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10 Daytime Recipes to Eat Vegan Before 6pm

I recently read Mark Bittman’s new book, Vegan Before 6, and really loved the general premise. In it he shares the reasons why he chose to adopt eating only a vegan diet before 6pm each day in order to improve his health. He also discusses how a vegan lifestyle positively impacts the environment. As you would expect, Mark shares many wonderful recipes for eating vegan during the daytime. They are all simple and delicious, true Bittman style. When I really thought about his idea I realized that eating vegan during the day might not be as difficult as I think. There are lots of delicious vegan meals that would be perfect for breakfast or lunch. Here are a few ideas for ways you can try out this vegan-ish lifestyle. Then, do what Mark does, have whatever you want for dinner!

  • 10 Ways to Eat Vegan Before 6pm! 1 of 11
    10 Ways to Eat Vegan Before 6pm
  • Chia Walnut Oatmeal 2 of 11
    Chia Walnut Oatmeal

    This amazing oatmeal recipe features healthy chia seeds, walnuts, and soy creamer. It is the ideal power-packed vegan breakfast.

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Farro for Breakfast! 3 of 11
    farro for breakfast

    Farro is another wonderful, healthy grain for breakfast. It is packed with protein and tastes delicious when topped with berries and a touch of almond milk. It would also make a wonderful hot winter lunch!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Homemade Granola 4 of 11
    Granola

    A delicious granola is crispy, healthy, and full of flavor. Keep it vegan by serving it with almond, soy, or rice milk. Or, sprinkle it over vegan yogurt!

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Mango Coconut Liquado 5 of 11
    Mango Coconut Liquado

    This delicious smoothie has just three vegan ingredients which is then blended with ice. It is the perfect vegan breakfast treat, lunch shake or mid afternoon treat!

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Fruit & Oat Granola Bars 6 of 11
    Fruit and Oat Granola Bars

    These amazing homemade vegan granola bars are being served in President Obama's White House! They are the perfect grab-n-go snack for the first family and would make anyone happy to eat vegan for breakfast.

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Sweet Potato Apple Hummus Tartine 7 of 11
    Sweet Potato Hummus Tartine

    This flavorful tartine is ideal for a vegan lunch or snack. You will love it so much you might even have it for dinner!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Watercress Kumquat Salad 8 of 11
    Watercress Kumquat salad

    This delicious salad is packed with terrific vegetables and flavors. You'll love it for lunch during the day. In fact, make a double batch and eat the rest alongside your dinner!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

     

  • Slow Roasted Tomato Soup 9 of 11
    Slow Roasted Tomato Soup

    This gorgeous tomato soup is perfect for summer. It makes a great vegan lunch! Serve it with a bright green salad alongside to make an extra filling meal.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Mushroom Kale Rice Bowl 10 of 11
    Mushroom Kale Rice Bowl

    This protein packed lunch salad would be an ideal vegan lunch any day of the week. It contains so many healthy ingredients and is incredibly flavorful. It also packs well and would be great to take to work!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Vegan Red Lentil Soup 11 of 11
    Vegan Red Lentil Soup

    This gorgeous lentil soup is rich in iron and antioxidants and is a great lunch or snack any day of the week. With something like this on the menu you'll have no trouble eating only vegan dishes before 6pm!

    Photo: Julie VR

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