According to Vegan Bits, around 2% of the United States population is currently living a vegan lifestyle, and approximately 10% of the population has been vegan or vegetarian in the past. While many fear a vegan lifestyle, mostly due to the exclusion of meat and animal products, a vegan diet offers a range of benefits for the well-being of the human body.
Even though there is a general concern for protein and some specific vitamins, with vitamin B12 being one of the most significant, amongst people that want to turn vegan, it is important for them to realize that many plants can offer them high-quality protein as well. Particular vitamins that cannot be easily obtained from plant sources can quickly be consumed through the use of a daily multivitamin.
The Vegan Society reports that veganism is considered a real diet that can be as nutritional as a standard diet that includes meat and other animal products, such as eggs. Health Line reports that science has provided evidence of several benefits that a vegan lifestyle has to offer. For one, vegans often obtain a higher amount of potassium, folate, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, and magnesium.
Veganism is also excellent for reducing body fat. Such a diet also helps to reduce blood sugar, enhance the function of the kidney and even protect against the formation of some cancers. The key is to include the best protein vegan foods that are also rich in nutrients and compounds that possess the numerous health benefits that a vegan diet is known for.
For the meat lovers out there, here is a list of seven favorite vegan dishes perfect for those who enjoy the taste and texture of meat. These recipes are not only delicious but also high in essential nutrients, and they do not contain any animal products or animal by-products.
“For the meat lovers out there, here is
a list of seven favorite vegan dishes perfect
for those who enjoy the taste
and texture of meat.”
Potato Vegan Burgers
A yummy burger patty recipe that is perfect for vegans and will satisfy the taste buds of meat lovers as well. All that is needed to make some potato vegan burgers is black beans, a carrot, a medium-sized onion, some potatoes and scallions, and some corn kernels. For seasoning, salt can be used. Some people also prefer to use garlic salt instead. You will also need some oil for frying the burgers.
To make the burgers, you should mash the black beans and then mix in the other ingredients. Once combined into a thick mixture, form several burger patties. Make each burger patty around half an inch in thickness for best results.
Now simply cook each burger in the oil. Extra virgin olive oil would work best. Ensure you cook the burger patties for around three minutes on both sides. If these burgers are a bit salty, have a glass of water with them – remember that there are many health benefits of drinking water.
Vegan BBQ Beans
An excellent recipe for those who enjoy a BBQ, but without the meat. Instead, this vegan BBQ beans dish offers you a load of protein from a plant-based source. To make a batch of vegan BBQ beans, you will need some olive oil, chopped onion, minced garlic, marinara sauce, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, tamari and ketchup, some chili powder, smoked paprika and mustard seed, and some ground cumin. You will also need some white beans, of course, and some salt and pepper for seasoning.
Start by cooking the onions in the olive oil, then add the garlic and cook for a minute or two. Keeping the beans separate, add all the other ingredients into the pan. Cook the sauce for a couple of minutes and make sure you stir now-and-then. Finally, insert the beans and continue cooking the mixture for up to 10 minutes, and you are done.
Brown Rice Salad
Here’s a recipe that is perfect for a vegan picnic or a quick and easy dinner dish. This brown rice salad with cherries, apples, and walnuts is ideal for every vegan, including those previous meat lovers. You will need some brown rice, frozen peas, an apple, some dried cherries, walnuts, and chives. For the dressing of the salad, you will need minced garlic cloves, agave syrup, yellow miso paste, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some toasted sesame seeds.
Start by cooking the brown rice and microwaving the peas. Note that the peas should only be microwaved for around one minute. Once done, combine the brown rice, the peas, and the other ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix all the ingredients for the dressing. Finally, mix the dressing with the brown rice mixture and enjoy.
Delicious Vegan Coleslaw
An age-old favorite – coleslaw, perfect for vegans. This basic coleslaw recipe can be used as a snack during the day or can even be added to another dish, such as the vegan burger patties we shared with you above, as a side-dish. All you need is some grated carrots, some cabbage that has been cut thin, some sugar, soy milk, egg-free mayonnaise and some white vinegar.
To make the coleslaw, start by whisking the sugar, soy milk, vinegar, and mayonnaise together. Add the salt and pepper to this mixture. Combine the cabbage and carrots in a separate bowl and then mix the two together. Add the coleslaw to the refrigerator for about one or two hours and serve.
Fried Vegan Chicken Fingers
Chicken fingers are a favorite amongst many meat lovers, but vegans are often limited since they cannot consume chicken meat. Still, it is possible to enjoy chicken fingers without any flesh.
To make a batch of fried vegan chicken fingers, you will need some salt and onion powder, some pepper, garlic powder, all-purpose flour, nutritional yeast, yellow mustard, water, baking powder, vegetable oil and, finally, some mock chicken. Mock chicken may include Gardein, wheat meat or another vegan substitute for chicken would be Tofu too.
Start by mixing the onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and the nutritional yeast together. Mix the water and the mustard in a separate bowl. In the mustard mixture, add some of the flour.
Mix the baking powder with the remaining flour. To make the vegan chicken fingers, only dip the mock chicken pieces/ Tofu into the mustard mixture, then into the flour mixture and then fry them.
Easy Vegan Tacos
A quick, easy, yet very delicious vegan tacos recipe that does not include any meat, but is still packed with protein and many beneficial nutrients. If you want to make a batch of easy vegan tacos, you will need some tortillas, some grilled corn, cooked black beans, an avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onion, some chopped parsley, ground cumin, lime wedges and some hot chili sauce. You will also need some salt and pepper.
It is quick and easy to make these tacos. Just distribute the corn, black beans, avocado slices, guacamole, cherry tomatoes and onion on the tortillas. Use the salt, pepper, ground cumin and lime juice as seasoning, and then drizzle some hot chili sauce over. Fold up and enjoy.
Vegan Thanksgiving Wraps
Finally, let’s end our list of vegan dishes for meat lovers with a delicious recipe for vegan wraps that is not only perfect for Thanksgiving, but also for virtually any other occasion. These wraps are quite easy to make. You should use garlic and herb flatbreads for the wrap.
Fill these wraps with some cinnamon-roasted sweet potatoes, some peppery arugula and toasted pumpkin seeds, and some crispy baked chickpeas. To spice things up, throw in some dried cranberries and drizzle with some garlic sauce.
Veganism is growing rather quickly, but many people are still unsure whether adopting such a lifestyle is a good choice for them. The meat lovers are particularly afraid of turning vegan since meat would not be on their daily meal plan anymore. Fortunately, for the flesh lovers that do wish to become vegan, the right news is that many vegan dishes are just as delicious as a steak or a plate of ribs.
Here we have shared seven of our favorite vegan dishes that are perfect for meat lovers but don’t let this selection limit your choices. There are many more vegan recipes to be explored.
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