“Quarantine has turned me into Betty Mother-F*cker Crocker, so welcome to my cooking show,” Lizzo captioned on May 15. The singer, rapper, songwriter, and classically trained flutist (who knew?) can now add “vegan recipe developer” to her repertoire at the rate she’s been posting on TikTok. She first grabbed our attention with her spicy veganized version of the classic McDonald’s McChicken Sandwich, and we’ve been drooling over her recipe videos ever since. From simple frank and beans to vegan ice cream bread, she makes vegan cuisine accessible, fun, and utterly delicious. We’re pitching this to the Food Network, because if anyone can make vegan food mainstream, Lizzo can.
1. The “Welcome to Vegan TikTok” spread
In celebration of Juneteenth, Lizzo showcased a mighty spread of foods from The Fat Vegan, Lettuce Feast, Munchies, and Plate of Hue. Captioned, “Welcome to vegan TikTok,” the feast took place over multiple days and included mac and cheese, asparagus, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, barbecue ribs, baked beans, collards, pretzel buns, mozzarella sticks, all the taco fixings, fried chicken, french fries, coleslaw, fried chicken sandwiches, alfredo pasta, pretty pink cupcakes, and a full-sized cake with “Happy Juneteenth” written in buttercream frosting. The video just keeps going and going … all the while we watch open-mouthed as our cravings become amplified with each new dish.
2. Vegan frank and beans
You know someone has true talent when they can bust out a catchy tune with a strong beat about vegan frank and beans. Warning: watch this video once, and the song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Lizzo whips up a pot of frank and beans by bringing two cans of baked beans and chopped red onion to a simmer over the stove. She then adds sliced vegan hot dogs and chopped vegan bacon. The video includes a full meal of a homemade iced grapefruit drink and a mixed greens strawberry salad. We know what we’re making for lunch tomorrow!
3. Vegan ice cream bread
Thank you, Lizzo, for introducing us to ice cream bread. How did we not know this existed? We looked up recipes and it’s literally two ingredients—vegan ice cream and self-rising flour. For this miraculous creation, she used Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Netflix & Chill’d. The caption demurely stated that her bake was good, but she’s using the leftover for French toast. We love how Lizzo’s mind works.
4. Vegan biscuits and fried oyster mushrooms (plus a salad)
Three days after the murder of George Floyd, Lizzo posted this video stating, “Hey, so I’m eating my feelings because the world continues to let me down.” The comforting meal consisted of cheesy jalapeño vegan sausage biscuits, homemade fried oyster mushrooms, and a strawberry salad. She’s fairly detailed in this video, so make sure to take notes to recreate this at home.
5. Lizzo’s garden
This artist’s kitchen is well-stocked! The video guides followers as Lizzo picks bib lettuce from her urban gardening tower and walks inside to find two baskets overflowing with sweet potatoes and bananas. In the next shot, she’s sprinkling seeds over avocado toast piled high with fresh chives. To conclude, she zooms over a bowl of bright berries and pours herself a glass of crisp sparkling water. If anything, the soothing ASMR experience is worth the watch.
6. Vegan Jamaican patties
This recipe is a little complex in that it’s doesn’t follow Lizzo’s typical minimal-ingredient videos. There are a lot of vegan products on her countertop, but that must be what makes these spicy patties so good. The tender savory pastries are stuffed with seasoned vegan meat, avocado sauce, and fresh cilantro from her garden. Even with the multiple steps, Lizzo makes cooking look so easy.
7. Cheesy avocado shells
Lizzo may have created something better than mac and cheese with this toss-together recipe. The star whipped up an herby avocado cream sauce and used it to coat nooch-sprinkled chickpea pasta shells. Served with a side salad of lettuce topped with lime-marinated tomatoes, this is definitely our new favorite way to eat our greens.
Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and runner living in Orange County, CA.
Photo credit: @Lizzo