January marks the month of Veganuary, a challenge to go Vegan for the entire month. Now before you all begin to roll your eyes at another militant vegan post that’s doing the rounds on the internet, I can assure you that while I would love to try and go vegan for a month, I just can’t do it. Not only do I find it utterly exhausting scouring for meals on Pinterest, but I also LOVE cheese and chocolate. Among the small pleasures in life that don’t cost the earth, these are some which I just cannot sacrifice.
However, as someone who is conscious about what I eat, I do have the odd day where I go vegan or vegetarian – after all, even trying a little now and again can make a massive impact on your health.
As someone who is always looking to find healthy meals, I have tried a few vegan recipes from well-known bloggers, but it’s so hit and miss. They look great on the pages of the pretty book, but look and taste completely different. Perhaps it’s my cooking skills, but too many have ended up in the bin.
I like my meals to taste good – to me that’s what food is about – to be enjoyed!
Luckily vegan meals are getting easier to come by, and I have many friends who are now ‘plant-based’, that often ping me a recipe or two to try.
If you’re taking part, then I applaud you and would love it if you could share some of your go-to recipes below. For me, I particularly struggle with finding tasty food for breakfast – and I HAVE to eat breakfast. Otherwise, I’m a complete monster.
So seen as many of you may be making more conscious food decisions this month, or doing Veganuary I thought I would share with you my favourite vegan recipes that not only taste great but are also filled with greatness.
Tried and tested by me, pop your apron on and give these a whirl.
Chocolate Orange Chia Seed Pudding
If you’re a fan of Terry’s Chocolate Orange, then this overnight deliciousness will be a breakfast come true. Honestly, I never knew such a chocolatey breakfast could be healthy.
Of course as well as being tasty, this one is also a great one to quickly prepare in the evening while cooking dinner – that way you have zero trouble in the morning when hunger strikes.
This is an overnight oats style breakfast so mix it all together and leave it in the fridge.
I love to have mine with some seasonal fruit on top.
Cinnamon and Apple Porridge
This one is actually my very own recipe that I just throw together at home. I know, I’m sharing my kitchen secrets with you now!
As someone who has to have breakfast, this is one that fills me up and really makes me feel ready to take on the world.
There’s not much to this, simply throw it all in the pan and hope for the best – that’s what I usually do.
1 mug of porridge oats
1 mug of alternative milk (almond, oat, cashew)
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
Sprinkle of chia seeds
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1 x grated apple
And then enjoy!
Travelling Super Noodles
Forget your freeze-dried pot noodles; these are the true super noodles of the modern age.
This recipe was so popular in our office last year we all brought it in for lunch.
Again, super quick to prepare, and giving you a good dose of your daily vegetables, this one is delicious if you love Asian inspired food.
To make this vegan I swap the egg noodles with a spiralized veg of some sort such as courgetti or carrot noodles, mine usually goes like this;
Spiralized veg (courgetti or carrot noodles)
Spiced Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup
A true winter warmer in every sense, this has become a firm favourite of mine during these cold months. Even if I don’t have butternut squash, I swap it out for sweet potatoes and carrots.
With a kick of chilli it should also help get you through those pesky colds.
Be prepared as this does take some time and effort, but I can assure you it is well worth it.
Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry
I discovered this one via Gousto and it has remained a monthly occurrence ever since – especially as we are firm curry lovers in our house.
Packed full of veg, it’s a hearty meal that I reckon you could get away without the rice. But if you’re feeling hungry then by all means fill your boots.
Another Gousto favourite in our household and again one that I put a slight twist on to ensure it’s vegan. This one is quick and easy, full of veg and ideal if you want a stir fry with a twist.
Again, I swap the egg noodles for rice noodles, and swap the honey for maple syrup.
This is one that I will often knock up even when I’ve got left over vegetables that I want to use.
So there you have it – six recipes that I hope will inspire you for the rest of veganuary and keep the hunger monster at bay.
If you have any others please share below!