3 Vegan Meals to Try This Week

Veganism is a trend that is continuing to grow in popularity. It involves having a totally animal free diet. Yes, you heard right. That means no meat, eggs, or dairy can be eaten. This diet has helped many people change their lifestyles and bodies for the better. Try these vegan meals for yourself this week and decide if it is the right choice for you.

Easy Pan Pizza with zucchini, Red Onion, and Pistachios


  • 1 recipe Foolproof Pan Pizza (dough only), or 1 1/2 pounds store-bought pizza dough
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 small summer squash, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1/2 a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons picked fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pistachios

This recipe takes a while to make, but the outcome of delicious vegan pizza is worth it! Start by dividing the dough and letting it rise. Once your dough is properly prepared and in the pans, then you can add the zucchini, squash and onions on top of pizza. Bake until the pizzas are golden brown and crisp. Finish by sprinkling pistachios on top.

Mexican Mushroom and Spinach Sandwich


  • 2 medium poblano peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more if toasting
  • 10 ounces white button or cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought vegetarian refried beans
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dark molasses
  • 4 hearty sandwich or hero rolls
  • 3 whole pickled jalapeño peppers, stems and seeds removed, cut into strips
  • 3/4 cup pickled red onions
  • Handful fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 avocado, sliced

This hearty sandwich takes about 20 minutes to prepare. It is packed with greens, refried beans, mushrooms, pickled onions, and best of all spicy pickled jalapenos. All the internal ingredients need to be cooked first, followed by assembling and compressing the sandwiches. You can serve them as is, or toast them in the oven before serving.

Crispy Buffalo Fried Cauliflower


  • 2 quarts vegetable or peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce, such as Frank’s
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup picked celery leaves (optional)

This vegan recipe packs a punch with spicy buffalo and garlicky flavor! When forming the batter make sure that it is not too thick, and that the consistency is smooth. Each piece of cauliflower should be friend for about 6 minutes, or until golden brown. Finally toss in the hot sauce mixture and serve.

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