Whether you’re trying Veganuary for the first time or a seasoned pro, we want to help you with some amazing vegan recipe ideas! We’ve scoured the web to find 31 simple and amazing vegan recipe ideas, one for each day this month, to create this comprehensive recipe guide to Veganuary 2021!
Vegan recipe ideas with a difference
All the vegan recipes we’re sharing this month display our carbon footprint label, so you can see how sustainable the recipe is. The labels also display the percentage of your fair daily food emissions, which places the carbon footprint value in context. You can find out more about the carbon footprint labels on our explanation page.
Looking at the carbon footprint values for all our featured vegan recipes highlights the climate benefits of plant-based food. We are featuring a range of different vegan recipe ideas, including breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, and all have a low percentage of your fair daily food emissions.
By contrast, on average recipes in our database containing meat are more than 60% of your fair daily food emissions, and it’s higher for meals containing beef and lamb.
Whether you intend to go fully vegan, complete the Veganuary challenge in full, or just want to eat more vegan or plant-based food, it’s clear that doing so will reduce your carbon footprint from food.
Vegan recipe ideas
Here are the second group of vegan recipe ideas for our 2021 Veganuary recipe guide. If you try any of the recipes, make sure to let us know on our social media pages!
1: Vegetable tian from Every Vegan Recipe
Every Vegan Recipe is building a large collection of vegan recipes, and this vegetable tian recipe is one of their best.
This dish is really easy to make (you just prepare and put it in the oven) and is packed full of lots of amazing flavours!
At under 30% of your fair daily food emissions, this is also a low carbon recipe, so you can cook and eat it without worrying about your impact on the environment.
Check out Every Vegan Recipe for the full recipe.
2: Spinach Dahl with Indian Salad recipe from Vegan Easy
Vegan Easy has been running a 30-day vegan challenge for over a decade(!), so their site is full of simple and tasty vegan recipe ideas.
We’ve picked out their spinach dahl recipe as it’s so easy to make, and contains lots of ingredients you’ll already have in your cupboards. It’s also really easy to adapt this recipe with new ingredients and flavours, so this is definitely one you want to try out and master!
On average, recipes in our database containing meat have an average impact of more than 60% per serving. Therefore, and like the tian above, this recipe is very sustainable, with less than 30% of your fair daily food emissions in each serving.
Check out the full recipe on Vegan Easy.
3: Vegan Ginger Turmeric Chickpea Noodle Soup from Plant Based Recipe
Soups are a staple during the cold and wintery months, so it’s no surprise they feature heavily in our Veganuary recipe guide.
This vegan soup recipe is cheap and easy to make in bulk – the perfect combination. The addition of turmeric and ginger adds a little more flavour and makes it extra healthy, which is great for anyone feeling under the weather.
One serving of this vegan soup has about half the emissions compared to the chicken noodle soup recipes stored in our database, again showing the climate savings from this plant-based option.
Check out the full recipe on Plant Based Recipe.
4: Herby Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate and ‘Feta’ from the Vegan Recipe Club
We’ve chosen this amazing herby quinoa salad for our next recipe in our Veganuary guide.
With loads of amazing vegan recipes idea and general cooking tips, the Vegan Recipe Club is a great vegan resource that’s worth checking out.
This mezze bowl is a great lunch option. It’s simple to make, fresh, and absolutely delicious! At just 10% of your fair daily food emissions, it’s also really sustainable and better for the environment than any salads or lunch options that contain meat.
For the full recipe and more, check out the Vegan Recipe Club.
5: Easy Creamy Vegan White Lasagna Soup from Easy Chickpeasy
This white lasagne soup is so creamy you’ll start to doubt it’s dairy-free (don’t worry, it is). It’s really quick to make, easy to mix and match and adapt based on what you have, and full of healthy ingredients.
The blended cashews give the soup its creamy taste and texture, without needing to rely on dairy milk or cheese, which both have high carbon emissions. That helps keep the soup’s carbon footprint at just 10% of your fair daily food emissions.
Go to Easy Chickpeasy for the full recipe.
6: Mashed Potato Balls from The Veggie Table
The Veggie Table share loads of vegan dishes, and we really liked the look of these mashed potato balls. They’re a cheap and easy side dish, and the best thing about the dish is it uses up any leftover mashed potato.
Food waste is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, with some estimates saying it contributes a whopping 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions! So cutting down waste is one of the best ways to improve your carbon footprint. If you have any leftover mashed potato from the night before, this is the recipe for you.
Go to The Veggie Table for the full recipe.
7: Vegan Mushroom Bolognese from Tea, Cake & Make
Our 7th recipe in part 2 of our Veganuary recipe guide is this vegan mushroom bolognese. This is an easy and flexible recipe to make, and most importantly offers huge environmental savings compared to the meat alternatives.
Beef has the highest average carbon footprint of all foods, so replacing beef with mushrooms has huge environmental savings. Just swapping the mushrooms with beef would increase the carbon footprint of this recipe by 10kg CO2e, and push the emissions per serving over 100% of your fair daily amount. Even replacing the mushrooms with pork would almost double the emissions from the recipe.
You can find the full recipe on Tea, Cake & Make.
8: Leek Leaf Wantons With Cauliflower Rice from the Sustainable Kitchen Consultants
Presentation is key with these leak wantons, and once perfected we’re sure they’ll wow every time.
This recipe has been kindly given to us by Julie Cleijne, head of the Sustainable Kitchen Consultants. Julie is a sustainable chef and the British Leeks Ambassador, so knows how to create amazing plant-based meals.
With cauliflower rice, this recipe works as a nice lunch or evening meal, or you can leave the wantons on their own as an appetiser. However used, they’re sure to leave everyone impressed with your creative cooking skills.
Click here to find the full recipe.
9: Vegan Vegetable Casserole from Our Plant Based World
This vegan vegetable casserole is packed full of amazing ingredients and looks so good we just had to include it. The main ingredients are sweet potato and aubergine (eggplant), and there’s even instructions to make your own vegan bechamel sauce.
At just 22% of your daily food emissions per serving, this is also a really low carbon meal. By contrast, casseroles with lamb or beef commonly contain more than 100% of your fair daily food emissions in each serving, which shows just how environmentally friendly this dinner would be.
Go to Our Plant Based World for the full recipe, where you can find a video on how to make the casserole.
10: Easy Vegetable Biryani from Easy Peasy Foodie
Rounding off the second part of our Veganuary Recipe guide 2021 is this amazing vegetable biryani recipe from Easy Peasy Foodie.
This recipe is vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free, so it’s sure to please everyone! It’s also really healthy and nutritious, containing more than 6 vegetables and coming in at under 500 calories per serving. At just over 25% of your fair daily food emissions, it also has a really low carbon footprint.
This recipe really does tick every box, and you’ll definitely want to try it out this Veganuary! Go to Easy Peasy Foodie to find the full recipe.
Want more vegan recipe ideas?
This is part 2 of our Veganuary Recipe guide 2021, where we’re sharing a different recipe every day this month. For more vegan recipe ideas, check out part 1 of our guide.
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