As veganism becomes more and more popular, many people are turning to plant-based diets for health benefits, environmental reasons or animal welfare concerns. However, some people feel like vegan cuisine can be bland, boring and lacking variety. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Vegan cuisine can be exciting, tasty and healthy – you just need to know some quick and easy recipes that the whole family will enjoy. Here are some of our favourite quick vegan recipes that anyone can make at home.
1. Chickpea and Spinach Curry
Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein and fibre, and this curry recipe is quick and easy to make. Start with heating up some oil in a pan and frying some diced onions until they are golden brown. Add some garlic, ginger and curry powder and cook for another minute or two. Then, add a can of chickpeas, a can of chopped tomatoes and some vegetable stock. Stir well, cover and simmer for around 10 minutes. Finally, stir in some fresh spinach leaves and cook for a couple of minutes until wilted.
2. Vegan Bolognese
Who says you need meat for a tasty Bolognese sauce? This vegan version is just as delicious and much healthier. Start by frying some diced onions and garlic in a pan until they are soft. Then, add some grated carrots and celery and cook for another couple of minutes. Add a can of chopped tomatoes, a can of lentils, some vegetable stock and your favourite Italian herbs (such as oregano and basil). Let it simmer for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with your favourite pasta and sprinkle some nutritional yeast or vegan parmesan on top.
3. Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry
Stir fry dishes are a great way to use up leftover vegetables and create a colourful and healthy meal. Start by frying some diced tofu in a hot pan until it is golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside. Then, add some sliced vegetables (such as peppers, broccoli, carrots and snow peas) and stir fry for a few minutes until they are slightly softened. Add a sauce made of soy sauce, sesame oil and a pinch of cornflour and stir well. Finally, add the tofu back to the pan and toss everything together until the sauce thickens.
4. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy! Try this vegan version of a classic Shepherd’s Pie for a delicious and nutritious meal. Start by boiling some potatoes until they are soft. Drain, mash with some vegan butter and set aside. Meanwhile, fry some diced onions, garlic and diced carrots in a pan until they are soft. Add some canned lentils, a can of chopped tomatoes, some vegetable stock and some Italian herbs. Let it simmer for around 10 minutes. Transfer the lentil mixture into a baking dish and top with the mashed potatoes. Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes until the top is golden brown.
5. Lentil Soup
This hearty lentil soup is perfect for a quick and easy meal on a cold day. Start by frying some diced onions and garlic in a pot until they are soft. Add some diced carrots, celery and potatoes and cook for another couple of minutes. Add some vegetable stock, canned lentils and a can of chopped tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer for around 20-30 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and your favourite herbs (such as thyme and rosemary).
6. Vegan Sushi Rolls
Sushi doesn’t have to be complicated! Try making your own vegan sushi rolls at home. Cook some sushi rice according to the instructions and let it cool. Meanwhile, prepare some fillings (such as sliced avocado, cucumber and carrots). Lay a sheet of nori seaweed on a sushi mat and spread the rice evenly on top, leaving a gap at the bottom. Add the fillings in a line in the middle of the rice. Roll up the sushi mat tightly until the roll is sealed. Slice into pieces and serve with soy sauce and wasabi.
7. Vegan Banana Pancakes
Who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast? These vegan banana pancakes are quick and easy to make, and they taste delicious. Mash up one ripe banana in a bowl and add some plant-based milk, flour and a pinch of baking powder. Mix until you have a smooth batter. Heat up a non-stick pan and cook the pancakes on medium-low heat until golden brown on both sides. Serve with fresh fruit, maple syrup or vegan chocolate chips.
In conclusion, being vegan doesn’t have to be boring or complicated. These quick and easy recipes are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy healthy, delicious and varied meals without spending hours in the kitchen. Experiment with different flavours and ingredients, and don’t be afraid to get creative! Your taste buds (and your body) will thank you.