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How to Get Through Ramadan When You’re Vegan

Does being plant based make it harder or easier?

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

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

Total Time: 35 mins

Vegan Falafel

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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

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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

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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

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

Total Time: 30 minutes

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