Updated: Mar 23
Get inspiration for Veganuary with these 10 mouthwatering vegan dinner recipes. They're easy to make and will make you forget all about dairy and meat.
You're here, which means that you are considering trying Veganuary. Whether it's for 1 meal, 1 day, or 1 month. I'm proud of you for trying. However, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to come up with vegan recipes. Trust me, I've been there.
I've made a list of my favorite vegan recipes, that you can try for Veganuary 2023. Scroll down to see the list.
What Is Veganuary?
Veganuary is a yearly 'event' for the whole month of January. The main goal is to eat vegan food and avoid animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs and cheese.
What are The Benefits Of Going Vegan?
Feeling better physically and mentally
One of the main benefits of going vegan is that you'll feel better physically and mentally. You might go through a transition period at first, where you feel a bit tired and irritated. It can last from a few days to a month, it really depends on your body, and everyone reacts differently. Personally, I didn't feel it, I only felt the positive changes and it was pretty instant. Meat and dairy are both very heavy for the body and the mind and it makes you feel tired and bloated, whereas vegan food will wake you up and energize you.
Weight-Loss & Clear Skin
Another benefit is that you'll probably lose a bit of weight. Transitioning from meat and dairy to a vegan diet means that you will eat less fat and sugar, that is if you follow a rich and healthy vegan diet (stay away from the processed stuff). Instead, your diet will be filled with vegetables, lentils, nuts, fruit, etc. Another benefit you'll probably notice is your skin. It will clear up and make you look fresher and more alive. This is due to all the fresh foods you'll be eating and also because you won't be eating/drinking whey and casein (the proteins in cow's milk) that are linked to acne and bad skin.
Better for the environment and the animals
The best thing about going vegan is that you'll be contributing to less pain and pollution.
Did you know that it takes 1,847 gallons/6,991 litres of water to produce 1 pound/500g of beef!? That's enough water to fill 39 bathtubs all the way to the top. Just to put it in perspective, 1 kg of potatoes only needs 284 liters of water, how crazy is that?
In terms of your carbon footprint, researchers at Loma Linda University in California found that vegans have the smallest carbon footprint, generating a 41.7 percent smaller volume of greenhouse gases than meat-eaters do. So it's safe to say that you'll be doing the planet a favor by eating a vegan diet.
In my opinion, the most important and biggest benefit of them all is that you won't be contributing to the killing of innocent animals.
10 Vegan Dinner Recipes For Veganuary
Enough with the scientific stuff and onto the fun part. Here are 10 mouthwatering and easy dinner recipes to try for veganuary 2023. Perfect recipe list for a new vegan.
Perfect for when you're craving sushi, but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen. Customize the bowl with all your favorite vegetables.
An easy and delicious creamy Coconut & Cauliflower Soup recipe that can be made in just one pot. Topped with baked cauliflower and coconut milk. Perfect comfort dish for the cold January evenings.
If you're looking to indulge in a carb feast then this recipe is exactly what you need. It's creamy, peppery and you'll have it ready in less than 15 minutes. Optional: Add fried smokey tofu on top.
Quick and healthy vegan & gluten-free dinner. This is one of my go-to recipes when I want something delicious, easy and healthy. It's also a one pot dish.
Not only do Barcome Nursery deliver the best local vegetables ever but they make the BEST recipes. This one is the ultimate comfort dish, I could eat it every day. It's packed with nutrients and it's really rich in flavor. What more could you ask for? It tastes even better the next day so make sure you save some for lunch.
6. TORTILLA SOUP
One of my favorite food blogs out there is Cookie and Kate. She makes the most delicious recipes and one of my favorite recipes is this Tortilla Soup. It's easy to make and it's packed with flavors.
Mushroom lovers, this one's for you. This risotto is packed with flavors and it's the perfect dish to make on a Saturday night with a glass of wine.
A super easy, rich and creamy butter chik'n recipe. It's one of my favorite dishes to make when I want a quality meal without having to spend hours in the kitchen. This dish can be ready to eat in less than 30 minutes. Best of all, it tastes even richer the day after, so be sure to save some for lunch.
9. GREEN BEAN & POTATO CURRY
A very easy and delicious vegan green bean & potato curry from A Virtual Vegan. It's the perfect starter recipe for Veganuary.
Another tasty recipe from Barcome Nursery. This is such a soul-warming recipe packed with flavors from all the different vegetables.
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Hope you enjoyed my list. Remember, you don't have to be perfect. It's all about playing around with food, enjoying the process of making it and most importantly, enjoying eating it.