If there’s one thing quarantine has given us, it’s more time to think and to cook. Maybe you were already making vegan meals before the crisis hit, or perhaps you’ve been thinking about enacting some lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental impact. However you got there, it’s time to get cooking.
By now there is a mounting wealth of evidence regarding the health benefits of a vegan diet. This means that vegan meals are an increasingly appealing option for those who are making an effort to be health-conscious.
With approximately 10,000 people in the U.S. turning 65 each day, a healthy diet is essential for those entering their golden years. The average American life expectancy is 78 years, but through a healthy diet and exercise, you can live a life that is longer and fuller.
There’s a common misconception that vegan meals are difficult and time-consuming to make. Fortunately, this is not actually the case. Yes, there are vegan masterpieces that take a bit of extra time and resources. If you want to make, for example, this gourmet vegan harissa carrots and fennel with lentils dish, you might have to set aside quite a bit of time to soak and bake the peppers for the harissa, roast the fennel, onions, and carrots, cook the lentils, and combine everything with all the other ingredients.
However, not every vegan meal has to look like this. While having a fancy gourmet vegan meal or two in your repertoire can come in handy for date nights or holidays, most days we simply don’t have the time to put together such an involved meal. Most of us want something quick and easy that we can prepare with minimal effort.
Easy Vegan Tacos You Can Make Quickly
Crispy Breaded Cauliflower Tacos
If you’ve been cooking vegetarian food for yourself for awhile, you’re probably no stranger to vegetarian taco recipes. Tacos are such a versatile food, they make the perfect vehicle for any number of tasty and healthy vegetarian ingredients. This easy vegan recipe comes from A Couple Cooks, a blog dedicated to tasty Instagram-worthy eats.
It uses crispy breaded cauliflower, a very common ingredient throughout vegan cuisine. Often, breaded cauliflower tends to be combined with buffalo sauce to give it extra flavor and kick. However, this creative recipe strays from this common trope. Instead, it gets its flavor from Yum Yum sauce, a fantastic sauce that can be made at home or found in most grocery stores.
This simple yet delicious easy vegan recipe combines the cauliflower with refried beans, sliced cabbage, lime juice, and salt served in a tortilla, topped with cilantro and the aforementioned Yum Yum Sauce. If you’re wondering how A Couple Cooks make their Yum Yum sauce, you can find their recipe here.
As evidenced by this recipe, making tasty vegan meals is easier than you think. While you don’t have to go and spend 10-14 months registering a trademark and start a vegan cooking channel, by continuing to incorporate tasty vegan meals into your diet you are both helping the planet and nourishing your body. Happy cooking!