Vegan diets contain no animal products. While a lot of people might be vegan for ethical and environmental reasons, others might opt for a plant-based lifestyle for its health benefits. All the buzz around veganism and plant-based meats and products in supermarkets might have piqued your curiosity. Going vegan, even just some of the time, opens you to a world of exciting ingredients. Fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, and grains take centre stage. While that could sound boring, the truth is vegan dishes can be brimming with amazing taste sensations. If you’re interested in trying a plant-based menu, these 10 easy recipes will help you get started.
Veganism could lower the risk of disease while giving you all the nutrients you need. A plant-based diet could reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancer. Replacing animal products with vegetables, legumes, beans, wholegrains, fruits, seeds, and nuts can mean a healthier diet with sufficient fibre. It could lead to higher levels of certain vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals in your diet. Even plant-based meat alternatives could be nutritionally comparable or superior to processed meats like salami and ham. However, it’s important to ensure you’re getting enough protein, calcium, iron, B vitamins, and other nutrients if you’re plant based.
Simple but infused with flavour, this pasta dish relies on aromatic ingredients like garlic and chilli and generous amounts of olive oil for a satisfying meal. Certain to appeal, the dish takes just 10 minutes to make. Note: use store-bought pasta rather than the homemade egg-pasta recipe to make the dish vegan.
This delicious veggie curry is speedy and budget friendly. With just 6 ingredients, it’ll see you having a ready-to-go meal in around 30 minutes. Use any vegetable you like and add chickpeas, lentils, and pulses for a heartier curry.
If you’re in the mood for a quick stir-fry, try this recipe, which features ginger, wine, and sesame oil for flavour. In addition, oyster mushrooms and tofu add extra heartiness. This dish goes well with steamed rice or can be served as a side to your vegan protein of choice.
These vegetable-and-bean burgers are great for your health while satisfying your hunger. Butter beans form the base of the burger. Use vegan mayo and a touch of sriracha sauce for creamy tanginess. Opt for wholemeal rolls for an extra healthful meal.
A sumptuous dessert likely to appeal to anyone, this recipe is made from coconut cream and soy milk for a rich, smooth ice cream. The pecan caramel features maple syrup and crunchy pecans for an easy yet indulgent topping. Preparation time is around 10 minutes though the ice cream needs 12 hours in the freezer.
This amazingly moist chocolate cake will take 30 minutes to bake but the preparation time is only 10 minutes. You don’t need an electric hand mixer; simply mix the ingredients and stir by hand. This easy recipe with only eight ingredients will be one to return to again and again.
Ready to whip up a healthful dessert in 15 minutes? If you have some frozen bananas in the fridge and a few extra ingredients in the pantry, you’ll be ready to go with this sticky date nice cream recipe. This two-step recipe involves just blending the bananas in a food processor, and then blending the ingredients for the sticky date sauce.
These golden nuggets are made from cauliflower and served with a homemade BBQ sauce. With a crumb made from almond and flavoursome spices like cumin and turmeric, these bites make a perfect snack for entertaining. Preparation takes 30 minutes and the baking part 25 minutes.
Packed with pesto, red sauce, and a vegan mozzarella sauce, this pizza includes roasted cherry tomatoes and basil leaves for a tasty topping. Taking just 20 minutes to prep with store-bought pizza dough and another 20 minutes to cook in the oven, it’s likely this easy recipe will become a firm favourite in your household.
These delicious falafels take just 10 minutes to prepare with a food processor and some pan-frying action. For snacking, they’re a filling morsel in themselves, or they can make a complete meal with some pita bread, dip, and salad.
With the abundance of pre-packed vegan foods in the supermarket aisles, it’s clear there’s a lot of interest in going plant based. Going vegan even some of the time may be a more humane way of eating. It can also be beneficial for your health while reducing your environmental footprint. With the huge variety of options for plant-based meals, sides, snacks, and desserts, there’s no reason why you can’t embrace a vegan culinary lifestyle. These time-saving recipes, using mostly ingredients you already have at home, are some examples of how easy it can be to enjoy delicious food while eliminating animal products.
Author’s Bio: Jacqui Coombe has been a prolific reader since childhood, and now channels her love of the written word into writing content on a range of topics from business, marketing and finance to travel and lifestyle.