10 easy healthy vegan recipes to kick-start Veganuary

The VITL Nutrition Team

Have you decided to go Vegan this January but are not sure what to cook? Our in house nutritionists share some of their favourite recipes!


“What even is ‘Veganuary’?” we hear you ask. Veganuary is a challenge to give up eating meat and animal products for the whole of January. Some do it for animal welfare reasons, some do it for environmental reasons, some maybe even just for economic reasons. Whatever the reason, it is a great way to prove to yourself that you don’t need to rely on animal products for a decent meal.

There is, however, one caveat.

Going vegan doesn’t automatically mean eating healthier.

There is an unhealthy way and a healthy way to do a vegan diet. Try to steer clear of packaged foods and remember, just because it has a ‘vegan’ label on it, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy! Instead, focus on fresh vegetables, pulses, tofu, beans, nuts, and fruit.

Here are our favourite healthy vegan VITL Life recipes to get you started:

Rainbow rolls with crispy tofu ginger peanut sauce

Crunchy, colourful and delicious. Perfect for lunchboxes!

Cooked up by: @reachingforgreens

Black bean chili with sweet potato wedges

You won’t miss meat with this mighty Mexican meal. Mmmm-mmm.

Roast pumpkin, turmeric & argan soup

Often forgotten post-Halloween, pumpkin is nutritious, cheap and goes a long way!

Cooked up by: @cyntra.in.the.city

Healthy grain-free pesto pizza

‘Vegan’ and ‘pizza’ and ‘healthy’ are rarely three words you’ll find together, but we’ve finally cracked it. Get creative and enjoy your favourite veggie toppings.

Cauliflower and butterbean soup

Yes, another soup - but it is the season for it after all. This soup provides lots of fibre and protein from the beans, and it’s dead easy to make.

Roasted beetroot hummus

Hummus is great and all, but PURPLE hummus is where it's really at.

Harissa aubergine cauliflower “couscous”

This tasty, low-carb wonder provides 3 of your 5-a-day in just one easy dish.

Goji berry & beetroot energy balls

Perfect energy-boosters when you’re on the go.

Cooked up by: @lily_soutter_nutrition

And a couple of sweet vegan treats to reward all your great vegan-ing:

Protein cinnamon swirls

Cooked up by: @ThePlantifulChef

Raw coconut almond fudge

Cooked up by: @hannahdarvas

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