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Home / Dinner Recipes / 3 VEGAN DINNER RECIPES | Orange Chicken w Soy Curls | Vegan Sloppy Joes | Easy Ramen | The Edgy Veg

3 VEGAN DINNER RECIPES | Orange Chicken w Soy Curls | Vegan Sloppy Joes | Easy Ramen | The Edgy Veg


Here are my 3 easy and vegan week day dinner ideas for you! These 3 easy vegan dinner ideas are a fun twist on the classics -DIY Panda Express Orange chicken, Lentil Sloppy Joes and DIY Easy and Healthy Ramen with Soba Noodles. All of these can be made ahead of time and reheated, or is a dinner made in 30 mins or less.







It’s time for back to school and busy schedules! Going back to school has never been easier. These easy and healthy dinners are easy healthy and 100% vegan dinner ideas. You can whip them up in no time, and they feed a hungry family of 4 easily. They are even delicious as leftovers that can be packed as a quick and reheat-able healthy school lunch.

This crispy, sticky, tangy orange chicken is so much better than Panda because it’s made with soy curls! I’ve been dying to use soy curls in a recipe and figured why not now! To cook the soy curls simply, pour them into a large bowl and cover with vegetable broth or vegan chicken-style broth and set aside to soak for 10 mins. This will soften them and give them flavour. While you’re waiting for that, you can prepare the delicious orange chicken sauce. Whisk together orange juice, orange zest, coconut sugar, 2 tbsp soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, grated ginger, and if you like it spicy- sriracha. Then transfer half of the sauce into a large bowl or plastic zipper bag.

Drain the soy curls well and press them firmly with paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible. Using your hands is best here. Then add the rehydrated soy curls to the bowl with the sauce and toss to coat them completely. If you are not pressed for time, allow to marinate from 1 hour to overnight- If you are pressed for time, allow to marinate until needed. Like while you cook your rice.

When you’re ready, heat 2 tbsp oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add the saucy soy curls to the skillet and cook until heated through and slightly crispy. Or really crispy if you like them that way. Remove soy curls from the skillet and reduce heat to medium-low and add the remaining sauce to the skillet along with a cornstarch slurry. Cook stirring frequently until the mixture thickens about 1-2 minutes. Add the cooked soy curls, green onions and toss to coat. The serve, divide cooked rice between 4 bowls or plates (about 1 cup per dish) and top with cooked soy curls. Garnish with sesame seeds and extra sliced green onions and voila! Dinner is served.

Traditional Japanese ramen can take a long time to prepare and an even longer time to perfect. To make this easy vegan ramen all you have to do is, heat sesame oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat and cook garlic and ginger until fragrant. Then add your veggie broth of choice- I like No-Chicken-style veggie broth- and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and add mushrooms and smoked tofu and cook, stirring occasionally. I LOVE smoked tofu for this recipe because it’s easy, and you don’t need to marinate it like you would regular tofu.To finish off the ramen broth, add soy sauce and wakame to the broth mixture and set aside. Now, cook your soba noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water, and divide between 4 bowls. Top with greens of choice, mushrooms, tofu, green onions and sprinkle with sesame seeds and chilies if you like it spicy.

Did your parents ever make you sloppy joes growing up? Mine did. I would visit my dad on the weekend and he would make us sloppy joes and then give us and the neighborhood kids a “who can be the messiest eater” challenge. In this recipe I used a mix of lentils and veggie ground round- two things I always have in my pantry or fridge. The lentils and ground round ground are cooked with onion, red pepper, garlic cumin, chili powder, BBQ sauce and tomato. And is then scooped high onto a toasted and buttered bun. Try garnishing it with fun toppings like pickles, pickled jalapenos or coleslaw.

About Candice:

I’m The Edgy Veg, a gal on a journey to revolutionize the food we define as “vegan”. Instead of salads days in and day out I choose to re-purpose familiar favorites, by recreating childhood cravings for an audience with sophisticated palettes and food-nerd obsessions with nostalgic fare. Connect with me on the interwebs here:

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  1. Honestly I am so happy that this video is vegan…shows that you can eat anything you want…not just lettuce and kale lol

  2. Is regular hoisin sauce not vegetarian

  3. I can't wait to try this! I will tag you when I do.


  5. Your videos are so funny 😀

  6. I need to try all of these!😍🙏🏻 Also your energy is so uplifting I can't get enough!❤️❤️❤️

  7. What are you doing doggie? hehehehehe 🙂

  8. I had just bought soy curls about two days before this video went live. Awesome recipe to use them for first. Have to find vegan gluten-free hoisin though. lol

  9. never linked the other ramen video.

  10. Love the look of those Sloppy Joes Candice!! Thinking up extra sloppy toppings right now!!!! Is your book available in Europe or just Canada?

  11. It is my mission to get you more subscribers- I just love you, your videos and your recipes 🙂 xx

  12. You said AND THERE YOU HAVE IT after every single recipe, found that hilarious

  13. I made the Orange Chicken last night. It is sooo good!

  14. Hi Candice. I love your videos. You are so funny. Thank you for sharing your great ideas. : )

  15. Finding soy curls where I live in the UK was a mission! Stupid long delivery time from the states 😫 managed to find soy chunks, no idea if this makes any difference but used for the orange chicken and it was amazing!!! Can't wait to try the proper recipe once my little package of squishy finally arrives! Can't wait to get the book! Again not out in the UK till Nov! 🙁 It's like waiting on santa…

  16. Can you do a vegan Patty melt?❤️🙏🏾 prettttty pleaseeeeeeee

  17. I just got my soy curls from Amazon in the mail today just so I could make this yummy recipe tonight I'M SO EXCITED!!

  18. is using canola oil instead of peanut oil ok? will it still taste the same?

  19. Could you make a mini version of the carrot hot dogs, but like a "little smokies" version for like football season food? Or like a corn dog with the carrot dogs? Something more kid oriented!!

  20. The orange chicken is a game changer.

  21. Yum!! cant wait to try these!! I am dying waiting for you Cookbook, per-ordered a while ago!!

  22. where do you find jackfruit in the gta??? help!!!

  23. Hey Candice!
    All these meals look so good! I'm planning on making the Sloppy Joe's for me and my brother next weekend 🙂
    I do have one heads up though, sadly worcester sauce isn't vegan since it contains anchovies… Can you recommend any substitutes?
    Much love

  24. You are amazing…love your channel…love your personality…love your recipes😊😊😊😊😊👏👏👏👏

  25. I needed a ramen recipe for tonight. I’m going to give this a shot.

  26. This is awesome, thank's for the recipies I made the "orange chicken" 3 times already :-)!

  27. For my sloppy joes I use half lentils, half small diced mushrooms. Fantastic flavor and texture.

  28. Congratulations on your cookbook! I just bought it! Yay! I've been a vegetarian for 10 years and now I'm going vegan! It's proven difficult so far, but I'm determined to eliminate animal products from my diet .. I love your channel and I'm soooo excited for your cookbook to arrive! I have many carnivore eating family members (husband included!) so I'm super excited to cook them some of your recipes and hopefully, at the very least, turn one of them vegetarian! Hahaa (one can dream right!?)…… So thank you for writing this cookbook! Looking forward to it's arrival!

  29. I already received your amazing book on Friday 10/13/2017. I sp excited. 🤗🤗🤗

  30. Oh, my goodness. You are making me hungry. 😫