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Better-For-You Vegan Bibimbap

The first time I ever had Korean food I was on my way to the Phillippines on a business trip. I was on a flight from San Francisco to South Korea, and the flight attendant handed me a dinner menu. One side of the menu was American food and the other side was Korean (in English, thankfully). I saw something called Bibimbap on the menu and it sounded intriguing, so I thought, “why not?”

What was put in front of me was the best food I ever ate on an airplane. I’m sure as far as bibimbap goes, it sucked (I mean, it was on an airplane after all). But after that, I was obsessed. The sweet and savory flavors together with the spice of the gochujang paste mixed in… I was hooked.

But then we went plant-based and bibimbap was out of my life. Until now. While this doesn’t use a traditional bibimbap marinade (that would contain sesame oil), a good oil-free teriyaki glaze will do the trick.

Change out the veggies for anything you prefer. This is a versatile dish.

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Savory Oil-Free Vegan Fried Rice

One of the simplest, yet most delicious, versatile, and crowd-pleasing dishes is fried rice. If done well, it’s the star of the show at any hibachi restaurant. But it usually has a fatal flaw — it’s oily, and we’re trying to avoid oils as much as possible, right?

Enter Savory Oil-Free Vegan Fried Rice. It’s a bit different than your traditional fried rice, but its pretty damn good! With this dish, we’re straying away from the oily, salty flavors and moving toward a sweet/savory/nutty theme. This one is a hit with the whole family.

Note: I recommend following the recipe the first time, then tinkering until you get this the way you like it: less sweet, more salt, less nutty, etc. This one is pretty easy to adjust to your own preferences.

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Oil-Free Vegan Kung Pao ‘Chicken’ with Rice

When I was a kid, I loved to get Kung Pao Chicken from our local Chinese restaurant. The sweet and spicy sauce paired with the crunch of the peanuts and celery was perfection to me. So naturally, I wanted to come up with a healthier, plant-based version to make at home for the fam. Here’s my first attempt at it with some minor post-dinner tweaks.

When I made it, I had to leave out the optional spicy ingredients because I was making this for the whole family, including two kids, 7 and 3. I think it came out well, and my wife especially enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy it too, and let me know in the comments if you made any improvements and I’ll try out your version next time!

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Avocado Pad Thai

“Kev cook Thai… Kev cook Thai very well…”

If you live in my house, you have to listen to me say that every time I make this. It’s required or you’re not allowed to indulge in this tasty dish. I am a fan of “dad jokes” and that Meet the Parents reference invokes the intended eyerolls from my wife and kids.

Since this plant-based version of pad thai is my wife’s favorite, she’ll put up with my bad jokes in order to get me to make this as often as possible. And the kids love it too! (The food, not the jokes.)

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Veggie Sushi Bowls

Easy, healthy and delicious — the trifecta. Sushi bowls are a common occurrence in the Davis house. Even Ryan’s carnivorous friends in the neighborhood love these! For us, the secret ingredient is the raspberries. They bring in the sweetness to balance the savory and jack up the kid-friendliness of this dish. We’ve even done these with strawberries in a pinch when raspberries weren’t available.

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