There’s nothing easier than throwing vegetables together in a pot along with some pulses and spices.
Chilis and stews can be ready in half an hour without too much fuss – and they’re absolutely delicious. Use whatever veggies you have at hand, add beans, maybe tofu, and lots of spices.
The key here is the flavoring – the right combo of spices or herbs is what will elevate your stew into something sensational.
4. Creamy Avocado Pasta
This 20-minute recipe is one of the easiest and most decadent dishes you can cook when you’re in a rush.
Boil your pasta of choice and prepare the avocado sauce; mash the avocado, add garlic, lemon juice and fresh basil leaves and you’ve got yourself the creamiest sauce – without cream or butter.
You can also add into the mix some cherry tomatoes and corn if you’re feeling fancy.
Sub in whole wheat or gluten-free pasta to suit your needs.
5. Roasted Veg & Couscous Salad
This fragrant couscous salad will quickly become a staple recipe.
Put a bunch of veggies in the oven and roast them for up to 20 minutes; in the meantime, boil some water and pour it over the couscous and set aside for 5 minutes.
Mix everything in a bowl, while adding lemon juice and garlic. Use this recipe for detailed instructions.