3VeganRecipesBellPep

Lauren Polanski

A vegan stuffed bell pepper is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner.

Eating a vegan diet may sound daunting to some people, but there are plenty of simple recipes that any beginner can follow.

A vegan diet consists of no meat, dairy or eggs, but includes natural and plant-based foods. According to veganbits.com, .5% of the United State adult population is vegan, which in other words translates to about 1.62 million people. 

There are also several benefits that come with eating vegan. Jennifer Tveitnes, a local registered dietitian, says she finds that most people who choose to eat a vegan diet do it for environmental and animal cruelty issues or health reasons. 

"There are a lot of different health benefits that go along with being vegan," Tveitnes says. "One of the biggest ones is heart health. It's a very heart-healthy diet and associated with that is lower blood pressure and decreased risk of stroke. Also, it can help with type two diabetes, reduce risk of some types of cancer as well as decreased risk of obesity."

If you are interested in trying vegan foods, or you want to add some new flavors to your collection of vegan recipes, here are three dishes you can make at home with only three ingredients. 

Vegan Stuffed Bell Pepper

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 bag of microwavable brown rice
  • 1 cup of frozen meatless meat crumbles

Preheat the oven to bake at 325 degrees. Cut the top off of the bell pepper and scoop out the middle to hollow the pepper out. Set aside. Microwave the rice for the amount of time listed on packaging and pour out into a bowl. Take a cup of frozen meatless meat crumbles and mix it in with the bowl of rice. Place the rice and meatless meat mixture into the hollowed-out bell pepper. Then wrap the bell pepper with aluminum foil until it is covered completely. Place the wrapped bell pepper standing up on a baking sheet and set in the oven. Let bake for 25 minutes. Remove, let cool and enjoy.

Optional: 

Dip or pour marinara sauce onto the stuffed bell pepper for extra flavor. 

Vegan Cappuccino Ice Cream

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Vegan cappuccino ice cream is the perfect thing to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

  • 3 frozen ripe bananas
  • 1 cup of cold dark coffee 
  • 1/2 cup of cacao powder 

Blend all the ingredients together in a high-speed blender until you have a smoothie-like consistency. Place the ice cream mix in a storage container and place in the freezer. Leave in the freezer for 3 hours. Remove and enjoy. 

Optional:

Top it off with a dollop of vegan whipped cream for a touch of sweetness. 

Vegan Pancakes

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Lauren Polanski

Vegan banana pancakes are the perfect meal to start anyone’s day.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 banana 
  • 1 1/2 cups of almond milk
  • 1 cup of oat flour 

Mix all the ingredients together in a blender until you have a smooth consistency. Grease a flat pan with non-stick spray. Take a 1/4 measuring cup and pour the batter onto the pan. Turn the stove on to medium heat. Cook on one side until brown, then flip and cook the other side until brown. Let cool and enjoy.

Optional:

Add some maple syrup and fresh fruit on top. 

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