Are you jumping into a vegan lifestyle and worried that your food will be boring and plain? Think again! Almost every cuisine around the world has something amazing to offer the vegan community, and many of these recipes are easy and nutritious.
Costa Rican Gallo Pinto
A lot of South American dishes are naturally vegan thanks to the heavy emphasis on beans and rice. Vegan bodybuilding recipes will often showcase this type of meal for good reason. Gallo Pinto has black beans, peppers, onions, rice and spices. Each of these ingredients brings a great nutrient profile to the dish, adding fiber, protein, vitamins and of flavor. It wouldn’t be Gallo Pinto without a healthy serving of antioxidant-rich cilantro on top.
Indian lentil dahl
There are plenty of recipes in Indian cuisine that can be vegan, even the ones that are meant to have dairy in them. Substituting a milk alternative is easy in dishes with such intense flavors. Lentil dahl is chock-full of healthy fiber, protein, B vitamins and iron thanks to the lentil base. To make dahl, you just need to cook up some onion, garlic, chilli and ginger with delicious Indian spices such as garam masala, cumin, turmeric and fenugreek. Add in some red lentils, stock, tomatoes and coconut milk, and once it’s all cooked, you are ready to service with rice or naan.
Middle Eastern hummus
A vegan staple, hummus is known for its versatility. It can be added to pita, chips, salad, wraps—you name it. To make hummus, you simply add cooked chickpeas (either freshly made or canned) to a food processor with tahini and garlic. You can add in various spices or other vegetables to flavor your hummus, depending on personal taste. A range of vegan bodybuilding meals will likely have beans or chickpeas in them, with hummus adding a nice flavor.
Classic Italian bruschetta
There are plenty of Italian pasta dishes that are naturally vegan, but don’t overlook the easy and simple snack or light meal of bruschetta. Simply toast some bread and add a mixture of fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic with a bit of olive oil to create a great, light meal packed with vitamins. This is a very easy snack to add to vegan bodybuilding recipes.
Switch things up at your next meal with these international vegan dishes that are packed full of nutritious benefits.