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  • Writer's pictureJenni Foshey

5 Easy Vegan Meals to Make at Home

I always get asked, "what do you eat as a vegan" and it's hard to answer because I eat the same stuff as before I went vegan- now I just have a vegan version of it. Unlike popular belief, vegans don't just eat salads and fruit. This blog post is a list of my top 5 favorite meals that you can try at home.

 

1. Pasta 

Pasta is so easy. 

  1. Pick your pasta noodle of choice. Just look at the ingredients to make sure there is no eggs or milk. 

  2. Pick a sauce. You can hand make one, or buy one! My go-to is “Prego” because it is good and they offer many flavors (like regular tomato or roasted garlic and herb)

  3. Add a protein. I usually add gardein meatless meatballs. These are the best vegan meatballs I have had because they are so flavorful, have the “meatball” texture and taste, and is seasoned perfectly. Some of my friends and family even prefer gardein meatless meatballs over animal-based meatballs!

If you don’t want meatballs, sometimes I use gardein grilled chick’n strips! Be sure to cook thoroughly for the best taste and texture. 


2. Mac n’ Cheese 

There’s a bunch of vegan mac n’ cheese recipes you can find on pinterest, but i found that the best one is one that I just made up. When you make mac n’ cheese you need noodles, cheese, milk, and butter. It’s the same thing when making it vegan. Make sure the noodles don’t have eggs or milk ingredients, use plain soymilk, vegan butter, and daiya shredded cheddar. Throw in some daiya mozzarella too if you want! 

  1. As the noodles are boiling, I melt butter in another pot, then add milk and mix, then add cheese slowly. Don’t add too much cheese at once; vegan cheese takes a bit longer to melt than dairy-cheese. 

  2. Based on how you like your mac n’ cheese (how thick or how runny or how cheesy) add more milk or cheese accordingly. 

  3. Drain the noodles when done, and add the cheese mixture from the other pot to the noodles and mix. Add salt and pepper, and enjoy!







3. Stir Fry 

Stir Fry is my go-to meal. All you need is: rice, vegetables, soy sauce (or any sauce you want), and chick’n. 

  1. Cook whatever vegetables you want. I usually do onions, carrots, broccoli, water chestnuts, and pineapple. You can also just get a frozen bag of a stir fry blend at the store. 

  2. In a separate pan, cook your chick’n. I use gardein orange chick’n because it tastes so good and is so easy. You can get it in the frozen aisle near the meat-alternatives. Put the frozen chick’n in the pan to de-thaw and cook. If you’re in a rush, put them in the microwave for a little bit first. Once they’re golden brown, turn off the burner and add the sauce (it comes in the gardein bag). Cover the chick’n with it.

  3. When the veggies are ready, pour the orange chick’n in with it 

  4. Serve. Rice with the stir fry on top. 



4. Tacos /Rice bowls

Ingredients: gardein beefless crumbles, lettuce, tomato, and daiya cheddar shreds. 

  1. Gardein beefless crumbles are also in the frozen aisle near meat-alternatives. Follow instructions on the bag to cook on the stove. Add taco-seasoning 

  2. Assemble your tacos. Daiya cheddar shreds are either by the other cheeses, or in a non-dairy section at the store. 











5. Mexican Tater Tot Casserole

One of my friends made this for a work potluck and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I’ve made it for family events and everyone has loved it. 

The following recipe is from the website linked here.

Ingredients : 



Hope you enjoy these meals!

Be sure to tag me in your photos when you make them!


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