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7 All-Time Favorite Recipes Veganized

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7 All-Time Favorite Recipes Veganized

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

You don’t have to abstain from meat products altogether to enjoy the veganized version of some of your favorite dishes. Maybe you want to enjoy a more healthful version of an old fashioned favorite. Cut out the meat and the dairy and often times many of the unnecessary calories go with it. And if done right, the food doesn’t suffer from the loss. While making food vegetarian is often really simple, hormone laden cheeses and dairy products aren’t much better.

Vegan recipes can be every bit as rich and delicious as their meaty counterparts. These are also great choices for those times when you’re feeding both a vegan and a meat eater because they’re just hearty enough. Here are some of my all time favorite traditional recipes, gone vegan:

1. Tempeh Reubens

8 oz tempeh
5 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
cup Vidalia onions, diced
4 slices rye bread
2 tbsp Thousand Island dressing (recipe to follow)
1/4 cup (or more) sauerkraut
4 slices vegan Swiss cheese


1. Slice the tempeh so that it’s about inch thick.

2. Heat the olive oil up to medium and add garlic and onions. Cook until softened and add in tempeh. Fry tempeh for about 4 minutes on each side.

3. Toast the rye bread on each side. Add a slather of Thousand Island Dressing on both pieces of bread. Top with tempeh, onions, sauerkraut, and cheese. Melt under the broiler and serve immediately.

Easy Thousand Island Dressing
1 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/3 cup ketchup
1/4 cup hot pickle relish


1. Combine ingredients and serve.

Image: jeffgunn / Flickr

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10:51PM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing Samantha :)

10:45PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Eek; hardly any of these would have been in my 'favourites' list, but any recipes being 'veganised' go into my reference file to be pulled out when the mood hits for some creative cooking...

2:04AM PST on Dec 29, 2011

lovec the mac and cheese recipe

1:46PM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Vegan cooking is wonderful..tasty and healthy!

6:32AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

going to put these to good use! haha

4:21PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Excellent article. Love it. Thanks for posting.

2:35AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Thanks for sharing these veganized recipes.

3:58PM PDT on May 18, 2011

Thanks for the recipes, the bread is so yummy!

2:10PM PDT on May 12, 2011

i like to go vegetarian but vegan is just too hard for me...

3:16PM PDT on May 9, 2011

great article

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