What are the Best Easy Vegan Ideas?

Dee Saale
Dee Saale
Dee Saale
Dee Saale
Various fruits and vegetables.
Various fruits and vegetables.

Following a vegan diet means avoiding foods that are made from or made by living creatures, such as meat, dairy, eggs, and even honey. Although it may seem restrictive at first, there are countless easy vegan recipes. Also, many cities across the world have restaurants that offer a wide selection of vegan fare making it easy to be vegan. In general, people following a vegan diet consume plenty of fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts, and grains. These items can be found in nearly every grocery store and restaurant across the globe.

Fruit and vegetables, which make up a large part of a vegan diet.
Fruit and vegetables, which make up a large part of a vegan diet.

There are many places to find easy vegan recipes. Vegan cookbooks can be purchased in most bookstores or borrowed from local libraries. The cookbooks offer a wide range of recipes — appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts. Some cookbooks are centered around certain types of meals, such as Italian, French, Chinese, or American cuisine.

Vegan cookbooks can be very helpful when preparing meals.
Vegan cookbooks can be very helpful when preparing meals.

Another way to fine easy vegan recipes is through the Internet. There are endless websites on the Internet that offer a plenitude of easy vegan recipes. Some websites give vegan alternatives to traditional dishes, such as transforming traditional chicken noodle soup to a soup that follows vegan diet restrictions. Other websites allow users to simply select an ingredient, such as pine nuts. The website then lists a variety of easy vegan recipes that include pine nuts as an ingredient.

Lasagna is always a good crowd pleaser as it can be meatless.
Lasagna is always a good crowd pleaser as it can be meatless.

For people who are more inventive, there are many ways to create easy vegan meals without the use of a recipe. For example, many vegans use beans in their cooking because they are a good source of protein. Beans can be added to salads, soups, and pastas. Most importantly, a recipe is not necessary for someone merely wanting to add a handful of beans to a pot of vegetable soup.

Vegan chicken may be used to make chicken soup.
Vegan chicken may be used to make chicken soup.

Occasionally, people following a vegan diet get tired of eating fruit for dessert. Luckily, there are many easy vegan dessert recipes that do not use eggs, honey, or dairy. These recipes may be considered by many people to be flavorful and sweet. For example, one recipe combines a puree of peanut butter, cocoa powder, and pitted dates. The cook then rolls the concoction into balls. Lastly, the balls are rolled in coconut.

Oatmeal can be soaked overnight in water, fruit juice, or non-dairy milk for an easy vegan breakfast.
Oatmeal can be soaked overnight in water, fruit juice, or non-dairy milk for an easy vegan breakfast.

There also are options for people who follow the vegan diet and crave meat or dairy. These options are called transition foods. Basically, they include items such as fake “meat,” non-dairy “cheese” or “butter” and other faux food items that can be used in place of traditional meat, cheese, or butter. These items are vegan, but generally they are less healthy. Consequently, vegans can easily use these processed items, but whole, natural foods are usually better options.

Dee Saale
Dee Saale

Dee is a freelance writer based in Colorado. She has a B.A. in English Literature, as well as a law degree. Dee is especially interested in topics relating to medicine, legal issues, and home improvement, which are her specialty when contributing to wiseGEEK.

Dee Saale
Dee Saale

Dee is a freelance writer based in Colorado. She has a B.A. in English Literature, as well as a law degree. Dee is especially interested in topics relating to medicine, legal issues, and home improvement, which are her specialty when contributing to wiseGEEK.

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    • Various fruits and vegetables.
      Various fruits and vegetables.
    • Fruit and vegetables, which make up a large part of a vegan diet.
      Fruit and vegetables, which make up a large part of a vegan diet.
    • Vegan cookbooks can be very helpful when preparing meals.
      Vegan cookbooks can be very helpful when preparing meals.
    • Lasagna is always a good crowd pleaser as it can be meatless.
      Lasagna is always a good crowd pleaser as it can be meatless.
    • Vegan chicken may be used to make chicken soup.
      Vegan chicken may be used to make chicken soup.
    • Oatmeal can be soaked overnight in water, fruit juice, or non-dairy milk for an easy vegan breakfast.
      Oatmeal can be soaked overnight in water, fruit juice, or non-dairy milk for an easy vegan breakfast.