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Easy Vegan Recipes To Get You Started

by Toni Olukiran

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If you’re thinking of going green but don’t know where to begin, here are some simple and delicious recipes to help get you started.

Taking the plunge and going vegan may seem difficult at first, especially if you don’t know how to ‘veganise’ your regular weekday meals. It can sometimes even feel like a struggle just to hit our five a day. Luckily, eating greener doesn’t have to be tough— these recipes are easy to make for beginners, quick to cook, and are absolutely delicious. 

Vegan Pesto Al Pasta

close up shot of pesto pasta

Salty, nutty, garlicky goodness  — pesto is a lazy cook’s dream, and it would simply be wrong to leave it off this list. There’s a reason why everyone from university students to your grandparents love this pasta sauce. And freshly-made pesto is flavourful and quick with this recipe. Get a hot plate of pesto pasta from stove to table in 20 minutes. Pure magic!

Quick Summer Pasta

close up shot of summer pasta

Keep summer vibes going all year round with these zingy and fresh flavours. This sweet, salty and juicy number is super simple and requires only five minutes of prep. A great mid-week meal to have at your fingertips.

Pumpkin and Roasted Onion Toastie

pumpkin and onion toasties stacked on top of each other

Basic, sure, but sandwiches often do just hit the spot! This is no exception. Sweet, salty and melty, this toastie shows that you don’t have to compromise on flavour for even your lazy comfort foods. Vegan cheese can absolutely be showstopping, as this delicious toastie proves so well.

Vegan Pad Thai

Pad Thai in a bowl

Because quick easy vegan food doesn't have to mean just pasta (although if that’s what you want, we hear you). Enter this sweet and sour delight: with the right ingredients you can make a beautifully fresh and delicious Pad Thai sure to wow you and any friends or family that will inevitably try to sneak a forkful (or five) if given the chance. 

Vegan (Bangers and) Creamy Mash

close up shot of mashed potatoes

Love a gravy dinner and don’t want it to end? Veganise your Sunday lunch with this luscious and creamy mash recipe, and make it the star of the dish. Buttery and slightly garlicky, we wouldn't blame you if you ate it on its own with a spoon and a real determination. But it is also great with a gravy dinner or roast. Simply add your favourite vegan sausages (we recommend Plant Pioneers vegan shroomdogs) some peas, and some vegan gravy, and you’re good to go. 

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

cauliflower soup in yellow bowl with soup

For a winter warmer, try this roasted cauliflower soup. It’s creamy and decadent, and big on flavours. And like most of our favourite vegan soup recipes, it's also really easy to cook, making it a great dish to have at your disposal if you’re just starting on your plant-based diet. 

Vegan Crispy Fried Rice

Freezer and cupboard staples save the day for this fried rice recipe; for those days where you’ve got odds and ends of vegetables that you might not know what to do with, you can rustle up this tasty number. Once you’re a pro, you can swap in loads of different vegetables you think will suit the rice. The possibilities will be endless!

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at a last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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