Enjoy these quick, easy and healthy vegan recipe. A vegan diet excludes all animal food sources including meat, eggs and dairy.

Black Lentils With Kale and Pasta

This dish is not only easy-to-make, but healthy and delicious. Lentils and kale are both nutritionally rich foods. Lentils are a plant based protein source which provides protein without any fat or cholesterol. They also provide a source of slow digesting carbohydrate which will keep you feeling satisfied for hours and supply soluble fiber which research shows can help lower cholesterol levels. Kale is a dark green leafy vegetable that is a very rich source of vitamins K, C, and A, but also provides many minerals, including calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus and iron.

The rich sweetness of the carmelized onions really round out the earthy flavor of the kale and lentils.

Garbanzo Beans and Couscous

Have you thought about becoming a vegetarian, but not sure where to start? A good first step is to replace meat in recipes with legumes instead, such as garbanzo beans, which are also known as chick peas. Legumes provide protein, just like meat does, but without any animal fat. Legumes also are a good source of soluble fiber which helps lower cholesterol.

This is a heart healthy recipe perfect for a meatless Monday dinner!

Corn & Quinoa Casserole with Roasted Vegetables

This casserole recipe is filled with yummy vegetables, including corn, eggplant, carrots, celery and leeks. Add a little chili powder to spice it up!

Chick Pea & Corn Patties

This is a terrific healthy alternative to a classic burger, or just a great vegetarian meal. Serve with Salsa or on a bun with aioli sauce or your favorite condiments. The flavor will surprise you!