Smoked paprika. Smoked paprika, in addition to giving extra flavor to any dish, is ideal for vegans, as it gives depth to the taste of any food, a bit reminiscent of bacon. In addition, it contains vitamin A, beta-carotene and other carotenoids, which as antioxidants prevent cell damage that can lead to chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, etc. Paprika is rich in iron and vitamin E, two micronutrients vital to a healthy circulatory system. It goes well with cooked meat, potato salad and eggs, rice, snails and french fries.