- Whether you are an avid animal rights activist or have chosen veganism to make a mindful change in your diet, keeping up with a vegan diet is usually not smooth sailing. Although vegan diets are trending, the 100% plant-based recipes do not receive much love from people. Some find them not filling enough, and some find them bland and boring. Following are some easy vegan snack recipes that not only support the “zero animal cruelty and 100% natural” tagline but are also delicious, filling and creative. These delicious dishes are perfect to curb your hunger pangs and help you become an active veganista:
- Quinoa and Mushroom Burger
- Bake a mixture of 1 cup mushrooms, 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic, a pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 pepper for 20 minutes or until the mushrooms become tender.
- For the burger patty, take some onions, the previously baked mushroom mixture and 1 teaspoon of vinegar, and make a smooth mash in a food processor. Transfer this mixture into a bowl, add a cup of quinoa and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and mix well. Place a plastic wrap on the bowl, and refrigerate it for about 2 hours.
- After two hours, remove the mixture from the refrigerator and make patties. Cook the patties in a pan for 5 minutes or until well browned or bake them for about 10 minutes in a preheated oven to 375°F.
- Serve the patties with whole-grain buns along with some fresh lettuce, tomatoes and your favourite condiment.
Ever heard of a burger this healthy and yummy? Probably not. The perfect recipe when you are craving a cheeseburger.
- Pesto Pasta
- Cook spaghetti as per the package instructions.
- In a large bowl, add 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and salt, sliced zucchini, onions and bell pepper, corn, and 1 tablespoon oil.
- Mix the ingredients well and grill the vegetables for 10 minutes until they have charred spots.
- Put the grilled veggies in a bowl and mix in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest, and add 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt. Add in 1/2 a cup of store-bought pesto sauce and mix well. To make your own pesto sauce, grind fresh basil leaves, garlic, grated hard cheese like parmesan and some olive oil.
- Add this mixture to your pasta, and mix well.
There you have it, a bowl of garden-fresh veggies with some pasta. Perfect for lunch or dinner.
- Rainbow Veggie Skewers
- Prepare a spice mix for your kebabs. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cumin and paprika powder, and set aside. While doing this, place your grill on medium heat.
- In a large mixing bowl, add broccoli, tomatoes, squash, button mushrooms and 1 tablespoon oil.
- Transfer the veggies to skewers and grill them. Grill the tomatoes and squash for about 8 minutes, and grill the mushrooms and broccoli for about 10 minutes.
- Once the veggies are grilled perfectly, transfer them to a serving platter and squeeze lime juice over them. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil on the vegetables, and dust some spice mix on the veggies. Let the veggies sit for 5 minutes, and add the remaining spice mix. Serve.
Congratulations. You have mastered the art of turning boring veggies into a colourful and flavourful snack.
An ideal recipe for parties and barbeque. If you are not a fan of grilling, roast the vegetables instead.
- Vegan Brownies
- Mix 2 teaspoons of ground flaxseed powder with 6 tablespoons water, and keep aside for about 5 minutes. Preheat your oven to 170°C.
- Head to the stove. Melt 1/2 teaspoon coffee grounds, 120 g dark chocolate and 80 g vegan butter on low heat. Once melted, slightly cool.
- In a mixing bowl, combine 125 g self-raising flour, 50 g cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 70 g ground almond.
- Add 250 g of caster sugar and the melted chocolate in a bowl, and whisk well to form a glossy mixture. To this, add the soaked flaxseed, 80 g of roughly chopped dark chocolate and 1-1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
- Transfer the liquid mixture to the flour mix and stir.
- Pour the brownie mix on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake in the preheated oven for about 35-45 minutes. Once cooled, cut into squares, and store the brownies in an airtight jar.
- You can make these delicious brownies on Friday night, and show them off to your colleagues on Monday as they can stay fresh for up to 3 days. Take your vegan diet plan up a notch with these four lip-smacking vegan recipes that make for great snacks at any time during the day. To know more about vegan recipes and for tips to stay motivated on your diet, talk to expert qualified nutritionists and dieticians on the HealthAssure app.
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