This bumper collection of easy vegan recipes was inspired by the fact that I’ve decided to take part in Veganuary this year! Hooray!
If you’re not sure what that means, I will be eating only vegan food for the whole of January – and therefore, I’ll only be posting vegan food here too. I know a lot of you love your cheese as much as I do (well… almost as much…), and may not be thrilled at the thought of seeing only vegan recipes for a whole month – buuut, hopefully I’ll be able to show you that I can come up with some amazing plant-based recipes where you won’t miss the cheese! And if not… well, it will return in February.
Why am I doing Veganuary?
I’ve done Veganuary once before, quite a few years ago now, but I thought it was about time I took part once again. Although I joke about my love of cheese, I do actually really enjoy vegan food too, and I think eating vegan is a brilliant thing to do for the planet – if not long-term, then at least occasionally.
I also really enjoy challenging myself to step outside my comfort zone and try something new. I know vegan cheese exists, and some brands are great, so I’m told! But I’m going to try to come up with some recipes that are a bit more inventive than just swapping cheese for vegan cheese.
As with any shift in diet, it can take a while to figure out what to eat, so here are 31 easy vegan recipes to help see you through Veganuary! There are loads of ideas here, for breakfast, lunch and dinner – I challenge you to try one new recipe each day, even if the gaps are filled in with old favourites!
No weird ingredients!
As you know, I don’t do ‘weird’ ingredients, so these are all things you should be able to make with ingredients you can easily find in your local supermarket. I also haven’t chosen anything that’s reliant on vegan cheese, since if you’re used to eating regular cheese, I think it’s probably better to begin by enjoying vegan food in its own right, rather than trying to recreate your old cheesy favourites. This will also apply to all the recipes I post on the blog throughout January – there will be no bizarre ingredients that you have to scour health food shops to find, just everyday vegan ingredients cooked imaginatively.
So, here goes – 31 easy vegan recipes to help you find your way with Veganuary!
Vegan breakfast ideas
Homemade baked beans
Vegan banana bread from Where You Get Your Protein
Vegan granola with cherries and pecan nuts from Veggielicious
Tofu scramble from Simple Vegan Blog
Best ever vegan waffles from Nora Cooks
Avocado toast with spiced chickpeas from Lazy Cat Kitchen
Vegan lunch ideas
Coronation tofu salad sandwiches – pictured above
Homemade vegan hot dogs
BBQ tofu bacon BLT wraps
Nutty tofu lettuce wraps with peanut sauce – pictured top
Sweet potato quinoa salad with tahini dressing
Vegan dinner ideas
Quinoa and roasted chickpea vegan burrito bowls – pictured above
Tofu ‘chicken’ nuggets – serve with fries and baked beans!
Vegetarian savoury mince made with homemade vegan ‘meat’
Red lentil dahl from Veggie Desserts
Pumpkin, cauliflower and chickpea korma from Foodie Quine
Aubergine and sweet potato Thai red curry (just make sure you buy a veggie curry paste!) – pictured above
One pan chickpea curry and rice bake served with a dollop of mango chutney
Sweet potato and chickpea slow cooker tagine
Sage and onion homemade seitan roast served with roast potatoes and veg
Nut roast from Fab Food 4 All
Chickpea dumplings in sweet potato gravy – pictured above
Homemade sweet and sour sauce – add tofu and veggies for a full meal! – pictured top
Mushroom and kidney bean koftas with herby pesto
Stuffed red peppers in tomato sauce from Tin And Thyme
Peanut tofu satay curry from Rhian’s Recipes
So there you have it – 31 easy vegan recipes to help see you through Veganuary!
(this is where I double check that January does actually have 31 days… yep, I think that’s right…)
Will you be joining me for Veganuary this year?