Plant Based Meals (Winter)

Plant-based eating has become exponentially more popular. Whether you eat vegan or just want to incorporate more plants into your diet, there are all sorts of ways to do so! The recipes below are either 100% vegan or can be made so with a basic substitution. These are some of the things I’ve been eating this past month while it's been cold and dreary outside:

Quick Pasta and Chickpeas
This tastes way, way better than the title of the recipe lets on. So easy, and so tasty.

Tofu Lettuce Cups
Like the famous PF Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps. I don’t enjoy mushrooms or tofu, but this recipe is magic (and the single reason I would ever buy mushrooms).

Chana Masala
Such a great way to get protein. I’m not sure how authentic the recipe is, but it sure tastes good. If you’re making it yourself you can control how much spice you out into it, which is a good thing if you’re like me and can’t handle any spice. Lots of flavor, but only as much heat as you want. It gets even better served with rice or naan.

Stir Fry with Mongolian Tofu
Because you’re smart, you don’t need a recipe for stir-fried vegetables. Get whatever you like and cook in a frying pan or wok, being careful of the cook times of each vegetable. I swear I really don’t like tofu, but this one uses a similar sauce to the lettuce cups (above). The soy/ginger/garlic combo is delicious, and would be just as great on tempeh/seitan/beans/veggie patty.

Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes with Roasted Potatoes
The flavors here are so good, even if winter tomatoes are not. Roast the tomatoes with potatoes in the pan, serve a salad on the side, and feel good about how many vegetables you just ate.

Lentil Soup
When it’s cold, sometimes you just want a warm bowl of soup. Load it up with ginger and garlic to boost your immune system to keep you healthy for the rest of the winter, and eat with a hunk of warm crusty bread. To keep it vegan, use vegetable broth and skip or substitute the cheese on top.

Cashew Pineapple Fried Rice
This recipe tastes so good, and if you happen to have some leftover rice, is really quick too! You can always modify the recipe add-ins to your taste or what you have available. Bonus points if you actually serve it to anyone in a pineapple.

Falafel Pita Salads
These require a little substituting to make vegan, but it’s so worth it! The falafel has so much flavor packed into a small package. Like a flavor explosion. You can also veganize the tzatziki, which I would highly recommend (vegan yogurt or sour cream, dill, chopped cucumbers, salt, and pepper). Serve the falafel on top of a giant salad or as a sandwich inside pita bread. Enjoy!