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Easy, tasty vegan recipes please

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Sophiasnana Fri 16-Apr-21 12:34:55

My daughter and her husband had been vegetarians for a few years, and became vegan in January. I found it relatively easy to cook a vegetarian meal for them when they came to dinner (staples were veg lasagne or tomato and spinach cannelloni) but when it comes to vegan cooking, I’m completely stumped. I really dont want to have to buy in loads of special ingredients either. Ideas please!

Esspee Fri 16-Apr-21 13:29:01

Just make what you are comfortable with. For lasagne and cannelloni simply buy the vegan version of pasta and your usual vegetarian filling avoiding animal products. There are vegan “cheeses”. Soups are very easy and most vegetable soups are vegan. For deserts fruit is a safe option.
We have vegan friends who visit once a year. When they leave I simply give them the different ingredients to take home if it is something we wouldn’t use. Stop worrying, you will be fine.

geekesse Fri 16-Apr-21 13:56:31

If you want something very ordinary and very quick, beans on toast is vegan smile

If you can find a copy Abe Books or Amazon, the book ‘Beanfeast’ by Rose Elliot is brilliant. It has nice ordinary, everyday recipes which are based on beans and lentils. Not all of them are vegan, but plenty are.

Daisymae Fri 16-Apr-21 14:01:30

Leek and potato bake, Recipe online, use vegan cheese. Really lovely, can be made in advance. Scandi style lentils is a Mindful Chef recipe. Again, just Google. You can easily source the ingredients. Highly recommended! Vegan cheese is a good standby and has a long sell by date so good to have in the fridge. Shepherd's pie with Quorn, ditto pasta.

Peasandcues Fri 16-Apr-21 14:11:58

Booths have a range of curry sauce that are Vegan and Gluten free, OP. I'm not vegan but I do like these sauces. I made a sweet potato curry with one yesterday. Rogan Josh that had sweet potatoes, garlic, tomatoes, various spices I have in my cupboard, mushrooms. I did finish off with cream but that can be omitted. One of my family members is fat free, sugar free, gluten free and dairy free (all by choice) and we cook for her a lot.

The range from Booths is Holy Cow. It is in a pouch, can be kept in a cupboard. Also, cauliflower cheese made with cornflower instead of flour for the sauce with cheese that is dairy free and suitable for vegans.

vegansrock Fri 16-Apr-21 14:50:30

Curry, chilli, pasta sauces easily made vegan. I recommend the Bosh books, but all their recipes are online. The Veganuary website has lots of easy starter recipes and tips .

M0nica Fri 16-Apr-21 15:16:36

So many I cannot list them - and I am an omnivore. But no-one has yet suggested baked potatoes, filled with ratatouille and a vegan margarine. Plenty of other vegan fillings, dhall, curried veg.

Nannarose Fri 16-Apr-21 15:57:05

One of my standards that is easily adapted is roast vegetables. Basic: onion, garlic, peppers, aubergines, tomatoes; can add leeks, courgettes, fennel etc.
All cut into chunks / squares, although I sometimes slice the fennel & aubergine; plenty of oil, and some herbs.

Now, you can serve that with plenty of bread and a variety of dipping sauces (hummus works well)
You can stir into bulgur wheat / cous-cous; and if you want, some squares of tofu / vegan cheese.

We often serve this in summer, with BBQ for the meat eaters.

I always do a big batch, and eat left-overs cold, or added to a stew.

Vegan chilli is a bit more of a faff, but freezes well. These are the secrets to add to your basic chilli sauce:
Roast veg as above
Black turtle beans cooked in vegan stock so they are tasty.
Smoked paprika for some depth of flavour as well as chilli.
Sweet corn for texture and colour.

Even DH will eat this as long as he can sprinkle on some cheese!

Witzend Sat 17-Apr-21 20:19:21

A dead easy one would be jacket potatoes with baked beans and vegan ‘cheese’. The M&S version (grated) is quite passable.

varian Sat 17-Apr-21 21:00:37

You can make thin pancakes using self raising flour and soya milk. These can be stuffed with all sorts of vegan fillings - garlic mushrooms parsley sauce or spicy tomato and lentil or ratatouille or chick pea sweet potato and cumin. Serve with other veg or salad

Magnolia62 Sun 18-Apr-21 00:13:09

Vegan pizza? I make my own pizza dough in the bread maker but you can use a ready baked base. Then just add suitable toppings and a vegan grated cheese, there are mozzarella as well as cheddar type ones.

Risotto? Use vegetable stock cubes. There are a variety of recipes. We like the courgette, lemon and thyme one.

Puff pastry, can use a sheet of ready made rolled out vegetarian friendly one. Spread with ‘ free from’ pesto or a sundried tomato pesto, check it contains no dairy, then add toppings you would use for a pizza.

Vegetarian potato cakes. Made just like fish cakes but with vegan flavourings. Vegan cheese, herbs, fried onion etc.

All the above can be served with some interesting salads, maybe containing chick peas, nuts and seeds for extra protein, with an interesting dressing.

Veggie sausage casserole. Veggie stock cubes and just make as you would a meaty sausage casserole.

Hope these help. My dil is dairy free so when she visits I often make vegan recipes. Asda do a good range of plant based ingredients. Dil loves the Nu cream cheese alternative. Think that’s how you spell it. You can also use Elmlee cream to replace double cream.

Perhaps try a vegan brownie recipe. I think the one I use is a BBC Good Food recipe.

Magnolia62 Sun 18-Apr-21 00:24:39

Egg free pasta dishes are an idea. Use oaty milk, vegan cheese and a non dairy margarine for a cheese sauce, I use Vitalite. Any vegetables can be combined in a tomato sauce too such as onions, leeks, peppers, sweet corn.

I think you can buy fajitas and taco shells which are vegan. Then just fill them with vegetarian fillings, obviously meat free, so veggies or quorn.

I have made quiches too, obviously no eggs, but you could fill a pastry case with veggie fillings.

I suggest you google vegan recipes. It’s surprising once you start and realise that there are now so many more ideas to try which are straightforward.

varian Sun 18-Apr-21 19:13:25

Tonight we had spicy stuffed aubergines, cabbage, beans, roast parsnips and carrots and baked potato with a creamy herb sauce. Neither of us is vegan. I don't eat meat but OH does. Even so we enjoy many tasty vegan meals.

M0nica Tue 20-Apr-21 13:20:27

We are omnivores we have just had a mushroom and pepper risotto for lunch, followed by stewed rhubarb. No animal products. No animal products in my breakfast either.

Witzend Wed 21-Apr-21 14:51:24

This is a soup that we’ve often had as a main meal - probably more suited to winter, but exceedingly delicious and warming - and easy!
Any leftovers go thick, like dal, perfect to use up with some naan bread.

Red lentil and rice soup

2 veg stock cubes
1.75 litres boiling water
200g red lentils
100g risotto rice
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 large onions
2 tbsp oil
1 lemon

Dissolve stock cubes in the boiling water. Add the lentils, rice, spices and pepper. Bring to boil and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes, until lentils have dissolved and the rice is very tender.

Meanwhile, peel, halve and finely slice the onions. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and stir in the onions. Cover the pan and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until very soft.
Then increase heat and fry, stirring frequently, until very brown, caramelised and virtually burnt.
Drain on kitchen paper.

Stir into the finished soup - they give a wonderful flavour - with the juice of a lemon.
Very nice with warm naan bread.

Oofy Thu 22-Apr-21 11:20:21

DH avoids red meat due Health concerns ( he has prostate cancer and thinks it might help) and prefers to avoid other meat too. I eat meat but am happy to go along with this, provided I can cook tasty alternatives. I have found Yotam Ottolenghi ‘Simple’ (though not all vegan) and Anna Jones’s new cookery book, One Pot, Pan,Planet contain really tasty vegan suggestions, or helpful hints for turning vegetarian meals vegan. For example, we had Aubergine &Peanut stew with Pink Onions for supper last night from Anna Jones book, with rice. Absolutely wonderful and not too fiddly. Nothing wrong with baked potatoes with toppings, but you may wish to do something more elaborate if they are visiting for dinner. There are so many more interesting plant based recipes around now than even a few years ago. Incidentally, you can Google that particular recipe, I just located it online on the Spin-off website

SparklyGrandma Thu 22-Apr-21 11:23:55

For a one off, “Sophiasnana”, Waitrose do a gorgeous Vegan Chilli with Rice. In the chilled area.

b1zzle Thu 22-Apr-21 11:50:22

Split peas: my everyday lunch - simmer a mug of split peas for an hour, put them in a slow cooker for an hour and a half along with an onion and leeks (plus garlic granules and coarse ground black pepper). Leave to cool, then slice. Lasts at least four days in the fridge.

Witzend Thu 22-Apr-21 12:06:15

We aren’t vegan but often have veggie or vegan meals.

One thing I’ve made several times lately is a curried, largely root vegetable ‘stewp’- onion fried with curry powder, then simmered in stock with chunks of swede, celeriac, carrot, potato - whatever I have - plus a handful of red lentils, maybe some risotto rice, and a good tsp each of ground coriander and cumin.
A few minutes before serving I add some cauliflower sprigs and spinach, plus some lemon juice.
V nice with warmed naan bread.

valerieventers Thu 22-Apr-21 12:08:57

try the websites:

forks over knives and food revolution

there are many free recipes on both

GlamGran59 Thu 22-Apr-21 12:15:02

You can't go wrong with the Bosh boys.

GlamGran59 Thu 22-Apr-21 12:18:04

Their chick pea and hummus curry is delicious.

maryelizabethsadler Thu 22-Apr-21 12:29:01

Witzend, this sounds very like Kushari, which we used to eat when we lived in Egypt, although that had the addition of tiny pasta. It was poor man's, street food, and was absolutely delicious! It was difficult to imagine how such inexpensive, basic ingredients could produce anything so gorgeous. We loved it...

maryelizabethsadler Thu 22-Apr-21 12:30:21

Me again Witzend - I was referring to the Red Lentil and Rice soup, recipe for which I have printed out and intend to try asap. Can't wait!!!

fuseta Thu 22-Apr-21 12:57:48

I make something I call The Mix. It can be used for bolognese, chilli or sheperds pie. I fry chopped onions and mushrooms then add a can of black lentils. Meanwhile I boil up a soup mix, already prepared from the supermarket, then add that to the pan. If it is bolognese, I then add a jar of passata and a big dollop of marmite. For chilli I then add red kidney beans and chilli powder. If it is shepherds pie, I add more vegetable stock than passata and more marmite. Also, salt, pepper and garlic paste. It is so versatile and lasts for a couple of meals. It can also be frozen in batches.