If you’re considering taking part in Veganuary but don’t know where to start, these tasty, healthy recipes will show you just how easy vegan cooking can be.
Every January, people across the world take the pledge to avoid animal products for a month as part of the Veganuary campaign.
If you are trying to decide whether to take the pledge, or perhaps you’ve committed but need some vegan recipe inspiration, this guide is for you. We’ve gathered 10 of our favourite meals that are simple, delicious and, of course, vegan-friendly.
Avoiding meat and dairy might sound like a challenge, but these vegan meals are super easy and tasty too. You won’t feel like you’re missing out.
Why do people take part in Veganuary?
The campaign started in 2014 as a way to break down misconceptions about veganism and to encourage people to consume more plant-based foods and meals.
People take part for many reasons. Some people try it to see whether they could go vegan full-time, others just want to do the month.
Is going vegan good for your health?
Many people believe a plant-based diet is the healthiest in the world, but many others disagree. If you want to know more about the health implications, read our article on the pros and cons of a vegan diet.
One likely benefit of Veganuary is that you will eat more fruit and vegetables than you usually do. Most people don’t eat enough fruit and veg, so from this perspective you are very likely to see health benefits.
But remember, just because something is vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Vegan products can still contain salt, sugar and fat like any other foods.
To get the most out of a vegan diet, opt for whole foods and make sure you’re eating a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs.
10 delicious, easy vegan meals to make this January
It’s not always easy to navigate a takeout if you’re trying to eat vegan, so our tasty curry recipe is just what you need when you’re craving an Indian takeaway.
This curry contains four portions of vegetables and a whole host of nutrients, but don’t focus on the fact that it’s healthy. Focus on the fact that it’s absolutely delicious.
These falafel burgers are a tried and tested favourite, guaranteed to please children and adults alike. We serve them with heaps of crunchy salad, creamy hummus and warm wholemeal pittas.
If you haven’t made your own falafel before, this recipe is frankly foolproof. It’s also easily doubled if you’re feeding a crowd.
An easy stir fry is always a great weeknight meal and this plant-based version is on the table in under 20 minutes. It’s also customisable, meaning you can substitute the suggested vegetables for whatever you have to hand or whatever you fancy eating that day.
If you’re new to plant-based eating, bear in mind that many noodle varieties are made with egg so you need to check the packet to be sure they’re vegan.
This delicious vegan chilli combines sweet potatoes and peppers with earthy onions and spices for the perfect balance of flavours. The recipe suggests cannellini beans but we’ve also tried it with black beans and it was still great.
Serve yours with a small portion of brown rice (especially if you’re gluten free) and a few slices of ripe avocado. Heaven.
Everybody loves beans on toast, but this recipe takes the comforting staple to the next level.
Packed with veg as well as flavour, it’s one of the most simple vegan meals on this list.
If you’ve never had homemade beans on toast before, you’re in for a treat.
These vegan moussaka bowls offer the flavours of the traditional dish without the meat and without the need to spend hours in the kitchen. They’re ready in just 15 minutes.
Add an extra onion to the recipe and this meal serves up three of your 5 A Day.
Our healthy, vegan version of the classic Sicilian dish of pasta with aubergines and tomatoes is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Who doesn’t love pasta in a rich tomato sauce?
A few sprigs of fresh basil take this dish to the next level, and you could make it even more indulgent with a sprinkling of vegan cheese.
Pinch of Yum is not a vegan blog but it does offer a lot of great vegan recipes that pack a real flavour punch without requiring hours in the kitchen. These tofu bowls need just 10 minutes prep then 30 minutes in the oven.
If you’re not a fan of peanut butter, these might not be for you. But you should absolutely explore cooking with tofu this January. It’s an amazingly versatile vegan ingredient.
This recipe takes a bit longer than the others but it’s still very easy and the extra time is worth it. Not only is it filled with a variety of amazing tastes and textures, it also makes six portions, so you can box them up and eat them throughout the week.
The star of the show is the roasted cauliflower, so don’t be tempted to cut corners. It needs at least 25 minutes in the oven to achieve the desired caramelisation and depth of flavour.
10. Vegan brownies by Chocolate Covered Katie
Vegan baking can be difficult as we generally rely on eggs and dairy products to get the desired results. In step these impressively easy and seriously tasty vegan brownies by Chocolate Covered Katie.
After all, just because it’s Veganuary doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself now and again.