5 Healthy Vegan Meal Recipes

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all well.

Today I bring you… 5 delicious, healthy, super cheap and EASY dinner recipes, which all happen to be totally vegan.

I absolutely love cooking, eating, and, well… anything remotely to do with food. So, I thought I’d compile a small list of all my favourite recipes for dinner, written by yours truly. Don’t be put off by the fact that they’re vegan – I assure you they do not scrimp on flavour at all, and are packed full of nutrients and, yes, PROTEIN. Yawn.

Without further ado, let’s get stuck in…

 

Green Lentil Bolognese

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What Will I Need?

  • A tin of green lentils
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • A glug of olive oil
  • Passata and a squeeze tomato purée
  • Spaghetti of your choice (I use spelt pasta)
  • A splash of red wine
  • Vegetable stock cube
  • A tablespoon of green pesto (Sacla FreeFrom is best)
  • LOTS of chopped, fresh garlic. NOT dried!

How Do I Make It?

1 – Before anything, start boiling your spaghetti in a saucepan. Then, finely chop up the red onion and crush your garlic – saute them in a little oil until they start to brown.

2 – Add your passata and a squeeze of tomato puree and simmer lightly.

3 – Next, make a small well in the middle of the pan and pour in a glug of red wine – slowly stir it in until it has properly cooked out – you don’t wanna get your guests sloshed (or do you? It might make the evening a bit more entertaining)

4 – Next up, add a veg stock cube of your choice and stir it in until it’s completely dissolved – if the sauce is looking a bit thick, pour in some water from the pasta cooking pot.

5 – Lastly, drain your tin of lentils and add them to the pan, mixing well. For some extra flavour, add a spoonful of pesto and a load of chopped, fresh basil. Fresh herbs make ALL the difference and are miles tastier than all that dried shite (sorry… they just are.) A basil plant is about £1 from the supermarket and will last ages if you water it! Trust me, it’s DELICIOUS.

Add salt and pepper to your taste, and stir in the cooked spaghetti. BOOM – there we have it – such an easy, delicious and nutritious meal which takes no time at all to whip up. Next…

 

Chilli ‘Non Carne’

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What Will I Need?

  • A tin of kidney beans
  • Soya mince. You can usually find this in the frozen section of most supermarkets!
  • Rice of your choice
  • Fresh coriander (it’s the fresh herb police again. Seriously, do it.)
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Veg stock cube of your choice
  • A glug of red wine (optional)
  • Spices (paprika, cumin & chilli powder)
  • 1x tin of plum tomatoes and a squeeze of tomato purée

How Do I Make It?

1 – Start off by boiling/steaming your rice according to packet instructions. If you’ve got a microwave bag, wait till the end. Begin lightly pan frying your onions and garlic until they start to brown (sorry, do I think I’m Gordon Ramsay?) Add your spices now so they have time to cook out and add a little water if necessary!

2 – If you’re using soya mince, chuck this in now with a cup of water so it can soak up the flavours of the spices.

3 – At this point, it’s kinda a ‘chuck it all in the pan and see what happens’ jobby, so add your tomatoes, puree, veg stock cube and mix well. A glug of red wine in the middle of the pan will add amazing richness, too.

4 – Finish off with a tin of kidney beans and loads of fresh, chopped coriander. Add more on the top as well, just because.

 

Loaded Nachos

I already wrote up a recipe post for these amazing nachos here – head over to check it out! You might not think of nachos as a proper meal, but trust me – these are filling!

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Red Lentil Coconut Curry

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What Will I Need?

  • Rice of your choice (if wanted)
  • Vegetables of your choice (courgettes, cauliflower, peas or broccoli all work really well but it’s totally up to you what you want to use!)
  • Dried red split lentils
  • 1x tin chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • 1x red onion
  • Spices (curry powder and chilli powder)
  • A tin of coconut cream
  • Lots of fresh coriander (here I am again)
  • Coconut oil

 

How Do I Make It?

1 – Start off by boiling your lentils, as they can take quite a while! If necessary, start boiling your rice, too.

2 – Lightly pan fry your onion and vegetables in a teaspoon of coconut oil. If you’re using spinach or peas, wait till the end to add these.

3 – Add your spices now (don’t be shy with ’em) and add some water if necessary. Once the spices have started to cook out, add your tomatoes and tomato puree.

4 – Once all the tomatoey-ness is bubbling away, add your tin of coconut cream. This may look a lil’ gross at first, but once it’s all combined it’s all fine and dandy.

5 – Once the lentils have cooked completely, drain them, add these into the mixture and combine. The lentils will resemble a mush, to be honest – don’t panic, you haven’t done something drastically wrong. If you’re using spinach or peas, throw these in now too, along with a generous amount of chopped coriander.

6 – And there you have it! If you like more of a kick, add some chopped fresh chillies and cracked black pepper. Enjoy!

 

Warming Sausage Casserole

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What Will I Need?

  • Vegan sausages (Linda McCartney ones are the best, IMO)
  • Tin of beans (kidney beans or cannellini beans work best)
  • Chopped potato (or new potatoes)
  • Mushrooms
  • Chopped green beans
  • Spinach and/or kale
  • Tin of plum tomatoes
  • Gravy (made up of original Bisto granules and a vegetable stock cube)
  • 1 red onion
  • B12 Nutritional Yeast Flakes for a lovely cheesy flavour
  • Lots of basil (or any preferred herb of your choice)

 

How Do I Make It?

1 – Start off by chopping your potatoes into small pieces and whack in the oven to bake alongside your onions and sausages, like a traybake.

2 – Fry off (or boil, your choice) your green beans, spinach/kale and mushrooms.

3 – When both of the above are ready, add to a big pot with the gravy, tomatoes and beans.

4 – Stir in some B12 flakes, lots of chopped herbs, salt and pepper and cook in the oven until it’s nice and bubbling.

The above recipe is super easy as you can see, great for guests and an ideal way to use up any vegetables that are about to go on the turn!

 

So, there we have it – 5 vegan, easy-peasy and (mainly) healthy recipes for you to try out. Eating veggie or vegan doesn’t have to be expensive, complex or intimidating – to be honest, I’d say all of these dishes are way easier and more flavourful than their meat counterparts – and, you get to bump up your 5 a day! Enjoy them, and if you make any of them, I’d love to see your pics!

Speak soon

Love, Dayna x

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