Welcome to Veganuary 2021! We want to help everybody doing the challenge to find different and exciting Veganuary recipe ideas. We’ve scoured the web to find 31 simple and amazing vegan recipes ideas, one for each day this month, to create this comprehensive guide to Veganuary 2021!
This is part 1 of our Veganuary meal-planning guide, with vegan recipe ideas for the first 10 days of January. You can find part 2 here and part 3 here, which both have more amazing Veganuary recipe ideas.
Why Veganuary is important for climate change
It’s estimated that food is responsible for about 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions! It’s also clear that eating low carbon food can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and help the world’s response to the climate emergency.
Plant-based food has much lower emissions than food from animals. Therefore, one of the biggest benefits of eating vegan food is the positive impact it has on your own carbon footprint and the environment.
To highlight this point, all our featured Veganuary recipes are displaying their carbon footprint. The values are included in this guide and displayed in a carbon footprint label on all the recipe pages (you can find more information about the labels and values here). This way, you can clearly see the low impact all these plant-based recipes have on the environment.
Even if you aren’t or don’t stay fully vegan, we hope the recipes you find in this guide will excite and inspire you to eat more plant-based food throughout the year. This will undoubtedly help you to reduce your carbon footprint from food.
Veganuary recipe ideas and guide
Here are the first 10 of our amazing 2021 Veganuary recipe ideas. All are simple to make, offer something different, and crucially have a really low carbon footprint. And if you give them a try, make sure to let us know on our social media pages!
1: Vegan Cheese Stuffed Naan Bread from Liv Vegan Strong
This vegan cheesy naan bread is one of our favourite vegan recipes we’ve found. It’s so easy to make and is incredibly versatile. You can use it as a side or on its own for a well-deserved treat.
There are so many amazing vegan soups, stews, and curries, and we expect everyone will be making lots of these throughout the month. That’s why we wanted to include this recipe early, and give your meal that something extra.
Vegan cheese’s carbon footprint is less than one-third of dairy cheese, so this alternative is also much better for the environment.
You can find the full recipe at Liv Vegan Strong.
2: Easy Chocolate Cheesecake by vegan chef Aaron Calder
Aaron tells us this is one of his most popular recipes, and it’s not hard to see why!
This vegan cheesecake genuinely looks incredible and what’s most amazing is how easy it is to make! Aaron even claims it’s better than a non-vegan alternative… we’ll let you be the judge of this, but we can’t see how anyone can resist it!
On average, the carbon footprint of normal, dairy cheesecake recipes in our database is about 45% of the fair daily emissions per slice. By contrast, a slice of Aaron’s vegan cheesecake has an impact of just 7% of your fair daily food emissions. That’s a massive environmental saving, and another great reason to give this recipe a try.
3: Cashew Paella from The Vegan Review
This vegan paella is a great take on a Spanish classic. It’s incredibly easy to make, and will give you something different to try this Veganuary!
Using cashews, olives, peas, and a blend of spices, this vegan paella keeps your palate busy without needing to rely on seafood, chicken, or chorizo sausages (as most paella’s do).
At under 300g CO2e per serving, each portion is less than 10% of your fair daily food emissions. That’s really low emissions for a filling main course, and much lower than the normal non-vegan options that contain meat or seafood.
Check out the full recipe on The Vegan Review.
4: Middle Eastern Spiced Chickpeas from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
For the fourth feature in our 2021 Veganuary guide, we’ve chosen this amazing spiced chickpeas recipe from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.
Elizabeth makes this recipe on an open campfire, and so if you have any camping plans this January this could be a perfect side or light meal. You can also easily make this at home though.
It’s quick to make and gives a little more flavour to the chickpeas. It still has a really low carbon footprint, and so it wasn’t a difficult decision to add this to our Veganuary guide 2021.
For the full recipe and instructions, go to Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.
5: Vegan Blondies from Bitter Sweet Blog
This vegan blondie recipe is a true gem and we had to include it in our Veganuary 2021 guide!
Everyone loves a blondie (aka brownie), and this amazing vegan and gluten-free recipe does not disappoint! In just 30 minutes you can make yourself 10 delicious blondies, each with a lovely soft vanilla flavour, that no one will be able to resist.
It’s also a super low carbon recipe, with each blondie representing just 3% of your fair daily emissions (based on 10 servings). The average brownie recipe in our database has an impact of over 25% of your fair daily food emissions per serving, again highlighting the environmental benefits of this vegan alternative recipe.
Find the full recipe on the Bitter Sweet Blog.
6: Super Fast Scrambled Tofu from Vegan Recipe Club
The Vegan Recipe Club shares loads of amazing vegan recipes ideas and this simple scrambled tofu is one of the best!
In less than 10 minutes you can whip up this amazing recipe, eating it as a breakfast on its own, part of a bigger cooked breakfast, or even a light meal. This recipe gives you the scrambled tofu base, but you really can experiment and add what you want to it to make it your own. The possibilities really are endless!
At just over 10% of the fair daily emissions, again this is really low carbon food and much better than the non-vegan alternative (eggs have more than twice the impact of Tofu). By now you’re probably starting to notice the trend…
Check out the full recipe on the Vegan Recipe Club.
7: Vegan Shakshuka from Yum Vegan Food
This vegan Shakshuka recipe works great as a breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner – any meal of the day, really!
The Shakshuka can be made just as the sauce, but this recipe also includes instructions to make vegan eggs using tofu. Tofu has less than half the emissions as eggs, so this makes a big difference to the carbon footprint of the meal.
Find the full recipe on Yum Vegan Food.
8: Homemade Vegan Enchiladas from the Conflicted Vegan
We’ve gone for something different for our eighth Veganuary recipe idea: enchiladas! Gabriella also links to recipes to make your own enchiladas sauce and ground meat to use in the recipe.
Enchiladas are usually made with beef, which has the highest carbon footprint. Replacing just the vegan ground meat with beef would increase the emissions by almost 20 times, and would make each serving well over 500% of your fair daily food emissions! This shows just how big an environmental saving this recipe has compared to the meat alternative.
For the full recipe, check out the Conflicted Vegan.
9: Vegan Mango Chicken Curry from Voach
Vegan curries are amazing, and this won’t be the last curry we feature in our Veganuary 2021 guide. This is another quick and nutritious recipe, taking less than 30 minutes to come together – we’re sure once you’ve tried it you’ll want to keep making it!
This is a low carbon recipe for a main meal and much less than non-vegan meat or fish curries. For context, curries containing beef or lamb can commonly cover more than 100% of your fair daily food emissions per serving!
Go to Voach for the full recipe.
10: Szechuan Pepper Aubergine Noodles from Root Kitchen UK
Rounding off part 1 of our 2021 Veganuary Recipe guide is this amazing noodles recipe.
Root Kitchen UK deliver plant-based meals to your door and have kindly given us the recipe for their Szechuan Pepper Aubergine Noodles. As with all our recipes, it’s incredibly quick and easy to make, and is both a healthy and environmentally friendly evening meal.
You can find the full recipe here.
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