You can have vegan Italian dishes, just like you can have vegan, French dishes. Both are essentially meat free versions of traditional Italian dishes, however you may be surprised how many have adopted vegan Italian dishes in their own kitchens. The truth is that it’s not that difficult to create vegan Italian dishes that taste just as good as their non-vegan counterparts. They are just as good a source of protein.
One of the things you will notice about vegan Italian dishes is that they tend to be more colorful than their non-vegan counterparts. This comes from the fact that most Italian recipes call for vegetable ingredients and a lot of these are brightly colored. As well as being brighter, they also have more vibrant flavors. Some of the most common vegan ingredients found in Italian pasta dishes include peas, tomatoes, onions, zucchini and mushrooms. Other common ingredients are rice, beans and rice flour.
However, there are a number of Italian dishes that have become vegan in recent years. One of these is the ever popular lasagna. Although this isn’t the only vegan Italian dish that has become popular, it is by far the most popular. In fact, you can buy lasagna noodles already made and cook them just as you would normally. Another veg-friendly Italian pasta dish is the carbonara.
This is another dish that many people find a bit difficult to create at home. It’s actually quite simple to make vegan Carbonara. All you need is crushed pasta, nutritional yeast, non-fat milk, non-fat cheese and non-dairy margarine. By simply combining all of these ingredients together (along with your favorite cheeses), you’ll have a tasty vegan pasta dish that’s almost equal parts sweet and sour. Just drain out all the liquid and mix into a bowl. Add the nutritional yeast and milk mixture and let it rest while the other ingredients cook.
The Meatballs In Tomato Sauce
Perhaps the hardest Italian dishes to make vegan are the meatballs in tomato sauce. This requires the use of a vegan flour, and some creativity on your part. First of all, you must learn how to properly roll the meatballs in flour so that they form long, even pieces. Then you need to cook them in a non-stick skillet until they’re done.
The third Italian dishes that I’m going to include this week are my tofu omelets. As a tofu fan myself, I was a bit confused when I first heard about tofu. After a bit of experimenting, I discovered that tofu doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be flavored in a way that gives it a unique flavor and texture. To get some great tofu flavor to your pasta dishes, try adding soy sauce or guacamole to the mix before baking.
Black Beans And Rice
The last vegan Italian dishes I want to highlight for you are my black beans and rice. Black beans are packed with nutrients and can be used in a variety of different ways. These include being a side dish with grilled chicken, or being a tasty base for other dishes made with vegetables, like my spinach artichoke quesadilla. If you haven’t had black beans in a vegan version, I highly recommend giving them a try!
All in all, there are tons of delicious Italian dishes that you can prepare for the vegan crowd. Most importantly, remember that there are a plethora of vegan Italian dishes that you can enjoy as well. By keeping an open mind and not limiting yourself to any one style of vegan pasta dish, you can definitely have an amazing amount of fun while learning to cook vegan pasta. Give it a shot!