Happy World Vegan Day! In the land of Tex-Mex and barbecue, it might seem impossible to move away from animal products. But Austin’s restaurant scene always offers up vegan-friendly options, like the Beer Plant‘s dedication to serving vegan-only food and beverages or Juiceland‘s convenient pre-packaged vegan lunches.
Vegan Day was established in 1994 to commemorate the UK Vegan Society’s founding and the first usage of the word “vegan” 50 years prior. 72 years later, the society would probably be astounded by Texas residents committing to a plant-based diet.
Austin offers so many vegan dining options, but it’s nice whipping up home-cooked meals. H-E-B even sells evaporated and condensed soy milk for avid vegan bakers! Even if you’re not vegan, these recipes are sure to sate.
For breakfast: Kale and caramelized onions enchiladas
Remember when four Austin residents invented the taco cleanse? Where you replaced every meal with a taco for a month? The creators offered up this recipe (skip the feta cheese sprinkled on top and substitute with vegan cheese).
For lunch: Vegan “tuna” salad sandwiches
An easily customizable recipe that lets you put your own twist on it without compromising quality. Because tuna salad already has many veggie options, it’s a snap replacing the fish with chickpeas. Pickles are optional.
For dinner: Vegan chili
Instead of textured vegetable protein, this recipe uses mushrooms to thicken the chili. Lots of veggies, lots of flavor. Serve with whatever garnish your heart desires.
For dessert: Chocolate peanut butter banana ice cream
Bananas ripen quickly, which is a downside of having bananas. But the upside is their versatility in healthy-but-fun desserts. Banana “ice cream” is one of the easiest things to make in the world. All you need are frozen bananas, chocolate sauce and peanut butter for this recipe.
Go forth and experiment in the kitchen with plant-based materials!