If you’re a vegan, but you want to have an event that your meat-loving friends are going to enjoy, you could throw some meat out on the menu, or you could put together delicious meatless recipes they will love. Often meat lovers haven’t had the best experience with vegan dishes because they’ve only dealt with casual dining and not gourmet dishes that are put together to satisfy the taste buds. Establishments like Summerlin Restaurant know how to put together dishes that will make you fall in love even if you don’t normally like vegan recipes.
1. Chef John’s Meatless Meatballs
It sounds a little strange to make meatballs without meat, but Chef John’s Meatless Meatballs have proven to be a delicious treat for meat lovers everywhere. Some people have even eaten these meatballs without noticing they weren’t actual meat.
The ingredients that you need to make these delicious treats are olive oil, white mushrooms, salt, butter, onion, garlic cloves, quick-cooking oats, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, eggs, black pepper, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, and pasta sauce.
2. Eggplant Parmesan II
Eggplant Parmesan II is a no-fry version of this dish, and it doesn’t lose any of the taste. The looks aren’t deceiving, and it tastes as it looks.
The ingredients you need to make this dish are eggplant, eggs, Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and dried basil.
3. Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
These Vegetarian Sloppy Joes are a mix of different recipes and combines the best of all of the recipes put together and none of the ingredients that were less than desirable. There are some ingredients in this recipe that are often not vegan so make sure that you get the vegan version of any of those ingredients.
The ingredients you need for this recipe are vegetable oil, onion, tempeh, green bell pepper, cloves of garlic, tomato sauce, vegan Worcestershire sauce, agave, back strap molasses, cayenne pepper, celery seed, ground cumin, salt, ground coriander, dried thyme, oregano, paprika, ground black pepper, and hamburger buns.
4. Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce
Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce is not only tasty, but it is quick and easy for nights that you don’t feel like going through too many steps. If you have a big family to cook for and you need a quick dinner option that is vegan but everyone will eat, this is a great recipe for you.
The needed ingredients are peanut oil, broccoli, red bell pepper, mushrooms, tofu, peanut butter, hot water, vinegar, soy sauce, molasses, and ground cayenne pepper.
5. Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
These Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers will keep you from breaking out the frozen veggie patties. You’ll still get the same results, but they taste so much better. If you are a vegan and you feel like you miss out on burgers at cookouts, bring your own burgers so you can eat with your friends and still stick to your lifestyle.
The ingredients that are needed are black beans, green bell peppers, onion, cloves of garlic, egg, chili powder, tablespoon cumin, hot sauce, and breadcrumbs.
Benefits of a Vegan Diet
If you are considering going on a vegan diet, you may be wondering if there are enough benefits to warrant such a major change. Changing from vegetarian to vegan is a big change but going from meat eater to a vegan is even bigger, so you might need some extra motivation and reasons to go for it.
There are certain nutrients that a vegan diet is richer in fiber and antioxidants. While this is true, you should make sure that you are getting plenty of nourishment in all areas. If you neglect to provide your body with all of the nutrients it needs, you can cause major problems.
Ability to Drop Excess Pounds
If you’ve wanted to shed a few extra pounds, if you go from a traditional Western diet to a vegan diet, you are going to notice that you start to shed unwanted weight. The amount of weight that you shed depends on how you are using the vegan diet, but make sure that you are eating enough calories even though you are trying to lose weight. When you change to a vegan diet, it is natural that you are going to going to reduce the number of empty calories you are taking into your body.
Helps with Kidneys & Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Vegans tend to have lower blood sugar levels and higher insulin sensitivity. Even people with diabetes noticed their blood sugar levels were better. There were even cases where people were able to reduce the insulin they take because of the vegan diet. Make sure to consult your doctor before you make any changes to ensure that you are doing the right thing for your body.
Linked to Lower Risk of Heart Disease
People who consume a diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, fibers, and legumes are known to have a lower risk of heart disease. Most of the people that consume these things regularly are on a well-planned vegan diet.
Whether you want these delicious vegan appetizers because you plan on going full vegan, you just want some healthier options to add to your diet or if you have vegan friends that you are going to be cooking for, these recipes are sure to please anyone including the biggest meat lovers that normally won’t touch vegan recipes.
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