Are you going vegan for a month in January and looking for inspiration? Relax... We've got you covered with some awesome recipes that are super-tasty, packed full of spice (obvs!), easy to make and also... healthy! No mean feat, but we’ve done it just for you.
You are probably already aware that Mamma Spice is a lifelong vegetarian, and so many of the recipes we have on our website are plant-based by default. And, because they include lots of lovely spices, they are naturally flavoursome, aromatic and delicious. Meaning our recipe section will get you through January and beyond!
In this article, we will share with you our top vegan recipes that we will be devouring this month and that we know you are going to love.
What is Veganuary anyway?
In the UK, the month of January is dedicated to inspiring people to make the shift to eat less meat and be kinder to animals and the planet.
With one in 3 of us in the UK considering going vegan in 2022, January is the perfect time to give a plant-based diet a try.
What’s more, there has never been a better time to experiment with a plant-based or vegan diet. Supermarkets are full of meat-free alternatives, and celebrity chefs are constantly developing fabulous new recipes and ideas.
When did Veganuary Start?
The 'Veganuary Challenge' actually started in 2014 when Veganuary (a not for profit organisation) encouraged people to try a plant-based diet for a month. The organisation has seen a massive surge in interest in more recent years, and reports that over 500,000 people have now signed up for the challenge! So, if you are trying Veganuary for the first time, you are in good company!
How to do Veganuary?
It sounds relatively straightforward to give up meat and dairy for a month, right?
However, there are some considerations you need to make to ensure you get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients into your diet. Take a look at this article by the Guardian, which covers everything from getting enough protein to making your new diet more affordable!
How to go vegan for a month
In terms of your day to day planning, you are going to want to base your meals around foods that fill you up, like pasta, rice or potatoes, and then add loads of veggies into the mix. Fruit is going to be your best friend, and so make sure your fridge is packed full of lots of colourful options, and of course, try out some alternative dairy products like oat or almond milk for your cereals and hot drinks.
When going vegan, planning ahead is essential. This is why we have pulled together in this article our favourite veganuary recipes of all time, to help you on your way.
You can thank us later!
Our Top 6 Vegan Recipes to get you though January
We’ve given you a blend of curries, mains, sides and Friday night treats to explore on your Veganuary journey. The key with vegan food, we’ve found, is to double down on flavour with lots of spice and seasoning, that way your tastebuds are going to forget all about what isn’t in the dish and be totally tantalised by all of the big flavours going on.
If you’re anything like us, you love a good burger. Don’t miss out. This recipe is super easy and great for a work night or a treat. We love ours served in a fresh burger bun with sliced red onion and a cheeky beer on the side – yummmmm!
Veganuary is all about showcasing and bringing plants to the forefront of our diets.
This recipe brings the humble yet versatile aubergine to the foreground. Grilled to perfection and finished with a simple sprinkle of mint.
This recipe is not only super frugal (red cabbage is one of the cheapest veggies you can buy), but full of health benefits too. Its wealth of nutrients, vitamins and minerals mean this is a super healthy side, and the Middle Eastern yoghurt-based dressing replaces the usual calorie-laden mayonnaise.
A perfect Friday night, weekend treat. Spicy, Smokey, sticky and simply delicious! A great starter and a perfect dish for any vegan or vegetarian meal.
Treat your friends and family to a dish they will never forget. This beautiful and fragrant curry is packed with vibrant fresh ingredients and spices. Serve with your choice of rice, naan bread or both!
This dish is a great Moroccan-inspired lunch or dinner for vegans. This recipe is packed full of colour and guaranteed to give you a nutritional boost! It can be served as a side or a main. Great with hummus or Baba Ganoush.
So there you have it, a gorgeous selection of spice-inspired meat-free dishes to keep you going through the Veganuary Challenge. We hope you enjoy experimenting. And as always, we are here to help and so if you have any questions then please do drop us a line.
Happy Veganuary and Happy Cooking!
Will you be trying any of these recipes? Be sure to take a photo and tag us in @spicekitchenuk
If you like the look of the recipes in this article then our spice tins will help to give them the perfect punch of flavour to help take your Veganuary cooking to the next level
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What an incredible start to 2022. We have just found out that we have been shortlisted for the Gift of the Year awards for our Indian Spice Tin with Silk Sari Wrap.