Junk Food, Gone Vegan
I was raised vegetarian and my claim to fame (as a food blogger) is that I have never had bacon or a burger!
I know, I know, let me explain.
My parents opted for a healthier way to raise my brother and me, so not only did we not eat meat, but we had our own garden and ate organic and local produce. Subsequently, I have been healthy my entire life and it was only recently that I branched out a bit and began to introduce white meats into my diet (chicken, fish and turkey).
I constantly strive to share vegan or vegetarian food with my carnivore friends and put that indulgent, “junk food” spin on it.
Consensus? They love the dishes and sometimes they don’t even know it’s vegetarian or vegan.
Here are some junk food classics, done vegan!
Seitan is probably the best mock meat for ribs. Taking a classic dish such as barbequed ribs and making it vegan can seem unnerving at first, but give this seitan BBQ ribs recipe a try.
Chips are easy to make and you can base them off varieties of potatoes. Check out these crunchy white and sweet potato chips or these chile-lime tortilla chips if you’re having a fiesta. Be sure to include guacamole (and a margarita, of course).
Cake is the classic indulgent dessert. Don’t fret, the vegan versions of cake are still rich and albeit a bit dense, their flavor is delicious because you still have control over how much true cocoa goes into the cake. Try this vegan, gluten-free chocolate cake or this vegan orange currant cake.
Baking is often ruled out when you’re new to veganism because of the prevalent amount of dairy. However, just like with the cake, there’s a great group of cookies that still taste delicious and are even better for you. Try these vegan oatmeal cherry chocolate chip cookies or almond butter cookies.
The best popsicles have fresh fruit flavors and still are a great treat. Try these peach-mango popsicles for a hot summer day, they’re vegan!
This shows you can replace your favorite junk food with vegan ingredients. It will likely taste different than you’re used to, but you could be surprised at the unique taste and the health benefits! Try out these recipes and let us know what you think.
Do you have any other vegan “junk food” favorites?
Grace Boyle is a food blogger who adores everything about food and a social media geek living in Boulder, Colorado. She is also very Italian.
Photography by Celine Steen
Food, we love you.