Whatever your motivation (What the Health, anyone!?), if you are curious as to what life would be like as a vegan – or as a high plant-based foodie – there is the perfect time to get on board with a healthy eating regime.

Even if you don’t have a particular health-focused motivation but you’re looking to change things up with your regular weekday menus, then these healthy recipes could be just what you’re looking for.  You never know though, these delicious and absolutely gorgeous recipes might convince you to stay vegan all year long!  Scroll through to expand your cooking arsenal and enjoy the vegan lifestyle.

Raw Pad Thai

 

Raw Pad Thai

PHOTO: African Rawr

You can really taste the rainbow with this raw pad Thai dish. Combine baby spinach, chopped cabbage, capsicum, Mandarin oranges, mung bean sprouts, green onion, and fresh coriander leaves. Then add tahini, medjool dates, tamarind paste, chili flakes, and orange juice into a blender to make the dressing. Mix your ingredients well, and enjoy!

 

Quinoa Spring Rolls With Cashew Dipping Sauce

 

Quinoa Spring Rolls With Cashew Dipping Sauce

PHOTO:  The Minimalist Baker

The protein-rich super-grain quinoa serves as the core ingredient in this vegetable spring roll recipe. Our favorite part is the cashew dipping sauce, which consists of cashew butter, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, maple syrup, and lime juice. We love to add a dash of sesame oil. This recipe calls for julienned cucumber, carrot, and red pepper, but feel free to substitute or add in any vegetables of your choosing.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies
PHOTO: Courtesy of Jamie Oliver

These gooey brownies are heavenly. It’s impossible to believe they are gluten-free and vegan! The day before you want to bake your brownies, place a carton of coconut cream in the fridge for 24 hours to let it thicken up. Use sunflower oil to line your baking tray. Flax seeds and ground almonds make this seemingly decadent treat a nutritious snack.

Vegan BBQ Lentils with Millet Polenta

 

Vegan BBQ Lentils with Millet Polenta

PHOTO: The First Mess

Homemade barbecue sauce, lentils, and polenta make this dish warm, cosy, and absolutely amazing. First, make your barbecue sauce. It’s a scrumptious combination of smoked paprika, mustard powder, chili powder, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and tamari. Next, cook your polenta. Then combine them together and top with fresh parsley.

Easy Vegan Fried Rice

 

Easy Vegan Fried Rice

PHOTO: The Minimalist Baker

Easy, delicious, and utterly addictive, this vegan fried rice dish is so full of protein that it’s the perfect dinner to make on a weekday and take with you the next day to work. Make sure to use extra-firm tofu and brown rice.

Green Tea and Zucchini Noodles With Honey-Ginger Sauce

 

Green Tea and Zucchini Noodles With Honey-Ginger Sauce

PHOTO: Katie at the Kitchen Door

You may not think that green tea and zucchini go together that well, but this noodle dish with honey-ginger sauce is absolutely delicious. Use soba noodles as your base, and cut your zucchini into thin screens. Mint and basil leaves give this dish a wonderful freshness, and a squeeze of lemon juice offers the perfect dose of citrus.

 

What are you favourite plant-based recipes? Share them with us below!

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