Eating Vegan Without the Soy
So, if you’re not replacing chicken with fake chicken and beef with fake beef, what does a vegan meal look like, and how do you get enough protein? Just like with a vegetarian diet, the trick is to reimagine your plate. If you live in the South, like I do, the typical meal is probably something like “meat and three,” where the meat is the star of the show, and the sides are overcooked veggies and maybe some mac and cheese. Take out the cheese and the meat, and that’s a pretty sorry plate!
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Getting out of that meat-plus-sides mindset is the key to healthy vegan eating. Here are some sample vegan main dishes that are delicious one-dish meals or as the main event with your favorite veggies on the side:
- Vegan Shepherd’s Pie – This dish is pure comfort food.
- Baingan Bharta – Indian eggplant stew. Serve over brown basmati rice. Yum!
- Soba Noodles with Citrus and Avocado – This is tasty served hot or cold.
- International Quinoa Salad – Nice and summery!
- Bowl of Stuff – A versatile dish that uses…whatever’s in your kitchen. I eat bowl of stuff at least three times a week. Sometimes more!
Of course, these are just a few examples. In general if you mix up your favorite starch or whole grain with a vegan protein source, veggies, and spices or a tasty sauce, chances are you’ve got a delicious, filling main course with no meat or fake meat in sight!
Up next, check out some vegan protein sources that are completely soy free and don’t rely on fake meats.