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35 Best Veganuary Recipes 2023: Veganism Made Easy!

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If you’re looking for veganuary recipes to try out a vegan diet this January, then you have come to the right place. I’ve got 35 delicious vegan recipes for you to cook up this new year and I’m sure you’re going to love seeing what a plant-based diet can do for you!

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The idea behind veganuary is to encourage people to try eating just vegan meals for a month. This could end up with a permanent switch to a vegan diet, or just help people introduce more plant-based food into their diets, once they see the range of food available without animal products.

Vegan vs plant-based: what’s the difference?

I’ve been using plant-based and vegan pretty interchangeably, but did you know they are actually different concepts?

Veganism refers to the exclusion of all animal products from your diet, and often from your lifestyle as well (ie. no leather clothes, buying animal-friendly cosmetics). Plant-based means eating a diet primarily of plants and excluding any processed or refined ingredients.

Obviously, the overlap is large – lots of vegan recipes are plant-based recipes too (legumes, vegetables etc).

One main difference is that people who follow a plant-based diet wouldn’t eat processed food, even if it was vegan. So no fake meat, oreos or coca cola (all vegan, but not plant-based!).

Another main difference is that veganism has always been rooted in ethical concerns (animal cruelty, environmental issues), whereas the origins of a plant-based diet are more to do with health.

Whatever your motivations, you’re going to need some inspiration! That’s where I come in, with a selection of easy vegan recipes that will fill your veganuary with the most delicious food!

Let’s check out the veganuary recipes:

What’s cooking this January? We’ll start with breakfast:

Best Veganuary Breakfasts

The Best Vegan Tofu Scramble Recipe for Breakfast

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5 from 4 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 369kcal
Ready in:10 minutes

Bonus: high protein, filling

Tofu, spices and veggies combine to make the ultimate vegan breakfast, a tofu scramble, in this vegan-friendly take on the classic.

Vegan Blackberry Smoothie

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4.50 from 2 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 385kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: transportable, full of fruit

A fruity vegan smoothie, packed with protein to fuel your day ahead. Love fruit and nuts? Then you’ll love this!

Vegan Bulgur Porridge with Sweet Rhubarb

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 13g
Calories: 376kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: warming, hearty

Looking for a tasty new porridge recipe? Try bulgur porridge! No oats, just bulgur wheat, drizzled with sweet rhubarb!

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Vegan French Toast

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5 from 7 votes
Protein: 6g
Calories: 232kcal
Ready in:12 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: sweet or savoury, choose your toppings

This vegan French toast should be on every food radar. Our simple guide with the dos and don’ts of French toast means breakfast has never been easier!

Chia Breakfast Pudding

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4.80 from 10 votes
Protein: 6g
Calories: 158kcal
Ready in:7 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: super healthy, great meal prep

Chia breakfast pudding packs a lot of healthy goodness into a small package! Meet tomorrow’s breakfast!

Best Veganuary Lunches

Black Bean Burrito Bowl

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 29g
Calories: 535kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: full of flavorful, loaded with veggies

In this healthy burrito bowl we’ve got quinoa, avocado, pineapple, tofu and Adobo sauce for a sizzling taste bud fiesta!

Vegan Pho Recipe – Vietnamese Noodle Soup

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 20g
Calories: 589kcal
Ready in:20 minutes

Bonus: light, gluten-free

After a delicious and filling dinner? Try our vegan pho recipe – a healthy Vietnamese noodle soup with crispy tofu topping!

Lentil Tabbouleh

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5 from 4 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 460kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: fresh flavors, high protein

Looking for an easy tabbouleh recipe? Get a load of our lentil tabbouleh – a protein packed take on the classic dish!

Healthy Vegan Poke Bowl with Sesame Tofu

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Protein: 18g
Calories: 571kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: perfect meal prep, full of veggies

Need a fresh and healthy new recipe for lunch or dinner? Our vegan poke bowl with sesame tofu is for you – try it now!

Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 23g
Calories: 449kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: warming, flavorful

A beautiful vegan soup starring cauliflower and lentils, spiced with a taste of Morocco. High in protein, works for lunch or dinner.

Vegan Korean Bibimbap Bowl (High-Protein Recipe!)

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 25g
Calories: 522kcal
Ready in:45 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: full of veggies, simple prep

A beautiful bowl of crunchy veg, tofu, drizzled with a peanut butter glaze? This vegan Korean bibimbap bowl is amazing!

Veganuary Dinner Recipes

Mouthwatering Meatless Chili Sin Carne (vegan)

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4.75 from 86 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 367kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: hearty, flavorful

A great example of flavorful vegan dinner recipes that will warm your body and soul! This chili sin carne is hearty and full of flavor.

Roasted Sweet Potato and Beetroot Salad

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5 from 1 vote
Protein: 19g
Calories: 579kcal
Ready in:50 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: rich in antioxidants, high fibre

Smooth and hearty meets sweet and crunchy, this sweet potatoes and beetroot salad has got it going on!

Vegan Mushroom Stew with Coconut

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5 from 2 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 592kcal
Ready in:37 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: light but creamy

After something light and tasty for dinner? Try our high protein coconut mushroom stew – the perfect thing to warm you up on a cold night. This is my favorite recipe using mushrooms!

Creamy Curried Lentil Soup with Coconut

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5 from 8 votes
Protein: 14g
Calories: 462kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: high fibre, high protein

Follow our fool-proof simple cooking steps for the perfect coconut curry lentil soup. Packed with protein, fiber and a high-summer taste!

Vegan Lentil Bolognese

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5 from 3 votes
Protein: 27g
Calories: 582kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: healthy, filling

Love a good bolognese but trying to eat less meat? Try our healthy, plant-based lentil bolognese – you’ll never look back! The best vegan recipe for spag bol that you will find.

Bean and Pasta Vegetarian Casserole

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4.67 from 15 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 512kcal
Ready in:40 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macias

Bonus: dump and bake, simple ingredients

A dump and bake dish that will please everyone, this bean and pasta vegetarian casserole makes a perfect healthy dinner.

Vegan Broccoli Casserole

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5 from 3 votes
Protein: 14g
Calories: 463kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: “cheesy”, filling

Looking for healthy comfort food options? This vegan broccoli casserole is hearty, filling & surprisingly light!

Vegan Mushroom Risotto

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4.89 from 18 votes
Protein: 12g
Calories: 404kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: Kat

Bonus: creamy, simple

Follow Kat’s simple instructions for the creamiest vegan mushroom risotto this side of an animal product. An easy recipe you will cook again and again.

Amazing Aubergine (Eggplant) Curry

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4.70 from 138 votes
Protein: 7g
Calories: 459kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: flavorful, delicious

Creamy aubergine curry laced with unctuous coconut milk, delicately spiced with garam masala powder. Try making our aubergine curry today!

Sweet Treats for Veganuary

Banana Oatmeal Fitness Cookies

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4.63 from 171 votes
Protein: 1g
Calories: 43kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: two ingredients, super speedy

With only two ingredients in just 25 minutes, you could be staring at a fresh batch of mouthwatering healthy vegan banana oatmeal cookies!

Cinnamon Baked Pears with Crunchy Walnuts

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4.67 from 21 votes
Protein: 2g
Calories: 115kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: simple, light

This recipe makes a cozy treat for two. Cinnamon and pears are a tasty match when topped off with yogurt and walnuts!

Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding

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4.75 from 12 votes
Protein: 4.7g
Calories: 423kcal
Ready in:35 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: creamy, healthy

Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding with a tropical kick – super easy to make, a real joy to eat and it’s vegan too! Maybe even better than the “original”?

Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Bread

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5 from 6 votes
Protein: 6g
Calories: 300kcal
Ready in:1 hour 10 minutes

Bonus: gluten-free, simple

Love banana bread, but want to make it vegan? Our vegan banana bread recipe is simple made with store-cupboard staples.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

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4.74 from 23 votes
Protein: 3.4g
Calories: 323kcal
Ready in:8 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: smooth, delicious

Smooth and Creamy Chocolate Avocado Mousse – the truly healthy dessert that ticks all the right boxes. It’s vegan too, but you wouldn’t know it! Creamy avocado provides the perfect base.

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Prep Time:8 minutes
Total Time:8 minutes
Servings:2 people
Calories:323kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 dates, dried (pitted)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 10 tbsp water (10 tbsp = 150 ml)
  • 1 avocado (medium)
  • 3 tsp cocao powder
  • ½ cup raspberries, fresh (other berries are fine too of course)

Instructions

  • Roughly chop the dates into small pieces.
    6 dates, dried
  • Chuck them, the maple syrup and water into a food processor and blend until smooth.
    10 tbsp water, 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Peel and add the avocado and cocoa. The easiest way to peel an avocado is to cut it in half, make a nick on each side and peel it like a banana.
    1 avocado, 3 tsp cocao powder
  • Blend again until creamy.
  • Quick taste test – if you’d like it a little sweeter than add that tablespoon of maple syrup and quickly blend again.
  • Now garnish with berries of your choice, raspberries for example. Leave it in the fridge for an hour or so to cool.
    ½ cup raspberries, fresh

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
35 Best Veganuary Recipes 2022: Veganism Made Easy!
Serving Size
 
243 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
323
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
20.3
g
31
%
Saturated Fat
 
4.3
g
27
%
Sodium
 
10
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
786
mg
22
%
Carbohydrates
 
39.2
g
13
%
Fiber
 
11.5
g
48
%
Sugar
 
23.6
g
26
%
Protein
 
3.4
g
7
%
Vitamin A
 
150
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
24.8
mg
30
%
Calcium
 
40
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1.6
mg
9
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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FAQ’s

Got more questions about turning vegan this January? I’ve got answers for you:

What are typical vegan meals?

Thinking about including a grain/carb, a source of protein, and some fresh vegetables is a good way to structure healthy meals as a vegan.

For example, one of the simplest plant-based meals would be rice with a tomatoey stew made with veggies and beans. The rice provides a carb base, the beans provide the protein and the vegetables provide plenty of fibre and nutrients!

Our Free 7-Day Vegan Meal Plans should give you a good idea of a week’s worth of veganuary meals that will help you along on your vegan journey.

Is Veganuary a thing in the US?

Yes! Veganuary was founded in the UK in 2014, however it has come to the USA over recent years.

What foods can vegans not eat?

Animal products! These include: meat, fish, eggs, cheese, dairy milk, butter, honey, lard, gelatine, yogurt. Vegans replace meat, fish and eggs with vegan protein sources like kidney beans, chickpeas or fake “meats” which are now readily available in many supermarkets and are usually made of soy protein.

Vegans also eat dairy alternatives like soy milks, vegan yogurt, often made out of plant milk, and vegan butter or olive oil for a source of fat.

There are so many tasty recipes that don’t include any animal products!

Can vegans eat rice?

Yes. Rice is a great vegan grain. It is particularly popular because it is one of the only foods that is free of most allergens! Rice is vegan and gluten-free.

We hope you have enjoyed these easy veganuary recipes. Let us know which delicious veganuary recipes you tried out in the comments!

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