If you’re vegan, you know that tofu is a staple. It’s a fairly bland-tasting protein that can soak up most other flavors, and it’s a popular option for many recipes. Some people are eating less tofu because they want less soy in their diets, and others may just want a break from it. Everyone can get sick of their favorite food if they eat it too often, and there are other fun ingredients vegans can rely on.
Here are 13 recipes, totally tofu-free. You can choose from breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and desserts!
If you need a protein punch to start your day, then this is the way to go. Plus, you don’t have to depend on tofu for it — just substitute black beans. Vegan chorizo, Mexican style rice, red bell peppers kale and chipotle seasoned vegenaise create the basic burrito. Feel free to add whatever vegetables you like!
If you know how to replace egg for a vegan recipe, you can make French toast. If you don’t, it’s really easy. Combine two tablespoons of flax seed and three tablespoons of water. Then, simply let it sit for a bit to thicken up, and you have a vegan egg! This is what you’ll be dipping your bread sticks into instead of actual eggs.
In a separate bowl, mix together some nut milk, whichever one you prefer, cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla extract, apple sauce and the vegan-style egg. Dip the breadsticks into the mixture, then cook them on a greased skillet until brown. Roll them in cinnamon sugar and dip in more maple syrup!
This is a great breakfast option that’s pretty much a free-for-all. You can add anything you like, but potatoes, onions and bell peppers are a good, solid base. Toss in whatever you have in the fridge, like tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, broccoli or spinach. Simply sauté everything in a skillet until it’s nice and tender, season with salt, pepper, garlic and lemon. Add some parsley to garnish.
Cheese-less pizza is a pretty simple option for vegans. The crust is usually already vegan, so if you skip the cheese and meats on top, you’re good to go. In this case, you’re subbing out the meat for buffalo-soaked cauliflower and roasted red onion with vegan ranch. Simply combine them all for a delicious meal.
Chickpeas are one of the most filling foods on the planet, thanks to the potent mix of carbs and protein. Make a basic curry sauce and simply use chickpeas instead of meat or tofu. A side serving of freshly cooked basmati rice tops it off to make for a delicious lunch. Plus, it keeps well, so you can make a big batch and have it all week.
This is basically a vegan Buddha bowl, with lettuce, refried beans corn, salsa, avocado and Mexican rice. The beans and vegetables make it filling, while the cilantro-lime avocado dressing makes it taste like something from your favorite restaurant.
For a lunch you can eat on the go, this wrap is a good choice. Grilled zucchini makes it meaty, the hummus makes it filling and flavorful, and the red onion, tomato and kale give it zip. Leave the cheese out or replace it with a vegan option. There are some companies that are making a pretty decent cheese alternative now — try them before adding to your wrap.
We’ve already mentioned how filling chickpeas are. That’s why they make such a great snack. Baking them takes a little bit of time, but it’s so easy to do. Bake the chickpeas first, then coat them in the spices. There are a huge variety of spice options you can do, including savory, sweet or even sour. Once you add the spices, bake them again, and you’ve got an easy snack.
The base for this vegan snack is pizza dough. Since it’s vegan, it’s really useful for a lot of things. You’ll need to add some things to it, like water and baking soda. Plus, the spicy maple mustard dip makes all the difference in the world. So, a bit of manipulation with the dough and an awesome dip makes this a simple, quick snack.
A vegan version of fettuccini alfredo is not going to taste exactly the same as a traditional one, but it’ll certainly hit the spot! For this sauce, a vegan butter (there are tons to choose from), soy milk, and vegetable broth make up the base. The fettuccini is fine to use store bought, as most pasta options are vegan. Toss in the seasoning, peas and tomatoes, and enjoy a creamy Italian dinner.
Taco Tuesday is great for vegans. These are simply tacos with cauliflower and chickpeas mixed in a spicy BBQ rub combined with a light, vegan slaw and a bit of jalapeños for spice. Simply cook up the cauliflower and chickpeas. If you like some extra crunch, then roast them up like you would for a snack, but with the BBQ rub. Otherwise, the creamy lime coleslaw will add quite a bit of crunch!
There are as many banana recipes as there are kinds of cook, but this one is perfect for vegans. This particular recipe uses coconut oil to bind everything together, but you can play around with other types of vegan binders, like applesauce or the vegan egg recipe from earlier.
Chocolate is totally vegan, so as long as you haven’t sworn off sugar, you can still indulge. This recipe does call for the flax eggs, so you can get used to using them. It also calls for vegan chocolate chips. If you don’t have those, they aren’t a necessity to add in, but they do make these brownies extra-delicious.
If you decide tofu is welcome back into your diet, most of these dishes can incorporate it. But, for those times when you really can’t stand the idea of more tofu or if you are trying to avoid soy, these recipes should offer you some options. They can also be great jumping off points for your cooking creativity!