10 easy meals for vegan beginners

Becoming vegan, especially overnight, can seem like a big step forward. According to the US Dietary Guidelines and the unspoken rules of the Standard American Diet (yes, that means SAD), you’re cutting out two whole “necessary” food groups. Trying to whip up elaborate or foreign recipes you see on Pinterest and TikTok will only add stress to the ordeal. Adopting a plant-based diet should be fun. It should also be delicious, rewarding and joyful. Keep multi-stage gourmet cooking projects for a few months. For now, stick to the basics. All of these recipes take 30 minutes or less to prepare and require minimal familiar ingredients. Impress yourself and your family by making one of these 10 easy vegan meals.

Hannah Sunderani

1 Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Sour Cream and Guacamole

A loaded potato of any kind — sweet, russet, or purple — is a staple in any vegan arsenal. Ranging from super basic to gourmet, this recipe is perfect. It’s more than canned beans and corn dumped on a potato, but it’s simple enough to mix up on a hectic Tuesday night. If you’re short on time, buy store-bought dairy-free sour cream (like Forager) instead of making it yourself.
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VegNews.CrunchyRoastedChichpeasandVeggieswithPeanutSauceSarah Nevin

2 Root Vegetable Bowls with Peanut Sauce

The more you get used to eating vegan, the more you’ll realize that it’s often the sauce that makes the meal. Really, you can turn humble grains, greens, and beans into a $15 Buddha Bowl by adding a quick homemade sauce. In this case, we recommend making the sauce, as it is very quick and many store-bought options contain fish sauce. Additionally, you can control the spice level.
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VegNews.Chickpea SandwichAndrea Soranidis

3 Two-Step Vegan Tuna and Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Trust the catering side. Sure, this quick chickpea mash is great between two slices of bread (try a bagel for a change), but it’s also great on salads, stuffed in a pita or wrapped in a tortilla. Sometimes we’ll use it as a dipping sauce for raw carrots, grilled pita triangles, and celery. It only takes five minutes to make, but the possibilities are endless.
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4 3-Step Vegan Pancakes

Few things are more satisfying in the moment than sitting in front of a stack of giant, fluffy pancakes and watching the syrup cascade down the sides as you sit contentedly at your own kitchen table. One bite of these pancakes and you’ll find that nothing is missing from your new vegan diet. Add chocolate chips or blueberries if you want to go wild.
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5 Vegan oatmeal and banana porridge

Master the perfect bowl of oats once and for all with this minimal ingredient vegan breakfast recipe. Infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and a little brown sugar, this banana-based oatmeal bowl is for those who crave something sweet in the morning. Bonus: it’s much healthier and more filling than a muffin or donut and only takes a few extra minutes to prepare.
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6 Easy Vegan French Bread Pizza

It’s pizza night, and all you need are six ingredients to make it happen. The key to a quality vegan pizza is your choice of non-dairy cheese. Miyoko’s Creamery makes solid mozzarella in two forms: sliceable rounds and pourable mozzarella made for pizza. Let your creativity (and the contents of your refrigerator) determine the rest.
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VegNews.VeganEggSaladHannah Sunderani

seven Easy Vegan Tofu Egg Salad

Packed with protein and super versatile, this egg tofu mix is ​​sure to be part of your weekly lunch rotation. Egg salad is one of those foods that you may not have enjoyed as an omnivore, but will love as a vegan.
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8 Vegan Rigatoni with Roasted Broccoli and Lemon

There are nights where pasta with a drop of store-bought marinara will suffice, but with a few extra minutes you can add fiber and zest to your favorite pasta night. Although this dish takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and only six ingredients, you can even pass it off as a romantic evening meal.
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9 Vegan Soup Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar

When you go vegan, you don’t have to sacrifice familiar favorites. There are store-bought alternatives for many products, but you can just as easily create your own. This thick, warming Broccoli Cheddar Soup satisfies just as completely as its Panera predecessor, especially when served in a bread bowl (yes, sourdough bread is vegan!).
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ten Healthy sushi rolls with ginger and tamari sauce

Vegan sushi encompasses so much more than cucumber and avocado rolls. This recipe isn’t the most complex iteration of plant-based sushi, but it can be simplified as well. If you’re short on time, skip the pink rice step and just opt ​​for plain sushi rice. You can also choose to buy a creamy, store-bought sauce like Mother Raw Japanese Ginger Sesame Dressing.
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