7 Iconic Italian Recipes Veganized (Delicious and Healthy)

The Best Healthy Vegan Italian Meals title is almost a paradox to me, because I think that all of them are the best. Still, this article was hands down my favourite to write. Being half Italian and all, and having spent a significant amount of time on the amazing island of Sardinia, Italian cuisine runs in my veins. I absolutely can’t live without it.



I crave these dishes everyday all day, and can never get tired of them. Pasta with tomato sauce, olives and nutritional yeast is my absolute favourite meal.  To me, vegan food doesn’t get any better than that (okay, sometimes vegan pesto pasta wins).

Although I don’t live there anymore, but I can still clearly recall those warm, silky evenings, when the table was full of amazingly mouthwatering food (I only remember the plant based ones! 🙂 ), and the scent of all the fruits and vegetables lingered in the air.

 

The great thing about Italian dishes are (despite people saying it contains too much carbohydrates, most of it is raw food) all the amazingly healthy meals you get to eat, while not compromising the taste/flavors at all. Many of the world’s oldest people live in Italy, and that’s not a coincidence. Most of it thanks to the healthy diet that is consumed “in the Boot”.

Does anyone else puts a ton of artichokes and olives on pasta? I am an addict!

Now, I realize, that of course not everyone prefers high carb meals (Naturally I only crave carbs, no fat or protein) so I have collected all of my favourite, delicious vegan italian meals but with an even healthier twist. Enjoy these staple Italian dishes with extra health points! ;P



  • Pizza 

Who doesn’t like Pizza? It’s the king of all Italian food. It’s so versatile, you can put basically anything on it. You can choose almost anything to make a crust from, like cauliflower and sweet potato,  you can choose any base like, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, creamy cashew…etc. Last but not least, there is no limit to what you can put on it as toppings. You can even make a sweet pizza if you don’t like vegetables (dates, jam and fruits makes surprisingly good toppings). It’s a great meal, very satisfying, full of whole food plant based ingredients and also very cheap to create.

 

The Mean Green Pizza

Vegan Italian Meals

Recipe: fannythefoodie.com

 

  • Spagetthi 

    If you are like me, then spaghetti (or pesto pasta:)) is your favourite meal ever. Now I could put raw zucchini pasta here for the ultimate healthy dish, but let’s just take a moment and pray to the food Gods, for creating perfection in a dish, that is the Mighty Spaghetti (Thank you food gods *sheds a single tear*). To balance out the carbs, I like to choose this fantastic bolognese sauce, that gives your meal a good amount of protein too. 11/10, would gorge on it again.

 

Ingredients you might need:

  • Monjardin – Organic Artichoke Hearts 

 

Vegan Bolognese Spaghetti

Vegan Italian Meals

Recipe: lazycatkitchen.com



 

Ingredients you might need:

  • Cucina Antica – Non-GMO Pasta Sauce, Tomato Basil

 

  • Italy’s Garden 

Italy’s Garden salads are something that I call salads, that has at least 70% ingredients that are most used in Italian dishes. (see: tomatoes, olives, basil, artichokes…etc.) Green beans are an underrated staple of Italian cuisine. Despite its amazing taste and health benefits, it rarely ever gets talked about. Pair it with tomato sauce, and you’re in for an unforgettable meal.

 

Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes

Vegan Italian Meals

Recipe: shop.geoffreyzakarian.com

 

Ingredients you might need:

  • Mediterranean Organic Kalamata Olives

 

  • Pasta Salad 

When I’m craving pizza, but I don’t have time or energy to bake one, or I’m serving appetizers, I always choose pasta salad. It’s a satisfying no-effort meal, that you can personalize anyhow you’d like. You can eat it hot or cold, so it’s a great choice to pack for a trip/traveling.

 

The Best Vegan Pasta Salad

Vegan Italian Meals

Recipe: wellandfull.com

 

  • Minestrone 

I have not eaten a savory soup, better than this one. There are so many healthy ingredients in this dish it’s hard to keep track. Not to mention, its beautiful color is mesmerizing. Food is truly art, don’t you agree? There is not much that can be done with soups in terms of aesthetics, but this one has achieved top levels.

 

Green Spring Minestrone With Orzo and Asparagus

Vegan Italian Meals

Image Source: eat-this.org

Recipe: onegreenplanet.org

 

Ingredients you might need:

  • Delallo Orzo Whole Wheat Pasta, Organic

 



  • Risotto 

Risotto is just great. It is one of the best healthy vegan comfort foods out there. It’s creamy and spicy, perfect for a cold autumn/winter night if you are daydreaming about laying on a Sicilian beach. (Which I do everyday, btw.)

 

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Risotto

Vegan Italian Meals

Recipe: divinehealthyfood.com

 

Ingredients you might need:

  • RiceSelect-Arborio Rice, Organic

 

  • Tiramisu

If, Pizza is the King, then Tiramisu is the Queen of all Italian food. I had only one problem, when I went vegan and decided to be healthy. I couldn’t find a damn tiramisu anywhere. And boy, was I craving it. It’s raw, soft, creamy, delicious Italian goodness and I was suffering. But not anymore. I have found the best healthy Tiramisu recipe ever.

Raw Vegan Coffee Tiramisu

Vegan Italian Meals

Recipe: vanillacrunnch.com

 

Ingredients you might need:

  • Anthony’s-Organic Coconut Flour, Gluten-Free
  • Simply Organic-Pure Vanilla Extract, Certified Organic

 

The Best Vegan Italian Cookbooks

Here, you can find, all my favourite cookbooks. The contain the best vegan Italian dishes, so you can create 5 star vegan italian meals in your home and you don’t even have to go to a restaurant.

  • Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics by Chloe Coscarelli
  • Vegan: The Essential Italian Cookbook for Vegans by High Cedar Pres
  • Vegan Italiano: Meat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free Dishes from Sun-Drenched Italy by Donna Klein

 

 



 

 

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We would love to welcome you into our community. It’s fun in there!

 

Much Love,

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