So you want to try this vegan thing? Whether it’s Veganuary (Vegan January) or you want some simple and easy vegan recipes and plant-based meal plans, we’ve got you covered with 31 recipes – one to try each day of the month. Oh and PS – no tofu, no weird ingredients, and all recipes are gluten-free.
Let me start by saying there is zero judgment here. I grew up in a country/mountains community where people hunted game in the fall and that was their food for the winter. That being said, I rarely ate red meat. In fact, I’ve never had a hot dog. Like ever.
For years, and even before I got sick, I didn’t eat red meat. Just fish and poultry.
But after cancer and autoimmune disease and suffering from chronic fatigue, I wanted to clean up my diet for health reasons. I went 100% vegan for a long time.
My vegan journey has been all over the place:
- 100% vegan
- Backslidden bacon-vegan
- 6 days a week vegan.
So seriously, believe me when I say there is no judgment here. Regardless of your reason, I know it can be daunting to give up meat and enjoy a more plant-based diet.
Whether it’s for Veganuary (Vegan-January) or if you just want to learn how to cook vegan, you don’t have to be scared. I’ve curated 31 of the easiest and tastiest vegan recipes for you to learn. Try one new recipe a day!
What is a Vegan Diet?
Basically, nothing with eyes.
No milk, cheese, or any kind of dairy product.
Nothing that comes from an animal (like gelatin).
“Technically,” you can live off Skittles and call yourself a vegan. But the true essence of eating vegan is that you embrace a plant-based diet.
The Honey Controversy
Forget politics. Nothing will divide a vegan community more than the controversy over honey. Honey is made by bees, so “technically” it’s not vegan. BUT… there are as many people in the vegan community who eat honey as those who do not.
I prefer to cook and bake with honey (or maple syrup) instead of sugar. I’m also (obviously) not a “hardcore” vegan.
Again. NO JUDGMENT.
You do you. I will love and accept you no matter what you eat.
I wanted these 31 recipes to be EASY. Like crazy simple easy to make.
While my S’mores Ice Cream Cake is the bees knees, it is WAAAAAY too complicated for a beginner vegan or vegan-curious. So here are the rules I made for myself to curate these 31 recipes for you:
- Vegan (obviously).
- Easy to make and not complicated.
- Not a lot of steps or time involved.
- No weird ingredients – mostly what you have on hand or can easily purchase at the store.
- All recipes are gluten-free.
- No tofu.
- No smoothies.
And finally… I wanted them to look, act, and taste like the food that you are used to. Or close thereof.
That being said, as thoroughly vetted as the recipes are, always be sure to check the ingredients if you have any food allergies or restrictions.
- Soups and Salads
- Main Dishes
- Desserts and Sweet Treats
Are you ready to get started on your new vegan journey?
Apple Pie Pancakes by Pink Fortitude
Breakfast Hash by Be Plant Well
No-Bake Energy Bites by Pink Fortitude
Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars by Joy Food Sunshine
Brown Sugar Pumpkin Banana Muffins by Bad to the Bowl
Breakfast Skillet by Heather Christo
Soups and Salads
GrandBob’s Vegetable Soup by Pink Fortitude
Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Garlic by Twists and Zests
Healthy Quinoa Salad by Peas and Crayons
Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili by The Simple Veganista
Hearty Bean Salad by Very Vegan Val
Bok Choy Salad by My Quiet Kitchen
Potato Salad by Bree’s Vegan Life
Oven-Baked Beet Chips by Pink Fortitude
Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms by Eat the Gains
Roasted Carrots by Pink Fortitude
Avocado Chickpea Lettuce Cups by Tasting Page
Rosemary Roasted Beets and Carrots by Just Beet It
Scalloped Potatoes by Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen
Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash by Vegan Huggs
Lemon Garlic Zoodles by Pink Fortitude
Vegetable Stir Fry with Pineapple by Green Scheme
Broccoli Fritters by Healthier Steps
Lentil Bolognese by Super Golden Bakes
Walnut Meat Tacos by VNutrition
Mac and Cheese by The Hidden Veggies
Desserts and Sweet Treats
Rice Krispies Treats by Pink Fortitude
Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse by The Banana Diaries
Vegan Fudge by Texanerin Baking
No Bake Cookies by Vegan on Board
Grilled Watermelon by Pink Fortitude
Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies by Pink Fortitude
This is a bonus recipe. The best way to bake them is with (optional) gelatin, which is not vegan. But is there anything on the planet better than a chocolate chip cookie? I think not. So I’m sharing the best gluten, dairy and egg-free version out there. Because once you finish your 31 days, you are going to want to treat yourself!
So there you have it! You will probably be pushed a little out of your comfort zone, but hopefully not a lot. These 31 recipes are designed to help you dip your little toe into the deep end, not jump in all at once. I hope you enjoy the journey, and even if being vegan isn’t your thing, I do hope that you consider adding more plant-based meals to your diet.
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Love, hugs, and not vegan-curious any more!
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