5 vegan recipes for January

We are firm believers that you don’t need meat to make a magical meal. Whether you want to ramp up the veg in your diet, are giving Veganuary a go, or just want to experiment with new, inspiring and veg-centric meals, these recipes are for you. We hope you’ll enjoy living life on the veg with these colourful, nourishing and bursting-with-flavour dishes.

Thai Celeriac Salad with Noodles & Crispy Tofu

This is dish is inspired by the famous Thai green papaya salad, a dish of crisp shredded veg dressed with a sharp, fragrant and punchy dressing. The noodles and tofu help draw it into a well-rounded meal. As long as they are well drained and retain a slight bite, noodles are a great addition to a salad. This dish is about texture and freshness. The tofu should be crisp on the outside but soft in the centre. See full recipe.

Squash & Tomato Dosa with Green Coconut Relish

The trick to achieving a thin dosa pancake is to tip the pan in a swift, steady roll as soon as the batter hits it. You should be able to guide and swirl the batter into an even layer. The recipe will make more batter than you need so you can have a few experimental runs. We find the first attempt always ends up as a sacrifice to the god of pancakes. See full recipe.

Aromatic Beetroot Curry with Quinoa & Coconut

Healthy and sustaining, this jewel-coloured, mild curry is packed with aromatic spices, cooled with coconut, and served with protein-packed quinoa. If you want to prevent your hands from staining when you’re preparing the beetroot, wear a pair of rubber gloves, although it does wash off, we promise! See full recipe.

Winter Pilaf with Walnut Pesto & Baked Portobellos

A good pilaf is all about light but fragrant spicing and gently methodical cooking of the rice. As best you can, the aim is to try and get the grains of rice fluffy and well separated. Placing a tea towel under the lid helps to absorb condensation in the pan, which in turn helps the grains separate. See full recipe.

Cauliflower Caponata with Garlic & Herb Tortillas

Caponata is a dish traditionally made with aubergines, so using this name may offend any purists, but the other ingredients and general feel of the dish remain correct. It incorporates the Italian principle of agrodolce (literally sour and sweet), a flavour combination that is also prevalent in many other cuisines. The vinegar and briny tang of capers and olives are well balanced out by the sugar and plump sultanas. See full recipe.

7 responses to “5 vegan recipes for January

  1. I used to be vegan for around seven years. But my health suffered. After 30 years of not eating meat I now eat meat and feel better for it.

    It is not healthier to avoid meat protein and replace it with tofu. Tempah is much better as that is fermented soya beans.

    • I agree, I lack energy and feel unwell when I eat a vegan/ vegetarian diet for more than a week. I just try to eat small portions of organic meat and freshly caught local fish, with plenty of organic veg.

  2. What do you suggest instead of the yoghurt in the beetroot curry? I have coconut yoghurt or Oatly sour cream

  3. I came up with this wonderful combination for vegan stew: butternut squash, sprouts, chick peas and vegan stock. All goes in one pot – easy! The sweetness of the squash nicely complements the brassica vibe of the sprouts. Keep the sprouts whole – just peel off outer layers. Enjoy!!

  4. Veronica Rossignol

    Isn’t it wonderful, and good, how we all differ. Over the last 18 months I have consiously weaned myself off meat and fish and have never felt better. I feel light and bright. My digestive system works more efficiently and I have shed 7 kilos without even thinking about. I have a much more varied diet now and prefer to have my protein from foods alternative to meat and fish. I think more about the food I am going to buy, prepare and eat and I really enjoy it.

  5. I have been Vegan for 23 years, I am now 73. It is the best diet for your health. People who criticise it are just not eating the right things. There is an abundance of all you need for health in vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and beans. With the exception of B12 which is easily taken as a supplement.
    Health matters and so does the health of millions of animals who are incarcerated in factory farms and killed in inhumane ways in their millions!
    Vegans are not crazy – we are from the future!

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