Switching to a plant-based diet comes with its own challenges, especially if you are used to having meat-based meals over the years. Going green has all sorts of added health benefits from weight management to reducing blood pressure and even some cancers but in general, eating more nutrient-dense meals will help improve all aspects of your overall health and wellbeing.
Making the switch may be a life choice or a recommendation from your doctor. Whatever the reason we wanted to give you a helping hand with some delicious plant-based recipes that you can start making today to reap the rewards plants have to offer.
Eating a plant-based diet does not mean you have to be vegan. Being vegan is more than just what you eat, it is also about abstaining from all animal products and the treatment and wellbeing of animals. Some vegans go as far as not consuming honey or produce that exploits the use of bees such as avocados, kiwis, and butternut squats for example. You may be here just because you want to see how eating a plant-based diet “vegan diet” can benefit you.
What’s more, you may only want to enjoy plant-based meals on certain days of the week and that’s fine, in fact, it’s a great way to start incorporating plant-based recipes, you are not a vegan, you just eat plant-based meals now and again.
There are arguments, strong arguments that being 100% vegan (in terms of diet) is not great for long term health. There are some vitamins such as vitamin B-12, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, calcium and vitamin D that if you are not careful you could develop a deficiency.
So, before we dive into the recipes here are a few reasons why switching to a plant-based diet could be good for you.
Eating a plant-based diet undoubtedly will improve your overall health. Plants have an abundance of essential nutrients in them that you simply cannot get from meat alone.
Have you ever noticed that when you avoid fruit and veggies for a while you start to feel generally unwell? Over time this can lead to all sorts of problems such as vitamin deficiencies, digestive issues, cancer, metabolic disorders, and visual problems to name just a few.
Plants are so important for your overall health not to mention the positive effects it can have on your weight loss journey.
A diet high in fruit and vegetables can help reduce your chances of getting heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce your chances of getting visual and digestive problems while promoting healthy cell development and keep your immune system in top condition.
A natural source of Antioxidants
The nutrients found in plant-based foods can also help to fight inflammation within the body as they are packed full of antioxidants. A long-term build-up of inflammation caused by “free radicals” can lead to arthritis and some cancers. Foods that are high in antioxidants are.
Herbs and spices are super high in antioxidants so go crazy. (Source)
Eating a mostly plant-based diet can help you lose weight. You can still eat badly on a plant-based diet however it is much harder but the main difference between eating a plant-based diet and mostly meat is that in general plants have a low-calorie density while having a high nutrient density (which is good for overall healthy). Why is this more favorable for losing weight?
We always recommend that you fill up on veggies and this is for a good reason. Because veggies are low in calories and you can eat a lot of them, guilt-free. Meaning you can eat more, and you will fill your stomach up. Add in the sheer volume you can eat whilst staying low in calories plant-based meals are extremely high in fiber which will also help you feel fuller for longer. Fibre also helps to stabilize your blood sugars, improves your gut health, and can help lower cholesterol, (source).
500 calories of just veggies is a lot in terms of actual food volume, compared to a 500-calorie slice of pizza or 4 tablespoons of olive oil, which would just be a drop in the ocean in comparison.
Healthy Plant-Based Recipes
To help you start eating more plant-based recipes and hopefully improve your overall health here are over 40 vegan/ plant-based recipes to help you get going. There should be something for most tastebuds to try.
Click here to jump down to some tasty plant based treats, snacks and breakfast recipes.
These Vegan Honey Mustard Chicken Wraps are perfect for lunch or dinner, or even as a snack. They’re customizable and easy to assemble so they’ll please the whole family, and they’re ready in less than 20 minutes!
Creamy, satisfying, and refreshing, this vegan avocado salad is divine but incredibly easy to make. Reminiscent of guacamole, this salad is an elevated yet approachable, family friendly, and comes together in only 15 minutes (or less!).
hese gluten free and vegan sheet pan chickpea fajitas are so easy to make and are packed with flavor! They are made with simple healthy ingredients making them a great dinner option for any night of the week!
Flavor packed and beautifully colored, our vegan beetroot kidney bean burger patties are the star at every BBQ, picnic or dinner table! Seriously hearty and secretly healthy, they are crispy, protein-rich, gluten-free and so easy to make.
Our creamy plant-based mac and cheese is made with a delicious homemade cashew sauce and crunchy broccoli florets! It’s the perfect comfort food for veg-curious people, picky eaters or those with food intolerances. Using simple ingredients like potatoes, carrots and nutritional yeast, it’s low in fat, healthy and really approachable.
One pot meal: These Vegan Japchae Korean Glass Noodles, makes a hearty meal option when combined with vegetables and tofu. Whipping them in Instant pot is quick and easy. These Japchae noodles are loaded with tons of flavors. Every bite of these luscious, and chewy texture noodles make you want to have more.
This Mexican style Quinoa Salad is a must-try vegan and gluten-free summer salad. A medley of textures and flavors, it can be served as a side dish, enjoyed as a lunch, stuffed in the wraps, or added to vegan
This vegan burrito bowl is packed with spices and flavour, but super simple to make and ready in under 20 minutes. We truly believe that Mexican food doesn't have to be covered in cheese and filled with meat to be delicious and it can also be healthy too - this vegan burrito bowl certainly proves that.
Delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this homemade Japanese Miso Soup recipe is ready to warm you up. Filled with dashi, tofu, onion and pumpkin, it’s bursting with goodness and ready in 10 minutes.
Fire roasted tomatoes, cilantro, lime and smoked paprika give this slow cooker quinoa chili a unique and robust flavor. This thick and hearty plant-based chili is easy to make and takes just 10 minutes to prepare. Enjoy right away or make ahead for easy prep. Freezes well too!
This quick and easy Vegan Pasta Salad takes less than 20 minutes to make start to finish. It’s made with very simple ingredients that are healthy, colorful, and tasty. And my favorite part is the dressing, the creaminess of the dressing is the reason why we absolutely LOVE this pasta salad.
Rapini with Raisins and Hazelnuts is one of those special recipes that everyone loves! Pleasantly bitter rapini (broccoli rabe), sweet, plump golden raisins, crunchy hazelnuts cooked in good olive oil and plenty of garlic! Plant based and vegan!
Instant pot Spanish Rice is an easy and family-friendly recipe to make in the instant pot. With just 5 ingredients this vegan Spanish rice goes very well with Mexican meal planning. It is ready in just 30 minutes in an instant pot.
A green broccoli smoothie is a great choice whether you’re on a detox or just trying to add a bit of greens to your diet! Vegan, dairy free, gluten free and loaded with vitamins this delicious smoothie is easy to make with fresh or frozen broccoli – your choice!
Lightly sweetened, these small-batch vegan bran muffins are made extra flavourful with the addition of orange juice. Whole wheat flour, fibre-rich bran, and flax make them a filling grab-and-go breakfast.
Sweet Potato Vegan Edible Cookie Dough is the perfect appetizer for your sweet tooth. This vegan cookie dough recipe is made with natural ingredients and goes perfectly with fruit, chocolate and graham crackers, making it one of the best healthy vegan desserts
This Chocolate Avocado Pudding is SO delicious! It tastes and has the same texture as any normal chocolate pudding would but is so much healthier! It’s also gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free, and takes 5 minutes to make!
Easy vegan cinnamon rolls with just 8 ingredients and an optional overnight method. Made with a base of spelt flour and with a coconut sugar and coconut oil filling, but with plenty of substitution options!
You’ll never buy store-bought again after you try this homemade Vegan Granola Recipe. It’s lightly sweetened and the crunchy clusters are loaded with oats, nuts, dried fruit, and warm cinnamon. Plus, it’s so easy to make – just combine the 8 ingredients together and bake it into golden perfection!
Try these delightful mini caramel crumbles, the perfect sweet treat or on the go snack.
So there you have it, over 60 plant-based recipes that any vegan would approve of. Hopefully, you can find a few recipes here that you can enjoy and start living a healthier life. Who knows, you may love it so much you go all the way and completely switch to a plant-based diet.