Easy Vegan Recipes For Beginners
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.
Get ready to up your hummus game with these three life-changing additions. First up, peas!
Recipe for Pea 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
Beets to the hummus means even deeper earthy flavours with a sly hit of sweetness, plus it’s purple!
Recipe for Beetroot Hummus
Never again will you turf your chickpea brine, lead a zero-waste lifestyle and make this amazing vegan mayo.
Recipe for Aquafaba
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
Grilled Marinated Brinjal
We love brinjal, it’s the meatiest veggie of them all.
Recipe for Grilled Marinated Brinjal
Add to salads, mezze boards or eat alone. Just be sure to have a jar of these in your fridge.
Recipe for Marinated Peppers
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
CAULIFLOWER LATKES TOPPED WITH VEGAN TZATZIKI AND DILL MARINATED BABY MARROW RIBBONS
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.
VEGAN COURGETTE FRITTATA
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.
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
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
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
VEGAN CANNELLINI BEAN SHAKSHUKA
You can finally have shakshuka again! Without eggs! This version is made with cannellini beans and is just as good or even better.
VEGAN MUSHROOM KEBABS WITH FLATBREADS AND CASHEW AIOLI
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.
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
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
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
VEGAN CHANA MASALA 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.
VEGAN BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER BITES
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!
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
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
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
VEGAN ROAST VEGGIE BOWL WITH QUINOA
A harvest bowl filled with all the good stuff! This roast veggie bowl is filling, delicious and most importantly, nutritious.
VEGAN ASPARAGUS, BROCCOLI AND FINE BEAN SALAD
The perfect vegan side for any dinner party! A fresh green mixed vegetable salad with a sunflower seed dressing, very refreshing, very delicious.
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
VEGAN PASSION FRUIT & COCONUT TART, VANILLA COCONUT SORBET WITH MANGO & MINT SALAD
The perfect, refreshing sweet end to a meal. This tart hits all the spots, everyone will love it not just vegans.
VEGAN FLAPJACKS WITH WHIPPED COCONUT CREAM AND BERRY COULIS
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!
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