Thinking of going vegan? Don’t worry, you won’t have to stick to garden salads forever! Here are five yummy lunches you’d never realize are vegan.
You’re considering making the big move to becoming vegan. However, often is seems like the only vegan options around are a garden salad, or a dish that’s bland and unexciting.
Did you know that with a bit of creativity, there are many delicious recipes to whip up that you’d never even realize are vegan? With today’s advancement in cooking techniques and ingredients, top chefs and cooking connoisseurs deliver some seriously impressive meat-free options.
Curious? Read on to discover five yummy lunches you’d never realize are vegan. It seems things aren’t always better with bacon!
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One of the greatest struggles for many vegans is giving up on the nation’s favorite dish – pizza!
Even if you’re not a huge cheese fan, pizza doesn’t really seem like pizza without a thick layer of cheese.
Thank goodness for vegan cheese, is all we can say!
This tasty vegan pizza recipe is made with a delicious garlic-herb crust, simple tomato sauce, heaps of sautéed veggies, and most importantly – vegan parmesan cheese.
That means you can still enjoy that creamy cheesy taste while going dairy-free. If you’re vegan and haven’t tried vegan parmesan – you must! It’s a game changer, for sure.
This ridiculously satisfying and scrummy pizza will have you in disbelief that it’s completely vegan. Winning!
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
What could be more comforting than a creamy bowl of mac and cheese? Luckily for vegans there’s a dairy-free option too!
This recipe is 100% non-dairy and vegan but still tastes exceptionally cheesy and saucy so you can satisfy those wicked mac and cheese cravings we all get.
Catering for kids? This recipe allows you to easily sneak some healthy veggies into your child’s diet, without them even noticing! Plus, it’s on the lighter side of the calorie scale when compared to your usual stodgy mac and cheese.
It’s the perfect rich and creamy dish to tuck into on those afternoons you just want to relax in front of the television.
Mushroom Stout Pie with Potato Biscuits
When you think of a stout pie, you often conjure up images of a meat option dished up in a local pub. Not this one though!
The use of two kinds of mushrooms in this crumbly pie give it a meaty and earthy texture – you’d never realize it’s vegan! The fluffy potato biscuit does a fantastic job of soaking up the deeply savory (vegan!) gravy, too. Choose from frozen thawed tofu or the more familiar kidney beans for the filling.
To up the ‘meat’ dosage, why not try adding some sautéed seitan sausages?
Lightened Up Vegetable Lasagna Casserole
Here’s a veggie lasagna with a twist. Instead of using pasta, the crust and base is created with grated zucchini and carrots which becomes crispy and pancake-like after baking.
This vegetable ‘noodle’ consistency is then topped with vegan cheese and vegan sour cream to give it that lovely golden lasagne topping we all adore. You’ll struggle to resist digging your fork straight into that tantalizing cheesy surface right away!
This is one healthy lasagna option, too. The middle layers are packed full of corn, beans, and salsa to offer that rich, hearty, and chunky texture that is so comforting.
Creamy Vegan Broccoli Potato Soup
You’d never guess that this anytime soup is made without even a drop of cream or cheese!
Each filling bowl is swimming with bite-sized pieces of broccoli and comforting chunks of potato, making it a soup you can turn to you on those rainy afternoons.
The thick and creamy texture means that unlike with most soups, this is one that will fill you up. Your stomach won’t be grumbling an hour post-lunch!
Although simply seasoned, this soup does require a fair bit of salt. If it tastes bland during the cooking process, simply add in more salt in ¼ teaspoon increments. A dash of pepper or two should help do the job, too.
Which of These Yummy Vegan Lunches Will You Try?
All these vegan lunch recipes are comforting, delicious, and soothing for the soul. They’re so delicious in fact, that you’d never realize they’re vegan!
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