Easter is just around the corner, and whether you are vegan or you have a vegan coming over for dinner, you may be scratching your head about what to make for a main dish. Here are two recipes for tasty, easy vegan main dishes that would be great for Easter dinner!
Vegan Pot Pie
This vegan pot pie is a favorite in our house. You can customize the filling to your personal taste. If you are using a store-bought pie crust, make sure you get a vegan one. Most pie crusts contain lard which is not only gross, its definitely not vegan.
a 16 oz block of firm tofu, pressed, and cubed to 1″, or seitan cut into 1″ pieces
1 bag mixed frozen veggies
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup flour
2 T liquid aminos or tamari
1/2 t salt
Preheat oven to 375°. Saute tofu in a pan until lightly browned on all sides (if using seitan skip this step). Transfer tofu/seitan into a 9″ pie pan. Add mixed veggies to the pie pan. In a saucepan whisk water, nutritional yeast, flour, liquid amines/tamari, and salt briskly over medium heat until it thickens. Then pour over the contents of the pie pan. Shape the pie crust over the pie pan and bake for 40 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.
Seitan is a lesser-known meat replacement that is made out of wheat gluten. It is high in protein and has a “meatier” texture than tofu. It can be used in a lot of different ways, but it makes a great roast because it can be made as a loaf.
1/2 cup cooked, rinsed, drained pinto beans
1 cup water
3 T liquid aminos/tamari
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
Mash the beans with a masher, or give them a whirl in the food processor. Then mix all ingredients together until incorporated. Form into a loaf, and wrap firmly in aluminum foil. Steam for 60 minutes (I use my rice cooker). Preheat oven to 350°. Once it is done steaming, place it on a baking sheet and put it in the oven for 30-45 minutes. Cool a bit before serving, and serve with your favorite vegan gravy.
Both of these recipes are made again and again at my house, and our carnivore guests even enjoy them! Don’t be intimidated if you have never heard of some of the ingredients, any organic or health section at the grocery store should carry them, or Whole Foods. You can always search online for ingredients you can’t source locally, too.
Now you can enjoy your Easter dinner knowing that it is not only compassionate, it’s delicious!