Have you decided to give Veganuary a bash? Eating a plant-based diet that does not include any animal products does not have to be as daunting as it sounds, thanks to the wonderful recipe ideas we've put together here at What’s For Dinner.
Read on for more about which products to use when following a vegan diet, top tips for getting all the nutrition you need this Veganuary, as well as the best Veganuary recipes to try at home.
What Products Can I Use When Making Vegan Meals?
When it comes to creating a Veganuary meal plan, or any vegan meal plan for that matter, there are a few key products that you're going to need in your pantry. Here is a quick shopping list to follow to make sure you have pretty much everything you need to follow a nutritious, wholesome vegan lifestyle:
- Fruits and Vegetables – these are going to be your staple food group that will be combined with every meal. Make sure you get the rainbow when shopping. By that we mean get fruits and vegetables from every colour group to ensure as much variety as possible.
- Whole grains – another staple for any vegan lifestyle is to incorporate a wide range of healthy grains into your diet, especially rice, barley, quinoa, bulgur wheat and any other grains that you fancy.
- Protein – just because you won't be eating meat or dairy, doesn't mean your diet needs to be low on protein. As a vegan, you'll be getting your protein from different sources, mainly nuts, legumes, beans, seeds and soya products like tofu.
- Condiments and Snacks– it’s worth investing in a range of condiments that can make your life a little easier as you transition to a vegan lifestyle. Stock up on milk substitutes like almond milk, rice milk or soya milk. Choose vegan cheese, vegan yoghurt or soya yoghurt. Stock the pantry with snacks like vegan butter, vegan mayonnaise, nut butters, dried fruit and a range of nuts and seeds.
Veganuary Recipe Ideas
What Recipes Can I Try for Veganuary?
Now that your pantry is full and you're ready to go, here are our top Veganuary recipes that will enable you to create the most delicious Veganuary meals for the whole family.
Vegan Cottage Pie
This is a vegan twist on the classic shepherd’s pie, using vegetables only. It tastes as delicious as your old favourite does and it is an extremely healthy meal option to try. Serve with a green salad or chunky mielie bread for added yumminess.
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Quinoa and Rice ‘Meatballs’ in Tomato Sauce
Another twist on a family favourite, you really can't beat a dinner of ‘meatballs’ and spaghetti to make you feel full, warm and content. Swap out the meat for a quinoa and rice mix and still get the scrumptious tomato, garlic and basil flavours in the sauce.
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Breakfast can be a tricky one for vegans without cheese, yoghurt or meat. This vegan omelette though is light and fluffy, using chickpea flour as your egg substitute. You can add any toppings you have in the fridge like tomatoes, mushrooms, vegan cheese, spinach and chilli too.
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