Thanks in large part to the long-anticipated overhaul of Canada’s Food Guide—and its emphasis on introducing more plant-based protein recipes from sources such as beans, nuts, whole grains and lentils—more and more Canadians are considering the transition to a vegan diet. Although this can be a daunting task for some, eschewing meat doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to some of your comfort food favourites—all they need is a clever plant-based twist. From pizza dinners and filling pasta dishes, it’s easier to maintain a vegan diet than you might think.
Vegan Pizza With Almond Ricotta Cheese and Coconut Bacon
Yes, you get to keep pizza! This healthier alternative to the traditional pepperoni and cheese offering consists of basil pesto, marinara sauce, slivered kale pieces and dairy-free ricotta “cheese.” If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, go ahead and add some coconut “bacon” for a sweet and savoury finish that offers a positively irresistible smoky taste everyone will love.
Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Everyone’s favourite comfort food comes with a dairy-free vegan twist for those looking to add more plant-based meals into their weeknight dinner rotation. With a hearty “cheese” sauce made from cauliflower and nutritional yeast, you can enjoy this dish as is or bake it in the oven for a casserole-style variation.
Easy Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese
Is there anything better than a warm bowl of spaghetti bolognese? The Italian dinner staple is given a vegan twist with this fibre- and protein-packed recipe. You can thank the hearty mushrooms, filling lentils and crunchy walnuts for playing their part in making this an easy, healthy vegan pasta you can enjoy with your family.
This Healthy Apple Pie Oatmeal Bake is Your New Favourite Breakfast
This nourishing baked oatmeal recipe boasts tangy apples, crunchy walnuts and chia seeds and skips the eggs and dairy. It’s like a warm hug first thing in the morning.
Summer Feast! Baked Falafel Sliders With Tabbouleh and Tahini Sauce
This must-have gluten-free dish is steeped in rich complementary flavours, from its mushroom and almond meal falafel base to the creamy maple tahini sauce. It packs a protein punch, too, and is a lot easier to whip up in the kitchen than it looks.