In a hurry?
Fix a tasty meal in minutes with one of these easy vegan recipes
To succeed on our weight loss
program you must learn to fix a few easy vegan recipes. Our easy vegan
recipes rely on foods that
don't need much preparation or cooking time. Once you
understand the basics, you can quickly shop and prepare
Here are the basics:
Choose a few whole
them if needed.
Flavor them with a simple dressing or
You have a simple meal.
some of the quick foods we use:
for easy meals
Packages of washed romaine, spinach, and mixed
Frozen spinach, collards, and other greens
Grape tomatoes, baby carrots, broccoli
flowerets, sugar snap peas, and any other
packaged fresh produce that doesn't need to be peeled and chopped.
Bottled minced garlic.
Frozen vegetables like green beans, broccoli,
cauliflower, and carrots. We also like plain frozen vegetable
combinations that don't contain a sauce.
Canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato
paste, salsa, and oil-free marinara sauce serve as a base for many easy
vegan recipes. Canned tomato products are
often high in sodium. Look for no-salt versions.
Potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, and
other root vegetables
Frozen oil-free hash browns
- Red lentils (fast-cooking legumes)
- Frozen green peas, lima beans, and edamame
(green soy beans) - all are
legumes. Home-cooked beans stored in the refrigerator or frozen in
Canned beans. Black beans, kidney beans, white
beans, garbanzos, and pinto beans add substance to many easy vegan
recipes. Try to find low sodium or unsalted
beans. Look for fat free versions of bean dip, vegetarian refried
beans, vegetarian chili and vegetarian baked beans.
Rolled oats, quinoa, and bulgur wheat
Fresh or frozen corn (a whole grain).
Home-cooked brown rice stored in the
refrigerator or frozen in ziploc
- Raw nuts and seeds for dressings and sauces
add a touch of rich flavor to many easy vegan recipes. (keep them in
Any dietitian will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal
of the day. In our house, oatmeal is a popular breakfast. Here
is our favorite oatmeal recipe, streamlined so you can make it fast!
Better than any whole grain cold cereal on the market. Chewy and sweet
with just a few nuts. A perfect low fat breakfast that will stay with
you for hours.
Rice-Cashew Milk. When
we want milk for our cold cereal, we make our own with one of
recipes. They taste good and cost just pennies to make.
A common lunch at our
house is leftovers! Plan ahead and always make large quantities of food
for dinner. Vegan food keeps well and always seems to taste better the
next day. We also like to snack on raw veggies and dips.
Ganoush Recipe. This middle eastern dip is made of roasted
eggplant and has an exotic smoky flavor. It is easy to make and good
baked potato or sweet potato is also good for a snack or quick
They even taste good cold. Try dipping slices of cold baked potato in
dijon mustard. Yum! But our favorite way to cook these low fat veggies
is as spicy roasted
Roasted Potato Recipe. Try making these using part gold
potatoes and part orange sweet potatoes. They are so delicious and
are easy vegan recipes. And dark leafy greens are the most nutritious
foods on the planet. Add some beans, peas, corn, or cubes of
cooked potato to make them more
filling. Stay away from oily salad dressings. Even
bottled "fat free" dressings often contain oil. Read the ingredient
list. It is cheaper and healthier to make your own dressings.
Dressing Recipe. Absolutely oil-free and so versatile.
for this recipe.
Dressing Recipe. Made with raw cashews, this dressing is
bread has a high calorie density, sometimes we like vegetable
sandwiches or veggie burgers for lunch. Try one of these easy vegan
recipes for tofu-based spreads.
Tofu Mayonnaise. Much
less expensive than the bottled vegan products and easy to make too.
Use it for potato salad or as a base for dips.
Sandwich Spread. Use part of a batch of Tofu Mayonnaise to
make this spread. Perfect for veggie burgers and very low in calories.
Take your lunch to work most of the
time. If you don't have a refrigerator at work, get
a small cooler and some ice packs. If you must go out
for lunch, take your own salad dressing.
most people, dinner is the biggest meal of the day. If you want to lose
weight, it makes more sense
to eat a big
breakfast, a medium-sized lunch, and a light dinner.
You don't need a lot of calories at night because you are just going to
sleep. You will sleep better with just a light meal in your stomach,
and you will be hungry for breakfast!
This is the best way to cook vegetables. You can steam your
sweet potato or potato right in the pot with the vegetables.
Begin your dinner
with a salad or a small bowl of soup, then eat some steamed greens and
vegetables. Add a few slices of sweet potato or some brown rice if you
like. Top them with a sauce or even with Ranch Dressing.
All you need is a sauce to complete your meal. Try one of these easy
Barbecue Sauce Recipe. Sweetened with dates
and molasses and containing no added salt, this no-cook sauce is very quick to make.
Sauce Recipe. Dark and rich tasting with a secret ingredient
will love. You don't have to make enchiladas to enjoy this sauce on
Sauce Recipe. If you have a craving for the taste of peanut
butter, don't panic. Just make up a batch of this reduced-calorie
whole wheat pita bread for your crust. Spread with this delicious sauce
and some water-sauteed veggies. Good on potatoes too.
Sauce Recipe. This is not your typical
teriyaki sauce. It has a mild pineapple flavor with the zip of ginger
and chilies. Yum!
Low fat vegan desserts
But what about dessert? Everyone knows that fresh fruit is the ideal
dessert on a weight loss program. But sometimes we just want something
a little more....special. Here are some easy vegan recipes for dessert:
Apple Crisp Recipe. This dessert is so healthy it doesn't
even count as a splurge. Eat as much as you want, even for breakfast or
Chocolate Chip Cookies. Make of whole wheat flour, and
sweetened with dates, applesauce, and bananas. These are amazingly good
Sweetened with just pineapple and dates, on a delicious gluten-free
crumb crust. Garnish with fresh berries for a taste treat.
Recipes. We often take one of these delicious cakes to
potlucks. They taste rich, but they are sugar-free and completely
Energy Bars. These treats are made from tropical
fruits and rolled oats. They are only 100 calories each; keep some in
Fat Chocolate Dessert Bars. We sweeten these moist
bars with cherries, not sugar. Cocoa powder gives them a rich chocolate
It only takes a little practice to create easy
vegan recipes from
steamed vegetables, beans, grains, and oil-free sauces. Soon you
will be able to make endless variations on this theme. You
eat until you are satisfied and your weight will return to normal
without hunger. Enjoy!