After sharing my post about being six-months vegan, several of you expressed an interest into my recommended recipes and what I tend to make on a regular basis.
One of the things most people seem to find most daunting is cooking vegan food that’s tasty, filling and nutritious. Thankfully, moving to a plant-based diet has completely transformed my mindset on cooking. Before, I’d cobble together random ingredients and hope for the best, but now I’m a meal-planning, fresh cooking, batch making kinda gal. I don’t even recognise myself!
If you’re hoping to make the leap soon or just want to try more vegan dishes, here are my favourite cookbooks and tried-and-tested recipes that you should absolutely try now…
The Love and Lemons Cookbook: An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking
By far my most-reached for recipe book, The Love and Lemons Cookbook is a completely vegetarian cookbook that is categorised by vegetable or fruit. Written by food bloggers, the premise is that you can shop seasonally or make full use of your oh-so-millennial vegetable subscription box and flick straight to the ingredients you have on hand.
I bought this three years ago and we cook from this at least twice a week. The recipes are just delicious and SO accessible. I recently picked up the new Love & Lemons Every Day cookbook too, which is equally a brilliant addition to our shelves. Jeannine, the author, blogs recipes on a near-daily basis on Love & Lemons if you’d prefer to try some for free, first.
Top recipes from The Love and Lemons Cookbook:
- Millet Pilaf with Herbs & Grilled Asparagus
- Coconut Rice with Brussels Sprouts
- Creamy Miso Brussels Sprout Fettuccine
- Grilled Eggplant & Summer Veggie Pasta
- Poblano Quesadillas
I’m a huge fan of Niomi Smart, YouTuber and blogger, and so it was a no-brainer to pick this up when she announced a cookbook. In fact I bought Eat Smart before I was vegan and it really helped to solidify my choice to transition to a plant-based diet.
Eat Smart is a great mix of hearty comfort food and healthier dishes, completely in tune with Niomi’s online content. I’ve made so many dishes from this book and can’t wait to make more in the new house with all of my kitchen appliances at hand. I think this one would be great if you want to make more vegan dishes but don’t want to try anything too fancy, although a few of the ingredients can be pricey.
Top recipes from Eat Smart:
- Mauritian Masala with Coconut Coriander Rice
- Coconut Pancakes with Mango Sauce
- Grain Salads
- Macaroni ‘Cheese’ with Roasted Tomatoes
- Nut Wellington
- Energy Balls
The Green Roasting Tin
I’ve waxed lyrical about this wondrous cookbook several times, so I won’t do so again, but The Green Roasting Tin is a life-saver for lazy days or when you have lots on and can’t really give up lots of time to cook. Divided clearly into a vegan half and a vegetarian half, the book features over 75 recipes and is sectioned so you can pick from quick recipes (30 minutes or less), medium recipes (an hour or less) and slow recipes (an hour plus).
I like to make batches of food from this on Sunday nights to take to work for lunch.
Top recipes from The Green Roasting Tin:
- All-in-One Roasted Tomato & Bay Orzo with Black Pepper
- Roasted Tomato, Red Pepper & Artichoke Panzanella with Tarragon & Lemon
- Aubergine with Tomatoes, Harissa & Almonds
- Crispy Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Squash & Sage
- All-in-One Sticky Rice with Broccoli, Squash, Chilli & Ginger
Cupful of Kale
When I first came across Tamsin’s Instagram, I was blown away by her beautifully bright and airy photographs and carefully curated grid. But over on her blog is where the magic happens. Her creative and imaginative recipes are yet to fail me and are just absolutely delicious, accompanied by plenty of information about your nutrients and her inspirations behind each recipe.
Top recipes from Cupful of Kale:
- Spring Greens, Leek, Pea and Pesto Risotto
- Thai Green Curry Pea Soup
- Mushroom and Tofu Tikka Masala
- Roasted Cherry Tomato and Garlic Orzo
- Maple Sriracha Cauliflower Wings with Garlic Lime Ranch
Healthy Nibbles & Bites
I first came across Lisa on Instagram, where her incredible dumpling folding techniques blew me away. I mean, that could be the most Asian thing I’ve ever said… Regardless of that, her dumpling recipes and vegan-heavy roster of mains recipes make her blog a frequently visited site for me. Her Mum is also in on the action, which makes it all the more heartwarming!
If you’d like to expand your Chinese cuisine recipe portfolio, then Healthy Nibbles & Bites is an essentials.
Top recipes from Healthy Nibbles & Bites:
- Yellow Curry Tofu Wonton Soup
- Basic Rice Noodle Rolls
- Flaky Scallion Pancakes with Shallots
- Sambal Potatoes
- Red Curry Tofu Dumplings
What are your favourite vegan food inspiration sources? Let me know in the comments below, I’m on a total foodie roll at the moment!