Here I share my favourite vegan recipes that are not only delicious, but they are vibrant, wholesome and designed to nourish you from the inside out with vegan and vegan curious followers.
Each year November comes around and I am so excited to shout out about all things vegan, plant-based, eco-friendly and everything just all-round good for the planet. This year, more than ever, access to healthy food has been a major issue for some. The global pandemic has definitely made things tougher for a lot of people, whether that is financially, physically or emotionally.
While I appreciate the privileged position I am in to be able to try new and exciting vegan products as they launch and have the ability to choose my meals, I know that this is not the case for everyone. Yet, it can still be a simple transition to make, with the right guidance and education.
2020 has been a great year for cookbooks and one that stands out in particular in raising awareness for living and eating plant-based on a budget is the fabulous cookbook from Toni aka @plantbasedonabudget and Michelle from @vegan.
Their joint cookbook is called The Friendly Vegan Cookbook, and it is exactly that.
It has an informative intro with helpful swaps for those transitioning to a plant-based diet and where to find different sources of nutrients and key store cupboard staples. Turning the pages of the main recipe section, you’ll notice that they use “normal” ingredients; flour, vegan butter/margarine, sugar, vegetables, tins of food… all of which are fairly inexpensive. Yet, they talk about the recipes and present them in such delicious ways that you’d be challenged to not find a recipe to tickle your fancy.
If you’re looking for a more creative and equally as delicious book, Niki aka @rebelrecipes has just released her second cookbook aimed at younger people and educating them in going (a bit more) plant-based: Be More Vegan.
While this book may have a few “fancier” ingredients and a few spices, the majority of Niki’s recipes focus on wholefoods – which are namely fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes. From hearty warming curries to vibrant spring rolls, delicious burgers and sweet treats, it’s a great book for anyone looking to try out a few simpler recipes.
For a third book recommendation, I just had to mention Jack Monroe from Cooking On A Bootstrap.
I’ve listened to a few interviews with Jack about her personal financial struggles and the tough time she had feeding her family filling, healthy and delicious meals. I have to point out that not all of her recipes are plant-based, but a lot of them are, as this was what she found to be cheaper! One top tip of hers that spring to mind is using stewed tea in place of red wine in sauces for that depth of flavour. All of her recipes come with a price tag per portion a attached, which is great indicator of just how inexpensive it can be – Vegan Rainbow Dhansak Curry for 31p!
From cookbooks to actionable steps that you can take in the kitchen to make veganism a little more accessible – The Vegan Society’s theme for 2020 and their “Live Vegan for Less” campaign.
These are just a few simple reminders of inexpensive ways to shop and life a more plant-based lifestyle, but it doesn’t stop there.
Remember that a lot of things already in your home are naturally vegan (flour, sugar etc) and don’t feel like you have to use coconut sugar or spelt flour – which are more expensive. While I love all of these alternatives, it’s important to go back to basics because ultimately having lots of part-time vegans makes a much bigger impact than only a handful of full-time ones.
And don’t be afraid to slip up: no one is perfect and so in the same way, there is not “the perfect vegan.”
For other useful resources, I have a round-up of Dairy Hacks I and Dairy Hacks II, Egg Hacks, Vegan Lifestyle Advice and my previous Veganuary and Plant Power posts has a lot more information, too.
Let me know your thoughts below – anything and everything! Are you vegan already? Are you thinking about including few more plant-based meals into your week? Are you plant-curious?
p.s. find the recipe for these Chocolate Stuffed Dates 3 Ways here.
Those tips are really good. We cannot agree with you more. Eating plant-based is actually cheaper. What is expensive are convenience and trendy plant-based items! But if we focus on whole, local foods, there is nothing more affordable than plant-based. Also, very tasty!
Hi Markus and Micah thank you so much and I totally agree! It’s the “trendy” plant-based foods that are expensive – thank you for reading and commenting!
What is your favorite food item? Ours is probably mushroom.
oh yes I love mushrooms too, or any vegetable, really!
Hey Amy. My great friend want a wonderful post and I so enjoy your monthly musings. Without your blog I wouldn’t be wanting to learn how to cook independently. As you know I am non vegan 🌱 but I love trying different plant foods. Especially plant milks, chocolate 🍫 etc. I am beginner cook and I find your recipes so easy to follow. I have got Rebel Reciepes first cook books and can’t wait to read and definitely interesting about nikkis second book for younger people as well. Lol 😂 I am in my early twenties and I am learning how to cook. Ah so bad and when I eat non vegan foods I do feel bad. But having a little bit of everything is good. Splendid photography as always and I will definitely check out your Veganuary blog post as well. Me and my parents are always recycling and using tote bags for shopping, I want to make my dog 🐶 Ben his own treats as I have got a doggy natural cook books. I have lots of thr cookbooks you have recommended to me like your ebook, food photography, Bosh, deliciously Ella’s galore and izy Hossack etc. Saved to my WordPress saved collection/ would love to know more about easy to becoming eco friendly and knowing about beauty products if they are vegan and want to look out for. I love using cruelty free one with bunny 🐰 face on.
Hope to see you soon around WGC and my parents say hi to yours and all of us say hi to bro Ben. Also how wonderful your food photography and lifestyle set up is. So wish my food and lifestyle page was like yours and my blog was like yours. Lol 😂 I have got my food lifestyle page and food blog. I am going to be doing a giveaway 🌱🥳would love for you to enter hahaha.
Best Wishes Sophie xxxxx Ben says woofs
thanks for this and have a great month! x
Sorry for commenting twice on here and Instagram. I have just purchased silicone moulds for cakes 🍰, cupcakes, doughnuts 🍩 and brownies as well.
OK great! x
Thank you so much for reading!
[…] For more reading, have a look at my Veganuary 2019 and Veganuary 2020 posts as well as my November World Vegan Day 2018, World Vegan Month 2019 and celebrating World Vegan Month 2020. […]