Last week I received a message from Mega Friend Carma. She had made the decision to cut out all meat after already going dairy-free. With a one year old, Beautiful Daughter Elodie to look after, Carma was looking for tasty vegan recipes that wouldn’t take her the whole day to prepare. So whilst pretending to be super chilled about Carma giving up meat (as I have a tendency of exploding with excitement) I began putting together a list of recipes that Wonderful Husband and I enjoy eating. From there, came this blog post. Thanks Carma 😀
People tend to think that vegans eat salad, salad and more salad (or rice and broccoli but that’s another blog post). I admit, I used to feel the same way and it took many years of looking through recipe books and cooking websites to open my eyes to the limitless number of fantastic recipes that vegans can eat.
Prepare to have your eyes opened.
1 Creamy Polenta Bowl with Mushrooms and Crispy Kale by Deliciously Ella
This is one of mine and Wonderful Husband’s go-to dishes when we are looking for something quick and tasty for dinner. It’s super simple to make, it has a ton of differing textures and it’s great comfort food. This is an ideal vegan dish to try out if you’re a beginner as it’s super normal (no weird vegan ingredients!). The dish is perfected with a squeeze of lemon on top. You can find the full recipe here and the wonderful picture was taken from Laundry in Louboutins.
2 Udon Noodles with Fried Aubergine, Walnuts & Miso by Ottolenghi
Last year Super Friend Sam, Wonderful Husband and I had dinner at Nopi in London. After that glorious taste experience Wonderful Husband decided he was a super fan of the legend that is Ottolenghi. Fortunately for us, Mega Friend Caz then lent us her beautiful Ottolenghi recipe book Plenty More and Wonderful Husband enjoyed a week of non-stop cooking. This was definitely our favourite recipe from the book. The dish is bursting full of amazing flavour and I can honestly say I have never tasted a nicer aubergine. If you’re interested, check out the full recipe here.
3 Roasted Squash, Olive, Rocket & Avocado Salad by Deliciously Ella
Yep, the dreaded salad! But I challenge anyone (except for Lovely Auntie Lynne because
she is super fussy) to dislike this salad!
We normally need to eat something on the side of our salads but this dish can happily stand alone. For an extra treat add pinenuts on top at the end as we found this makes it even more delicious (if there could be such a thing!). Find the full recipe here.
(Apologies for these really bad picture frames!)
4 Portobello Peach Burgers by Green Kitchen Stories
I LOVE JUNK FOOD whereas Wonderful Husband isn’t so keen therefore these burgers are a perfect compromise.
Guacamole, peaches, a big fat mushroom and a side of sweet potato fries… What could be better?! The key is all in the roasting of the peaches in the wonderful garlic, rosemary and thyme marinade. For the full recipe, click here.
Warning: these burgers have a tendancy to get messy!
5 Lentil & Butternut Squash Dhal by Deliciously Ella
I have never been a fan of peas, beans or lentils but I should have known that marrying
Wonderful Husband meant his Indian background would come back to haunt me one day. Lucky for me, he is quite empathetic towards my intolerance for all things that mush and strives to cook them so that I find them palatable. He’s actually mastered this practice and now I happily gulp down a bowl of this dhal, it’s heavenly! He even adds some butter on top for me to mix in – the butter makes it extra creamy. Check out the full recipe here.
Note: This picture shows you that I’ve given into my dislike of pulses but I remain strong in my campaign against coriander.
6 No-Tuna Salad Sandwich by Forks Over Knives
Now I know that a sandwich might not sound like a meal but there is a trick to this one… Use the filling in a pasta salad instead!
Oh my gosh, my mind was blown after trying this filling. I hadn’t had tuna for over four years (and I loved tuna!) so you can imagine my excitement when I found a vegan, healthy alternative to tuna! Who knew a combination of chickpeas, pickle and tahini would be a perfect substitute! If you’re interested in trying it out then check out the full recipe here.
Tip: Make the filling and keep it in the fridge overnight to let the flavours combine.
7 Pineapple Fried Quinoa Bowl by Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen
I’m a big fan of cooked fruit (much to the despair of Mega Friend Andaroo) so pineapple
fried quinoa bowl is one of my favourites. It’s a great, tasty dish to prepare in a short space of time (you also get super good at chopping pineapples!). I’ve also been known to add a bit more nutritional yeast than required. Full recipe here.
Note: The recipe offers you the chance to eat it in a bowl made from the skin of a pineapple and with a serving of tofu. We do neither of these things.
8 Spicy Coconut Noodles featured on Real Simple
Now guys, this recipe is a must!
This dish tastes mega and it’s super easy to make (takes about twenty minutes). This recipe is all about the base sauce, tomato puree and coconut milk, then building up flavour and texture from there. We love making it at home and Mega Friend Carma (and Beautiful Daughter Elodie) have given their approval too!
This dish is perfect in every way (well, if you like coconut). For the full recipe click here.
9 Sweet Potato, Lemon Grass & Coconut Curry by Deliciously Ella
My second and final coconut recipe of the article is one of the most wonderful curries
i’ve ever tasted (and aptly always made by Wonderful Husband). I love sweet curries, so this one was perfect for me. This dish is incredibly healthy, delicious, sweet, smooth, creamy and tasty (have I used enough adjectives!?) and it’s great to make in bulk to have over several days. So if you’re looking to make a curry then I would definitely recommend this one. The recipe can be found here.
10 Vegan Lasagna with Basil Cashew Cheeze by Oh She Glows
Lastly, the finest of lasagnas!
One of the things I worried about when transitioning to veganism was missing out on comfort foods but hopefully this recipe proves I’ve missed out on nothing. This recipe takes a little bit of time and preparation but luckily Wonderful Husband and I have it worked out. He makes the basil cashew cheeze whilst I sort out the veggies and violà, pop it in to the oven and forty minutes later, out comes a super, mega, tasty lasagna (mountain not included). Find the full recipe here.
If you’d like to check out more recipes and see more of my laughable food pictures then find me on Instagram where i post a food photo a day (whether good or bad!) or check out my recipe webpage listing all the vegan recipes Wonderful Husband and I have tried and recommend. Let me know if you’re looking for anything in particular or if you have any intolerances and I’d be happy to help out as best as I can.
Do you have a favourite vegan dish? 💚