With how busy life can be, sometimes we are left with little time to spend on cooking extravagant dishes for ourselves. However, there are still some delicious vegan meals that are simple and quick to make.
By: William Munir
Following a plant-based lifestyle has many benefits, including:
A vegan diet has proven results of high prevention of certain diseases. These diseases are related to heart disease, lung disease, type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, blood pressure, colon cancer, breast cancer, cataracts, arthritis, and more.
A vegan diet also offers physical benefits, such as enhanced BMI (body mass index), raised energy levels, balanced weight, healthy skin, increased chances of a longer life, reduced body odors, and reduced risks of migraines.
Simple vegan meals on-the-go
Here are some of the easiest vegan meals that can be cooked at home. These involve ingredients you can find in any supermarket.
Mediterranean Baked Potatoes
This dish uses sweet potatoes as a base and contains chickpeas and garlic herb sauce. It serves four and takes about 25 minutes to make. Start off with 425 grams of rinsed chickpeas and spread them inside 4 sweet potatoes.
While the chickpeas and potatoes are baking in the oven, combine 1/2 tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 tbsp. coriander, 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tbsp. cumin seeds, and 1 1/2 tbsp. of minced garlic in a mixing bowl. Once the baked potatoes are ready, add this mixture on top of them.
Lemon Fettuccine Alfredo
This easy-to-make recipe takes just 35 minutes to make. The ingredients are 12 oz. of Fettuccine pasta (eggless), 2 cups of soy (unsweetened) or almond milk, 4 cups of soy cream cheese, 3 tbsp. of sliced almonds, 3 tbsp. of yeast (nutritional), 1 tbsp. of lemon zest, 2 tbsp. of olive oil (extra-virgin), 3 cloves garlic (chopped finely), 1/2 tbsp. of chopped parsley leaves, and some salt to taste.
Place the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water and boil until it is tender. In another pan, add the remaining ingredients to create the alfredo sauce. Then heat the sauce for about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Coconut curry is a very simple gluten-free dish to cook at home.
The curry sauce consists of 1 tbsp. (15 ml) coconut or olive oil, 1 diced onion, 4 garlic (minced cloves), 6 grams of ginger (grated), 45 grams broccoli florets (diced), 64 grams carrots (diced), 45 grams tomato (diced), 8 grams of curry powder, and sea salt and black pepper for taste. Mix all of these ingredients together and let them simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.
Next, for the coconut quinoa, mix 396 grams of coconut milk (light), 170 grams of white quinoa (rinsed in a mesh strainer), and 15 ml of agave nectar in a separate pan. Bring this to a boil, then lower the heat to let it simmer for about 15 minutes, or whenever the quinoa is tender.
And if you want to garnish the dish, you can give it a squeeze a fresh lemon when you serve it. You can also add some mint leaves on top to give it a different look!
These vegan meals are affordable and can be made at home instead of going out and spending money at a restaurant. So, try out these vegan meals and enjoy a life full of benefits!
Do you have any simple and quick vegan meals that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below!
William Munir is the Chief Marketing Officer of Destine Nutrition, a supplement company specializing in smarter ways to live a healthier and more productive life.