Since I did a vegan breakfast inspiration post, I thought it would be fun to continue with a vegan dinner post. I'm not gonna write out any recipes - that you can find easily searching on Google - but I will write the main ingredients I use. Let's start!
1. NOODLES - I have to say that Asian inspired foods are very easy to make vegan. A tip is to find better products in the asian supermarkets. I never buy the instant noodles.
- Ramen: Cook noodles, add mushroom, spring onions and miso paste.
- Pad Thai: Wok noodles, bell pepper, tofu and pad thai sauce.
- Stir fried noodles: Similar to pad thai, but any vegetable can be used and teriyaki, hoisin or sriracha is good on top.
- Vietnamese Spring rolls: Rice paper, glass noodles, cucumber, carrots, cilantro and peanut butter sauce.
2. RICE - I love rice, but I usually find it taking too long to cook, but that's why food prepping is the best thing ever. I'll make a lot of portions in one go and then divide it up throughout the week. Jasmine and basmati are the only rice I eat, but they can also be replaced by couscous, quinoa or cauliflower rice.
- Stir fried rice: Wok rice, tofu and any veggies with soy sauce, seasoning or teriyaki etc.
- Paella: Rice, saffron, mushroom and some veggies.
- Sushi: Rice, rice vinegar, seaweed sheets, cucumber, avocado and pickled ginger. It is actually not that difficult at all, and it goes pretty fast especially if you have a pressure cooker or pre made rice.
Risotto is good too by the way, but I have actually never tried cooking it myself, I might give it a try though.
3. POTATO - Sweet potatoes are my absolute favorite, and I love how much carbs it has (yes I am being sincere). Other yams are also good, normal potatoes and of course carrots.
- Mashed: I put sweet potato in the oven for about one hour and when it's done I can easily peel of the outer layer and just mash it. It's good to have with some fried tofu, mushroom, eggplant, squash, beans etc.
- Fries and portobello burger: Portobello mushrooms, bread is optional, tomatoes, salad and steak sauce, together with fries and some hummus or guacamole.
- Carrot pasta: Stir fried homemade carrot pasta with broccoli or other veggies and soy sauce.
4. SOUPS - Usually better as a lunch, or a late meal when I've had dinner too early, because it might not be enough calories.
- Tomato soup: Tomato, bell peppers, spices etc. It can also be turned into "bolognese" if I add tofu and mushrooms and eat it with some pasta.
- Lentil soup: Lentils, carrots, onions and vegetable broth.
- Ratatouille: Tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers etc. It takes a very long time to cook though but fairly quick to prepare.
5. TACOS - There's so many different ways to make tacos. You can either use classic corn breads or otherwise make it healthier using salad as the bread. You can either put beans or tofu inside or you can fry bell peppers and mushroom with some soy sauce. Salsa and guacamole is of course a given, and sometimes I'll have some nachos. Corn (bbq) are of course a very good side dish as well.
And that is it! There's plenty of fun and yummy food to eat. This was definitely helpful for myself haha. I feel like I have been stuck eating the same dinner for quite some time now.
Now I need to get back to writing my essay. Have a good Sunday!