It seems that everywhere we look these days, someone or something is promoting eating more vegan meals. If you are curious about consuming more plant-based meals, then why don’t you start with dinner? We are going to tell you all the benefits, give you some easy recipes to follow and even show you how to use “superfoods” to up your nutrient content!
Benefits Of Eating Vegan At Dinner
If you’re eating vegan the healthy way, by incorporating plant-based whole foods instead of packaged vegan products, then there are tons of benefits of eating a vegan dinner. It is an easy way to get your children to consume more veggies because the whole meal is made by them! Vegan food tends to be digested in the body much quicker than any meat or dairy products, so it ensures you won’t feel bloated or uncomfortable before you are winding down to sleep for the night. We can’t forget about how quick vegan food cooks compared to meat and dairy products so it’s perfect for those families that have no time after work to put dinner on the table. Plus, it can be fun to experiment in the kitchen creating healthy, delicious vegan dinner recipes!
We have all heard that consuming less animal products can reduce unhealthy cholesterol, help lower high blood pressure, increased energy levels, a stronger immune system and decreased inflammation in the body. This normally leads to healthy weight loss, help supporting pre-existing illnesses and possibly preventing chronic disease. By consuming at least one vegan meal a day, you are ensuring you are eating a meal that is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and all other nutrients to make you and your family healthier.
Superfoods To Add To Your Vegan Dinner Recipes
Now that we listed all the benefits of consuming a plant-based meal, we put together a list of foods that you can easily add to your recipes to turn up the notch on the plant-based power!
- Leafy greens are full of vitamin A to support skin and eye health, vitamin C to improve your immune system and vitamin K which helps with healthy blood flow. They are full of fiber to keep your digestive system running smoothly and packed with anti-oxidants that possibly prevent stroke, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. You can easily add a few handfuls to stir-fries, soups, in salads or just sautéed on the side to any of your vegan dinners!
- Seeds such as hemp, pumpkin and sesame will add necessary nutrients to keep you healthy. Hemp is packed with omega 3s that decrease inflammation and keep you brain sharp, pumpkin is packed with zinc which helps improve our skin and supports the immune system while sesame seeds are a high form of plant-based calcium to give you strong teeth and bones. Try adding a sprinkle of any of these seeds on top of your meals to reap all the benefits!
- Avocado is one of our personal favorites because they are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamins B and E and taste delicious! Because of their healthy high-fat content, they promote balanced hormone health, reduce sugar cravings and can help you reach a healthy weight. Try making some homemade guacamole, add some to a salad or just slice some on top of any of your vegan dinner recipes.
- Squash varieties such as butternut, delicata, spaghetti and acorn are filled with beta-carotene and other antioxidants to help lower blood pressure and support healthy aging. Who doesn’t want to age gracefully?! Roast some squash in the oven or add some to vegan stews and soups to get all these benefits!
Quick Vegan Dinner Recipes
Here are some easy vegan dinners that you can make tonight!
Zucchini Noodle Avocado Pesto
- spiralized zucchini noodles
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- few tablespoons of olive oil
- salt and pepper taste
- Place all ingredients except zucchini noodles in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Taste test and adjust lemon, olive oil and salt if necessary,
- Toss avocado pesto with zucchini noodles and until well coated and enjoy!
Asian Inspired Tofu Salad
- 1 block tofu, drained and released of water and then cubed
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1/2 bunch of radishes
- Sesame seeds
- Fresh cilantro or basil
- Cook tofu by baking in the oven until crispy.
- Toss the rest of ingredients into a large bowl and top with your favorite Asian inspired salad dressing!
If you’re looking to follow some LFLC vegan dinner recipes, then these are our favorites!
This cauliflower tabbouleh is bursting with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors and will sure become a family favorite.
This stir-fry recipe is packed with protein and nutrients from Bok Choy!
Even though this article is all about vegan dinner recipes, we can’t forget about dessert! Try out this delicious and healthy sorbet.