Whether you have been vegan for a while now, or have never tried this lifestyle before, its undoubtedly true that it is a really healthy way of living. Vegan recipes can be so much more fun than everybody thinks, and there is so much variety of recipes and new things that you can do with products that do not come from animals, that you will be overwhelmed by the amount available to you. Here are 10 vegan recipes you need to make now!
1. Crispy Vegan Potato Tacos
Tacos are surely everybody’s favourite, but did you know you can easily make them vegan? What you need for this recipe is: 1 lb of potatoes, 1tbsp of olive oil, 1 bell pepper, 2 tbsp taco seasoning, 15 oz can black beans, 15 oz can refried beans, 8 taco-sized flour tortillas, 2 cups of lettuce, 2 avocados, jalapeno sauce, and cilantro and limes.
It may seem quite a lot of products at first, but be sure that the result is well worth it. Follow this simple 6 steps recipe, so you get to enjoy the incredible deliciousness of these vegan tacos!
2. Vegan Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is everyone’s favourite and you should not have to suffer from lack of mac and cheese in your life, just because you are vegan, right? This easy recipe for vegan mac and cheese is super simple to make and the results are super rewarding.
For 4 servings you need 250g uncooked elbow pasta, 2tbps vegan butter, 2 and 1/2 tbsp white rice flour, 2 cups milk of choice (soy, almond, cashew), 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
You just cook the pasta according to package instructions, drain the water and set it aside, and melt the butter in the same pot over medium heat. Add the white rice flour and whisk together, letting it cook for about 30 seconds or until it becomes a light golde colour. Add the milk, yeast, salt, and pepper. Lowe the heat to medium-low and let the sauce thicken, whisking every now and then. Once it has thickened, add the pasta and stir. Season to your liking.
Voila, simple as that!
3. Vegan Tomato Risotto With Roasted Veggies
This creamy and delicious dish is everyone’s favourite when it comes to cooking up vegan Italian cuisine. For the veggies, you need 1tbsp of olive oil, 300 g cherry tomatoes, 2 red peppers, 1 large courgette, and some salt and pepper. For the risotto, you would need 1tbsp olive oil, 1 large red onion, 3 garlic cloves, 225 g risotto rice, 1tbsp balsamic vinegar, 250 ml passata, 250 ml vegetable stock, 6 sun-dried tomatoes, some fresh basil, salt and pepper, and optional vegan parmesan.
The recipe is not as complicated as it may first seem due to the seemingly many ingredients, so follow it confidently and the results would be gorgeous!
4. Quinoa Avocado Salad
You would be surprised how difficult it is to actually find a vegan salad in most restaurants and food places! Making salad at home is the best way to ensure you are making good quality and healthy dish for yourself, that has no ‘secret ingredients’.
This vegan quinoa avocado salad is made with simple ingredients and a really nice dressing. It is also protein-packed which is super important for the vegan diet. All you need is one cup of quinoa, a large avocado, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and cilantro.
Follow the simple steps for a well-worth salad that even salad-haters will love!
5. Vegan Banana Bread
This recipe for banana bread is literally all you can ask for! It’s vegan, gluten-free, fluffy, and super healthy!
All you need is 3 bananas (very brown and spotty!), 2 and 1/2 cups of rolled oats, 1/2 cup of coconut sugar, 1/4 cup of nut or seed butter, 2tbsp of ground flax or ground chia seeds + 6 tbsp water, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp salt.
To make it you would need to preheat the oven to 180C. Combine the ground flax or ground chia seeds with 6 tbsp water to form an “egg”, then stir it and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes. Add 2 cups of rolled oats into a blender and blend until they form a fine flour. Place this flour into a medium-sized bowl and add the baking powder, baking soda, the remaining 1/2 cup of rolled oats and salt. Mix well and set aside.
Mash the ripe bananas in a large bowl with a fork until they form a runny texture, then add the nut butter, coconut sugar, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and flax or chia egg to the bowl, and mix well.
Slowly mix the dry mixture into the wet and stir well. Pour the batter into a baking paper-lined pan, and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake at 180C for an hour or until the top is golden brown. Rome from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Voila! How exciting!
6. Super Easy Vegan Meatballs
Meatballs are the perfect meal that will fill you up! These vegan ones are super easy to make and super delicious and healthy. They are also best served with spaghetti!
All you need is canned or cooked kidney beans, garlic, onion, dried oregano and basil, tomato paste, soy sauce, rolled oats, sunflower seeds, salt and black pepper.
Rinse and drain the kidney beans and mash them well in a bowl with a fork. In a medium pan, heat some oil and saute the onions for 3 minutes, then add the minced garlic and cook for another minute. Process the sunflower seeds in a food processor until they are finely done. Add the onion and garlic to the mashed beans, season with the spices, add the tomato paste, the soy sauce, the ground sunflower seeds and the oats. Season again.
Mix everything with your hands and form the vegan meatballs. Preheat the oven to 180C and bake the meatballs for about 15 minutes. Carefully turn them halfway through baking.
They should turn out crispy. Mmmm! How fun and yummy are they?
7. Vegan Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Yes, that’s right! Vegan. Cookie. Dough. Ice Cream. This recipe will be your absolute favourite to make. I mean, duh! How gorgeous does it sound? Not as gorgeous as it tastes apparently!
It’s creamy, it’s mouth-watering, it’s best of all worlds! Get your friends around and make this recipe! You will not regret it!
8. Vegan Blueberry Muffins
While we’re talking about vegan desserts, we simply cannot miss this super simple and super tasty recipe for vegan blueberry muffins! And what’s more, is that you will only need to make them in one bowl!
It takes nearly 40 minutes to make but it is totally worth it! Go check it out!
9. Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies
While we’re on a desert vibe, we will definitely mention this beauty of a recipe! It takes about 25 minutes to make and it is not too complicated!
You need 1/2 cup vegan margarine or vegan butter, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup non-dairy milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 and 1/4 cups of flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, a pinch of salt and 1/2 cup or more dairy-free chocolate chips.
First, preheat oven to 190C. In a mixing bowl, cream together vegan margarine and sugar until combined and fluffy. Add non-dairy milk and vanilla and mix again. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir to form a dough. Stir in the chocolate chips too. Use a large spoon to roll 1-2 tbsp size balls of dough. Space evenly on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes.
Simple as that!
10. Vegan Chickpea Omelette
This is certainly the best invention in the vegan cuisine ever! It is gluten-free, so healthy, low-calorie, and of course, egg-free, and so incredibly delicious. You have to try this recipe!
Follow the 8 simple steps that it takes to be cooked up and it takes less than 20 minutes! This is also a great meal-prep recipe! Enjoy!