Just because you skip out on animal products shouldn’t mean that you don’t get to let loose on a junk food feast every now and then. There’s nothing like chowing down on a juicy burger, fries, chicken wings and guilt fueled sweet fodder – especially when you are having a bad day and just want to binge on some comfort food. Fortunately, plant power is increasingly popular which means that even for vegans there are some drool-worthy dishes out there to feed your junk food needs. Here are our favourite joyous junk food recipes fueled fully by plants.
Easy, creamy and crammed with all those calories that you need, the Oreo milkshake is a combination of all things loved. Super simple, to create this thick delicious glass of sweetness all you need is 2 cups of your fave vegan vanilla ice-cream, 1 cup of non-dairy milk (think coconut for added flavour or oat for extra creaminess), and 8 Oreo cookies.
Blend up the milk and ice-cream until smooth, add 6 of the cookies to the mix and pulse. Don’t over pulse as you want to keep it thick and crumby. Pour into a glass and crush the extra 2 cookies for a decorative top.
Skipping fish and meat leaves your taco looking kind of empty, but not when you turn to the wonder of the humble cauliflower. Grab a head of cauliflower and break into florets. Make a vegan-friendly batter with flour, non-dairy milk, water, garlic powder and seasoning. If you want it spicy, add a dash or two of sriracha. Dunk the florets until covered and then roll them in panko breadcrumbs. Lay them onto parchment and place in the oven for 20 mins until golden brown.
Stuff your tacos with shredded lettuce and red cabbage, avocado, green onions, lime juice, the cauliflower and a generous drizzle of vegan yoghurt and garlic sauce. Crack a cold beer and enjoy!
Carrot Hot Dogs
It may sound utterly bizarre and as far from junk food as you can get, but slather these carrot hot-dogs up and you could swear they are the real deal. The first step is to poach whole carrots in hot water seasoned with juniper berries, chilli, fennel and allspice. Leave to boil for a good 20-40 mins, so they are super soft and nearly ready to fall apart.
In the meantime make a mustard parsley dressing by combining whole grain and Dijon mustard with fresh parsley and whipping it up. Place your carrot in a hot-dog bun, pile on the mustard dressing, add lots of crispy fried onions and head out to the ball game.
Loaded Chili Fries
Load up your fries with gorge worthy goodness. This epic recipe makes two different kinds of fries and layers them with smoky chilli, cooling avocado cream, and even vegan sour cream or cheese if you so wish to go wild. Cut your fries from a combination of russet and sweet potatoes, rinse under the cold tap for a minute, pat dry and lay out on a baking tray. Toss in oil and use your hands to toss in a spice mix made from paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Bake in the oven for 30 mins until all fries are golden brown.
In the meantime whip up simple chilli using soft onion, garlic and jalapenos, pulpy tomatoes, kidney beans, chipotle chilli, stock and bay leaves. Let the chilli simmer for a good 40 minutes until thick. Create avocado cream by whipping up an avocado in the blender with a dash of lime, salt and water.
Finally, assemble your fries – pile ‘em high with chilli and avocado cream and top with cilantro, more lime, vegan sour cream and any other gorgeous garnishes you see fit.
Which vegan junk food has got your clogged arteries going? Share in the comments.