A healthy vegan diet is a great way to boost your health and your planet-friendliness, but finding satisfying and healthy vegan recipes isn’t always easy. Oprah’s vegan challenge asks that participants go vegan for a week, and there are a lot of great reasons to do it. Backing her up were sustainable food luminaries like Michael Pollan and Kathy Freston, both passionate advocates for limited animal protein diets. Cutting out animal and dairy products can be a great way to increase your vegetable and fiber intake. It can also help the planet since vegetable-based foods require far less water and energy to produce.
But sticking to a vegan regime can be difficult. Whether you are eating out or visiting family, it’s easy to feel like you are giving up a lot. And since you’ll likely be enjoying a lot of salads and sides outside of the home, you’ll want to be sure and enjoy some great treats when you are home. Eating a balanced diet, filled with vegetable proteins, whole grains and veggies is important, but so is feeling satisfied, so we have even have three tasty vegan desert options for you. Your vegan diet may only last a week, but we hope you will enjoy these healthy vegan recipes long after that.
Oatmeal with Dried Cherries and Oranges
Sub out milk and honey, and you have a yummy fruity breakfast.
Roasted Carrot Soup
This velvety soup packs a wallop of bold carrot flavor and good-for-you nutrients.
Roasted Cauliflower with Dried Cherries
A satisfying side dish with bright colors and super-charged cruciferous veggies. Sub all olive oil to make it vegan.
Quinoa Salad with Squash and Collard Greens
Whole grains and veggies mingle with a bright, tangy vinaigrette in this hearty salad.
Pinto Bean Dip with Pita and Carrots
Get you protein fix with this creamy and lemony pinto bean dip.
Crispy Oven Fries
French fries don’t have to be fried! Next time you have a craving, try out these crispy oven baked fries.
Vegan Chocolate Cake
This vegan chocolate cake is moist and light as air.