Let me take you back to 6 years ago, when my vegan journey just began.
Back then, I had no idea that mixing just about 5 ingredients in a blender would give me cheese.
I didn’t know that mixing 2 ingredients (in my blender) would turn into plant-based milk, with very little effort (and it doesn’t have to be milked and strained like cow’s milk ;)).
And I had no idea that French fries (which, when I was vegetarian, used to be the only thing I ordered at fast food joints), could be made super healthy!
All the solutions to these unhealthy problems come down to 10 super awesome vegan hacks.
These vegan hacks are little tricks that help us move from confused and stressed (by the amount of time it takes to make food, and to figure out how to make veggies tate good), to satisfied and full!
Let’s dive into my 10 favorite vegan hacks that help me make healthy food, fast. Plus a bonus one at the end.
By the way, several of the items I mention in this post are from my favorite online market, Vitacost. On Vitacost, you can purchase all of your vegan pantry essentials at really great prices.
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Vegan Hack #1: Fastest Ever Almond Milk
Have you ever seen that insanely hilarious “milk the almonds” meme?
It makes me laugh so hard every time!!!
But in all honesty, making almond milk from scratch is extremely time-consuming, because it requires sifting all that liquid and getting rid of the pulp before you can actually drink the milk.
This is the case with most plant-based milks.
With our first vegan hack, you will no longer have to milk your almonds. You will only press “blend”. And that’s it.
Mix 1 tablespoon almond butter (or any nut or seed butter) + 1 cup water = magical instant almond milk!
Vegan Hack #2: Thick, Creamy & Quick Vegan Breakfast
To turn your smoothie into an actually satisfying vegan breakfast, all you have to do is decrease the amount of water you use (about ¼ cup for 1 serving), and add 1 tablespoon of flax seeds.
Not only will you get a thicker consistency that is more creamy (and that you can actually eat with a spoon), but you’ll also get your awesome dose of omega 3’s! So easy!
Check out my smoothie bowl recipe with flax seeds.
Vegan Hack #3: Actually Healthy French Fries
I used to love and adore French fries from local fast-food restaurants. Locally grown, organic, and plant-based. Just kidding 😉
French fries are only bad for you because they are drenched with oil. But we can fix that!
All you have to do is cut up your potatoes or sweet potatoes in fry shapes, lay them down on a parchment-lined baking tray, and bake at 400F for about 30 minutes, or until they start to get slightly brown.
You can enjoy them as is, or broil on high for just 1-2 minutes.
It’s so easy, and insanely delicious, without all that grease! This is a guilt-free treat.
Grab the exact recipe (plus an awesome dipping sauce) here.
Vegan Hack #4: Perfect Meat Replacement
Did you know that tempeh is the healthiest form of soy, even better than edamame?
This is because it is fermented, allowing you to absorb even more of the wonderful nutrition of organic soybeans.
The best news is that it’s incredibly easy to make it. All you have to do is cook it in a few tablespoons of Tamari on a pan.
Vegan Hack #5: Vegan Cheese and More
One of my biggest issues when going vegan was giving up cheese. I found it extremely hard to do, and I am sure you might be too!
If you have not discovered nutritional yeast yet, you need to. It is the most amazing magical powder that you can add to sauces to give them a very cheesy flavor.
Many vegans know about nutritional yeast. But you may not know that you can add the nooch to pretty much any other savory dish like salads, Buddha bowls, stews, and so much more.
It is really delicious and has an amazing nutty flavor (and some health benefits too!)
Here’s 1 yummy recipe I like to use it in.
Vegan Hack #6: Healthy Ice Cream (for Breakfast)
Do you know about banana ice cream yet? If not, seriously, get on the train.
That thing is just incredible. And I have an entire ebook to prove it.
Now, one thing you may not know is that banana ice cream can be made even healthier, and turned into the perfect breakfast.
All you have to do is add some greens to is (like baby spinach or kale), and top it with your favorite fruit – and voila, you have dessert for breakfast that is incredibly nourishing.
Vegan Hack #7: Getting Rid of Chopping
One of the most time-consuming tasks in any kitchen that uses plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits is the chopping.
Some people love it, and it feels therapeutic to them. Others prefer to meditate in other ways. For me – it really depends on the day.
In any case, the idea that organic frozen fruits and veggies are unhealthy is a total lie.
Many of the frozen fruits and veggies you can buy are actually picked at their peak of ripeness, and thus they are even better for you than the fruits and vegetables from the produce section!
Use frozen fruits for making delicious smoothie bowls and desserts really fast, and frozen veggies as an accompaniment to virtually any dinner. It’ll save you so much time!
Vegan Hack #8: Make-Ahead Perfect Breakfast (with your Nut Milk)
If you are insanely rushed in the morning, these are two incredible breakfasts you can make at night, and they will be even more delicious and nutritious when you are ready to eat them.
Go back to vegan hack #1 to make chia pudding and overnight oats (be sure to check out the recipes linked to each with exact recipes). You will use the nut milk you make as the liquid for these delicious breakfasts. They are super filling and very quick to make, too.
Vegan Hack #9: Low-Calorie Super Creamy Salad Dressings and Sauces
Like I mentioned in vegan hack #3, oil is a total waste of your money and calories. It is literally empty calories that you do not need.
Many people struggle with removing oil from their diet, particularly when it comes to salad dressings and sauces.
I have an entire online course on how to eat quick, easy and satisfying vegan meals without oil, and you can check that out here. In The Effortlessly Flavorful Vegan Kitchen, you will learn all you need to let go of oil in your cooking, and still enjoy insanely flavorful and easy meals.
Vegan Hack #10: Roasted Veggies and Veggie Noodles in Minutes
Our last vegan hack involves cutting down chopping, just like vegan hack #7!
Many local and chain grocery stores now carry chopped veggies like those difficult to cut squashes, sweet potatoes, and even veggie noodles like zucchini and sweet potato noodles, making our time in the kitchen so much easier!
It literally takes ¼ of the time to roast a butternut squash that is already chopped than a whole butternut. Follow me to the land of comfort!
Bonus Vegan Hack: Meal Prep
Meal prep is everything! It will save you so much time during the week, and it will help you stop reaching for convenience foods that are not as healthy.
Meal prep means batch cooking a few of your favorite items like grains, beans, and veggies. See this blog post and video for a full explanation, step-by-step, on how to vegan meal prep like a champ.
That’s it! Those are the 10 (plus 1 bonus hack) I wanted to share with you. What do you think? Which one looks particularly exciting to try?