When you’re busy, scheduled down to the half hour with meetings, eating right is the last thing on your mind. Sure, we all need comfort, some days more than others. Instead of reaching for a bag of chips, try these healthy, delicious catering dishes. These five comfort foods are vegan, but you and your colleagues would never know it. Whether you are vegan or not, they taste great. Try them at your next business lunch. They’re the ticket to feeling well-fed and taken care of, even on the most frenzied day.
1. Cauliflower Wings or Steaks
Cauliflower is the vegetable of the moment, and chefs all over the country have taken to this “chicken of the veggie world.” Like chicken wings or drumettes, the cauliflower is baked or fried until pliable, then slathered in buffalo sauce. When nobody wants to look for forks at a casual company gathering, these finger foods will help you to cut back on cleanup time.
2. Black Bean Burgers
You can’t go wrong with the hamburger experience, even if you’re vegan. In our plant-loving era, meatless burgers are a trend not to be missed. Today’s vegan burgers, rich and salty, are just that much better. Plus, they’re filling and nutrient dense. When ordering catering, ask for the burgers without cheese but inquire whether there is a substitute vegan spread. The vegans in the bunch will thank you.
3. Artichoke Tacos
If you’re fending off work emails, one thing that helps is tacos, insanely popular for a reason. Rich and delicious, this vegan comfort food is full of fresh herbs and hearty proteins like sweet potato wedges or sautéed artichokes. Plus, tacos are customizable and suitable for every occasion.
Breakfast may be the toughest meal for a team to source when feeding vegans. All those eggs and bacon, not to mention butter and cream. This makes it tough for a vegan to find good eats before 11 a.m. But comforting vegan alternatives exist. There’s plenty to choose from, like pancakes studded with vegan bacon, or berries and fruits, to power up breakfast with antioxidants and micronutrients.
5. Vegan Protein Poke Bowl
The right dressing makes anything taste better. But pair excellent veggies with excellent dressing and you have a winner. This faux-poké bowl is filled with fresh and roasted vegetables and tofu. The lime ginger dressing and roasted sesame sauce create an alchemy with the seaweed, lifting this simple bowl to an inspired place. Extra dressing, please!