I’ve been trying to focus on helping the newer vegans lately. Veganuary is always a great start for people wanting to take the positive leap into veganism for the animals, their health, and the environment.
I know when I first became a vegan, there were so many questions I had about how the hell I was ever going to eat “normal” again. Looking back, I realize there is nothing normal about eating corpses, blood, wings, milk, and any other dead animal body part or secretion. How in the Hell did I ever think that was normal?
So how did I learn to cook all over again?
I looked at vegan websites and joined vegan social media groups.
I bought a couple vegan cook books and experimented. I made some very successful banging meals. I also failed horribly and some of my creations tasted like shit.
Don’t get over stressed if/when you do the same. This is a whole new lifestyle and it is just everything opposite than what you’ve always been told.
So for the vegan newbies and hardcore longtime vegan friends, I am going to include two awesome, super easy, delightful vegan recipes for lunch or dinner that anyone can make whether you are vegan or not.
EVERYONE will love these vegan recipes.
VEGAN SLOPPY JOES (or Franks, Sams, Sallies—you can call them anything you want!)
1 12 oz. Package Meatless Crumbles
½ Green Pepper
3 Garlic Cloves
1 or 2 Cans Manwich
1 Large Handful Fresh Spinach
1 Cup Water
Chop Onion, pepper, garlic, and spinach. Put into large frying pan with 1 cup water. Steam for about 5 minutes. Open crumbles and easily break apart with hands. Add to pan. Cook, stirring frequently until all liquid is incorporated and vegetables are softened. Pour in Manwich. We love lots of sauce, so we use 2 cans. Use what you want. Throw on buns and eat. It’s that simple. If you want to use other peppers or no peppers, go for it. Add more onion or garlic if you really want to spice it up. Don’t like onion? Don’t use it. Like most of my recipes, make them your own. Change what you don’t like. Add your own flair.
This is so quick and easy. Captain UK loves them, so do omnivore boys. You can’t go wrong on a busy work night or a potluck party. These Joes rock.
Another great recipe I have to share is this 5 minute prep vegan vegetable soup.
- No Oil
- Quick Prep
- Crock Pot
- Nutrient Rich
You can’t go wrong with this soup! Who doesn’t love soup on cold days in the middle of winter? My 14 year old omnivore son said, after taking a few mouthfuls, “I’m really going to miss food like this when I’m in college.” Uh, love the compliment son, but you have a few more years of enjoying your mother’s awesome food until you move away.
This vegan vegetable soup is a show stopper for the entire family, friends, coworkers, and any you know who loves a hearty soup.
RIDICULOUSLY EASY VEGAN CROCK POT VEGETABLE SOUP
4 16 oz. Bags Frozen Vegetables
1/3 Cup Vegetable Based Paste
5-8 Cloves Garlic
1 15 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
12 Cups Water
Black Pepper to taste
Throw all the ingredients in a crock pot. We added about a teaspoon of black pepper. Turn on low and cook for at least 8 hours. Enjoy!
Our bags of frozen vegetables included onions, celery, peppers, corn, peas, carrots, potatoes, and black eyed peas. You can easily mix these up to enjoy a medley of color, flavor, and texture for an optimal health kick.