Misconceptions about tofu, the taste of vegan anything and a serving of Quorn nuggets are just a few of the reasons a lot of people aren’t eager to go veg. I’ll admit, I had my doubts the first time a vegan friend offered me a spoonful of her tofu soup. But, all it took was one bite to discover that a delicious meal is all in the recipe. Here are some simple dishes to ease even the toughest skeptics into more eco-friendly eating habits. They’re so easy to make, and so yummy, you’ll find yourself making them again and again. At least I have!
Who doesn’t love chickpeas? This quintessential Indian recipe packs a zesty punch of flavor and is easy to prepare. As long as your spice rack is stocked, the ingredients in chickpea curry will cost you less than five bucks at the grocery store.
Although this meal may sound like something you’d avoid ordering, tofu scramble puts your typical breakfast of eggs and buttered toast to shame. Plus, the recipe is quick and simple.
Some people think chili just isn’t chili without the meat, but they obviously haven’t tried this delicious vegetarian recipe. Even amateur cooks can handle this easy dish, so don’t be afraid to get creative. Experiment a little and toss in some black beans or chickpeas to make it your own.
You meat lovers must be wondering if tofu is the only vegetarian alternative, so try some seitan. This fabulous fajita recipe substitutes wheat meat for the real stuff, yielding a unique and tasty meal that won’t keep you in the kitchen all day long.
Spicy Sichuan Eggplant
If eggplant isn’t one of your diet staples, it’s time to consider mixing it up a bit. You can use this versatile vegetable an assortment of delectable dishes, my personal favorite being this amazing recipe for spicy Sichuan eggplant.
I grew up on meat loaf, so it was hard to imagine a vegan alternative that could live up to this traditionally delicious dinner. That is, until I made my first nut loaf. If cashews and almonds are among your favorite snacks, this recipe is for you.
Substitute cashews for seafood, and you’ve got a vegan version of this classic Spanish meal that is simply mouth-watering.
Mushroom Tofu Stew
You don’t need potatoes and meat to make a good stew. Considering I like to add mushrooms to pretty much any dish, I might be biased, but mushroom tofu stew reinvents this basic recipe with a vegetarian twist.
Avocado Grapefruit Salad
Sick of eating the same old salads? This great recipe combines avocados and grapefruits, two flavors that deliciously complement each other to invigorate your bored taste buds.
Oatmeal Yogurt Pancakes
Ever since a friend made me oatmeal yogurt pancakes, I’ve replicated this scrumptious meal every Sunday morning for breakfast. I’ve always loved pancakes, but this recipe is truly in a league of its own.
Note: shown at top, the classic pizza margherita.