Skin is the largest organ in the body, and it requires lots of love and care! One of the main issues people struggle with when it comes to their skin is dryness. If your skin feels too dry, you need to eat hydrating foods. Vitamin E, present in plenty of plant-based foods has skin healing properties. It can heal wounds, provide photoprotection, and is anti-inflammatory. Zinc is another nutrient that is very essential to skin health, a deficiency of it can cause dryness, breakouts, and more. Certain plant-based foods such as tahini, walnuts, avocado, and more contribute to a healthy skin glow!
We put together 15 delicious recipes from our Food Monster App that will help keep your skin hydrated!
1. Avocado Pumpkin Panini With Caramelized Onions
Better than grilled cheese, Amy Height‘s ooey-gooey gluten-free Avocado Pumpkin Panini is filling and delicious, thanks to the creamy pumpkin and avocado. Plus, don’t caramelized onions just make everything better?
We’re pretty sure everyone’s tried avocado toast by now, as it’s a dish that seems to have taken the world by storm. But you have to try Harriet Emily‘s Savory Mushroom Avocado Toast! Chestnut mushrooms that have been stir-fried in vegan butter, cayenne, paprika, and turmeric top creamy mashed avocado on toast. It tastes so amazing, and it’s perfect for a quick, simple lunch, dinner or even breakfast – if you like to eat something spicy in the morning.
Delicious, creamy celeriac and potato purée is topped with earthy, meaty Shiitake mushrooms in this must-make healthy skin glow side dish. The purée is made extra creamy, thanks to coconut butter and a splash or two of non-dairy milk and is seasoned with chopped chives and nutritional yeast, which adds a layer of cheesiness. Courtney West‘s Roasted Shiitake With Celeriac Potato Purée can serve two to three as a dinner or four to five as a side.
Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup that is delicious and extremely easy to veganize! While traditionally made with beef or chicken, pho, as this recipe by the Cruelty Free Family proves, can also be made with meaty mushrooms. Add some ginger, fresh cracked pepper, mint, garlic, and cinnamon, and you have a beautiful, fragrant, and filling dish you will find yourself making over and over again.
Cannelloni are typically stuffed with meat or cheese, but Lenia Patsi‘s Mushroom Stuffed Cannelloni With Sunflower Seed Cream use an all-vegetable filling instead. White Button and Porcini mushrooms are sautéed with aromatics, anise flavored liqueur, and cheesy nutritional yeast then blended then stuffed inside cannelloni. It’s topped with a simple sunflower seed cream and garnished with fresh dill. These stuffed cannelloni are a dish fit for any special occasion.
If you love trying new flavors, then you have to try Alicja Rokicka‘s Creamy Chickpea Soup. It’s made from puréed chickpeas seasoned with fresh herbs, black tahini, and za’atar, a tasty Middle Eastern spice blend. Serve this comforting soup with a garnish of nuts and crunchy toast.
This Curried Tahini and Potato Dip by Jasmine Briones is the perfect healthy skin glow dip to eat while watching a game with friends or when you’re hosting a party. Its rich cheesy flavor is made complex by the unique blend of spices. Plus, you can put this on anything so the options are endless.
This comforting, meat-free Walnut and Mushroom Bolognese by Lisa Andersson and Erik Huss is a quick, easy dish that cooks in just 30 minutes. Mushrooms stand for the richness and are backed by the flavor of toasted walnut, which brings a familiar texture to this classic dish. Serve over a bed of your favorite spaghetti with a generous amount of vegan Parmesan.
What could possibly be more comforting than dunking slices of Homemade Naan Bread into a bowl of warm Coconut-Mango Stew? Not much, that’s for sure. Mango and coconut give this stew by Florian Nouh a tropical twist while quinoa and lentils add protein and heartiness. Oh and by the way, the naan bread is totally gluten-free!
The food bowl trend is far from going away! Enjoy Tara Binder‘s Cuban-inspired Bowl that features black beans, a refreshing mango salsa, and protein-packed quinoa. It is the idea lunch or dinner choice if you are in a hurry or need to pack food to eat on the go.
Sarah Gory‘s Lemon and Walnut Linguine is light, but delicious. Roasting the garlic mellows and sweetens it, and the toasted breadcrumb-walnut mixture gives the whole dish a depth of flavor. As this is a deliberately simple pasta dish, use the best quality ingredients you can find – locally-grown garlic and juicy organic lemons. Rather than store bought bread crumbs, save a couple of slice of sourdough from a loaf and make your own. Find some high-quality linguine, too!
Caroline Ginolfi‘s Mango Beet Sushi rolls are gorgeous, colorful, and full of health benefits! Beets are an extremely heart healthy food. Why not wrap this root veggie into a foodie favorite – sushi! Sweet mango, juicy cucumber, and creamy avocado are paired with beet to create a beautiful sweet, crunchy, and savory bite of sushi. You cannot “beet” these vegan sushi rolls for that healthy skin glow.
Gunjan Dudani‘s recipe for Chickpea Fusilli in Hemp Tahini Sauce is great for a quick family dinner. The hemp tahini sauce has just the right amount of spice and flavor while the red bell peppers give the dish a splash of color. The best part is that even though this dish is easy, it’s delicious.
Heather Poire‘s Swiss Chard and White Bean Grilled sandwich is just as comforting as a grilled cheese but packed full of healthy ingredients. A grilled sandwich is so much better than one that is not and this tasty creation is the embodiment of summer comfort food perfected.
Hopefully, you enjoy these recipes and notice a difference in how hydrated your skin feels. For more delicious food, download the Food Monster App where we have over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes!
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