Here’s some more photos and ideas of what a vegan really eats. Hopefully ya’ll are enjoying this series! If you have more suggestions on what you would like to see please let me know.
There are a lot of times that I am tired of cooking so I make meals such as this one which is so easy it’s ready in a few minutes. We like various types of vegan burgers (this one was Lightlife Smart Quinoa Burger) on a bed of romaine lettuce, mixed frozen veggies and some salad. These vegan burgers are a great source of protein that can be grilled outside. Note: It does contain soy.
Processed protein is something I go back and forth about with wanting in our household. There is one side of me that doesn’t want anything processed but then time is an issue seeing as I work full-time and workout daily. We try to get organic, all natural products. On days we do have a pre-packaged “meat” we make sure our plate is filled with other fresh ingredients to assure we are getting the proper nutrients each meal. This is the Lightlife Black Bean Vegan Burger on top of a bed of fresh romaine (cos) lettuce, okra and corn.
Hilary’s Eat Well Root Veggie Burger for a change. We bought this brand once but I have to say we did not care for the taste. It is very oily and almost no taste. It can be purchased occasionally at Target and Whole Foods Market for about $4-6 for 2 patties in our area. We found it was just too greasy so we placed it on an English Muffin to try to get rid of some of the grease. We still found the 8g of fat per burger too much to handle and ended up tossing out part of the burger the next day. Of course we placed it alongside a salad with the avocado dressing from another salad.
Of course we are still in love with the BOCA spicy chicken-free patty that can be purchase for about $2.99 at WalMart and $3-4.99 at Whole Foods Market in our area. (prices vary) Side dishes are fresh mixed steamed veggies, sliced fresh veggies, homemade white bread, and a sweet purple Japanese potato.
This is a meal where we had just about nothing in the household because we have a rule we must eat all the food in the fridge each week to reduce waste. This was a lunch that was so sad looking… 1/2 vegan Tofurky sausage on a vegan approved English Muffin. We had a side of freshly cut veggies but not shown.
This was another black bean burger, from above, that was used crumbled up to make something different. It was a fresh green salad with quinoa, burger crumbles, tomatoes, refried beans, black olive and topped with vegan Daiya cheese. It was a bit Mexican inspired, can you tell?
Vegan Tofurky Sausage night. This was done in just a few minutes to tell you the truth. Vegan sausages can BBQ in under 5 minutes if you have it hot enough. We had sweet potatoes and mixed veggies for a simple weekend night dinner. It’s not glamorous but it gives us the nutrients we need after a night run.
Sometimes we even skip the main protein and go for this type of lunch. Note: You don’t have to have as much protein as you think – it’s not necessary to be the main attraction every meal. This lunch was a healthy salad with fresh veggies, salsa, baba ganoush from Whole Foods Market and a slice of special vegan approved cinnamon swirl bread.
Vegan approved Japanese curry and Japanese steamed rice. This is something we have at least once every two months because I could seriously eat it everyday. I love Japanese curry and could probably not live without it. Thank goodness it’s vegan!
This is something we bought one night when we were super hungry and super tired. It’s been probably about 15 years since we have bought frozen french fries since fresh is easier for us normally. These were at Whole Foods Market just calling our name though so we bought them. Amazingly frozen items have come a long way! These were pretty good and we would probably get them again if we didn’t have time to make our own.
These are the fries after being made. Not bad and they were even crunchy!
Hopefully these are a few ideas on how to make simple but fast dinners at your vegan household. It’s simple to use some fresh ingredients and then use some processed ones. These were taken over a few months, I would never suggest eating processed protein each meal but is great occasionally.