Main Dishes

Collard Wraps

This meal can simply be leftovers wrapped in steamed collard leaves.

Salad and dressing is wonderful; so are grains with mustard, shredded carrot and sliced peppers, just as examples. These wraps are a staple in a vegan meal plan! I would say the only thing that doesn’t go in a collard wrap is peanut butter and jelly! Here is a recipe using hummus. The recipe for hummus can be found here.

Lentil and Rice Loaf

This flavorful loaf is perfect for the holidays, or anytime you want a hearty main dish. It can be made with fresh or dried herbs. Make two loaves while you’re at it and freeze one for later!

Winter Stew

This is a ‘tried and true’ recipe that I have been making for many years. It really is delicious, and perfect for the chilly season….

Spinach Tofu Soufflé

Enjoy this baked French classic without animal products.  This cheesy sauce can also be used in other recipes that use cheese.  It's also good over baked potatoes, steamed vegetables and grains!

Ginger Roasted Tempeh w/ Vegetables

This is a lovely, meaty dish that can be modified with vegetables that you have around.
 
If aiming for gluten-free, make sure that the tempeh does not have barley.

Venezuelan Black Beans and Rice

The traditional combination of rice and beans together makes a nice pilaf dish, with many varieties across the world, including this one! Make plenty for dinner, as the extra is a great filling for wraps made for tomorrow's lunch! Note that there are no health needs to eat rice and beans together, it just tastes good.
 

Veggie Barley Stew

A basic stew using this ancient grain that deserves attention!
Barley has a chewy texture, like pasta.

Corn Chili

Chili is one of the most satisfying and filling meals, good for lunch, for dinner, and for snacks. Here's a basic, hearty chili recipe brimming with vegetables. This actually isn't hot, but you can up the spice if you prefer hotter flavors by adding hot red pepper flakes.

Ethiopian Red Lentils

 
This dish exemplifies how the plant-based diet can expand the standard Western palette with exotic ethnic tastes! 
 
 
Lovely pinkish red lentils don’t hold their shape when cooked and become thick and saucy, like a thick soup or stew. 
 
 
 

Cuban Black Beans, (and basic bean-cooking instructions)

A very basic bean recipe -try it with any other variety.  This is how you cook dried beans.  
 
Soaking and then draining beans reduces the undigestible sugars (oligosaccharides) that may lead to gas buildup in our lower intestines, potentially resulting in flatulence. Honestly, this lessens the more we have beans in our daily diet.  If beans are new to your diet, add them into your daily routine incrementally.
 

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