Vegan meals can be as simple as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or they can be as elaborate as the fanciest dish at a gourmet restaurant. If you’re new to eating vegan, start with the simplest recipes possible. You want to spend minutes in the kitchen rather than hours. Here are some quick and easy ideas:
- Toast or English muffins with jam or vegan butter
- Wraps with nut butter, tahini, chopped veggies & dressing, or jam
- Roasted vegetables
- Canned vegetarian chili
- Pita and hummus
- Salads. More veggies = more better :)
As you think about making vegan meals keep in mind that most cuisines are based on foods that are either always vegan or can easily be prepared that way. Think of beans, rice, salsa and guacamole in Mexican culture. Or pasta, grilled onions, and tomato sauce, in Italian culture. Or falafel, hummus, tahini, and baba ghanouj in Middle Eastern culture. The more you explore traditional cuisines, the more great vegan recipes you’ll discover.
Keep in mind that vegetarian and vegan restaurants are increasingly widespread. If you want to gain a wider appreciation for the variety of vegan meals that are available, visit a vegan-friendly restaurant near you and try as many items on the menu as you can. Likewise, the deli at your local natural foods store or Whole Foods Market will probably be loaded with terrific vegan options for you to check out.
If you want to explore more ideas for vegan meals, there are hundreds of vegan cookbooks available. Once again, start out with the easy ones that are filled with recipes intended for everyday cooking. You can’t go wrong with Quick-Fix Vegan or The 30-Minute Vegan.