As you can tell by the title today I bring you a vegan comfort foodstyle post. I made some of these recipes and let me tell you they are delicious. I do have to be honest that I can’t say that the pickiest eater will enjoy these recipes because that is not always the case. What I can tell you is that you can alter these recipes pretty much for your dietary needs. You need gluten- free you can make it gluten-free. For all of my, Keto peeps sadly these recipes are not for you. If you want me to do a keto/vegan? keto/vegetarian style recipe post let me know and I will be more than happy to do it.
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Comfort-food staples like waffles and chicken pot pie probably don’t hold much of a spot in your weight-loss plan. Enter: Vegan cooking.
By slashing the calories and cholesterol of meat and dairy, you can make rich, savory, comforting classics that’ll slim you down. Whether you’re a meat lover, hardcore vegan, or just looking for #MeatlessMonday inspiration, these simple plant-based recipes show how you can healthify mac and cheese, burgers, pancakes and more.
ORANGE SWEET POTATO WHOLE GRAIN PANCAKES
There’s no shame in devouring a stack of these pancakes made with whole-wheat flour, sweet potatoes, applesauce, orange juice, and other wholesome ingredients. Top them with fat-fighting fruit for a breakfast worth waking up for.
Per serving (2 pancakes): 249 calories, 2.5 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 388 mg sodium, 50.6 g carbs, 3.6 g fiber, 7.7. g sugars, 6.4 g protein
Get the recipe here on Holy Cow!
3-INGREDIENT POTATO-LESS MASHED POTATOES
Creamy, buttery mashed potatoes may be a “yes, please” for your mouth, but a “heck no” for your waistline. But you can get a fix by using zucchini and olive oil in place of spuds and butter. (Yes, really.) Zukes blend to a velvety texture and they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, and freshness.
Per serving: 511 calories, 56.4 g fat, 8.1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 6.6 g carbs, 2.2 g fiber, 3.4 g sugars, 2.4 g protein
EASY MACARONI AND “CHEEZE”
What’s more comforting than a heaping helping of mac ‘n’ cheese? Not much — until the guilt sets in. In this slimming alternative, swap dairy cheese for “cheezy” nutritional yeast, creamy tahini and spices. (If you choose a “nooch (nutritional) yeast” that is fortified with B12, you’ll also get 100% of your RDA for the essential vitamin.) Low-fat and low-sodium, the resulting dish will be your new classic.
Per serving: 254 calories, 4.3 g fat, 0.6 g saturated fat, 41 mg cholesterol, 321 mg sodium, 42.1 g carbs, 4.3 g fiber, 14.1 g protein
COCONUT YOGURT CHERRY PARFAIT WITH PUMPKIN SEEDS
Sometimes only an ice-cream sundae will suffice. Until you try this yogurt parfait with cherries, granola, crunchy pumpkin seeds and a hint of cinnamon, that is. It works for breakfast just as well as dessert. Quercetin-rich cherries (which fight inflammation) complement chewy unsweetened coconut flakes perfectly. You can also add trendy chia seeds for a fiber boost.
Per serving: 335 calories, 18 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 15 mg sodium, 41 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 15 g sugars, 7 g protein
VEGAN POT PIE
Who would’ve thought that a comfort food staple that relies on meat and dairy can be transformed into a vegan winner? Here, sweet potatoes and tofu (along with the traditional trio of onion, carrots and green peas) snuggle in a flaky, golden-brown crust. You won’t miss the meat and cream (or the attendant calories). For extra flavor, sprinkle in dried herbs like tarragon, oregano, and rosemary.
Per serving: 359 calories, 15 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 0 g cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 43 g carbs, 4 g sugars, 11 g protein
Get the recipe here from Holy Cow!.
WHITE BEAN-DILL SPREAD
Some things in life just go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Fall and football. Ranch dip and just about anything. Unfortunately, it’s often loaded with sodium, calories and fat. This healthy alternative made from just a handful of ingredients. Cannellini beans (which are ideal in meals for weight loss) mingle with olive oil, lemon juice, fresh dill, and black pepper. It pairs wonderfully with veggies and crackers, and even as a topping for toast.
Per serving: 160 calories, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 409 mg sodium, 21 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 8 g protein
Healthy chocolate cornbread? S-O-L-D. This gluten-free vegan stunner includes raw cacao nibs, which packs magnesium, iron, and antioxidants. Chili powder and cinnamon provide a spicy kick—along with a metabolism boost.
Per serving: 312 calories, 13 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 439 mg sodium, 43 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 7 g protein
CHICKPEA BURGERS WITH TAHINI SAUCE
You’re likely to abandon carnivore tendencies after your sinking your teeth into this hearty chickpea burger spiked with coriander, cumin, and cayenne, and dressed in rich tahini with cucumbers. The flavors in this dish are so bold, you won’t even miss that this falafel-inspired sandwhich isn’t deep fried.
Per serving: 281 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 268 mg sodium, 45 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 13 g protein
HEALTHY CHIA WAFFLES
The brunch staple gets a healthy vegan makeover with whole wheat flour, chia seeds, and almond milk, in what is bound to become your weekend regular. There’s also an added nutrient boost from flaxseed meal, which is rich in heart-protective, fat-burning omega-3 fatty acids.
Per serving: 283 calories, 18 g fat, 13 saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 165 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 7 g protein
Get the recipe here on Holy Cow!
QUINOA PASTA WITH FRESH TOMATOES, GARLIC, AND BASIL
Spaghetti and meatballs. Fettucine alfredo. Bolognese. Pasta, we can’t count the ways in which we love you. Turns out, you can eat your pasta and keep it plant-based too. There are countless stellar vegan pasta recipes, but we love this garden-fresh version with quinoa linguini. No basil? Wilted spinach works great as well.
Per serving: 170 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 361 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein