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“Normal” Vegan Recipes

mamabear1114mamabear1114 Posts: 130Member Member Posts: 130Member Member
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Okay not even trying to be ugly or condescending about this, but vegan recipes scare me. I’m not the most adventurous eater and a lot of the recipes have ingredients that I have no idea what they are/where to get them. Over the last couple months I’ve really been trying to incorporate more plant based foods into my diet and get a little more creative in the kitchen. I’ve tried replacing one meal a day as a vegan meal and I’m slowly trying to transition. Does anybody have some “beginner” level vegan recipes to share? I also feel I should mention I don’t have a lot of nifty kitchen tools that some vegan recipes require like food processors and things like that so please keep that in mind. Thanks for sharing, happy eating!


  • estherdragonbatestherdragonbat Posts: 3,006Member Member Posts: 3,006Member Member
    You can do a lot with rice (or some other grain) and beans (or split peas or lentils). Add seasonings and/or tomato sauce and you're usually good to go.
  • Alatariel75Alatariel75 Posts: 17,806Member Member Posts: 17,806Member Member
    The first "normal" vegan meal that comes to mind is pasta in tomato based sauce. Risotto is another good one.
  • jgnatcajgnatca Posts: 13,045Member Member Posts: 13,045Member Member
    Try a vegan chilli. If you don’t have a slow cooker try a big pot on the stove on low.
  • RodaRoseRodaRose Posts: 9,332Member Member Posts: 9,332Member Member
  • Alatariel75Alatariel75 Posts: 17,806Member Member Posts: 17,806Member Member
    If you like Asian food, it's also very easy to vegan as it tends not to have dairy, and you can sub out any meat or eggs for tofu or seitan. So you can whip up some great fried rice, or noodle dishes.
  • tess5036tess5036 Posts: 265Member Member Posts: 265Member Member
    Couscous made with a vegetable stock and veggies stirred in.
  • dreamer12151dreamer12151 Posts: 591Member Member Posts: 591Member Member
    I started by going to the library & getting cookbooks. One I found I had marked almost every page to try, so I went out & bought my own copy is "Quick-Fix Vegetarian" by Robin Robertson. I still refer to that book & usually make one or 2 of those recipes weekly.

    If you are more of an online person, YouTube has some great people, 3 of my faves are Sarah's Vegan Kitchen (she is so easy going & down to earth!), Sweet Potato Soul (she glows from the inside out, everything from her has been good!) and, yes, The Vegan Zombie. (older videos show Jon cooking, newer ones have Chris doing more shopping, comparing & day to day things)

    If you are going to invest in a piece of kitchen equipment, then a rice cooker is a great place to start. Can cook so many things in so many ways in them. One of my fave, quick & easy meals: throw in some brown rice, veggies (for me, usually carrots, mushrooms & peas) and brown lentils, cover with either water or veg broth, spice it up, then flip the switch. I do this when I get home from work, buy the time I've walked the dog & changed, dinner is done!
  • EHollander89EHollander89 Posts: 131Member Member Posts: 131Member Member

    I really like this recipe! I made the sauce in my blender (recipe said to use a food processor), but you could probably mix by hand if needed.
  • LarryRacesBikesLarryRacesBikes Posts: 17Member, Premium Member Posts: 17Member, Premium Member
    Check out the website: and the accompanying app Food Monster. They have terrific recipes. I am very frugal but decided to subscribe. I have found the trick is getting your larder stocked and ready to transition to a Plant Based diet. Simple things like coconut yogurt which is simple to make, couscous, quinoa in addition to brown rice. Plant Based diets can give so many more taste options than meat based. Something as simple as a baked sweet potatoe topped with beans can be very satisfying, over time you can learn to doctor them up a bit. As I live in San Francisco I found Amazon Fresh is a great way to get the basics (canned beans, couscous, flours etc) and cheaper than going to the market, though I will always go to market for my fresh Produce.
  • rarintogorarintogo Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Love all the ideas especially using the rice cooker for other foods besides rice. I have sub cauliflower for rice for years in my cooking and don't miss the starch, virtually undetectable in cabbage rolls..
  • beth98012beth98012 Posts: 3Member, Premium Member Posts: 3Member, Premium Member
    There is a book called Supermarket Vegan. The recipes are all normal ingredients you can find at the grocery store you shop at.

  • crazyravrcrazyravr Posts: 3,607Member Member Posts: 3,607Member Member
    I am not a Vegan by any means but once a while I like to cook something "different". The other day I made a tofu teriyaki stirfry with veggies.
  • maryjennifermaryjennifer Posts: 66Member Member Posts: 66Member Member
  • caiteh86caiteh86 Posts: 240Member Member Posts: 240Member Member
    This is one of my favourite vegan recipes, I'd definitely say it's "beginner" level:

    The only tweak I made was that I added a couple tbsp of natural peanut butter to it...because I'm obsessed with peanut curry. It was DELICIOUS. Didn't even eat it with rice...not necessary.
  • Gbyy23Gbyy23 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    A simple teriaky bowl. Use white steamed rice as the base, stirfry broccoli with mushrooms, and slightly fried tofu with soy sauce. Add some terriaky sauce on top. Its so easy to make and my favorite.
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