Transitioning to veganism – even from a vegetarian diet – can sometimes be a challenge. Gradually you’ll begin to think in terms of vegan alternatives – however some people will be used to not thinking too much about their cooking at all. To get past the stage where everything feels like an effort, relying on a few easy, tasty go-to recipes until you get the hang of things makes it much easier.
Giving up cheese is often the hardest step for vegetarians, but can easily be replaced by choices such as hummus, tahini and guacamole. A few spices, sauces and well-chosen ingredients go a long way towards making a simple dish taste superb, and all of the following recipes are as easy as they are delicious.
- Superfood Crunch Salad. A fun salad full of brightly coloured fruit and vegetables, sweet and light. Learning to be adventurous with salad ingredients goes a long way in vegan cooking.
- One-Bowl Chocolate Cherry Muffins. Vegan baking can take some adjustment with no milk or butter, but you can make incredibly moist, delicious goods with just one pan if you use unconventional ingredients such as applesauce.
- Crispy Smashed Potatoes. Baked potatoes are easy but plain – this recipe shows a simple way to level them up and make your own delicious avocado Aioli to drizzle over the top.
- Warm Quinoa Bowl. Though intended for breakfast, this simple and comforting bowl makes a great dessert as well. Quinoa is packed with nourishment and extremely easy to make – a good alternative to oats. Add sliced banana, spices and chocolate for easy toppings.
- Kidney Beans and Corn. Beans are one of the fastest, easiest meals – but they don’t have to be a boring one. Add spices and extra vegetables for the perfect topping on rice or Quinoa.
- Tomato Rice Patties. These baked patties are incredibly easy to make, and would go great in a vegan burger or sandwich.
- Smashed White Bean Avocado Club. Sometimes, a sandwich is really all you need. Before you go reaching for the vegan peanut butter however, try something filling, healthy and simple like beans, cucumber and sprouts.
- Winter Lentil Soup. Soups are always easy to make – throw the ingredients in a pot and allow to simmer and cook.
- Crispy Quinoa Cakes. Learning to cook something as versatile as these is very useful, as you can serve it with every meal.
- Vegan Pizza. Although you can make your own vegan crust from scratch, you can also buy some and keep them frozen until you need to quickly throw together a meal.
Cooking vegan doesn’t need to be complicated. Start with simple recipes to build up familiarity, until you feel confident working with vegan ingredients.
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