By Dana Shultz for Diets In Review
Everyone’s been in a food rut before and we all know it stinks. Eating the same things over and over again can seem comforting and familiar at first, but it eventually becomes monotonous and downright boring, leaving our palette looking for more adventurous flavors. It’s almost like a “Groundhog Day” for your diet. No variety? No thanks.
But, there’s hope – especially with millions of creative and new-to-us recipes from some amazing online resources to get us through those dark eating seasons in our life. The following recipes are all vegan and surprisingly healthy, though they seem decadent at first glance. Here you’ll find two breakfast recipes, two recipes you could swap for lunch or dinner, and one delicious dessert recipe – all of which will send you straight to vegan heaven with their creative and tasty out-of-the-box ideas and flavors.
Raw Breakfast Crumble. When you hear “crumble” the first words you probably think are butter-laden, sugary and fattening. But this dish is quite the opposite. It comes from The First Mess and is not only raw, but also completely clean in terms of natural, healthy ingredients. Try this recipe in place of your typical bowl of cereal and you’ll be kissing your breakfast blues goodbye.
Baked Vegan Donuts. Baked donuts are all the rage right now with a whole slew of donut cookers, pans, and cookbooks flooding the market. Up until now, there haven’t been many vegan options, or recipes that don’t require special equipment. But this healthy recipe from Namely Marly calls for less than 10 ingredients, and you only need a cookie sheet to prepare it! Now this is a donut recipe worth branching out for.
Kale and Black Bean Nachos. Nachos used to be one of my favorite indulgences. Fried chips loaded up with refried beans, cheese and salsa was my little slice of fat kid heaven. But with age came a healthier appetite, and these 6-ingredient vegan nachos from My Little Celebration satisfy my heartiest nacho cravings without a single fried chip in sight. I think this brings an end of my greasy nacho era, especially if I add a little vegan queso to the mix.
Thai Fried Quinoa. Traditional fried rice can be heavy, over-salted and unsatisfying with its lack of protein. But this kicked up quinoa version from Peas and Thank You brings new life to the dish with flavors of Thai, coconut milk and sweet pineapple. It’s a spin on a classic that will have you falling in love with Chinese take-out all over again – but this time without the guilt.
Mini Peanut Butter Cups in a Jar. Dessert for all! This creative idea from Oh She Glows mocks a traditional Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup but with new ingredients. A graham cracker crust, peanut butter filling, and chocolate shell looks like candy bar bliss in a jar – making it the perfect healthier-for-you dessert option.
Feeling inspired? We hope so. Now get out there and get out of that eating rut!