Eating a plant-based diet can have major health benefits, such as lowering your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Take it from the likes of Anne Hathaway, Bill Clinton, Russell Brand, Lea Michele, Ellen DeGeneres, and Brad Pitt – just a few people in the public eye who have signed away their meat and dairy-eating habits. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or just trying to eat less meat and switch up your usual diet, here are tasty and easy vegan recipes to try.
Country-Style French Green Lentils
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 1/2 cup lentils (rinsed)
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 bay leaf
In a medium saucepan combine olive oil, celery, onion, and carrot and cook until onions are transparent, about 5 minutes. Add zucchini and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add lentils, broth, thyme, and bay leaf, and boil slowly for 20-25 minutes.
Lemon Chickpea Salad
Recipe courtesy of Eat Yourself Skinny
- 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
In bowl, whisk all ingredients besides chickpeas. Add in chickpeas, stir, and then cover bowl and allow it to marinate at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash
Recipe courtesy of VegNews [vegnews.com]
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and thyme. In a medium bowl, add butternut squash and toss with marinade.
Spread squash on baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 45 minutes until squash is soft and browns around edges. Serve immediately.