Whether you are holding a vegan dinner party or simply want to prove to your non-vegan friends that food does not need to contain animal products to be delicious, you are likely to be in need of some fool-proof recipes.
Preparing meals (let alone vegan recipes) can be challenging and stressful, especially when you really want everything to go the right way. That is why you might want to close those overly complicated cooking books and opt for recipes that are easy to make but still impressive and able to satisfy even the most stubborn non-vegans.
In the article below, you will find three easy vegan recipes that will help you prepare tasty, and inspiring dishes without forcing you to search for difficult-to-get ingredients. From walnut and mushroom spaghetti bolognese to an eggplant casserole and vegan chocolate donuts – there is something to satisfy every palate. So, follow on and get ready to cook with Vegan Recipes: 3 That Non-Vegans Will Love Too!
1. Vegan Chocolate Donuts
When it comes to sweet treats, vegan chocolate donuts are always a big hit! They are made of moist, dense cake and covered with chocolate frosting, and for example, made from best vegan Belgian bulk dark chocolate. The best part is that the recipe to make them is super easy, and you don’t need any special skills or masses of time to prepare a batch of delicious donuts.
You can use your favorite, store-bought vegan frosting or opt for a simple yet delicious homemade version. In addition, feel free to experiment with different toppings, such as organic chocolate chips to turn these vegan chocolate donuts into a truly unique dessert!
For the donuts:
- ½ cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. of baking powder
- ¼ cup of sugar
- 2 tbsp. of cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp. of salt
- ¼ cup of almond milk
- ¼ cup of coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
For the frosting:
- 2 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 tbsp. of almond milk
- 2 tsp. of vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. of cocoa powder, sifted
Preheat the oven to 350 °F and lightly grease a donut pan with oil. In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the wet ingredients and mix until you get a smooth, sticky batter.
Place small portions of the batter into the donut pan. You can spread the batter evenly by pushing it down gently with the back of a spoon. Bake for 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a donut comes out clean. Let the donuts cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes or until they are easy to handle.
For the frosting, whisk together all of the ingredients until you get a smooth texture. Make sure to sift powdered sugar and cocoa powder to avoid lumps.
Then, dip each donut into the frosting and put it on a wire rack to let any excess frosting drip off. Lastly, decorate with sprinkles or chocolate chips and enjoy!
You can store the donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days, in the refrigerator for up to one week, or freeze for up to one month.
2. Spaghetti Bolognese with Walnuts & Mushrooms
Spaghetti bolognese with walnuts and mushrooms is a vegan version of the traditional Italian dish. It gets its savory flavor from a mix of ground walnuts, soy sauce, and mushrooms and makes a perfect dinner to prepare for the whole family. The pickiest eaters will enjoy the crumbly texture of the walnuts and the fragrant taste of mushrooms!
- 1 packet of organic spaghetti
- 1 tin of diced tomatoes
- 1 cup of walnuts
- 6 medium white or brown button mushrooms (quartered)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 brown onion, diced
- 2 tbsp. of soy sauce
- 2 tsp. of tomato paste
- 1 tsp. of olive oil
- 1 tbsp. of chopped parsley
- ¼ cup of vegetable broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a food processor, pulse the walnuts until they become crumbly. Add mushrooms and pulse to finely chop them. Add salt and pepper. Put in a large non-stick pan, add olive oil, and cook for 15 minutes until browned. In another pan, sauté onions and garlic. Watch the heat and be careful not to burn them.
Add a tin of tomatoes, tomato paste, and vegetable broth to the sautéed onions and garlic. Simmer for 10 minutes. Combine the tomato mixture with mushrooms and walnuts. Cook the pasta, strain, and put it into four bowls. Add the bolognese mixture and top with fresh herbs…voila!
3. Vegan Eggplant Casserole
Eggplant casserole is delicious. It can be served as a main dish or as a side dish, depending on the portion size. It is incredibly easy to make, so you can save it for those days when you do not have much time at home, but still want to prepare something special. Everyone will love its creamy texture and rich, deluxe flavor!
- 2 medium eggplants, sliced
- 1 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp. of tomato sauce
- ½ tbsp. of smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. of salt
- ½ tsp. of pepper
Salt the sliced eggplant. Spread the discs onto a baking sheet and let them sit for twenty minutes. This will help reduce their bitter taste and draw out moisture. Then, pat the eggplant discs dry with a paper towel.
Cook the onions in a saucepan. Add the garlic, smoked paprika, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and pepper. Let the sauce simmer on low heat for a while. In the meantime, fry each piece of eggplant in a hot skillet, greased with olive oil. If the eggplant soaks up all the olive oil, feel free to add more as needed.
Assemble the eggplant discs in a cast-iron skillet or a baking dish. Start with a layer of eggplant, add tomato sauce, and alternate until you run out of ingredients. Bake at 350 °F for about 30 minutes or until lightly golden on top.
Vegan recipes are not only healthy, but they are also full of flavor, texture, and amazing aromas that will not leave anyone indifferent. The best part is that they are easy to adapt to suit everyone’s needs, preferences, and tastes. For instance, if you do not like a specific fruit, you can easily omit it or replace with a different one.
All in all, do not be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and try out new things. Whether you decide to make sweet vegan chocolate donuts, cook up some delicious spaghetti with walnuts and mushrooms, or bake an impressive eggplant casserole, you will surely manage to impress every non-vegan at the table!
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