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Vegan Recipes | 10 Super Simple Midweek Meals That Make Veganism Look Simple And Delicious

Want to try going vegan the right way, but don't know where to find vegan recipes for beginners? We have the answers!

Now that you know the ins and out of what it means to go vegan, you’re probably wondering what your dinner is going to be. Don’t worry, you don’t have to eat piles of vegetables as there are plenty of recipes out there that will get you eating tasty and exciting food. Who said that being vegan has to be boring?

Here’s a few recipes that will send you on your way with breakfast and dinner, as well as a sneaky chocolate cake thrown in there too.

 

Wholewheat maple cinnamon buns

These wholewheat maple cinnamon buns by Jamie Oliver look sweet and incredibly moreish and are topped off with a sticky glaze, so why not treat yourself to a vegan take on the American classic.

Photo: Jamie Oliver

Ingredients

Rolls:
185 ml unsweetened almond milk
7g dried active yeast
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 tablespoon coconut oil , plus extra for greasing
150 g wholegrain flour
160 g plain white flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Filling:
90 g pecan nuts
2 ripe medium bananas
4 medjool dates
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Icing:
1-2 tablespoons almond milk
75 g icing sugar

Breakfast muffins

Breakfast muffins are always a tasty treat to grab on the way out and can be eaten anywhere you like. With a good dose of apple and muesli, these muffins combine the traditional with something a little different.

Photo: BBC Good Food

Ingredients

150g muesli mix
50g light brown soft sugar
160g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
250ml sweetened soy milk
1 apple, peeled and grated
2 tbsp grapeseed oil
3 tbsp nut butter (we used almond)
4 tbsp demerara sugar
50g pecans, roughly chilled

Sweet potato and white bean chilli

Chilli is an all round crowd pleaser and this sweet potato and white bean chilli by Jamie Oliver won’t be any different. Simple ingredients combined with a simple recipe means that this is a definite one to try.

Photo: Jamie Oliver

Ingredients

2 medium sweet potatoes
olive oil
1 large onion
1 bunch of fresh coriander
1 fresh red chilli
2 red peppers
1 yellow pepper
1 x 400 g tin of cannellini beans
1 x 400 g tin of tomatoes
+ spices

Macaroni Cheese

You can’t beat macaroni cheese when it comes to those rich, creamy, cheesy cravings that strike often, so this recipe will allow you to indulge whenever your heart desires. However, ditching cheese doesn’t mean that you have to skip out on everything that is good in the world. Substitute cheese for some nutritional yeast and soya milk and you’ve got a vegan take on a crowd pleaser.

Photo: Great British Chefs

Ingredients

80g of dairy-free spread
100g of plain flour
600ml of soya milk, unsweetened
4 tsp nutritional yeast, heaped
1 tsp English mustard powder
black pepper
1 pinch of salt
300g of macaroni pasta, elbow pasta
fresh chives

Spaghetti and meatballs

Here’s another classic that is sometimes just what you fancy because you can’t go wrong with spaghetti and meatballs, any Italian would tell you that. Another delicious classic without any of the animal products.

Photo: Pasta Based

Ingredients

1 cup cooked brown/green lentils
1 cup yellow onion chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
3/4 cup cremini mushrooms chopped
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs vegan
1/3 cup fresh parsley chopped
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 2.5 tbsp water)
1/2 tsp salt + pepper (each)

Spinach and artichoke pizza

Spinach and artichoke pizza could just be the start of a new obsession and uses artichokes in a different way, so now we all at least know what to actually do with them. Topped with a creamy spinach and artichoke dip, this pizza is quick to make and something that would fulfill all cravings.

Photo: This Savoury Vegan

Ingredients

1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 garlic clove diced
6 oz. marinated artichoke hearts diced
3 cups baby spinach chopped
4 oz. vegan cream cheese plain or herb & garlic
1/4 cup vegan mayo
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
red pepper flakes optional
1 pre-made pizza crust

Sweet potato and black bean burgers

You don’t have to quit your favourite foods because these sweet potato and black bean burgers make a great vegan alternative.Replace the meat with sweet potato, quinoa and black beans and you’ve got a tasty looking burger that will leave you wondering what all the hamburger fuss is about.

Photo: Happy Healthy Mama

Ingredients

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal+3 tablespoons water (or 1 egg)
1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato (from 1 large or 2 smaller sweet potatoes)
½ cup cooked quinoa
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup loosely packed fresh chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
+ spices

Mexican street corn potato casserole

This Mexican street corn potato casserole adds a spicy and herby twist to the average potato.
Another cheesy, creamy dish that uses sweetcorn in an entirely different way.

Photo: Contentedness Cooking

Ingredients

2 corn cobs, peeled and roasted or grilled
1 lb potatoes, peeled into slices pre-cooked
1 batch Vegan Cheese Sauce
5 cloves garlic, peeled
1 bell pepper, diced
2 tsp cumin

Pot pie

Nothing makes a cosy meal quite like a Pot pie. So for the pie fans amongst you, here’s the one for you. A base of vegetables in a creamy sauce with a buttery pastry top means that veggies never tasted so good.

Minimalist Baker

Ingredients

3/4 cup chopped yellow onion (~ 1/2 medium onion)
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 cups veggie broth
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (corn, green beans, carrots | or sub fresh)
1/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (or sub other thickener of choice)
2 bay leaves
pinch each sea salt and black pepper
pie crust or puff pastry

Chocolate Cake

Now for the ultimate treat of a rich and fluffy chocolate cake. Nobody should have to go without chocolate and this recipe is the saviour. Chocolate cake, enough said.

Photo: Veggie Desserts

Ingredients

300ml (1¼ cup) non-dairy milk (soy, almond etc…)
1 tbsp lemon juice
150g (2/3 cup) non-dairy spread (I used Flora Freedom)
3 tbsp golden syrup, agave or maple syrup (maple will make a slightly less sweet cake)
1 tsp instant coffee granules (or espresso powder)
275g (2½ cups) self-raising flour (or plain all-purpose flour with 3 tsp baking powder)
175g (1 cup) sugar
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

For the vegan chocolate frosting (double to cover the sides as well):

75g (1/3 cup) non-dairy spread (I used Flora Freedom)
200g (1½ cups) powdered icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp water

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