The Loaded Sweet Potato and other College Vegan Recipes with Diana Ruiz

vegan loaded sweet potato

 Some of the most delicious foods I’ve enjoyed in my short three months of veganism have also been some of the most simple and quick meals I’ve had in my entire life.

I love making nutritious and healthy meals from only the most basic staples of a vegan diet – foods that are always readily available in my kitchen. As a university student, I always find myself running from one place to the next, leaving me with very limited time to prepare hearty and compassionate meals. For this very reason, I am going to share with you THREE of my favorite meals to throw together (with minimum effort and limited time) in hopes that you too will agree that we don’t have to sacrifice time, money, OR our health to enjoy a good vegan meal!

Some of the most delicious foods I’ve enjoyed in my short three months of veganism have also been some of the most simple and quick meals I’ve had in my entire life.

Each of the following recipes feed one person, but can be easily adapted to feed more people.

Loaded Sweet Potato 

 I have to admit, this one is my absolute favorite! And it is so easy to make. 

Vegan Loaded Sweet Potato
Serves 1
This one really couldn't get any simpler. Sweet potatoes are so full of nutrients and jam-packed with delicious sweetness that there is no doubt they one of the most valuable and versatile things in my kitchen.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large sweet potato
  2. Tahini (about 1 1/2 tbsp.)
  3. Dash lemon juice,
  4. sprinkle lemon pepper
  5. Garlic powder to taste
  6. 1/2 bag frozen corn
  7. 1/2 bag frozen peas
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Instructions
  1. Wash a large sweet potato well and puncture it with a fork all around it.
  2. Place a large sweet potato in the microwave for about 8 minutes until it is soft and squishy on the inside (the time varies with the size of the potato but will most likely be around 6 -10 min).
  3. While the potato is cooking, make the tahini dressing by mixing some tahini (about 1 1/2 tbsp.) with lemon juice, lemon pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Add lemon juice until the dressing has a creamy but liquid consistency. DIVINE!
  4. Heat up a mixture of corn and peas. I usually buy frozen so I just defrost and heat them on the stove.
  5. Lastly, cut open the sweet potato, throw the veggie mix inside and drizzle the tahini dressing all over. Mash and mix together, or enjoy as is. SO, SO GOOD.
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collage-vegan-pizzaCOMFORT AND HEALTH FOOD

What is the ultimate comfort food? PIZZA.

 This one really doesn’t need an explanation, but completely deserves a spot on this list. What is the ultimate comfort food? PIZZA. As a vegan, I have eaten SO much pizza and have never felt bloated or crummy.

 Vegan pizza can be made so healthy that you can eat the whole thing by yourself! If that’s not the dream, I don’t know what is.

 I usually buy pre-made pizza dough (make sure it’s vegan!), and then make some sauce by mixing tomato paste, crushed canned tomatoes, dried basil, and oregano. Ta-dah! That’s it.

 Then I top the entire thing with my favorite toppings: corn, mushrooms, broccoli, homemade or store-bought pesto, and occasionally some sweet pineapple chunks. Be creative and pile on the veggies!

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Craving something spicy and sweet? Try Thai Veggie Curry!

  1. Boil about half a can of coconut milk.
  2. When the coconut milk is boiling, add in your favorite vegetables! Some suggestions: carrots, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, and baby corn. Yum!
  3. Add some Thai red curry paste, minced garlic, and spices such as paprika and cumin to taste. Set the heat to low.
  4. Let simmer until the mixture is creamy and fragrant.
  5. Serve over rice and enjoy!

 Other than tasting amazing, simple food exemplifies the healthful and compassionate reasons for veganism.

By filling yourself up with healthy starches and colorful vegetables, you are getting the most of the nutrients this earth has provided for you. Simple and repetitive food also aids your digestion; in this way, you are being compassionate to your own body as well as to our animal friends. Simplicity allows you to savor each and every flavor of the foods you are eating rather than having those flavors get lost in the mix. Simple vegan food is healthy and delicious and saves you both time and money. Why not give it a go? Your body will thank you!

Written by Diana Ruiz.

diana-ruizHello! I’m Diana, a current college student in Texas going through the excitement of emerging adulthood. Yay! I have been a vegan for around 3 months now, which is one of the best decisions I have ever made. In addition to my passion for (vegan) food, I love to dance, travel, play tennis, watch movies, and write to my heart’s content. I write mostly about my life in terms of personal growth and my journey to fulfillment, so if you’re into that kind of thing, be sure to check out my writing at peacefullydivine.wordpress.com .For some more simple vegan food inspiration and more of my writing check me out on social Instagram @peacefullydivine 

 

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