The idea of switching to a plant-based diet can be intimidating. However, making the change is well worth it for the health benefits you can enjoy. So, we’re here to help you out! We’ve got easy vegan recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner – plus desserts and smoothies – that are both tasty and nutritious. Hopefully they’ll serve as culinary inspiration, and prove that going vegan doesn’t have to be a challenge!January 04, 2023 3:06 pm January 04, 2023 10:20 am
Making going vegan simple
Deciding to give a plant-based diet a go is a fantastic way to improve your health. It may help with weight loss, plus reduce your risk of a range of conditions from heart disease to cancer.(1)(2) On top of this, it’s also good for the planet. That’s because meat and dairy farming uses more land and generates more pollution than growing plants does.(3)
However, even knowing this, the prospect of cutting out all animal products from your diet can be a daunting one. If you consume lots of meat and dairy, you might be unsure about how to replace them in vegan recipes. The good news is that it’s actually really simple! Once you get started, you’ll see that there’s a whole world of delicious and healthy plant-based dishes to explore.
Going vegan is a wonderful opportunity to discover new ingredients and cooking styles you’ve never tried before. However, to begin with, it’s helpful to have a repertoire of quick and easy vegan recipes to hand. That’s where this post comes in! All the recipes below are straightforward to make, have an excellent nutritional profile, and taste amazing. That makes them great recipes for vegan diet newbies and aficionados alike.
So, let’s dive in!
Vegan recipes for breakfast
You can easily veganise your breakfast by having cereal with non-dairy milk or toast with non-dairy spread. However, if you want something a little more nutritious and appetising, we’ve got you covered. Start your day the healthy way with these easy vegan breakfast recipes.
Homemade vegan granola
If you’re looking for a breakfast that’s both wholesome and tasty, granola is hard to beat. To the traditional base of oats, we’ve added crunchy almonds, refreshing cranberries, tropical dried coconut, and crisp puffed amaranth. The addition of cacao powder gives this granola an indulgent chocolatey flavour while still being good for you. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Making your own granola might sound like hard work, but it’s one of those surprisingly simple vegan recipes. All you need to do is stir your ingredients together and bake them. The best bit is that this also gives you plenty of flexibility over what you include. Feel free to mix up the fruit, seeds and nuts you use, so you can create your own ideal granola. You could even make your own vegan yoghurt to go with it!
Porridge with chia and apricot oil
A warm, wholesome bowl of porridge is one of the most comforting vegan recipes to have on a chilly morning. Or on any morning for that matter! To the oat base, add plump jumbo raisins, crisp and crunchy almonds, and vibrant fresh berries. This gives you a brilliant mix of colours, flavours and textures.
We’ve also included not one but two wellness-boosting oils to drizzle on top. Chia seed oil contains plenty of vitamin E, plus omega-3 to help support the health of your brain and heart.(4) Meanwhile, gut-friendly apricot kernel oil is rich in omega-9, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
Once you’ve got the foundation of these kinds of vegan recipes down, you can make endless delicious variations of them. Mix in a variety of different nut butters and fruits to find your favourite porridge combination!
Vegan recipes for lunch
Fancy something a bit more exciting than a sandwich for your midday meal? Check out these wholesome and scrumptious vegan lunch recipes.
Pumpkin risotto with organic pumpkin seed oil
This bright and aromatic dish is one of our favourite vegan recipes for a cosy lunch. Its creamy texture, orange hue and soul-warming pumpkin flavour make it beautifully autumnal, but you can enjoy it year-round. No matter the season, it will give you a great nutritional boost.
Pumpkins are rich in beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. This is fantastic for supporting your immune system and also the health of your eyes.(5) The addition of a splash of pumpkin seed oil brings an intense nutty taste, plus free radical-fighting phytonutrients. These help to prevent oxidative damage that can harm your cells and contribute to the development of chronic diseases.(6)
What’s really interesting is that the oil is dichromatic. In thin drizzles it appears green, whereas in a generous layer it appears red!