3 TASTY VEGAN RECIPES TO BLOW YOUR TEENAGER’S MIND

3 SURPRISINGLY EASY TASTY VEGAN RECIPES TO WOW YOUR TEENAGER

Tasty vegan recipes|3 quick and easy vegan recipes that you can throw together in less than 30 minutes! What do you do when your teen wants to go vegan?

Do you stress about what tasty vegan dishes to prepare?

Do you worry that going vegan will impact his health negatively?

I am so pleased to have a guest post by Marijke Doldersum of www.easydone.net. She is a serial immigrant who blogs about how to create a simple lifestyle abroad.

WHAT IS A VEGAN DIET
According to the NHS:

A vegan diet contains only plants (such as vegetables, grains, nuts, and fruits) and foods made from plants.

WHY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO BE  VEGAN

The Vegan Society lists a few reasons for this choice:

•   to protest against ‘ animal cruelty and animal exploitation’

•  for better health

•  to lower their carbon footprint and help the environment

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More and more young people are becoming aware of the ways animals are raised for our food production.

So, eating vegan or vegetarian food is on the rise.

An increasing number of people including teenagers and children prefer to eat vegan foods.

Many restaurants and cafes all over the world have caught onto this trend and have added healthy and tasty vegan dishes to their menus.

THE BENEFITS OF A VEGAN DIET

Recent research documents many benefits of switching to a vegan diet.  6 Science-Based Health Benefits of Eating Vegan states that a vegan diet:

•  has more fiber and antioxidants

•  lowers blood sugar levels

•  improves kidney function

•  lowers the risk of heart disease

•  reduces pain in some forms of arthritis

•  offers protection against certain cancers

More about this in the YouTube video below.

WHEN YOUR TEEN GOES VEGAN

Tasty vegan recipes| Simple recipes to get started with vegan cooking. Find out how to use lentils to make a vegan spagetti bolonaise. Learn how to create a simple starter using rosa tomatoes and avocado.First off, don’t panic. Vegan food is quite delicious. Check out the tempting plates attached to each recipe below.

It is wise to discuss the consequences for the teenager and the rest of the family. 

This would be the ideal chance to build awesome family bonds by holding a family meeting to weigh the pros and cons of your teen going vegan.

Check out this YouTube video which highlights some things to consider when going vegan

Our daughter had a stint of wanting to eat only vegetarian food and before we let her do that we asked her to let us know how she was planning to replace the animal protein.

This meant that she had to be adventurous and try food she never wanted to eat before.

She lasted 3 months as a vegetarian but did try new foods like pulses and mushrooms. Amazingly mushrooms are now one of her favorite foods.

If you’re worried about your teen lacking protein in his vegan diet,  BBC Good Food’s great article on The Best Vegan Protein Sources. 

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HOW TO INVOLVE YOUR TEEN

Preparing healthy and tasty vegan recipes is not hard but it requires a creativity, time and planning. Click To Tweet

Brainstorm together about possible healthy vegan recipes. It is no good to replace a ham and cheese sandwich with a vegemite sandwich every day.

It is an easy way out but it not the healthiest option. French fries are vegan but not great as a daily option.

The best thing to do is to involve him in the planning and preparation stages of vegan food.

The easiest step to take here is to search Pinterest for tasty vegan recipes.

Make a selection from there and draw up weekly or monthly menus together.

Another option is to take a vegan cooking class together to learn how to cook tasty vegan recipes.

This will develop a greater awareness of what it means to be a vegan.

Planning and commitment will result in success. For instance, I know a family in London that changed to a vegan diet when their daughter was 11.

She is now 19 and it has been a success for the whole family. In fact, the parents are currently more convinced of the benefits than the daughter is.

Many vegans do not have healthy eating habits and replace meat with ingredients that do not give them the same nutrients as meat and fish do.

It is a myth that you can’t get enough protein from vegetables and pulses.

There are countless bodybuilders and athletes who follow a vegan diet and have perfectly healthy bodies.

Vitamin B12  only can be found in animal protein so it will be necessary to take a supplement to be in optimal health. 

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3 TASTY VEGAN RECIPES TO TEMPT ANY TEENAGER

Here are 3 delicious easy vegan recipes guaranteed to be so awesome, your teen will be begging you for more.

1. SMASHED AVOCADO ON SOURDOUGH

Tasty vegan recipes| Uses healthy ingredients like rosa tomatoes and avocado.This is a breakfast option. Our kids grew up in Australia and we pride ourselves on high-quality avocados.

And that is what you need – big, fat, creamy and tasty avocados without black bits and fibers.

Add to that some tasty Roma tomatoes, a crusty favorite bread, and a good quality Balsamic vinegar or reduced dressing.

With these 3 ingredients, your teenager can prepare a tasty vegan dish that will please even the most seasoned ‘weekend’ cafe regular.

Ingredients

Serves 4 people
Preparation time 15-20 minutes

* 4 slices of good quality bread – sourdough or rye
* 2 large ripe avocados
* 4 -6 Roma tomatoes
* lemon juice
* sea salt
* freshly ground pepper
* Salad leaves such as rocket and basil leaves
* a Balsamic/olive oil dressing

Method:
Mash the avocado with a fork until smooth. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice and mix well. Slice the tomatoes and toast the sliced bread.

Divide the avocado mixture over the slices of bread. Place the tomato on top.

Finish off with dressing, salad leaves, and basil. The dressing is simply a good quality olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, salt, freshly ground pepper, and an optional crushed garlic clove.

Serve with a drink of choice and Bon Appetit!

2. Caramelized tofu with stir-fried vegetables

Tasty vegan recipes| A great vegan recipe to make when your teenager decides to go vegan. A healthy vegan recipe which includes carrots, green beans and peppers.This has been my daughter’s favorite since she was 5 or 6 years old.

It must be the sweet flavor of the Tofu dressing but she has always liked eating tofu. This is an ideal replacement for a vegetarian or vegan.

Ingredients

Serves 4 people. Preparation time 20-30 minutes

* 1 block of hard tofu, not the creamy type
* 2-3 tbs of sweet soy sauce
* sesame seeds
* 2 tbs oil
* 1 garlic clove
* 1-2 red onion
* 1-2 red capsicum
* 2 sweet peppers
* carrots
* green beans
* mushrooms
* noodles optional
* handful of fresh herbs

Method:

Cube the tofu and fry quickly in some oil until crispy. Add the sweet soy sauce and slowly simmer until they are 
caramelized. Add sesame sauce.

In another pan, heat oil and fry chopped garlic, onion, capsicum, and sweet peppers.

Parboil green beans and sliced carrots. Add spices and sauces that are compatible with a vegan lifestyle.

Add the cubed tofu and mix well. Serve with chopped herbs such as parsley or coriander.

If you have teenagers with a large appetite add noodles or rice to the dish.

4. Spaghetti ‘Lolo’

 

Tasty vegan recipes| A quick and easy vegetarian recipe. Includes lentils to give vegans the much needed protein. Guaranteed to become a family favorite

 

This is a vegan variety of the good old ‘Bolognese’ but uses lentils instead of mincemeat.

Any type of spaghetti can be used as long as it is not prepared using eggs.

We like it with thin spaghetti and serve 85 grams of pasta per person although teenage sons may have a much larger appetite.

Ingredients

Serves 4 people
Preparation time 20 minutes

* Pasta for 4 people
* olive oil
* 1 clove of garlic, chopped
* 1 Spanish or purple onion, chopped
* 2 carrots
* 1 red capsicum
* 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
* 1 small tin of tomato puree
* 250 grams of brown lentils
* fresh thyme
* salt and pepper
* Vegan Parmesan cheese if you can find it

Method:

Boil pasta until ‘al dente’. This means that there is still a bite to the pasta, but it is cooked.

Heat the olive oil in a deep pan. Add thyme and chopped garlic and fry gently for a couple of minutes.

Add the onions and let them turn soft before adding the chopped carrot, capsicum and the lentils. Fry for 5-10 minutes

Add the tomatoes and puree. Put a lid on the pan and simmer for at least 30 minutes or until the lentils are cooked. 

You can serve this dish with grated vegan cheese.

There you go! Three simple, tasty, healthy and fast vegan recipes.

So delicious, your teen will be sharing the recipe with his vegan friends.

Try these recipes with your vegan teenagers and I bet they ask for seconds!

Bon Appetit!

YOUR TURN

This quote from 13 Inspiring Celebrity Quotes on Why Veganism Is the Bomb sums up the choice to go vegan perfectly:

Everyone has to find what is right for them, and it is different for everyone. Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.

Natalie Portman

So, what do you do if your teen shocks you with a going vegan announcement?


Let’s recap on the steps to take:

  •  –  don’t panic
  •  –  discuss the impact of going vegan for your teen and the family
  • –   allow your teenager to design his menus
  • –   involve him in cooking tasty vegan food
    –   take the leap and join him by going vegan once a week
  • Tasty vegan recipes| Quick and easy vegan recipes to try when your teen unexpectedly embraces a vegan lifestyle. Introduce him to tofu, pulses and beans to give him alternate sources of protein.Do you have any successful vegan recipes that teenagers rave about?

Share them in the comments below.

If you enjoyed this post, please help to share it on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook because I need your help to spread the word about the awesome benefits of going vegan.

Profile pic MarijkeMarijke is the blogger behind easydone.net.
She started her blog to help over 50’s realize
their dreams of a life abroad. Check out more vegan recipes from Marijke on her
Pinterest board.

 

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A former English teacher turned lifestyle blogger. Content creator for blogs and websites. Book lover, scrabble addict and crime show obsessor.

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Shawn @ Healthy Wealthy Skinny
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This is a very helpful post for any mom that might have a teenager that decides to go vegan. It’s hard to feed a family with different dietary needs. It’s great that you provided meal ideas and complete recipes.

Patricia-Ann Que
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now you got me craving! I personally like the first and second one! I like anything with avo and tofu! I wonder if they are actually good together!

ourblindlife
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I should really try these, Thank you! more healthy food is on my list for sure

Nadalie
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These recipes seriously make eating vegan so easy! We have no excuses. Love it!

arti@escapewriters.com
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Bored with vegetable sandwiches and searching for some easy vegan recipes. Actually my daughter doesn’t like tofu..so I will surely try the caramel tofu recipe..hope they love it. Going vegan is no boring. There are many recipes like these which we can try!!!

Marijke
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Absolutely try the caramelised tofu. It has been a hit with my daughter since she was very young and she was a fussy eater. Alternatively you keep the tofu separate and ask that they at least try.

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I would definitely love to try the tofu recipe. My daughters don’t like it so I want to try this recipe and hope they love it with this recipe.

Marijke
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Maybe if you don’t tell them it is tofu. I have done that with my daughter. She did eat certain ingredients without knowing what it was. Once I was sure she liked them I admitted it was something she thought she did not like.

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Fiorella Madsen

So happy to find different vegan recipes. We are trying to eat as healthy as possible here at home.

Marijke
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It is wonderful to see that more and more people are trying vegan recipes. It is a different approach but once you are used to it, it is easy to maintain.

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