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Plant-Based Recipes for Dinner

Going on a plant-based diet is like starting an adventure. There are a lot of different cuisines and new recipes to explore. Most people think plant-based food is bland or difficult to make, but here are three plant-based dinner recipes that are delicious and easy to make.

  1. Sweet Potato And Chickpea Buddha Bowl

Buddha bowls are very popular in the vegan and plant-based diet community because they’re so easy to make and eat. This is the kind of food you would grab for a Netflix & chill dinner.

Serves – 3 – Prep Time – 5 Minutes – Cook Time – 25 Minutes – Total Time – 30 Minutes 

Ingredients

Condiments, spices, and fats

  • Olive or coconut oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Chili powder – ¾ teaspoon
  • Cumin – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt and pepper – ¼ teaspoon each (for chickpeas)
  • Salt and pepper – ¼ teaspoon each (for vegetables)
  • Oregano – ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric – ½ teaspoon
  • Tahini – ¼ cup
  • Maple syrup – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice – ½ a lemon

Vegetables

  • ½ Red onion sliced into wedges
  • 1 bundle of Broccoli chopped with large stems removed
  • 2 sweet potatoes diced in halves
  • A bunch of kale leaves with stems removed
  • Chickpeas (drained and dry) – 1 can of 15 ounces

Preparation Method:

  • Preheat the oven at 400°F.
  • Place the sweet potatoes and onions on a baking tray and drizzle them with oil. Make sure the potatoes are coated well and are skin-side down on the tray. 
  • Put the tray in the oven and bake for 10 minutes before removing the tray to add broccoli and to flip the sweet potatoes so they’re skin-side down. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the vegetables to season them.
  • After 8-10 minutes more of baking in the oven, remove the tray and add the kale. Drizzle some oil on the kale and put the tray back in the oven for baking for another 4-5 minutes.
  • While the vegetables are roasting in the oven, prepare the chickpeas. Toss the chickpeas in a bowl with all cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano, and turmeric.
  • Heat a skillet on a medium and add 1 tablespoon of oil to it once it is hot. Sauté the chickpea mixture in the skillet until the chickpeas are slightly brown and smell good.
  • Make a sauce by combining tahini, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Add a little bit of hot water to the mix to dilute the sauce until it is pourable, and then set aside. 

Serve by slicing the sweet potatoes and dividing all of the ingredients into three portions. Place them in three bowls and drizzle with tahini sauce on top. You can add a little more salt and pepper if needed.

  1. Plant-Based Gluten-Free Pizza

Who doesn’t love a great pizza? This dish is a crowd-pleaser and a great addition to any dinner party. It is also a good dish to bake for kids because it is quick, easy to make, and guaranteed to satisfy. Here’s a look at the process:

Serves – 8 Slices – Prep Time – 15 Minutes – Cook Time – 45 Minutes – Total Time – 60 Minutes

Ingredients

Condiments, spices, and fats  

  • Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Maple syrup – 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic – 3 whole buds with skin removed
  • Dried Oregano – 1 teaspoon
  • Vegan parmesan cheese – ½ cup
  • Red pepper flakes – To taste
  • Salt and pepper – 1 pinch each (sauce)
  • Salt and pepper – 1 pinch each (pizza)

Vegetables and Dough

  • Butternut squash – 2 cups cubed
  • Red onion – ½ cup chopped
  • Cooked chickpeas – 1 cup cooked
  • Vegan, gluten-free pizza dough – 6 ounces (store bought)

Preparation Method

  • Preheat your oven at 400°F.
  • Prepare a baking tray and add the cubed butternut squash and peeled garlic to it. Drizzle some olive oil over the vegetables and make sure they’re properly coated. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top and toss until all pieces are seasoned. 
  • Bake this mix for around 15 to 20 minutes until the squash is soft and easy to mash.
  • Transfer the baked vegetables to a blender, add the remaining olive oil and maple syrup before blending. If the consistency is too thick, add some hot water to the mix. Set is aside until it is time to assemble the pizza.
  • Heat a skillet and add some olive oil to it. Sauté the chickpeas, onion, and any other vegetables you like as toppings in it. Stir until the chickpeas are warm and cooked before setting it aside.
  • Increase the oven heat to 425°F and roll out your pizza dough into a circle.
  • Transfer the dough onto a baking tray that is lined with parchment paper.
  • Cover the dough surface with an even spread of the sauce, add the vegetable toppings, sprinkle some oregano, and place vegan parmesan or vegan mozzarella onto the pizza.
  • Place the pizza with the parchment paper directly on the oven rack for the best results. Allow it to bake for around 15 minutes or until the crust gains a beautiful golden brown color.
  • Remove it from the oven and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the pizza.

Slice it into eight even portions and sprinkle red chili flakes on top of the pizza before serving it hot to your guests.

  1. Gluten-Free, Plant-Based Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese is comfort food that everyone adores. Unfortunately, it can be disastrous for people who can’t handle gluten. Fortunately, this can be made from just eight ingredients and is absolutely delicious. 

Serves – 4 – Prep Time – 5 Minutes – Cook Time – 55 Minutes – Total Time – 60 Minutes

Ingredients

  • Penne pasta – 10 – 15 ounces gluten-free
  • Unsweetened almond milk – 2 cups
  • Nutritional yeast – 5 tablespoons
  • Olive oil – 4 tablespoons
  • Roasted garlic – One full bulb
  • Garlic – 4 cloves minced
  • Arrowroot starch – 4 ½ tablespoons
  • Vegan parmesan cheese – ½ cup
  • Salt and pepper – ¼ teaspoons or to taste

 Preparation Method 

  • To prepare the roasted garlic, first preheat the oven to 400°F. Chop off the garlic’s head and place it on a small sheet of foil. Drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle a pinch of salt on it before wrapping the foil around it loosely. 
  • Place it on the oven rack and roast for around 45 minutes to an hour. The roasting time depends on the size of the garlic bulb so keep an eye on it and wait until it is golden. Set it aside to cool after done.
  • While the garlic is roasting, start preparing the pasta. Boil around 10 cups of water in a large pot and add some salt to it. Once the water is boiling, add the penne to it and let it cook for around 8 to 10 minutes. The pasta should be al dente to ensure the mac and cheese isn’t soggy.
  • Set the pasta aside and start preparing the sauce at this point. Heat a skillet over medium flame and wait until it is hot to add the oil. Make sure the skillet is oven-safe because you will need it to bake the Mac and Cheese later.
  • Add minced garlic to the oil and stir until the garlic is cooked and smells great. Add arrowroot starch and stir the mixture for a minute until everything is incorporated and cooked. This should take one minute. 
  • Slowly add almond milk to the skillet and stir continuously with a whisk. Don’t worry if the sauce looks a little lumpy at this stage. 
  • Transfer the mix to a blender and add the roasted garlic to it. You can just squeeze the soften pulp out and discard the garlic skin. 
  • Add salt, pepper, nutritional yeast, and vegan parmesan to the blender and blend until everything is incorporated and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender and give it another turn until the sauce is creamy and delicious. You can add more salt and pepper at this stage if you want more seasoning. You can also add more cheese or yeast if the flavor isn’t cheesy enough for you.
  • Once the consistency is right, pour the sauce back into the skillet and cook on medium heat until it is warm and thickens a bit. You can thin it a little with some more almond milk if needed.
  • Drain the cooked pasta and add it to the sauce and sprinkle some cheese on top until the dish is coated evenly.
  • Heat your oven in the high broil setting and move the oven rack up. Place the skillet inside the oven and broil on high for just about 1-2 minutes until the top is golden. 

The dish should be served immediately. You can sprinkle more cheese on top if needed for additional flavor.

A Plant-Based Diet- The Healthy Choice

These are just some of the many plant-based recipes that you can add to your collection. You can have quick, healthy, and delightful meals every day with very little effort.

Following a plant-based diet is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy and maintain a good body weight without starving yourself. In fact, many people that switch to a play-based diet find that they feel lighter, more energetic and enthusiastic right through the day.

 


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