Easy Vegan Recipes

These easy vegan recipes for beginners make eating a whole food plant-based diet fun, healthy, and most importantly: delicious!

Vegan recipes

When Alex and I started eating lots of vegan recipes, at first it seemed daunting. How would we feed ourselves? But we quickly realized they can be some of the most creative, delicious and beautiful recipes out there!

Fast forward to today, and we’ve devoted our lives to inspiring people–you–how to eat lots of vegetables in delicious ways. Our forte? Veggie-packed recipes that are tasty, healthy, and pretty simple to make. You have 3 chances per day to eat a whole foods plant based (WFPB) diet. Why not start now?

Want more on how to get started? Go to How to Go Vegan and Plant Based Diet Guide.

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"Verde" Lentil Vegan Tacos | A Couple Cooks

Easy Vegan Tacos


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (8 tacos total) 1x

Description

Looking for easy vegan tacos? These “verde” vegan tacos are color-themed, featuring green lentils, green cabbage, and a bright green cilantro sauce.


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Ingredients

For the lentils

  • 1 1/2 cups green lentils
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

For the tacos

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/2 small green cabbage
  • Salsa verde (purchased or homemade)
  • Creamy Cilantro Sauce, to serve
  • Avocado, optional

Instructions

  1. Soak the cashews for the Creamy Cilantro Sauce for at least 30 minutes while making the remainder of the recipe, more if time (or make ahead — see instructions in the cilantro sauce recipe).
  2. Place the lentils in a pot with 6 cups warm water. Bring to a low boil, then boil for about 15 to 20 minutes until just al dente (taste often to assess doneness). Drain, then stir in the olive oil, cumin, garlic powder, and kosher salt.
  3. Thinly slice the green onions. Thinly slice the cabbage. If using, chop the avocado.
  4. Meanwhile, make the Creamy Cilantro Sauce.
  5. Warm the tortillas according to the package instructions. (We typically char ours on an open flame, but that’s not the preferred method with the One Degree tortillas.) To serve, top the tortillas with lentils, green onions, green cabbage, salsa verde, torn cilantro leaves, and cilantro drizzle.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired

Keywords: Vegan Recipes, Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners

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Last Updated: January 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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