3 Vegan Recipes for Beginners

When you decide to go vegan after leading a non-vegan life, it may seem intimidating to begin to cook meals at home for yourself.  You may not be used to cooking with certain ingredients, but cooking delicious vegan meals is actually very simple and stress-free. In this blog we want to give you 3 vegan recipes that will be fun and easy to make, while also tasting great, and giving you all the necessary nutrients.

Breakfast
Our first recipe will be for a grab-n-go protein-packed breakfast bar for easy 7 day meal-prep. It will give you all the energy you need to start off your day and keep you going until lunch time.

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup of honey or any sweetener you like
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  • 1 cup of nuts or seeds (we recommend almonds, chia, or pecans)
  • 1 cup of fresh or dried fruit – chopped

Steps

  1. Mix coconut oil, honey, spices, and salt in a saucepan until melted and a little foamy
    Turn the heath down and stir in the oats
  2. Stir in the nuts or seeds, and continue cooking the mixture on low heat for a few minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, line a dish or pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper, leaving sides longer in order to fold them over later.
  4. Now, add the mixture to your pan and spread it out evenly with a utensil.
  5. Finally, fold the plastic wrap or parchment paper over the mixture (using more if required), and with the bottom of a bowl, pack the mixture into the dish firmly and equally. (This will make our bars dense and chewy!).
  6. Set the mixture aside to cool. Once cooled, bring out the bar and cut it into pieces.

Lunch
Love sandwiches? Love avocado? This is the perfect recipe for you! A quick and easy lunch you can have at home or at work, this avocado and chickpea sandwich recipe will satisfy both your taste buds and your hunger.

You will need:

  • 1 15-Fluid Ounce can of chickpeas (rinsed, skinned, and drained)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped cilantro
  • Lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste
  • Your favorite bread
  • Any additional toppings – such as tomato, spinach, etc.

Steps

  1. In a bowl, smash the avocado, chickpeas, green onions, cilantro, and lime juice until smooth and mixed well.
  2. Toast your bread, and add the mixture to it evenly.
  3. Now add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Lastly pile on your additional toppings and stack your sandwich.
  5. If you are looking for a bit of a crunch to go with your sandwich, we recommend trying celery and carrot sticks.

Dinner
For this dinner, we’d like to show you how to prepare spaghetti squash, since once you know the basics on how to make them, there are endless possibilities when it comes to your toppings and flavouring.

You’ll need:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash (1 half feeds one adult)
  • 2 tablespoons of oil (can be canola, olive, or coconut oil)
  • Salt, pepper, powdered onion, and powdered garlic to taste.

Steps:

  1. Pre-heat oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash into halves (running long-ways). Seed it, and then season both halves with your spices.
  3. Place both halves of the squash (cut side up) on a lightly greased baking pan, and insert into the oven.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Once baked, set aside to cool until manageable.
  5. Now, take a knife and run it long ways inside the squash, creating long strands that resemble spaghetti (the strands come about naturally, all you have to do is loosen them enough to eat like spaghetti).
  6. Finally, add any additional seasonings, sauces, or ingredients of your choice.
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