Going on a plant-based is a decision that needs thorough planning. The truth of the matter is that your food resources have slimmed significantly and you might have difficulty finding the right ingredients.
However, all you need is a keen sense of adventure when it comes to your food and you’ll be good to go. Not convinced? Try out these top three vegan dishes from Ashker’s to start your plant-based diet.
- Vegan mac and cheese
As you start your journey to veganism, one key thing to know is that most packaged pasta is 100% vegan. That means aside from delectable salad dishes, pasta is generally a safe base for a dish as long as you double-check the ingredients you use for your meal.
Vegan mac and cheese is one of the easiest pasta dishes to make if you’re craving something creamy and reminiscent of your childhood. However, instead of cheese, you use cashew cream sauce.
Though using anything but cheese might defeat the purpose of mac and cheese, you’ll be surprised by how little difference there is to the taste.
The biggest challenge to this dish is grounding the cashew nuts to make the sauce but that’s not a big problem if you have a food processor. If not, good old-fashioned mortar and pestle will do just as well with the job. And before you know it, you’re enjoying a meal you’ve loved since childhood without compromising your diet.
- Vegan burrito bowl
If you don’t have much prep time and you’re ready just to throw around different ingredients to make your meal, then a vegan burrito bowl is the way to go. It takes less than 20 minutes to make and it doesn’t require overly-complicated ingredients.
To make this meal, all you’ll need is corn, black beans, salsa, rice, bell peppers, dairy-free yogurt and avocado as your main ingredients. For spices, cumin, chili powder, and salt and pepper are all you need.
The best thing about this recipe is that it can be made with any ingredients; anything you don’t have can be substituted for whatever you have available so you don’t even have to worry about sticking to the recipe.
Once you’ve gathered all the dishes that work well together, you just mix them to create your burrito world. Simple, right? If you’ve got a bit of extra time, you can top the dish off with a creamy avocado sauce to make the food extra luscious.
- Hash browns
Hashbrowns are some of the simplest vegan dishes you can make; it requires few ingredients but it does take a bit of prep. To make them, the most important thing is to find starchy potatoes.
Then you just add in minimal ingredients such as onion and parsley. For spices, salt and pepper should be enough but you can add smoked paprika for a smoky and sweet taste. With just these simple ingredients, you’ll have your hash browns ready in no time. Once you cook them, you can pair them with your choice of vegan dressing.