Whether you’re a pure vegan or vegetarian practising the Flexitarian diet, or any diet for that matter, learning a few quick and easy vegan recipes can always come in handy. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of some vegan recipes that are easy to make, don’t require a ton of fancy ingredients, and can be whipped up before you know it.
These recipes are vibrant, whole foods, veggie-driven, and entirely plant-based. They are full of flavour and texture and pack in a punch of nutrition. Opting for recipes that use seasonal vegetables will make the dish even more delicious.
Spicy Chinese Eggplant with Szechuan Sauce
In the mood for something Chinese, but all the items on that Take Out-menu contains beef, chicken, or pork? Make your own dinner and swap the meat for eggplants in this Spice Chinese Eggplant with Szechuan Sauce. This may seem like a dish made for the sole purpose of making vegan Szechuan Sauce, but that’s not true. It is a legit dish that you’ll find in famous restaurants in Shanghai and other places. It can be served with black rice or rice noodle for a delicious vegan dinner, or even cauliflower rice or quinoa for added nutrition.
Miso Chickpeas and Avocado on Toast
If you’ve gotten bored of your avocado toast that was once a brilliant innovation in your diet but now seems like something you have to eat to stay healthy? Take this avocado toast to the next level and turn it into a quick vegan brunch by adding miso chickpeas. It takes about 15 minutes to make and is arguably one of the easiest vegan dishes.
If you’ve chosen to give up meat due to health or ethical reasons and not because you dislike the taste, there would inevitably be some dishes that you miss munching on. One of those dishes is probably chilli. Going vegan must have made you believe that you’ve already had your last bite of chilli and that there is no going back.
But think again. Making vegan chilli is possible. This recipe packs in plenty of vegetables while also maintaining the spicy taste and flavour. It makes for a filling supper when served with rice or jacket potatoes.
Due to religious restrictions, Hindus have been practising vegetarianism for centuries. Therefore, it is no surprise that some of the most popular dishes in India happen to be vegan. This classic dish, hailing from the Southern part of India, has influence from the Mughals and is hearty, indulgent, and full of flavour. Making a cilantro-mint chutney to go with it will take this dish to another level.
Another vegan dish that can be found in the streets of India is Frankies. Also known as Bombay Burrito, the dish is filled with curry mashed potatoes, chickpeas, roasted Indian cauliflower, fresh spinach, and cilantro-mint chutney, giving it a massive burst of flavour. This burrito is so delicious and easy to make that once you give it a shot, it will soon become one of your go-to vegan recipes.
Gazpacho Sauce Spaghetti
A vegan pasta that is crowd-pleasing and ready in just 15 minutes? Isn’t that the vegan dream? Toss spaghetti (or any pasta of your choice) in this smooth yet fiery tomato gazpacho sauce and serve with lots of basil. If you want to boost its nutrition value, sauté some seasonal vegetables and mix it with the sauce before adding the spaghetti.
Green Thai Tofu Curry
Tofu is the closest you can get to meet on a vegan diet. It packs a punch of protein and provides a similar tough texture as meat. This Green Thai Tofu Curry is made with smoked tofu to provide that roasted effect. It also contains plenty of crunchy vegetables. It is great for people trying to lose weight as it is low in calories and can be made within 25 minutes.
Another great substitute for meat in vegan dishes is jackfruit. It can be used in dishes like burger wraps, teriyaki bowls, pot pies, and of course, tacos. Ditch the pulled pork or fish smoked paprika jackfruit in these tacos. It can be served with chilli sauce, yoghurt, or homemade tomato salsa and is the perfect party food for your vegan friends. But make sure to make extra, as these tacos are so delicious that even your non-vegetarian friends are likely to eat a bunch.
Vegan Mushroom Risotto
Risotto is well known for its indulgent and comforting qualities, especially during the colder seasons. However, the traditional recipe is laden with butter and cheese, which isn’t suitable for vegans or people who are trying to stay fit. This much lighter Vegan Mushroom Risotto packs in plenty of umami flavours and is the perfect substitute for traditional risotto. It is so delicious that you won’t even notice the difference.
Portobello Mushroom Burger
This Portobello Mushroom Burger is full of umami flavours and is so delicious and flavorful. You’d question why you even had any other burgers. The burger patty is made with delicious Portabello mushrooms, then slathered with Asian-style guacamole, and topped with crunchy carrot slaw and cucumber ribbon salad. Aside from being vegan, it is healthy, delicious, and low calorie – what else could you ask for?
So stop depending on those limited vegan options in stores and restaurants to fulfil your nutritional requirements, and start cooking these quick and easy vegan recipes that are so delicious, you’ll never even consider going back to meat again.