Five vegan staple meals everyone will love

This post is dedicated to a friend who took control of her life and decided she wanted better for herself and her children. I hope this helps your transition.

Pulled BBQ “Beefy” mushroom and onions
You’ll need
1 package of Baby bella mushrooms
1 large red onion
your favorite BBQ sauce
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
salt & pepper to taste
cooked white or brown rice, or quinoa
*preheat oven to low broil*
This one is my absolute favorite vegan meal. It’s healthy, it’s savory, and it’s comfort food.
Super easy to make too. Slice up mushrooms, I use either baby bellas or oyster mushrooms. Baby bellas are more affordable in my opinion, and they cook up nicely. slice up a yellow or red onion. I like to use red onions because they are colorful, and being vegan you want to try to eat the rainbow. Saute the mushrooms and onions in a pan on medium heat until soft. While sauteing add a mix of paprika, onion and garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Go easy on the salt, you’ll be adding BBQ sauce next. Saute for five minutes stirring frequently. Turn the heat down to low. Add BBQ sauce of your choice, Make sure it’s vegan. Once everything is mixed all together move to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Pace into oven and broil until there is a light char on the mixture. Serve on top a bed of rice or quinoa and enjoy.

Vegan mashed potatoes
What you’ll need for a family of 4:
6 medium large yellow/white potatoes
1 cup coconut milk original unsweetened
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp vegan butter (hey its mashed potatoes, you’re allowed to indulge)

Peel potatoes and cute into chunks. There is absolutely no reason to cut potatoes into small pieces. It’s unnecessary work you don’t need to be doing. Boil on medium high until they are fork tender, about 20 minutes, drain and set aside.
In a small sauce pan add the milk, butter, and seasonings but not the salt & pepper. Cook on medium low until warmed and just steaming, no need to boil this mixture.
Using a potato masher slowly add the mixture to the potatoes and mash until you get the consistency you like. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Pizza!! who doesn’t like pizza
What you’ll need for 2 pizzas:
2 store bought pizza dough (Pillsbury makes a “accidental” vegan dough also some store brand make them too)
1 glass jar of tomato sauce
3 packages of vegan cheese shreds ( a bit pricey but worth it as long as you’re not making pizza everyday)
Preheat oven according to dough instructions
Place dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet and using a rolling pin roll the dough out to fit the pan. Add sauce enough to cover the pizza, now place a layer of the shreds. Follow the heating directions on the dough packaging. If you like cheese extra crispy you can broil the shreds a bit. Allow to cool a bit and serve.

Breakfast cookies
What you’ll need
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (unbleached)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 
1/4 cup raisins 
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup date sugar
Pinch of salt 
1 tsp baking soda 
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 
1/2 cup vegan butter softened 
3 tbsp agave nectar 
1/2 cup peanut butter 
1 1/2 tsp plant milk 
splash of water (helps with mixing
Preheat oven to 350, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and go to town mixing. Use an ice cream scoop to place onto the cookie sheet. Once the mixture is on the cookie sheet use a fork to push it down a bit. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes. Edges should be golden brown. Wait a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.  Package up into compostable baggies or reusable baggies and you have a quick go to breakfast.

Lazy “chicken” nuggets and french fries.
You’ll need:
1 package of vegan chicken nuggets (Whole foods brand is very affordable)
1 bag of lightly processed frozen french fries

okay this is a seriously easy and a lazy day meal. Follow the heating directions on the bags. This is Vallettas favorite meal. The one she request the most actually. If you don’t have a whole foods I’m sure your local grocery store has a version of vegan nuggets. Also almost all fries are vegan but I have found a couple that have milk products in them for whatever weird reason. I’ve also found some frozen onion rings that contain milk products.. Just be sure to read the label, them more you do this the quicker you’ll get.

I hope these recipes help y’all transition to vegan, and remember vegan doesn’t have to be expensive but can be affordable as well as tasty. Also you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these recipes. I encourage everyone to try them.

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