January has arrived, which means it is time for starting new habits, exploring new dietary choices, and giving yourself some new culinary experiences. For some people, these changes might last a week, month, a year, or entire life. Many people choose to take the Veganuary challenge, a way to take your first steps into veganism with a whole month of support and resources. If you’re looking to try out some new veganuary recipes, I’ve compiled some of my favorite breakfast, soup, main dish, and dessert recipes below. If you don’t know what Veganuary is yet, keep reading!
what is Veganuary?
Veganuary is where non-vegans try a vegan diet and/or lifestyle for the entire month of January. In honor of those people taking their first plant-based vegan steps for Veganaury, I’ve compiled 30 vegan recipes to inspire, motivate, and keep you going strong all month long. Check them out below and let me know which ones inspire you to try something different in this new year! Also, I’d love to hear from you if you make the switch to a vegan diet this month – how do you feel? Do you notice any changes?
Also, if you’re in need to some vegan wine pairing ideas, check out my wine pairing guide for vegans for all the in’s and out’s of pairing wine with vegan recipes. If you’ve got your bottle of wine ready to go but not sure if you should decant it before drinking, check out my guide to wine decanting.
Vegan Breakfast Recipes
I’m all about savory breakfast foods. As a child, I would eat donut after donut and syrupy pancake after syrupy pancake. Nowadays, I bypass the sweets and go straight for biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, avocado toast, and grits. Mushroom gravy with fresh thyme? Sign me up.
I opted for a new spin on the traditional by experimenting with buckwheat in these pancakes. Buckwheat is derived from the seed of a plant that is related to rhubarb; it’s not actually a grain or wheat-based, so gluten-free folks start frolicking. These are a delicious pancake alternative.
This vegan golden milk is the epitome of food that can heal. Curcumin, one of the active ingredients in turmeric, is linked to inflammation reduction, slowing tumor growth, and improving digestion. This golden milk recipe also contains ginger, cloves, black pepper, and coconut oil, which all bring their own unique health benefits and help improve the efficacy of the curcumin. Drinking a glass of golden milk feels like you’re giving your body a warm, perfectly timed, comforting hug.
I added microgreens and raw pepitas to up the millenial ante on this avocado toast (and because they’re delicious, add good texture, and nourish the body). This meal’s simplicity doesn’t break the bank because all you need is bread, avocados, greens, and seeds. Top with Sriracha, toasted sesame oil, balsamic vinaigrette, or vegan parmesan cheese.
Overnight Oats with Mixed Berries and Chia is the ultimate breakfast for busy weekday mornings! It makes a great dessert, too!
Mornings tend to be rushed, so I’m always looking for new breakfast ideas that are warming and nourishing, but also super quick to assemble. Enter: Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl.
This is a thick and creamy smoothie, and it’s not loaded with tons of bananas or frozen cauliflower. And besides a bit of maple syrup in the chia pudding, it’s only berry-sweetened. So perfect if you are looking for lower-sugar or banana-free smoothies. Also perfect if you are looking for a really easy smoothie to start your morning.
Vegan Soup Recipes
This minestrone soup recipe raises the bar through its density. Packed with vegetables and cute little pasta bits, it’s out with the pond water and in with the hearty, flavorful, and healthy spoonful after spoonful. In addition to being straight-up delicious, this hearty minestrone soup recipe is easy to make. Chop a few veggies, add some spices and veggie broth to a pot, simmer with some pasta, and minestrone soup is reborn.
Part of the beauty of this recipe is its ease. Simply slice the vegetables and herbs, add the chopped mushrooms, throw in some soy sauce until the mushrooms release their water, add coconut milk, and let the soup simmer and settle. Deliciousness in a bowl.
This healthy green soup is bursting with flavor and jam packed with nutritional goodness. It is incredibly easy to make – chop a few vegetables, simmer them in broth, add the cashew cream, and blend it all together. This recipe is perfect for cold fall or winter evenings, or whenever you want a quick burst of vegetable deliciousness.
The bowl overfloweth with mushrooms in this mushroom lentil soup. If you’re looking for a savory, hearty, healthy, comforting, and delicious soup, this one has your number. It’s full of French green lentils, cremini mushrooms, and loads of fresh kale. As a 6+ year resident of the Pacific Northwest, I may be biased, but this soup tastes like the PNW in a bottle.
Vegan Main Dish Recipes
It’s like adult Hamburger Helper – but so much healthier for you. Dig in.
These meatless meatballs deliver a delicious flavor complexity, layering in black bean, quinoa, fresh basil, and red pepper flakes. I found their lightness to be refreshing when compared to the density of the pasta and the traditional greasy heaviness of meatballs. These babies are worth the effort when you have the time.
Let’s hit pause for a second and talk about tali sauce. If I had to bathe in a sauce, this might be the one. I just want to be surrounded by it. My wife, Shae, and I walk around the house on repeat, like, “ why is the sauce so goooood?!?” I’m telling you – it’s something in the mix of the spices. Mustard powder (!!!), cayenne, cumin, salt, garlic salt, fresh garlic, lemon juice, turmeric, and curry powder. Add in beans, olives, cilantro, avocado, salsa, and vegan cheese and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Palak Paneer is one of my favorite Indian dishes. It’s bursting with bright green color and spinach flavors. To adapt it for a vegan diet, you simply sub out the paneer (cheese) with tofu and change out the ghee (clarified butter) with coconut milk. You can pair the vegan palak paneer with Basmati rice or naan. Heads up – naan is not always vegan so be sure to check your ingredients if you’re vegan.
I love everything about chili. The spicy warmth from the chili powder, smoked paprika, and garlic. The satisfying protein from the beans and the acidic loveliness of the tomato sauce base. Yum. Add a piece of warm green chili cornbread and I’m on cloud nine. Give me a glass of red wine and my heart and soul are warmed from the inside out. Few meals are so homey and satisfying.
These vegan Mediterranean Farro Salad Bowls with lemon tahini sauce are easy to prepare in advance so you can quickly assemble them for healthy and delicious weeknight meals. They feature farro, red onion, roasted red peppers, parsley, kalamata olives, chickpeas and a creamy tahini sauce to bring it all together. This yummy and filling dish is high in plant-based protein and fibre and packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
These roasted veggie brown rice bowls are really easy to throw together and you can use whatever ingredients you love the most. You can even change the flavor of the bowl by adding a different dressing or sauce even when all the other ingredients are the same. This one uses a delicious tahini sauce. So versatile!
Fitting in a freshly prepared, nourishing dinner on a weekday evening can be hard. In between working, blogging, going to the gym, and attempting to have a social life, there’s often very little time for niceties like a curry cooked from scratch. This sort of predicament means I am totally up for cooking shortcuts, providing they don’t compromise on nutrition or taste. This 20 minute curry does the trick.
The overarching principle behind this salad being a “detox” salad is that it’s super green, which means chlorophyll. I love talking about chlorophyll as a detoxifying agent because it’s one of the best things you can have for your liver. Without getting too science-y, chlorophyll helps increase the activity of Phase II Biotransformation Enzymes, which have been shown to help remove toxins and carcinogens from the body. So basically, eat green and help your liver.
Buddha Bowls are loaded with grains, vegetables, vegetarian proteins, nuts, seeds, herbs, greens – so many choices! They’re healthy, filling, and beautiful! Enjoy the season’s freshest veggies in your very own Spring Buddha Bowl.
I’ve always loved the buttery richness of shortbread and wanted to see how it translated with a vegan version. I furiously made these in advance of a wine club gathering at our house (translation: 7 friends drinking more wine than usual while eating pizza) and brought them out as the night was winding down Good decision. In the unpaid and brutally honest words of my friend, Caleb: “These are better than my grandma’s cookies! Sorry grandma!” The truth can’t hide from wine club, ya’ll.
This rich and decadent peanut butter and chocolate chip combo is nothing short of incredible. Achieving the main tenet of inspiring cookiedom, these vegan cookies are crispy on the edges and soft in the center.
Vegan baking can sometimes be tricky but this zucchini bread is a breeze. The inherent moisture in the zucchini ensures that your loaf will stay moist and flavorful through the cooking process. It’s subtly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, which gives it a gentle warmth that pairs well with the dense, delicious bread. It’s also one of the simpler quick breads to make, requiring no more than 10 minutes to pull together before popping in the oven.
Let me tell you, this snickerdoodle recipe is one to keep around. They’re incredibly easy to pull together with the perfect amount of crispness to protect the soft, and fluffy center.