Keeping it Simple and Meeting Your Protein Needs

July 18, 2011

Vegan BLT

Keeping it Simple and Meeting Your Protein Needs

I receive a lot of feedback from people who say “they don't have time to be vegan”, meaning they don't have the time to cook. One of the many things I hope to accomplish with this blog is convincing you that creating quick and easy vegan recipes isn't as hard as it looks. There is no reason that being vegan should mean hours of cooking. Here are a few recipes that I made this past week.

All are simple, quick and yummy. It is a great time of year for produce so use your imagination the next time you hit the farmer's market. Even if you just start off by substituting just a few of your animal based meals with some vegan meals – that would be great progress.  Hope you enjoy this easy vegan recipe as much as I did.

Vegan BLT
Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 1
  • 2 slices 100% whole wheat bread or whole grain
  • 1 or 2 big juicy heirloom tomatoes
  • Lettuce (I like Boston lettuce)
  • 2 slices of marinated smokey maple tempeh bacon
  • vegan mayonnaise
  • ground pepper
  1. Saute tempeh bacon for 3-4 minutes in frying pan until crispy both sides, slab on some vegan mayo on bread, stack on the sliced tomatoes, lettuce and tempeh bacon. Delicious with over 17 grams of protein and approximately 250 calories. Also - very filling.


Ordinary Vegan Pad Thai

Boil 100 % whole grain rice noodles – I like Annie Chuns – only takes about 3 minutes
Saute any and every vegetable you love with the holy trinity of spices – garlic, ginger and a serrano pepper – My veggies of choice lately are red pepper, bok choy, water chestnuts and different variety of mushrooms sliced – maybe some tofu for protein. I also add hoisin sauce & soy sauce (approx 1/8th of cup each). Saute until everything is cooked. Remove from saute pan – This takes approximately 5-7 minutes. Add some olive oil back into the saute pan, let it get hot, throw the noodles into the saute pan, add a little vegetable broth to keep from sticking together and brown the noodles lightly – It makes for a nice crunch. Mix sauteed veggies and noodles together and serve.

Joy's Organic Black Bean Taco
My Facebook friend Joy posted this taco recipe – simple & delicious
Saute some onion, garlic and black beens together – squeeze some fresh lime juice on top -place in corn taco – add sliced avocado and top with a squirt of Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 cup black beans = 15 grams of protein & approximately 200 calories
Serve with a side of wild lettuce with lemon & olive oil dressing and shallots and berries drizzled with maple syrup for desert


5 thoughts on “Keeping it Simple and Meeting Your Protein Needs

  1. No worries! Glad to help. I always substitute the same amount of agave for what the recipe says is needed in terms of honey, and it's always worked ok for me. I like this post – quick meals are really important!!

      1. Thanks John – I don’t use agave but in my early vegan days, I didn’t know it was bad for you. I appreciate you pointing that out to everyone.

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