How to Cook Vegan Like Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish vegan

Following the release of her sophomore album, “Happier Than Ever,” last summer, Billie Eilish has kicked off her 2022 world tour. And while her hit songs, high-energy performances, and signature outfits will be front-and-center, the Grammy Award-winning singer’s tour has another major focal point: the planet.

Eilish collaborated with environmental nonprofit REVERB to make the run climate positive. From her shows to transportation and hotel stays, the organization is helping Eilish minimize the tour’s carbon footprint and educating fans on how to take action for the climate. 

The nonprofit will also be reducing the tour’s environmental footprint by working with each venue to ensure there are vegan concessions options for fans. A 2019 University of Oxford study found that eschewing meat and dairy products lowers a person’s carbon footprint by up to 73 percent. 

So, what exactly is Eilish eating while on tour?

What does Billie Eilish eat?

It’s no secret that the musician loves avocados. (After all, she enjoys a good avocado-themed filter and her Instagram handle used to be @wherearetheavocados.) Also on her top list of food likes: burritos, tofu, and lots of ramen. Oh… and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for dessert (like this recipe). At the top of her list of dislikes? Meat and dairy.

Eilish went plant-based back in 2014 after researching the meat and dairy industries. The pop sensation, who also eats predominantly gluten-free, was raised on a vegetarian diet, so the switch was easy, according to Eilish. “Becoming vegan wasn’t like a huge deal for me because meat was never a thing in my life,” she explained. “It wasn’t like I missed meat—wasn’t like I had something to miss.”

“I love animals and I just think there’s no point in creating something out of an animal when the animal is already there,” she wrote in a 2018 Tumblr post. “Leave animals alone. Damn. Also, I’m lactose intolerant and dairy is horrible for your skin and my skin is very aware of that.”

During an interview with Variety, Eilish said she lost weight on her first round of tours. “I never got to eat and it was not my choice—like, it was just we couldn’t eat anything almost ever, especially in Europe,” she explained. Thankfully, eating plant-based while on the road is a lot easier now. “We have so many people and their whole job is to get us food,” she continued. “It’s a really good time to be vegan in life cos’ there’s a lot of places.”

Ready to dig into some of Eilish’s favorite dishes? Here are some of the meals that she’s chowing down on while on tour.

vegan mac and cheese in a bowl
Eilish is a fan of the comfort food classics like mac and cheese. | rez-art/Getty Images

Creamy mac and cheese

Let’s face it—Eilish is a fan of the comfort food classics. Same, Billie, same. So it’s no surprise that while on tour in Dallas in 2019, the “Ocean Eyes” singer opted to order food from Soulgood, a local vegan restaurant, food truck, and bakery. Eilish dined on the likes of tasty street tacos, Italian po’boys, buttermilk biscuits, and the ultimate happy food: macaroni and cheese. “Gluten-free vegan mac n cheese that taste like your Granny made it,” the company’s owner, ​​Cynthia Nevels, wrote on Instagram. Looking to upgrade your average vegan mac and cheese recipe? Try whipping up this vegan mac and cheese waffle slider featuring plant-based pulled pork. Or try this savory mac and cheese burger, which is loaded with breaded chick’n.

Vegan chicken

The ultimate finger food, Nevels also served up plant-based chicken to the superstar. After all, mac and cheese and vegan fried chicken just go together. And you could say Eilish is somewhat of a vegan chicken connoisseur—especially of the spicy variety. In 2019, she devoured ten extra spicy vegan hot wings during an episode of Hot Ones. Looking to make a batch of plant-based chicken that even Eilish would dig into? Try this vegan fried chicken recipe, which features battered mushrooms that are fried to a golden oblivion. Not a fan of mushrooms? Then make this jackfruit-based fried chicken, which is a dead ringer for KFC.

Eilish also enjoys nourishing salads. | Love Life Cafe

Roasted veggie salad

During a tour stop in Miami, it’s highly likely that you’ll find Eilish enjoying the likes of Love Life Cafe, a plant-based eatery located in the Wynwood neighborhood. The Love Life Salad is a favorite of the singer’s—and it sure is packed with all the good stuff! We’re talking kale, mixed greens, quinoa, roasted vegetables, garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes, plantains, carrots, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, dairy-free parmesan cheese, and lots of avocado. A superfood basil dressing is drizzled on top for a nutritious meal that’s as nourishing as it is delicious.

Jamba smoothie
Eilish also enjoys healthy fruit smoothies. | Jamba Juice

Fruit smoothies

While on the road, it’s also likely that you’ll catch Eilish with a smoothie in her hand. In fact, she loves smoothies so much that she once dreamed of working for smoothie chain Jamba. “I feel like the things I’m missing out on are like—I always wanted to work at Jamba Juice,” she told Vogue in 2020. “I don’t know, that’s just something I wanted to do. I wanted to work at Trader Joe’s. Those were the jobs I saw myself having and enjoying.” And fruits are a favorite of the musician. “Fruit is my favorite food group,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I could eat it all day.” Perfect smoothie combos? Strawberry-banana or avocado and papaya. Don’t @ us.