Looking for vegan recipes? Check out our expert ideas for vegan meals. Vegan food is very popular especially in January, nicknamed as Veganuary, when many of us choose to go vegan for a month to cut out meat. Next, try our healthy vegan recipes and tofu recipes.
Expert Richard Makin, aka School Night Vegan, shares his secrets to plant-based recipes…
Inspired plant-based cooking can be pretty daunting. Whether you’re simply trying to eat less meat or you’re cutting out animal products cold turkey (pun intended), it can be challenging to make a plate of plants appealing. With a couple of tips and a handful of secret ingredients, however, you’ll be a vegan kitchen boss in no time. Here’s everything you wanted to know about getting the most out of vegan cooking.
Vegan meal ideas
Our vegan expert Richard Makin shares his secrets to perfecting this plant-based version of a comforting classic, made extra rich and indulgent with white miso.
Biryani is a classic dish hailing from the southern part of India, with influences from the Mughals. This plant-based version of the staple Indian meal is indulgent, hearty and full of flavour.
Throw a DIY pizza party for all your vegan friends with this delicious plant-based pizza recipe. Creamed sweetcorn makes a great saucy base for fried paprika mushrooms.
Fennel, courgette, peas and parsley make for a wonderfully green risotto. It’s flavoured with a little nutritional yeast in place of parmesan to keep the dish plant-based.
Smoked paprika jackfruit tacos, served with homemade tomato salsa and plenty of chilli sauce. The perfect party food for your vegan friends!
Typically laden with butter and cheese, risotto is well known for its comforting and indulgent qualities. Here we’ve invented a much lighter (and totally vegan) option that still packs in plenty of umami flavours.
A sweet ‘n’ smoky chilli non carne recipe (see what we did there?) with Quorn, two types of bean and plenty of spices for added kick.
Full of antipasti favourites, this plant-based paella is packed with punchy flavour and will impress the whole family.
Slow-roasted celeriac has a wonderful ‘meaty’ bite and a unique mellow flavour. Spicy Korean gochujang lifts this umami-packed celeriac steak to the next level.
It took two years to perfect this magic vegan yorkshire puddings recipe. You’ll need gram flour and aquafaba (the water tinned chickpeas come in) to make these golden beauties.
The grilled peaches deliver a satisfying sweetness, balanced by the zing of lime-pickled shallots and the smoky nuttiness of toasted pecans in this vibrant vegan salad.
Check out our vibrant cauliflower salad recipe with giant couscous, crispy fried onions and a punchy zhoug dressing. This easy salad is vegan and low in calories, too.
Cater for vegans this Christmas with our special festive bowls, packed with crispy roasties, parsnips, stuffing balls, cranberry sauce and plenty of gravy.
Mole sauce is a wonderful staple of Mexican cuisine – a satisfying blend of smoky chillies, peanuts, spices and dark chocolate. It’s usually found on enchiladas but here it compliments the sweet bitterness of green peppers, blistered over the grill for an epic vegan dinner.
Jackfruit pulls apart just like slow-roasted pork and is wonderful at soaking up this BBQ sauce, which is spicy, smoky and slightly sharp with a deep, dark sweetness.
The combination of crispy fried falafel, creamy condiments, crunchy salad and tangy pickles takes this spiced vegan sandwich to the next level. Discover our best falafel recipes here.
Our 30-minute vibrant vegan recipe is packed with fresh flavours of crunchy radishes, firery ginger and zesty lime. More aubergine recipes here.
Check out our easy Moroccan vegan soup recipe with lemons, chickpeas and plenty of spice. This low calorie soup serves four and is ready in under an hour.
Try our easy vegan coronation salad recipe with smoked tofu, fragrant madras curry powder and sweet mango chutney. Plus this simple salad is low in calories, too.
Make our quick and easy vegan burger recipe with spicy lentils. Ready in just 30 minutes, these punchy patties make a super simple summer recipe for four.
Looking for a comfort food dish to serve all the family? Try this vegetarian and vegan recipe for spiced lentil shepherd’s pie which is a great vegan version of a classic. It’s ready in 1 hour and is enough to feed the whole family.
Make our low calorie vegan buddha bowl. This bright and colourful bowl of goodness is a super easy way to get some nutritional balance into your day.
Try our quick vegan chilli. Make this quick and easy quinoa and black bean chilli – it’s high in protein but low calorie and it’s vegan.
Looking for a flavoursome yet easy soup recipe? Try our punchy vegan thai red curry with butternut squash. Check the ingredients of the thai red curry paste, as some brands contain dried shrimp so aren’t vegan.
Looking for a vegan bolognese recipe? Try making your ragu with lentils to go meat free. Sweet potato linguine is more robust than courgetti, so can withstand a bit more cooking. Served with a warming vegan bolognese-style ragù, this gluten-free low calorie main is perfect for the start of the cooler months.
Our vegan, low calorie buffalo cauliflower tacos are ready in just 35 minutes and are so packed with flavour that you won’t even notice you’re being virtuous.
Check out our vegan cauli steak recipe with punchy jerk spice and soft red kidney beans. This easy dish serves two for a super simple low calorie meal.
Try our vibrant salad recipe with crispy golden tofu and crunchy vegetables. This easy vegan dish is low in calories, too.
Creamy, delicately spiced Thai-style curry is a crowd-pleaser. Make this easy vegan curry in just 15 minutes using curry paste.
Check out our colourful vegan bowl with fragrant falafel, crunchy beets and warm grains. This easy recipe is a simple midweek meal for two that’s ready in 25 minutes.
This simple vegan tamarind potato curry is packed with punchy flavour, it’s low in calories and easily serves 4, a great warming family meal. Here are our quick curry recipes to try.
Try our version of this vegan sandwich – surprisingly easy and so rewarding – in a crazy-good MBLT (Mushroom ‘bacon’, lettuce and tomato sandwich with vegan mayo). And, yes, we’ve a you’ll-never-believe-it’s-vegan mayo, too. So get involved, whether you’re a vegan or not.
Looking for a quick vegan dinner? Make our quick and easy vegan Tex-Mex, black bean and avocado salad, perfect for midweek.
Want a show-stopping vegan recipe? Check out our vegan roasted cauliflower with warm harissa hummus. This cauliflower recipe makes for a great side dish when feeding a hungry crowd. Plus it’s low in calories and it’s gluten free.
Try our vegan West African-inspired stew with sweet potato and greens. This one-pot recipe is super easy to make and packed with warming flavours.
Want to batch cook some lunches for the week ahead? Try this vegan tray-roast squash, sweet potato and grain salad for a healthy midweek meal.
Try this vibrant Sri Lankan beetroot curry for an easy vegan midweek meal. This bright and colourful recipe is packed with plenty of flavour and it’s low in calories, too.
Quick, easy and healthy vegetarian stir-fry. Baby aubergines cook in minutes and soak up the flavour of mirin to make a fast and filling midweek meal. Serve with rice on the side.
Check out our vegan red lentil dahl soup. This easy recipe is the perfect midweek winter warmer to feed the whole family, plus it’s low in calories.
This recipe for vegan fajita bowl with cauli rice is quick and easy to make, it’s low calorie and 5:2-diet friendly that delivers on flavour. Why not make this fajita bowl recipe for an easy midweek meal?
This recipe for cauliflower rice with aubergine ragoût is really on-trend. By blitzing cauliflower in a food processor, and quickly cooking, you get the consistency and texture of rice but without the carbs and with fewer calories. It still fills you up, and it’s quicker to cook, too. Here are our favourite cauliflower recipes.
Our roasted cauliflower salad with turmeric is low in calories and packed with punchy flavour. Turmeric adds lovely colour and flavour to this easy vegan-friendly recipe.
These quick and easy cajun bean burgers are the perfect dish for a meat-free vegan meal. Packed full of veggies and plenty of flavour, these burgers are super healthy. Why not serve with dairy-free slaw for a midweek meal?
Vegan sushi, anyone? Sushi street food company Happy Maki (‘sushi from the land’) travels the UK dishing out sushi wraps. Unusually for sushi, everything is ‘fish free’ to raise awareness about unsustainable fish farming. Here’s our version of the Thai sweet potato wrap.
Another of our favourite vegan curry recipes. This creamy coconut and peanut aubergine curry is vegetarian, under 300 calories and ready in just 30 minutes, making it the perfect comforting meal to make midweek.
Check out this recipe for punchy cold szechuan noodles. This easy vegan dish is super simple to make and it’s low in calories. Looking for noodles recipes? Check out our favourites here.
Check out this vegan Vietnamese green soup. This quick and easy family-friendly recipe is packed with punchy flavour and comes in under 150 calories. Here are our favourite Vietnamese recipes.
A quick and easy spicy soup made with chickpeas. This vegetarian recipe, gets its heat from harissa, the hot chilli pepper paste from Morocco. Ready quickly in 20 minutes.
Try our take on the Middle Eastern classic, falafels. Use up your leftover carrots to give these delightful balls a lighter taste and texture. As well as being vegan, these falafel are low calorie, too.
Looking for a vegan pasta recipe? Try this vegan casarecce with raw tomato sauce recipe for a super simple meal that only takes 15 minutes to make. Casarecce is a twisted short pasta that retains a good bite, perfect for simple pasta dishes.
This vegan burrito bowl recipe delivers all the big flavours you’d want without the calories
This recipe for wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon is quick and easy to make and vegan. Plus, it’s pasta for under 500 calories – yes please.
This recipe for sweet potato falafel with coriander chutney and carrot salad is vegan, low-calorie and gluten-free. Plus, it’s ready in under an hour – perfect for midweek. Here’s how to make falafel and our falafel recipes.