10 Delicious (Vegan) Pegan Recipes

What is the Pegan diet?

The Pegan diet basically takes the best of both the Paleo and the Vegan diet, and combines them to make a superdiet. Followers of the food trend are supposed to move away from meat-centric Paleo principles, and should make sure that at least 75% of their plate is fruit and vegetables.

The remaining 25% of your plate should be made up of protein and fats, sourced from nuts, avocados, seeds (and their cold-pressed oils), legumes (maximum one cup a day) and, supposedly, animal-based proteins such as eggs, meat, poultry and fish. Animal-based proteins should only be used as a condiment or side-dish, and dairy is not allowed.

I was SUPER excited about this diet, loving the idea of an even healthier take on veganism until I heard about the animal-based proteins. I’m vegetarian, not vegan, but I’m allergic to eggs and try to consume as little dairy as possible and am trying to shift my diet closer and closer to being fully vegan.

But hey, I figured why not just take out the meat and egg components and look at the beautiful healthy plant-based recipes that you have left? And that’s exactly what I did, so enjoy this round-up of some of the tastiest vegan-pegan recipes on the web.

(Yes, I know, vegan-pegan sounds silly! But it sure doesn’t taste silly….)

1. Roasted Potato Avocado Buddha Bowls

A white bowl full of halved potatoes, vegetables and avocadoes

Comfort food meets health with these roasted potatoes topped with ripe avocado on a bed of fresh crispy salad with juicy fresh vegetables and creamy tahini.

If you’re looking for something easy, simple, super tasty, and super nutritious, then Running On Real Food has got you covered with these Buddha bowls.

2. Raw Cauliflower Tabbouleh (Vegan, Paleo, GF)

A yellow and blue plate with a brightly colored tabbouleh salad with raw salad, seeds, a slice of lemon and herbs

In this recipe, Sunny Side Hanne tells us how she had to gently break it to a party guest that there were no refined grains in this tabbouleh, and we can totally feel their disbelief.

An explosion of fresh crispy vegetables, crunchy pine nuts, and zesty lemon tied together with fresh herbs and garlic, this dish checks so many boxes (raw, vegan, paleo and gluten-free) that it should have a box of its own entirely dedicated to it!

3. Raw Almond Paleo Hummus Recipe

A wooden table with some food items on top, including a small pink plate with carrots, a white bowl with yellow hummus and parsley garnished with a small wooden serving utensil resting on the bowl, some almonds scattered artistically on the table as well as some parsley leaves, and half a lemon.

Largely composed of nut, seed and olive fats with herbs, spices, lemon and garlic flavours, this raw hummus recipe from the Conscious Dietitian turns traditional hummus recipes on their head, focusing on healthy fats. It looks, and tastes, absolutely delicious.

4. Vegan Low-Carb Zucchini Tortillas/Rotis

Green and brown rough tortillas with a colourful vegetable filling

I’m an unrepentant lover of both Indian and Tex-Mex food, (but not so much of lard and refined flours), so I was incredibly excited to see this recipe from My Dainty Soul Curry.

Ridiculously easy, low-carb, vegan, with no kneading or rolling out of dough, you absolutely must try this recipe.

5. One Pot Creamy Garlic Zucchini Noodles

A white and grey bowl full of zucchini noodles and a creamy sauce mixed with some greens. A wooden fork rests in the bowl.

I have an excellent spiralizer which I’ve had for years as I caught on to the spiralizing craze early. It became very quickly apparent to me that not only did my healthy low-carb options expand with a spiralizer but so did my kids’ interest in “curly” vegetables.

Ready in less than 30 minutes with a comforting creamy sauce that you won’t believe is vegan, are these creamy garlic zoodles from Yup It’s Vegan up your alley?

6. Sweet Potatoes with Lemony Kale and White Beans

A white tablecloth with a fork on the left and a brown plate to the right of it with a sweet potato filled with kale and white beans and seeds.

Sweet potatoes are one of my favourite veggies. All the carby comfort of potatoes (with less net carbs!), but sweeter, with more vitamins and fibre? Sign me up already!

Not only are these sweet potatoes with lemony kale and white beans full of nutrients like Vitamin C, Iron, and protein from the beans, it’s also an incredibly cheap recipe to make, which comes as no surprise from the My Quiet Kitchen blog and their popular $2 lunch series.

7. Berry Cauliflower and Greens Smoothie Bowl without Banana (Vegan)

A wooden circular tray with a smaller wooden bowl with ground nuts, a large wooden bowl on it with purple smoothie, oats, a row of strawberries, a sprinkling of blueberries, and still on the tray is a piece of spinach and two strawberries. Next to the tray on the right is a small white bowl with blueberries, and above that is another larger wooden bowl with the smoothie contents and a spinach leaf to the left. At the bottom is a piece of spinach on the left and a small wooden spoon to the right.

I have to be honest, I have mainly ignored the smoothie in a bowl craze, just as I ignored the smoothie craze. Why? Because unless they are baked up in banana bread, I am just not a fan of bananas.

Enter this amazing smoothie bowl WITHOUT banana, but with the clever addition of cauliflower to bulk it out. So if you’re bored of veggie soup but love naturally sweet smoothies, this is the ultimate solution for you!

The Conscious Dietitian hits it out of the park again with food that tastes amazing and is actually amazingly good for you!

8. Cheesy Kale Chips

A wooden serving board with a white bowl with black speckles on top and a large pile of crispy kale leaves. To the right of the bowl, resting on the board is a piece of crispy kale.

Kale is so tasty and kale chips are the best, but until I found this recipe, my sad charred renditions at home didn’t quite pass muster.

Luckily, Happy Health Blog have come to my rescue with these chips that add in tons of flavour and just enough moisture while cooking to end up with beautiful crispy chips.

9. Sweet Potato Crust Veggie Pizza

A black bowl with spiralized sweet potato strings topped with slices of radishes and brussels sprouts and red pepper and nutritional yeast.

Pizza? Spiralized? Tasty and Nutritious? Half an hour? Check, check , check and CHECKMATE. Strength and Sunshine bring us this creative vegan and gluten-free pizza, and who doesn’t like pizza? AND it’s healthy enough to have every day (Yup, totally thinking about doing this).

10. Silky Vegan Cauliflower Soup

A brown glazed terracotta bowl with pale soup and pomegranate seeds

Creamy, healthy, quick comfort, try this nutritious coconut milk-spiked soup with a beautiful garnish of pomegranate seeds and thyme. A fresh take on a classic, Happy Kitchen Rocks not only breathes life into a traditional recipe, they also make it far healthier.

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  1. I just read your about page and enjoyed what you wrote about life not always going according to plan. SO true! The wonderful moments and friendships are formed in serendipitous way.
    Thank you for including my raw tabbouleh here. When I write Pegan spell check changes it to pecan. Lol

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