Whether you've been a vegan for a couple of years or you're a newbie, there are many delicious meals for you to choose from. Here are three easy recipes to try at home:

Tortilla Soup

Traditional Mexican meals are known for their animal-based additives. Try this mouthwatering recipe minus the meat.

1 lime, sliced up
8 small corn tortillas,
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large, avocado (peeled and diced)
Vegan cheese (shredded)
Vegan sour cream
3 cups vegetable broth
3 cups jarred tomato salsa
Lightly salted and ground black pepper
Vegetable oil for frying

Heat olive oil in saucepan, over medium high heat.
Add in salsa and gently stir for 10 minutes.
Add in the broth and lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Pour vegetable oil into the frying pan. Pour about a 1/4-inch of oil and bring to medium-high heat.
Once the oil is hot, add tortilla chips and fry until it is lightly crisp. Then set aside the tortillas in a plate. Make sure you line it with paper towels to drain the oil.
Then add in the pepper and salt to the soup.
Then pour soup into bowls and place the sour cream, avocado, shredded cheese, and tortilla chips. Then serve the meal with lime wedges.

Fruit Salad (restaurant style)

If your salad choices seem to be a little dull and tired, here's a scrumptious fruit salad.

INGREDIENTS (4 servings)
2 kiwis, peeled
2 bananas
2 sweet oranges
1 sliced lemon (or lime)
1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
1 large pink grapefruit, peeled, sliced and seeded

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
Toast seeds for 10-15 minutes
Squeeze lime or lemon
Chop up all fruit into small pieces and place into a large bowl
Add seeds
Slice up bananas
Then toss the salad gently and serve with sprinkled blackberries or raspberries on top

Apple Crisp

Just because you're a vegan doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite meals and desserts.

1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cup quick oats
1 cup of veggie spread
1/ 1/4 cup flour (unbleached)
1/2 – 1 cup sugar
8 cups of sliced and peeled apples (10 apples)
Plus ...
9 x 12 inch glass cake pan
A large mixing bowl
A sharp knife
A vegetable peeler
A sturdy pastry blender with flat blades
Your hands

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix sugar and apples then spread evenly in a baking pan
Mix in the veggie spread with flour
Cut up contents into small pieces while blending with the flour with a pastry blender
Mix in brown sugar, the oats, cinnamon and salt
Mix up all topping ingredients together until the mixture is crumbled up with your hands
Spread out the topping over apples evenly
Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes
Upon completion, cool the desert on a rack for 30 minutes before serving
Serve with warm with ice cream (non-dairy)

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