After more than a week of being vegan, you might be looking for a little culinary inspiration. Fortunately, there’s a whole world of vegan recipes online. If you’re looking to cook a vegan version of your favourite dish, simply google it and add ‘vegan recipe’ at the end and you’ll probably get more hits than you know what to do with. But if you’re looking to try something new and interesting, or just quick and easy, give these a try…
1. Little Miss Meat-Free
Little Miss Meat-Free is the blog of cook, food writer and cookery tutor Katy Baskow. Her approach is that vegan cooking should be easy, tasty and nutritious, but that doesn’t mean all of her dishes are ultra-healthy. Alongside the recipes for seasonal veg and super-foods, you’ll also find cakes, desserts and pastries.
2. The Buddhist Chef
Whilst not all Buddhists are vegan, this one clearly is and has put together a wonderfully simple website with a range of recipes that are not only delicious, but also healthy and straightforward to prepare. Each recipe comes with clear instructions, as well as a step-by-step video, meaning you can’t go wrong. If you want professional looking, nutritious meals that are dead easy to prepare, this is the website for you.
3. Minimalist Baker
Despite the name, this site is not all about cakes, but includes savoury and gluten-free recipes too. However it is about simple cooking, with all recipes using no more than ten ingredients and generally being made in a single bowl or pot, so saving on the washing up too. There are both healthy and indulgent recipes, as well as dishes for all meals and occasions, so Minimalist Baker should have something for everyone.
4. Cooking on a Boot Strap
I already mentioned this one in my Budget Veganism post, but it’s worth mentioning again. Jack Monroe shot to fame a couple of years ago for creating a series of ultra-cheap recipes for those affected by cuts to welfare budgets, particularly the ‘9p burger’, which was widely reported on in the press at the time. Now a Guardian columnist and anti-poverty campaigner, Jack continues to create low-cost recipes, including an extensive selection of vegan ones.
5. Bit of the Good Stuff
This is a great blog for those looking for something a little bit different. It’s full of fantastic recipes, often with a little twist to make them more interesting. Mostly centered around wholefood ingredients, there are main meals, breakfasts, sweet treats and much more. Be sure to look out for the Bit of the Good Stuff cookbook, which is out now and perfect for new vegans.
6. Parsley Soup
Don’t be fooled by the slightly amateur look of this website; it’s a real hidden gem full of recipes for good, honest, every-day food, made with good, honest, every-day ingredients. There’s no weird sounding seeds or beans you’ve never heard of that you’ll spend days trying to order online. You should be able to find most, if not all, of the ingredients for these recipes in your local supermarket or high street shops. And they’re super-reliable. I’ve used Parsley Soup for years and I’ve never had a recipe go wrong yet. I can especially recommend the cake section.
Not one for the easily offended, Thug Kitchen has become infamous for combining innovative vegan cookery with swearing to humorous effect. But bad language aside, the recipes on here are really good and so varied that there should be something for everyone.
8. BBC Good Food
Yes, before you say it, I know BBC Good Food is not a vegan website. But it does have a great vegan section and even some of the recipes that aren’t in this section are vegan or easily veganised. I must have used this apple crumble recipe a hundred times, for example, and just swapped the butter for margarine – easy. With simple instructions, nutritional info and print-friendly versions, I can see why people fought so hard to keep this website alive.
9. Oh She Glows
Leaning towards the healthy, ‘superfood’ side of vegan cooking, Oh She Glows is a wholefood-lovers dream and great if you are trying to up your nutrient intake or detox after a heavy one. That’s not to say it’s all completely wholesome; there’s a selection of dessert, cake and cookie recipes, but these tend to incorporate fresh fruit, nut butters and natural syrups. Expect to make a trip to your local health food shop for ingredients.
10. Fat Gay Vegan
Okay, so this one isn’t really a recipe site, even if it has a small section on vegan Mexican dishes. But it’s still very much one to watch for news on what’s hot and what’s not in the vegan world. Fat Gay Vegan is the award-winning, light-hearted and often humorous blog of Sean O’Callaghan and covers everything from vegan cafes and restaurants, to cruelty-free clothing and travel. Basically if it’s new, vegan and worth knowing about, Fat Gay Vegan will have the details.