There are many soul food recipes that have meat or meat products embedded throughout that a lot of vegan people (or those who have other dietary restrictions) may not be able to eat. I’m here to let you know that you do not need either of these things to have a flavorful soul food meal!
My mother was not always plant-based, but we have made a full transition – I’m a pescatarian – to not using any meat products when we create our soul food meals. She now uses a specific vegan cheese and milk alternative to create our mac, we have plenty of black-eyed peas without the turkey for protein, and her greens are still great (without the ham or turkey)!
Vegan soul food is good! I will be giving you all some alternatives and recipe ingredients to try the next time you want a good meal! The links to each list are attached to view the entire recipe!
Milk Alternatives – oat, soy, coconut, almond.
Cheese Alternatives – Follow Your Heart, Vialife, 365.
Sugar Alternatives – Raw sugar, honey.
Meat – Try the stock of what meat you want to use instead, fish.
Recipe 1 – Vegan Baked Candied Yams
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup non-dairy butter
- 1/4 cup organic brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Recipe 2 – Vegan Baked Macaroni & Cheese
- 16 oz elbow macaroni
- 1 cup cashews plus 2 cups water
- 1 large yellow potato peeled & sliced
- 1 cup baby carrots or two large carrots, peeled
- 1 large yellow onion chopped
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used a rice & quinoa blend)
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp hot sauce
- 2 cups vegan cheese
Recipe 3 – Vegan Greens
- Olive Oil
- Collard Greens
- Turnip Greens
- Vegetable Broth
- Liquid Smoke
- Coconut Bacon or Vegan Sausage (optional)