Vegans know that their choice of diet doesn’t mean that flavor has to be sacrificed. Avocados can be a central part of a vegan lifestyle, their creamy texture and neutral flavor playing well in a number of dishes, from breakfast to dinner and even dessert. Here are five of our favorite vegan recipes, designed especially for foodies who don’t want any animal products in their meals.
So many traditional breakfast dishes are a no-go for vegans, packed as they often are with eggs and meats like bacon, ham, and sausage. But there’s a whole range of breakfasts that are fabulous, filling, and animal-product free, and this vegan breakfast sandwich is one of them.
Of course, there’s the old standby, avocado toast, and don’t think for a second that it’s boring. You can punch up the flavor with all sorts of garnishes, including flavored salts, peppery radishes, roasted red peppers, cornichons, and all kinds of herbs and spices. If you’re not afraid of a little fire, add some pickled jalapeños.
Sure, ceviche has its roots in Latin America, where coastal communities have parlayed fresh fish into the simplest and most flavorful of dishes. That doesn’t mean, though, that vegans can’t enjoy an expertly prepared fish-free ceviche. This vegan avocado ceviche will hit the spot, not only gaining points for flavor, but also for looks: The numerous veggies used in this dish keep things colorful and varied when it comes to texture.
Salads are, of course, a vegan staple, but they don’t always require lettuces and other leafy greens. This salad leaves them out and packs a protein punch with two kinds of beans. Between those and the avocado, a serving of which contains 11% of your daily fiber needs, this salad will keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. And the sweet pineapple will feel like a delicious indulgence.
A meal in a bowl is quite possibly humans’ greatest culinary achievement: It’s easy, it’s delicious, and when it comes to cleanup…well, it wins in that department, too. This avocado and brown rice bowl is beautiful and tasty, hitting all the right flavor notes, thanks to the addition of raisins, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and apple cider vinegar.
When it comes to desserts, too many menus leave vegans out. If they only knew the secret of avocado! This green fruit, available year-round from Mexico, is the perfect substitute for milk, cream, butter, and the like, lending creaminess to any recipe. Believe it or not, avocados can help vegans enjoy brownies, cakes, pies, and ice cream, as well as puddings and parfaits. This avocado chocolate chia pudding hits the spot and is super easy to make at home.