5 Quick & Easy Vegan Meals to Try in 2020
The vegan diet has seen an astronomic rise in popularity over the last five or so years, as more and more people turn away from eating animal products in favor of plant-based meals. While still not as mainstream as it could or even should be, vegans are rapidly increasing in numbers. Not everyone agrees that humans should avoid meat mostly due to our biology and how we evolved as a species, but the truth is being vegan does not mean one will lack strength, stamina, or nutrients for a healthy and balanced life. In this article, we will show you 10 incredibly tasty, quick, and easy to make vegan meals to try this year. To find out more about veganism and even more recipes, make sure to visit Veestro.
1. Morning Coffee Juice
Since we all start our day with a hot cup of joe, we will start the list with an amazing vegan substitute in the form of a healthy juice. It will give you enough energy and refreshing to begin the day with a smile. One serving is 110 calories and it takes about 10 minutes to prepare. You will need 60 grams or 2 to 3 leaves of black kale, cavolo nero, dinosaur kale, or Tuscan kale, roughly sliced. Next, dice 400 grams or 3 medium carrots in chunks, and roughly slice 200 grams or 3 stalks of celery without leaves.
Finally, you will need 200 grams or 2 medium apples in chunks, with the skin. Juice everything and keep the pulp, pour it into a glass and drink immediately. If you want, you can serve it with ice. That is it!
2. Vanilla Maple French Toast Bake
Is there anything better than a tasty, aromatic bake to brighten your afternoon? It is 100% vegan and very easy to make, as it is a one-pan dish. It is also amazing for the morning after preparation since it will stay fresh. For the casserole, you will need 140 grams of cubed baguette, 60 ml of melted coconut oil, 240 ml of almond milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and 60 ml of maple syrup. For the crumble topping, you will require 70 grams of room temperature coconut oil, 40 grams of quick oats, and 70 grams of brown sugar. After preheating the oven to 350 °F, mix the baguette cubes, coconut oil, almond mil, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and maple syrup in a large baking dish. Bake it for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, mix coconut oil, oats, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Once you have removed the casserole, sprinkle the topping evenly all around and bake for 15 more minutes. Serve with extra maple syrup to taste and enjoy!
3. Norwegian Apple Soup
Apple soup? Yes, you read that right, and Norwegian no less. Although this special take on a common meal is meant to be a dessert, it can be served as an appetizer as well. It is tasty both cold and warm, meaning you can eat it year-round. For the soup, gather 2/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 4 cups of water, 1 ½ tablespoon of cornstarch or tapioca flour, 5 small apples (peeled, sliced, and cored), lemon juice ( 1 entire medium lemon), a pinch of salt, a hefty pepper grind. To prepare it, combine everything except the lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a larger saucepan. Bring it to a near boil and then reduce to low.
Once the apples are soft, puree 3 of them with a stick blender and cut the remaining two into bits. Stir in the lemon juice and add the salt and pepper. Serve the soup with ice cream, preferably vanilla, or with vegan yogurt, and garnish it with some walnuts, raisins, and a pinch of cinnamon. Enjoy!
4. Dark Chocolate Strudel With Toasted Nuts
You cannot go wrong with a strudel no matter what you put in it. However, since we are keeping it vegan, we will go with some quality dark chocolate and toasted nuts. Easy, quick, and with minimal ingredients and effort, you will have a tasty comfort snack for several days no matter the season. Cooking takes around 20 minutes, and all you need is 1 sheet of puff pastry, 2/3 cup of vegan dark chocolate chips, 1 cup of chopped nuts (your favorite mix), and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Preheat the over to 375 °F and spread the nuts on a pan. Toast them for 5 minutes while letting the puff pastry defrost. Cool the nuts and chop them. Melt the chocolate with the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds, and stir at 15 seconds. Open the puff pastry and roll it to about 12”. Spread the melted chocolate to ½“ from the edges and sprinkle the chopped nuts. Slice into strips (try to have at least 5), or role the entire thing into one big strudel-like roll and then slice it. Bake it at the same 375 °F for 20 minutes. Let it cool off and enjoy with some whole toasted nuts on the side!
5. Brownie Batter Smoothie
We are going to finish things off with a mouthwatering vegan dessert smoothie that will make you lick the silver off your spoon! Smoothies are some of the easiest things to make. Simply mix together all the ingredients, blend them, and consume immediately. You will need 2 cups of almond, soy, or other vegan milk, a drop of vanilla extract, 1 frozen banana, 4 pitted dates, 2 overflowing teaspoons of raw cacao, and two more of coconut manna. Now that is a smoothie right there!
Conclusion and Takeaways
With tasty and easy to prepare vegan recipes like this, you will refresh your diet in no time. Once you learn how easy it is to make these meals and beverages, it will also be hard not to try simple variations and experiment with some additional vegan ingredients. Playing with recipes is how the best of them are usually made, so be creative and let your imagination run wild!