20 Recipes to Keep You Motivated Through Veganuary

The point of Veganuary is to offer a low-commitment way to try out veganism.Veganuary changed my life. But don’t let that overwhelm you. The very point of Veganuary  — dedicating the month of January to eating exclusively plant-based (and if you’re really gung-ho, living completely cruelty free) — is to offer a low-commitment way to try out veganism, without the crushing notion of never eating cheese or chicken wings ever again.

It’s fun, it’s easy, and it may just change your life too. Or not. Either way, for all the good that going vegan can do for your health, for the planet, and for all the animals saved, it’s certainly worth a try, even if for just one month. (According to vegancalculator.com, going vegan for one month saves thirty animal lives, 33,000 gallons of water, and 600 lbs. of CO2.)

And hey, you might just find yourself in love with vegan cheese and “chicken wings” come Feb. 1.

Of course re-learning to shop and cook sans animal products can feel like a daunting task, so to help keep motivation up and hunger down during your own Veganuary adventure, I offer these twenty winter-hardy and family-friendly recipes.

This mix of comfort foods, healthy meals, and lots in between, are what helped show me just how delicious and easy it can be to cook and eat animal-free:

1. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie, by The Minimalist Baker

https://minimalistbaker.com/1-hour-vegan-shepherds-pie/

2. Creamy Cannelloni, by Bosh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK3Ce4Y7sVQ

3. Black Bean Tacos, by The Kitchn

https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-10-minute-black-bean-tacos-233042

4. Chili and Ginger Marinated Eggplant, by Farm Drop

(pro-tip: double the marinade and mix the extra half with peanut butter for a delicious sauce.)

https://www.facebook.com/FarmdropUK/videos/vb.272515242860049/1138007396310825/?type=2&theater

5. Penne Primavera with Avocado Cashew Cream, by Robin Robertson

http://robinrobertson.com/penne-primavera-avocado-cashew-cream/

6. Sticky Shitake Mushrooms + Sticky Chili Tofu, both by Bosh

https://www.bosh.tv/recipes/sticky-shiitake-mushrooms

https://www.facebook.com/boshtv/posts/1197835803628251

7. Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings,” by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/crispy-buffalo-cauliflower/

8. Vegan “Pulled Pork” Sandwiches with jackfruit, by Tasty

(pro-tip: canned jackfruit in brine works just as well, if not easier than fresh.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIFP3z7f8mc

9. Chicken-less Tofu Noodle Soup, by Connoisseurus Veg

https://www.connoisseurusveg.com/chickenless-tofu-noodle-soup/

10. “Camembert Cheese” Dip, by Bosh

https://www.bosh.tv/recipes/camembosh

11. Rice Stuffed Tomatoes, by 12 Tomatoes

(pro tip: throw in a can on kidney beans and/or chickpeas to amp up the plant protein.)

http://12tomatoes.com/rice-stuffed-tomatoes/

12. Lentil Walnut Bolognese, by Anna Pippus

http://www.annapippus.info/recipes/2017/11/25/lentil-walnut-bolognese

13. Tofu Nuggets, by We Are So Vegan

(pro tip: with the right dipping sauce, kids love these!)

http://www.wearesovegan.com/tofu-nuggets/

14. Coconut Chickpea Curry

(pro tip: pistachios on top add an great protein packed crunch)

https://jessicainthekitchen.com/coconut-chickpea-curry-recipe/

15. Vegan French Toast, by Loving It Vegan

https://lovingitvegan.com/vegan-french-toast/

16. Seitan Korean BBQ “Ribs,” by Delightful, Delicious, Delovely

https://delightfuldeliciousdelovelyblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/vegan-bbq-ribs-seitan-with-spicy-korean-or-spicy-traditional-bbq-sauce/

17. Veggie Tofu Scramble, by The Plant Based Pantry

(pro tip: most roll out “crescent roll” tubes found in the grocery store are vegan, and go great with tofu scramble.)

http://theplant-basedpantry.com/2015/06/17/veggie-tofu-scramble/

18. Chickpea Salad Sandwich, by Oh She Glows

http://dev.ohsheglows.com/2015/07/21/chickpea-salad/

19. Smoked Carrot Lox, by Delightful Vegans

http://delightfulvegans.com/recipe/vegan-smoked-salmon-carrot-lox/

20. Vegan Big Mac, by Bosh

https://www.bosh.tv/recipes/the-vegan-big-mac

For additional info and support, visit Veganuary.com, and follow me on Instagram, @JessLSR, where I often share my daily vegan cooking adventures.


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