Veganism has been around for a very long time, but recent advancements in food science have made it far more accessible. There are now so many convenient products available that look, taste, and feel like the “real deal” but are, in fact, a vegan-friendly alternative. There is also a wealth of information right at our fingertips where we can learn the vegan choices that we have and also the impact of those choices. That being said, progress is being made but is not completely there yet. It can still be challenging to distinguish vegan products from non-vegan products if not obviously marked. Many products can contain animal-based ingredients but in a rather disguised way. One of the best ways to tell if a product is certainly vegan is by looking for the Certified Vegan seal. Let us help take some of the guess-work out of your vegan journey. Here we have 10 tasty vegan foods for you to try!
Primal Kitchen No Dairy Alfredo Sauce –
Nothing says comfort food like a bowl of fettuccine alfredo. Traditionally, it is a hefty dish full of milk and eggs. Being vegan does not mean you have to give up the good stuff. Primal Kitchen has made it so you can enjoy this decadent favorite without the post-meal brick in your stomach.
Made with avocado oil and creamy cashew butter, this sauce gives all the flavor and creaminess with none of the dairy. It’s even Paleo and Keto certified. Additionally, it contains no soy or canola, no added sugar, and is non-GMO. In the world of food, it’s the sauces, dressings, and toppings that make a meal exciting. This one is really going to knock your socks off. Try it on zoodles, eggplant parmesan, Banza vegan pasta, or as a pizza sauce. Tasting is believing!
Hippeas Vegan White Cheddar Puffs –
Give peas a chance! These organic vegan cheddar puffs certainly look and taste like the real deal. Made with chickpea flour, these gluten-free puffs have the right amount of flavor and crunch for all your snacking pleasure. What’s more, these snacks are non-GMO, nut-free, soy-free, and Kosher. You can feel good while you snack too, knowing there are 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein in every serving.
Food that not only tastes good but does good? No way! Chickpea plants naturally release nitrogen back into the soil as they grow, replacing what they use. This is great for the earth because it leaves the soil enriched and in good shape for the next round of healthy plants!
Amy’s Mexican Casserole with Cheeze –
Amy’s vegan Mexican Casserole Bowl is truly delicious. This dish combines the authentic flavor of a traditional tamale with the easy eating convenience of a bowl. Packed with lots of yummy textures and flavors, it’s made with melty vegan cheeze, organic white corn masa, black beans, sweet golden corn, and tomatoes with olives and a careful blend of chili peppers and spices. A total home-run dish that will keep you full and satisfied for hours. Not only is it a vegan food, but it is also gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, lactose-free, tree nut-free, and Kosher.
Amy’s Kitchen has a wide variety of other vegan foods too! Try their pizzas, soups, veggie burgers, and mac & cheeze.
Fresh Tofu Inc. Organic Tofu –
Tofu is one of the most versatile foods a vegan can eat. It can be prepared in many different ways and will usually take on the flavor of whatever it is seasoned with, making it a flavorful addition to many dishes. Break it up for a delicious tofu scramble or bake it in the oven until crispy and add to a salad. Fresh Tofu is Certified USDA Organic by Quality Assurance International and is produced without milk, meat, or any of their derivatives. What makes this high-quality tofu even better? It is locally sourced from Allentown, PA!
KinniKinnick K Toos Chocolate Sandwich Cookies –
Crunchy chocolate cookies with a delightful vanilla creme in between. A true classic. We are shouting “hooray!” for this 100% vegan food. Additionally, for those with food allergies or intolerances, they are gluten-free, dairy-free, tree nut-free, peanut-free, and soy-free. Dunk in your favorite vegan milk, twist apart, crush to put in other desserts or eat them just the way they are. Safe and scrumptious!
Sweet Earth Seitan Benevolent Bacon –
Bacon is not just for breakfast! You can add it to just about any dish to kick it up a few notches—especially this low-fat, low-sodium, non-meat “bacon”. The smoky, savory hickory and sage flavor will have your taste-buds dancing! Made from vegan-friendly seitan, this “bacon” is always plant-based, sustainable, cholesterol-free, nitrate-free, antibiotic-free, cruelty-free, organic, and non-GMO. Clocking in at just 45 calories per slice, you’ll want to put this benevolent bacon on everything!
Marshmallows are a childhood staple. From s’mores around the campfire to hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day, marshmallows are there for it all. However, conventional ‘mallows almost always contain animal-based ingredients. Dandies marshmallows are here with an ingredient makeover. The marshmallows are available in many shapes and sizes and are indistinguishable from traditional ones. The plant-based treats are made with no artificial colors or flavors, no corn syrup, no gelatin, and no gluten. You guessed it, Dandies are 100% vegan! So light and fluffy, these marshmallows will roast perfectly over a fire or lend all the ooey-gooeyness to your rice crispy treats. If the marshmallow dressed in a dapper bow-tie on the package doesn’t make you smile, the taste of what’s inside surely will. Yum!
Go Veggie Vegan Parmesan –
A shake of delicious grated parmesan has a place in so many foods that we love. What if dairy is a no-no for you? Enter: Go Veggie Vegan Parmesan-style Topping. It is a fantastic flavorful addition to pasta, pizza, popcorn, salad, and much more! This convenient cheese alternative is perfect for vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, and health-conscious eaters. In addition to being Certified Vegan, it is gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Certified. Go Veggie is truly the Healthier Way to Love Cheese™
Hu Dark Chocolate with Almond Butter –
“Get back to human” and satisfy your sweet tooth. This delicious, creamy chocolate bar with almond butter is full of all the good stuff and none of the bad. Made with organic cacao, it contains no palm oil, refined sugar, cane sugar, sugar alcohol, dairy, gluten, emulsifiers, or soy lecithin. It is also Non-GMO Project Certified.
Other delectable varieties include Simple Dark Chocolate, Crunchy Mint, Hazelnut Butter, Cashew Butter and Vanilla.
Annie’s Shells & Vegan Cheddar –
A rich and creamy side of mac and cheese is a wonderful addition to many meals. Kiddos love it too! Not only is this one vegan (and you can barely tell), it is USDA Certified Organic with no artificial flavors or synthetic colors. The totally plant-based deluxe Rich & Creamy Shells & Vegan Cheddar packs the same comforting cheddar taste you’ll find in classic dairy mac & cheese without the milk or cheese. No extra ingredients are required; everything you need is right in the box. Throw in a few extra veggies or some tofu to make it an entree. Grab a spoon and dig into the deliciousness!