Easy Vegan Recipes For Beginners

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Vegans. You gotta love them. No, really, you do. Their food choices make a hugely positive impact on the environment and their goal to eat and live cruelty-free is something we should all admire, not mock. Regardless of your dietary choices, one thing is clear, eating more veggies and plant-based meals are only going to make you feel so much better. You’ll love this roundup of our favourite easy vegan recipes.

Easy Vegan Recipes: Back to Basics

As a food publication, we’re a little obsessed with butter. Beyond smearing on bread it’s hard to find a meal at Crush HQ not made with the spreadable gold. But with no end to this drought and soaring prices, there’s never been a better time to make the transition.

Pea Hummus

Get ready to up your hummus game with these three life-changing additions. First up, peas!
Recipe for Pea Hummus

Avocado Hummus

As if there needs to be more of a reason to eat Avo, we’ve snuck it into our hummus for a super creamy and filling dip.
Recipe for Avo Hummus

Easy Vegan Recipes Pea Hummus
Easy Vegan Recipes Avo Hummus

Beetroot Hummus

Beets to the hummus means even deeper earthy flavours with a sly hit of sweetness, plus it’s purple!
Recipe for Beetroot Hummus

Aquafaba Mayonnaise

Never again will you turf your chickpea brine, lead a zero-waste lifestyle and make this amazing vegan mayo.
Recipe for Aquafaba

Easy Vegan Recipes Beetroot Hummus
Easy Vegan Recipes Aquafaba Vegan Mayo

Vegan Snacks

A selection of Mediterranean snacks that will inspire guests to become a full-time vegan.

Beetroot Falafel With Creamy Cashew Sauce

As easy to make as regular falafel, served with a creamy nutty sauce for that extra zing.
Recipe for Beetroot falafel

Homemade Falafel with Grilled Aubergine & Pickled Salad

Falafel is a veggies delight. Nibble on its own or create a killer shawarma.
Recipe for Falafel

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Easy Vegan Recipes Homemade falafel

Grilled Marinated Brinjal

We love brinjal, it’s the meatiest veggie of them all.
Recipe for Grilled Marinated Brinjal

Marinated Peppers

Add to salads, mezze boards or eat alone. Just be sure to have a jar of these in your fridge.
Recipe for Marinated Peppers

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easy vegan recipes

Tomato Ezme

We love this delicious Turkish Mezze dish made from tomatoes and red peppers. Spread over breads or toss in salads.
Recipe for Tomato Ezme

Vegetable Terrine with Cashew & Coconut Cream

Impress guest with this veggie-packed terrine, serve alongside warm bread for an easy starter.
Recipe for Vegetable Terrine

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easy vegan recipes


These mini cauliflower latkes make for a tasty mouthful and are the perfect vegan canapé for entertaining friends. Top with vegan tzatziki and baby marrow.

Recipe for Cauliflower Latkes 


An easy vegan recipe that will make it onto your weekday rotation. A vegan frittata that is perfect for a light lunch or supper served with a side salad.

Recipe for Courgette Fritata 

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easy vegan recipes

Beyond the Salad

Newbies to a plant-based diet will often reach for the leaves and make a salad. These vegan recipes go beyond salads.

Tomato & Coriander Dhal

This dhal redefines the way we think about comfort food.
Recipe for Tomato & Coriander Dhal

Cape Malay Curry

A vegan take on the classic that is packed full of sweet, spicy flavour.
Recipe for Cape Malay Curry

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easy vegan recipes cape malay curry

Refried Black Bean Taco

Fully loaded and a fully vegan taco.
Recipe for Black Bean Taco

Jerusalem Artichoke & Sea Asparagus Tortellini

Artichoke and asparagus are a perfect spring pairing.
Recipe for Artichoke & Asparagus Tortellini

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easy vegan recipes jerusalem artichoke and sea asparagus tortellini

Fry’s Chick’n Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

Creamy mushroom risotto made from coconut cream will keep you satisfied for hours.
Recipe for Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

Leafy Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Vegan and carb friendly! Feel free to use whatever leaves you have handy.
Recipe for Leafy Wraps

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You can finally have shakshuka again! Without eggs! This version is made with cannellini beans and is just as good or even better.

Recipe for Vegan Shakshuka


When mushrooms are cooked right, they have a deliciously meaty texture that could fool any meat-eater.  The skewers of mixed mushrooms are oh so good.

Recipe for Vegan Mushroom Kebabs

Vegan ‘Junk’ Food

Satisfy those greasy food cravings with these recipes that won’t leave you feeling sluggish.

Traditional Fry Burger with Avo & Peppadew Salsa & toasted Seeds

Meat alternatives have seriously improved over the last couple years and are so good now that you’ll even be able to win over a few meat-eaters with the substitutions.
Recipe for Traditional Fry’s Burger

Pulled ‘Polony’ Sarmie

Get some of that southern goodness with this vegan take on BBQ pulled pork. A seriously tasty and easy vegan recipe.
Recipe for Pulled Polony Sarmie

Easy Vegan Recipes Pulled polony sarmie

Fry’s Braai Sausage on a Pretzel Roll with Asian Chakalaka

Your favourite South African flavours with a vegan Asian injection.
Recipe for Fry’s Braai ‘Sausage’

Fry’s Chunky Strip Skewers

Marinated in a lick-the-bowl coconut, chilli and lime marinade.
Recipe for Chunky Strip Skewers

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Fry’s Chicken Style Burger with Braaied Mushrooms

A decadent ‘chicken’ style burger, that uses mushrooms as the bun.
Recipe for Chicken Style Burger

Vegan Burger With Black Bean Hummus

Chickpea and carrot patty topped with black bean hummus and a nutty cashew tzatziki.
Recipe for Vegan Burger

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easy vegan recipes vegan burger


An easy vegan recipe that is delicious to boot. A hot and spicy burger topped with a tofu mayo and chickpea curry sauce served with curried fries.

Recipe for Vegan Chana Masala Burger


Argubably better than chicken nuggets, this easy vegan recipe is all the craze right now. Crumbed cauliflower florets in a crisp batter, smothered in a BBQ sauce and served with spicy guacamole for dipping!

Recipe for Cauliflower Bites

Interesting Salads

We’ve rounded up our best non-leafy salads for our vegan friends.

Lime Quinoa Salad with Chimichurri

A fresh but filling salad perfect for your work lunch, that will have co-workers full of food envy.
Recipe for Lime Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Cauliflower

Enjoy warm or cooled all year round, just replace the honey with maple syrup.
Recipe for Quinoa Salad with Roasted Cauliflower

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Roasted Broccoli with Sesame Oil

Banish childhood fears of greens with this yummy salad.
Recipe for Roasted Broccoli

Grilled Cauliflower & Brussel Sprout Salad

Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts make an awesome duo in this festive salad.
Recipe for Grilled Cauliflower & Brussel Sprout Salad

Kisir Salad

This is a tough-to-beat Turkish bulgur salad.
Recipe for Kisir Salad

Bulgur Wheat Salad

Nutritious and filling, you could serve this as a side dish or a bowl all to yourself.
Recipe For Bulgur Wheat Salad

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A harvest bowl filled with all the good stuff! This roast veggie bowl is filling, delicious and most importantly, nutritious.

Recipe for Roast Veggie Bowl


The perfect vegan side for any dinner party! A fresh green mixed vegetable salad with a sunflower seed dressing, very refreshing, very delicious.

Recipe for Vegan Salad

An Easy Vegan Sweet Ending

And just before you think everything is getting a little too healthy, try out these easy vegan dessert recipes. They prove that being vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the finer things in life.

Coconut Milk, Almond Flour & Berry Cake Sandwich

Gluten and dairy free, but don’t worry this sandwich is filled with flavour.
Recipe for Almond Cake Sandwich

Triple Berry Blaster Lolly

Cool off with one of these guilt-free lollies, made with no artificial sugar. One of our favourite easy vegan recipes!
Recipe for Triple Berry Blaster Lolly


The perfect, refreshing sweet end to a meal. This tart hits all the spots, everyone will love it not just vegans.

Recipe for Passion Fruit Tart


Imagine making this for your next brunch, everyone will be impressed. Drenched in maple syrup, with a cloud of coconut cream and the sweetness of berry coulis. How wonderfully decadent!

Recipe for Vegan Flapjacks

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