Every day this month, we are sharing a different vegan recipe to help everyone doing the Veganuary challenge, or just trying to eat more plant-based food. In this article, we share the final 11 recipes of our Veganuary recipe guide with more amazing vegan recipe ideas for you to try out at home!
Climate benefits of plant-based food
We’re sharing 31 vegan recipe ideas in Veganuary 2021, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts. All the recipes we’re sharing features our carbon label, allowing you to clearly see the carbon footprint of the recipe.
Looking at all the recipes together highlights the climate benefits of plant-based food. Every recipe has a low carbon footprint, which contrasts the rest of the meals in our database that contain meat which, on average, contain more than 60% of your fair daily food emissions!
We hope the recipes we’re sharing this month will help you through Veganuary, but it’s almost more important what happens next. We hope that you will find inspiration and excitement about plant-based meals from this guide (or other recipes you’ve tried this month), and continue eating plant-based meals throughout the year.
Even if you don’t stay fully vegan, just swapping out meat and dairy for some meals each week (or maybe committing to a Meat Free Monday), will really help you to reduce your carbon footprint.
What will you do?
Vegan recipe ideas
Here are the final 11 vegan recipe ideas for our Veganuary 2021 guide. If you try any of the recipes, make sure to let us know on our social media pages!
1: Creamy Vegan Cabbage Pasta from the Accidental Chef
Kick-starting part 3 is this amazing creamy vegan cabbage pasta recipe. It’s really easy to make (taking less than 30 minutes), and works great as a quick and easy mid-week meal!
The creaminess comes from the blended cashews, which has a much lower carbon footprint than dairy cream, already making it a sustainable recipe. Cabbage is also in season at the moment, which makes the carbon footprint of the recipe even lower!
This is reflected in the carbon footprint, which comes to just 16% of your fair daily food emissions.
Check out the Accidental Chef for the full recipe.
2: Creamy Tomato, Garlic & Spinach Linguine from The Brook
The Brook is on a mission to show off how delicious plant-based food is. Having started as a restaurant, they now deliver plant-based meals to your doorsteps and share amazing plant-based recipes on their website.
This vegan linguine is one of our favourites. Like all the recipes we’re sharing, it’s quick and easy to make and at just 13% of your fair daily food emissions it’s really good for the environment!
Find the full recipe and more details about their plant-based meals on The Brook.
3: Sweet Potato and Zucchini Noodles from Healthy Kitchen Creations
Have you ever thought of using zucchinis (courgettes) as spaghetti? We hadn’t either until we came across this recipe by Healthy Kitchen Creations.
Once the zucchini and sweet potatoes are peeled, it’s amazing how quickly this recipe comes together. It’s also really fresh and full of flavour, and certainly something different to have as an evening meal.
Check out the full recipe on Healthy Kitchen Creations.
4: Spinach & Pine Nut Rolls from Vegan Easy
Vegan Easy have been sharing vegan recipe ideas for more than a decade! We’ve picked out their spinach and pine nut roles as a really easy and exciting vegan recipe, and we’re sure you’re going to love it.
Crucially, having no meat in the recipe keeps the emissions really low, at less than 25% of your fair daily food emissions. Just replacing the tempeh with chicken, for example, would increase the emissions from the recipe by more than 10% of your fair daily food emissions.
For the full recipe and more, check out the Vegan Easy.
5: Yummy Spicy Rice Noodles from Meat Free Monday
Started by Paul, Mary, and Stella McCartney in 2009, Meat Free Monday is a not-for-profit campaign trying to raise awareness about the detrimental environmental impact of animal agriculture and industrial fishing.
Meat Free Monday have loads of vegan recipe ideas on their website, and we’ve chosen this really simple and low-carbon recipe from Mary McCartney.
With no meat in the noodles, this is a really low-carbon meal. It’s also full of seasonal ingredients, like the broccoli and onion, which again will help keep the emissions really low.
Go to Meat Free Monday for the full recipe and much more!
6: Vegan Beet & Cheese Terrine from Every Vegan Recipe
Every Vegan Recipe is building a large collection of vegan recipe ideas, and we’ve picked out their Beet and Cheese terrine to feature in our Veganuary Recipe guide 2021.
The terrine is full of colour and flavour, and will wow everyone that eats it. But the secret: it’s really, really easy to make! After preparing the beets and filling you simply layer the filling into a loaf pan and leave it to rest in the refrigerator until it’s ready. That’s it!
Using vegan cheese helps keep this a low-carbon recipe and under 10% of your fair daily food emissions.
Check out Every Vegan Recipe for the full recipe.
7: Vegan Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots from The Vegan Larder
These vegan chocolate salted caramel pots look INCREDIBLE. You’ll probably have spent most of your time this month thinking about what meals to cook, but it’s just as important to find some vegan treats for yourself.
A total of just 7 (seven) ingredients is required for this recipe and it will make a batch of 6 servings. Having coconut milk and vegan chocolate helps keeps the emissions low, with each serving coming to just 6% of your fair daily food emissions. The coconut milk especially also adds lots to the flavour, giving a really nice, creamy texture to the chocolate.
You can find the full recipe on The Vegan Larder.
8: Aubergine, Pumpkin & Coconut Curry from Craigies
Craigies is a farm, shop, and cafe in Scotland, just outside of Edinburgh, and are passionate about locally-grown, sustainable food.
We loved the look of their aubergine, pumpkin, and coconut curry, so had to include it in our guide! You can also use the curry as a base, swapping in seasonal ingredients, and we’re sure the flavours will be just as good.
Click here for the full recipe and to find out more about Craigies.
9: Spicy Chickpea Mushroom Wraps from Veganising It
These spicy chickpea mushroom wraps are an easy vegan recipe that you can make quickly for a lunch or evening meal.
Most importantly, though, avoiding any meat in the recipe keeps the emissions really low. Adding just a small portion of chicken, for example, would likely double the emissions for each serving!
Find the full recipe on Veganising it.
10: Vegan Gunpowder Gobi Recipe from Dabba Drop
This vegan gunpowder gobi recipe has kindly been provided to us by the team at Dabba Drop. Dabba Drop uses reusable packaging (‘dabba tins’), removing any plastic and waste from their plant-based meal delivery service. They even make deliveries by bicycle to reduce their emissions even further.
This vegan recipe is incredibly easy to make with minimal steps, making it a great option if you want to eat something different without the hassle of lots of prep and cooking. At just 9% of the fair daily food emissions per serving, it also has a really low carbon footprint for a filling curry.
Click here to find the full recipe.
11: Easy Vegan Tofu Korma from Sandhya’s Kitchen
This is it, the final recipe in our Veganuary Recipe Guide 2021. We had to finish on a high, and we hope this vegan tofu korma doesn’t disappoint!
This recipe ticks all the boxes we’ve been going for: it’s easy to make and suitable for a quick mid-week meal, it tastes SO good, and most importantly has a really low carbon footprint.
Go to Sandhya’s Kitchen to find the full recipe.
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