Cooking a vegan-friendly dish, or even a hosting a vegan dinner party doesn’t have to be difficult or dull. These vegan recipes prove just how simple and delicious meat and dairy-free meals can be.
Keep things casual with some crisp, crunchy, veggie snacks that everyone can tuck into. Go for a vegan take on an American classic with this lightly spiced cauliflower popcorn recipe or transform tofu into a moreish snack with this salt and pepper tofu. For a simple chip-and-dip evening, serve up your favourite crisps or crudités with something like this gorgeous herby pea houmous.
Fresh bread is always a great crowd-pleaser and plenty of easy homemade bakes are perfect for vegan diets. This step-by-step no-knead bread recipe is ideal for beginner bakers, and you could serve as a starter with some tasty cashew nut vegan cheese or a meat-free, earthy mushroom pâté. These speedy three-ingredient spiced flatbreads are great if whipping up dinner in a hurry. Serve alongside curries, spicy stews and tagines, or as part of a Middle Eastern-inspired meze.
Bringing a beautiful tart to the table is sure to impress, and there are plenty of vegan options to try at home. This nutty mushroom tart has a spelt flour pastry and is topped with sweet parsnips, meaty mushrooms and a punchy herb pesto. For something a little more colourful, try this roasted vegetable tart with a seeded crust, or serve up a spectacular pud with this easy free-from fruity galette.
Nuts, seeds and pulses are a great way to get more plant-based protein into vegan dishes. A nut roast may seem like an obvious choice, but our stunning nut roast cake has added wow factor and is packed with spices and herbs for extra flavour. As a hearty side, these spiced harissa chickpeas are a good choice, or learn how to make your own falafel for a North African-style feast with our handy step-by-step guide.
Vegan cooking is the perfect excuse to make colourful, seasonal veg the real star of your dishes. Make your favourite veg the stand-out hero by stuffing it or cooking it as a meat-free 'steak'. Try bulgur wheat-stuffed butternut squash, or squash steaks with sweet couscous. In summer, these griddled aubergine and courgette steaks make a vibrant dish that's full of flavour. For something extra pretty, this harissa spring veg bowl balances sweet carrots, peppery radishes and crunchy asparagus with nutty grains - just swap the honey for maple syrup in the dressing.
Dairy-free doesn't have to mean missing out on rich, creamy, luscious puds. Indulge chocolate cravings with this gorgeous chocolate and coconut torte that uses tofu as a clever way of creating a silky-smooth filling. For something sticky and sweet, this self-saucing date pudding is oozing with caramel sauce. Serve with this easy whipped coconut cream on the side.
If it's a celebration then you'll need a showstopping cake to finish things off. This vegan take on a classic Victoria sponge is dairy and egg-free, but you’d never know it. Filled with a (butter-free) vanilla buttercream and lashings of strawberry jam, it's just as good as the classic. Or go exotic with this mango and coconut celebration cake that works for any special occasion.
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