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Vegetarian recipes for beginners, if you are new to cooking

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Lizzie Rosenberg - Author

You might be participating in the annual month-long phenomenon of being “vegan,” or you might be simply learning how to cook. Either way, it’s important to have some easy vegan recipes for beginners. Avoiding burnout and keeping up with it requires having a few good vegan options up your sleeve, whether you’re prepping lunch or grabbing a quick breakfast on the spot.

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While they don’t all require the oven, each is equally nutritious, and shouldn’t take too long. This way, you won’t be afraid of where your next meal will come from.

@JessicaIntheKitchen’s Vegan Shakshouka

Instagram foodiejessicainthekitchen made a vegan twist on the classic Israeli dish shakshuka. While breaking out a cast-iron skillet may seem like a bit more work than you once expected, 45 minutes of preparation and simmering is all it takes.

It replaces traditional tofu “eggs” that are cooked in garlic, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cumin. All topped with red pepper flakes and parsley, it makes for a delicious and herb breakfast.

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Make sure you have tortillas or pita bread on hand, and be prepared to share or stock up on some leftovers – they make enough food for a few meals, which is perfect when you’re meal prepping!

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Healthy Orzo in one bowl from @healthgirlkitchen

We love the one-pot meal, because it means we’ll be doing fewer dishes in the long run. And @healthgirlkitchen’s 10-Minute Dinner sounds like the nourishing, comforting meal we could all use right now.

After you’ve cooked the onions, garlic, tomatoes, zucchini, and chickpeas in the olive oil, you’ll add the orange tongue and water, stirring until the water is almost al dente. Add the peas and spinach at the last minute, and wait a few more minutes for all the water to simmer.

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Once all of the liquid is absorbed, make sure the texture is what you want. You can add a little water to allow it to cook longer, or to keep it al dente before seasoning it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and maybe some vegetable Parmesan.

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For a new take on food on the block, bruschettamatts_recipes’ is simple, delicious, and refreshing—especially in the summer. All you have to do is chop up two peeled tomatoes, half a red onion, half a clove of garlic, and some basil, rosemary, and thyme leaves. Next, you’ll mix all of the ingredients together with salt, pepper, and olive oil.

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You will then take a baguette and slice it into however many slices you need. Roast and serve alongside tomato mixture for a fresh and delicious warm-weather taste. You can add vegan Parmesan as well, but that’s completely optional.

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@natural.kelly’s hummus and avocado sandwich

For a vegan vegan salad, look no further than @natural.kelly’s Chickpea and Avocado Sandwich. It’s called “probably one of the best sandwiches around.” [she’s] It’s easy to make, filling, and delicious without a lot of hassle or a lot of ingredients—perfect for when you’re on a pinch, or looking for something on the go.

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This “vegan chicken salad” combines mashed chickpeas, avocado, diced red onion, diced bell pepper, garlic powder, and lemon juice. You can choose whatever type of bread you like, and she recommends adding apple slices and cucumber on top. Honestly, it looks like our new target.

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@plantbasedkrystal’s Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl

Finally, whether you’re looking for an oven-free meal, or if you just want something to fill you up after a hard workout, the Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl from @plantbasedkrystal is a deceptively delicious treat (it’s supposed to taste like dessert!). You are going to mix frozen bananas, chopped boiled carrots, Medjool dates, vanilla extract, cinnamon and soy milk.

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If you’re looking for #gains, she suggests swapping out the vanilla protein powder for vanilla extract, and topping it all with bananas, cashew butter, coconut, walnuts, grated carrots, and cinnamon. We are literally drooling.