31 May

How to Get Through Ramadan When You’re Vegan

Does being plant based make it harder or easier?

Written By Amina Kaabi

Abstaining from food and water from dawn until sunset is already a difficult task on its own. And when it falls in the summer, it’s even harder. But despite what most of us would assume, fasting while being vegan doesn’t have to be difficult at all—except when your Arab family just doesn’t get it.

 

In reality, however, having a plant-based diet during Ramadan can actually be pretty beneficial. Greens, fruits, and other legumes are actually easier for your body to digest and are known to increase energy levels.

 

So, whether you’re committed to a plant-based diet, on the path to veganism, or just want a quick meal to break your fast on, MILLE rounds up some of our favourite vegan recipes perfect for iftar.

 

Za’atar Spiced Brown Rice Chickpea Burgers

Courtesy of onearabvegan.com

 

Ingredients: brown rice, chickpeas, red onion, za’atar, parsley, tahini, lemon

 

Total Time: 35 mins

 

Vegan Falafel

Courtesy of noracooks.com

 

Ingredients: Chickpeas, parsley, garlic, cashews, cumin, salt, flour

 

Total Time: 20 minutes

 

Vegan Chili

 

Ingredients: onion, tomatoes, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, red beans, celery, paprika, olive oil

 

Total Time: 35 minutes

 

Vegan Makloubeh

courtesy of onearabvegan.com

 

Ingredients: eggplant, cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, red onion, brown rice, vegetable stock, paprika, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon

 

Total Time: 1 hour

 

Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

Courtesy of oneveganarab.com

 

Ingredients:  red lentils, red onion, sweet potato, tomato paste, garlic, carrots, cumin

 

Total Time: 30 minutes

 

Tunisian Grilled Salad (Salata Mechouia)

 

Ingredients: green pepper, red pepper, tomatoes, garlic, onion, olives, olive oil.

 

Total Time: 30 minutes

 

Thai Red Curry

Courtesy of makeingthymeforhealth.com

 

Ingredients: onion, garlic, ginger, carrots, curry paste, coconut milk, potato, broccoli, cauliflower, tamari, brown rice

 

Total Time: 30 minutes