A few years ago, you could be forgiven for assuming that vegans survived on a diet consisting solely of salad and raw vegetables. There simply weren’t many other options!
These days, there’s no excuse. As more people become aware of the benefits of a plant-based diet, the demand for tasty vegan options has increased exponentially.
As a self-confessed plant-based foodie, I love creating my own recipes and trying out new combinations. But you may be surprised to learn that most of the time, I defer to the experts.
In my spare time I spend hours scouring Pinterest in search of the most creative and mouth-watering meal ideas. I’ve gathered quite the collection, so I decided to be generous and share my findings with the world.
If you’re feeling stuck in a food rut, check out these delicious vegan recipes and add a few new dishes to your cooking repertoire!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Tempeh Scramble Tacos
If the thought of tempeh leaves you feeling a little intimidated, I understand. This recipe from Full of Plants was my first foray into the world of fermented soybeans, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
Spoiler: it’s delicious.
Paired with roasted Brussels sprouts and a tangy miso-mustard dressing, you’ll wonder what you were so afraid of!
Macro Bowl with Turmeric-Tahini Dressing
For those days when you just want to live your best Instagram health guru life, this bowl by Keepin’ It Kind is your best friend.
There’s a little assembly required, but the end result is completely worth it – an explosion of flavours and textures combined with the knowledge that your body is totally thanking you right now.
Mushroom Scallops with Fettucini Alfredo
Feeling a little fancy? This indulgent pasta dish by Zengarry is guaranteed to impress your friends.
The mushrooms are scarily similar to real-life scallops and the sauce is so creamy that you’d swear someone had snuck in some dairy!
Nope, just good old plants.
Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Pesto
I love whipping up a batch of homemade pesto, but I’ve always reserved it as a pasta sauce. So when Minimalist Baker drizzled it on top of crispy smashed potatoes, my mind was blown.
Seriously, these things are addictive. I challenge you to stop at just one!
Firecracker Lettuce Wraps
I’v always loved the idea of lettuce wraps, but in reality I’m not a fan.
Confession: I’m pretty obsessed with carbs.
But after trying these firecracker lettuce wraps by Pinch of Yum, I am now a firm believer. Think crispy tofu, spicy peanut sauce and the refreshing crunch of greens – the perfect combination on a hot summer’s day!
Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
I’m not kidding when I say that my life changed when I discovered Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce. It is so good.
So when I stumbled across this recipe by This Savoury Vegan, I knew exactly which sauce to use.
These tacos are seriously addictive. The spiciness of the cauliflower wings is perfectly balanced by vegan ranch dressing and crisp greens – who needs chicken when you have the power of plants?
Creamy Garlic Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes
Yes, I’m raving about a Minimalist Baker dish again. What can I say? The woman is a genius.
This is my go-to meal when I want something quick, simple and cheap. It can be whipped up in 20 minutes, requires only a few ingredients and tastes amazing. What more could you ask for?
Thai Red Curry with Vegetables
What’s better than Thai food? Homemade Thai food.
I’ve been making this simple curry by Cookie and Kate for years, and it gets better every time. Sometimes I add tofu, other times a little peanut butter – either way, it’s a staple in my kitchen.
Delete Deliveroo from your phone and give this dish a whirl instead – it’s so much better than a takeaway.
Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese
When I first cut dairy out of my life, I went a little crazy for vegan cheese.
Unpopular opinion: I actually think it tastes better than the regular stuff!
However, I’m trying my best to stick to a diet based around whole foods with as little preservatives and additives as possible. Unfortunately, vegan cheese doesn’t make the cut.
Don’t be intimidated by the gochujang – it’s a simple chilli sauce that you can buy at Sainsbury’s.Way less scary than I had imagined!
I like to think that this is good practice for when I finally visit South Korea. It’s been a dream for years, and I’m determined to make it a reality!
Pulled Jackfruit Tacos with Grilled Pineapple
Most people are a little skeptical when I tell them about this dish. I admit, it does sound a little odd. How could fruit ever replace meat – wouldn’t it be completely gross?
Give this dish by Supergolden Bakes a try, and I promise you’ll be converted.
When shredded, marinated and cooked, jackfruit takes on the texture of the most succulent pulled pork. Paired with grilled pineapple and hot chillies, it’s the perfect dinner for these warm summer nights.
Vegan Lentil Bolognese
My boyfriend is obsessed with the vegan spaghetti lentil ragu from Ask Italian. The thing is, satisfying this addiction gets expensive!
Luckily, this pasta dish by Lazy Cat Kitchen is a restaurant-quality meal without the price tag. It’s the perfect dupe for Ask Italian’s version and costs a fraction of the price – plus, you get to make your own sun-dried tomato pesto sauce.
I know what I’m having for dinner tonight…
When I first got into cooking, I was a little intimidated by the idea of making a curry from scratch.
But when I tried it, I realised just how easy it really is!
This lentil curry by Simple Vegan Blog is no exception – everything comes together seamlessly and I always end up with leftovers for lunch the next day.
Don’t forget the mango chutney and poppadoms!
Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Soba Noodles
I’m in love with this Asian-inspired noodle dish by Cookie and Kate.
It always reminds me of Japan, as I first made it the night before a trip to Tokyo. I was hoping that it would put me in the mood for some Asian cuisine, and it certainly did the job.
The combination of cold soba noodles, crunchy vegetables and tangy dressing is guaranteed to get me craving this dish during every waking moment.
The best part? It can literally be thrown together in a matter of minutes!
Creamy Tomato Tagliatelle
I know I said earlier that I try to avoid vegan cheese, but I make an exception for this creamy pasta dish by Madeleine Olivia.
The recipe calls for a tub of vegan cream cheese to be stirred into the tomato-based sauce – it may sound a little weird, but I promise it’s worth it. Whip this meal up if you’re looking for something easy, delicious and guaranteed to leave you in a food coma!
Writing this post has left me with a rumbling stomach. I hope it’s had the same effect on you!
I’d love to hear if you feel inspired to recreate any of these dishes – leave a comment below or tweet me @fromthepumpkin. Happy cooking!