Right now is a difficult time for many, as entire businesses are shutting down and many people are out of work due to the spread of COVID-19. As we social distance and get through this incredibly difficult time, we hope this list of 15 affordable vegan recipes will help ease up some of the stress and keep you healthy.
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1. Smashed White Bean Avocado and Basil Sandwich
Instead of your typical chickpea salad, white beans are the star of this Smashed White Bean Avocado and Basil Sandwich by Liz Martone. They’re mashed together with creamy avocado, whole grain mustard, lemon, and fresh basil. Leaving the beans slightly chunky gives them the perfect texture as a base for creamy avocado and crisp, fresh lettuce. Mixed with all those fresh flavors and tangy mustard, this easy sandwich is the perfect lunchtime staple for anybody.
2. Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake
This Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake is easy and nourishing. It’s easy as can be, especially if you cook the brown rice in advance. Lots of broccoli-rice dishes require pre-blanching the broccoli or sautéing garlic and onions, but this recipe by Kelly Williams doesn’t call for that many steps. No, this dish is just about as simple as it gets! You pretty much just mix brown rice and broccoli in a casserole dish and stir it up with a basic cheesy sauce. Easy peasy.
3. 6-Ingredient Oil-Free Kidney Bean Burger
These are the best and simplest Bean Burgers! Made with kidney beans and a total of six ingredients, these bean burgers by Annie Markowitz are gluten-free, oil-free, and full of flavor. You can serve them on any bun you like, make a wrap, or them as a salad topping, too. They cook in just 20 minutes, so they’re perfect for those busy days.
4. Sweet Potato Fries With Maple-Tahini Garlic Dip
These Sweet Potato Fries With Maple-Tahini Garlic Dip by Christina Bedetta contain an amazing combination of flavors, but you can easily omit or substitute any of the flavorings to make fries that are ideal for your taste buds.
5. Baked Vegetables With Rice
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6. French Onion Soup
Source: French Onion Soup
The vegan version of French Onion Soup from Maryke Wylde is just as good! This is not a quick soup to make – you need some time, as time is the key to making this delicious. A good one to have simmering away while you are working on other things. Keeps well in the freezer. The bonus is that onions are so good for you (anti-inflammatory, increase bone density, improve immune system, regulate blood sugar, skin and hair health etc)!
7. Blanched Collard Wraps
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8. Cilantro Lime Glazed Chickpeas With Mango Salsa
Listen up…this recipe for Cilantro Lime Glazed Chickpeas With Mango Salsa by Taavi Moorewill leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied after a long day. It is extremely easy and quick while not sacrificing any flavor. Chickpeas are tossed in a quick cilantro lime sauce and then topped with a mango salsa consisting of mango, red onion, cilantro, lime, and salt.
9. Arancini: Fried Risotto Balls
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More famously known as arancini, these Arancini: Fried Risotto Balls by Kristen Genton are a magical food that everyone needs to make at least once in their life! They are quite time consuming, but it’s well worth the effort.
10. Roasted Red Pepper, Chickpea, and Spinach Curry
Sonja Trurnit‘s Roasted Red Pepper, Chickpea, and Spinach Curry is to die for! Chickpeas and spinach are blanketed in a rich, red pepper and coconut sauce. Not only is it spicy and fragrant, it is also good for you. If you’re looking for something that is rich in iron, look no further. What more could you want for dinner?
11. Super-Simple Sweet Potato and Quinoa Sliders
Meet your new go-to dinner: Aurora Steen‘s Sweet Potato and Quinoa Sliders! Only six ingredients (three if you don’t count the spices and salt) and three steps to make… amazing! They’re super tasty, too – quinoa, sweet potato, and lentils are a perfect trio!
12. Creamy Coconut Curry Noodles
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This vegan red curry is fantastic! So flavorful and delicious! These one-pot vegan Coconut Curry Noodles by Lenny Wu are basically heaven in your mouth –– creamy, spicy, savory, you-name-it. Cook up a batch for your dinner meal prep!
13. Vegan Steak and Eggs
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14. One-Pot Potato, Spinach and Lentil Dal
Made with dry red football lentils, ripe tomatoes, small tender potatoes and lots of fresh spinach leaves, this fragrant One-Pot Potato, Spinach and Lentil Dal by Julie Zimmer is a healthy, simple meal in one pot. Once your potatoes have been partially cooked in the microwave for 2 minutes and your ingredients are measured and ready to go, it can be made in 25 minutes
15. Nourishing Barley Minestrone Soup
This Nourishing Barley Minestrone Soup by Laine Rudolfa is heartwarming! It’s filled with straightening veggies like potatoes, carrots and kale. Barley adds its dose of minerals and will keep you satisfied for longer.
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
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- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
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- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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