31 Healthy Vegan Recipes for Veganuary
Veganuary is an initiative that promotes going vegan for the month of January, just in time to line up with everyone's New Year's resolutions of eating healthy and trying new things. The concept was started by a nonprofit organization of the same name based in the United Kingdom. Whether you're considering Veganuary as a dietary reset, are interested in going totally vegan, or just want to incorporate more veggies into your diet, Veganuary participants need to avoid animal products (meat, dairy, and eggs) and instead look to plant-based dishes. To make things easier, we've rounded up 31 delicious vegan dishes — one for every day of the month — to give you some cooking inspiration.
Ellen's Vegan Stuffed Peppers
Chewy buckwheat is the base for these hearty stuffed peppers. You can mix and match what vegetables you have on hand to add to the filling.
Spicy Vegan Chili
You won't even miss the meat in this hearty chili made with beans, rice, and corn. "Marvelous recipe! Some of the best chili I’ve had in a long time." says reviewer Baseball Cat.
Easy Vegan Sheet Pan Roasted Cauliflower, Tomatoes, and Garbanzo Beans
Get dinner done while dirtying up minimal dishes thanks to this veggie-heavy recipe. User BeccaB says, "Loved it! Tasted great and made a quick, healthy weeknight dinner."
Grilled Tofu Skewers with Sriracha Sauce
A great introduction to tofu for beginners, this simple recipe relies on a spicy marinade for a boost of heat. For extra flavor, marinate everything overnight before grilling.
Vegan Mac and No Cheese
Yes, you can still enjoy macaroni when you're vegan! The key to making a creamy sauce is blending up cashews until they're silky smooth. Nutritional yeast, which can be found at most health food stores, adds a cheesy and umami taste.
Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry
Skip the takeout and make this savory stir-fry at home. Since the vegetables are pan-fried, they'll be just the right amount of crisp and tender.
Jackfruit Vegan Tacos
This is an easy first recipe for trying jackfruit, which is a fruit that greatly imitates the texture of shredded meat and can be found at health food stores or Asian grocery stores. This tangy tostada is packed with flavor thanks to taco seasoning and salsa.
Vegan Biryani Recipe
If you're looking for a recipe to test your culinary skills, this biryani is the perfect choice. This Arabic rice dish has several steps, but the end result is a tender and flavorful dish that will soon become a family favorite.
Vegan Black Bean Burgers
These simple black bean burgers are baked, making it an even easier dinner than grilling a traditional burger. "I've started making these every week to have in the fridge for a quick lunch or snack," says reviewer lovedove75.
"Vegan" and "lasagna" may be two words you've never combined before, but this rich recipe will change all that. Creamy tofu ricotta is layered with homemade tomato sauce and cooked spinach before being baked to perfection.
For those evenings when you need a simple soup, this hearty lentil version will keep you warm and full. Reviewer ErinsMom says, "This is a fabulous base recipe -- you can take this and add or delete to your own tastes and it comes out great."
Zucchini with Chickpea and Mushroom Stuffing
Zucchini halves make wonderful vehicles for an herby chickpea and mushroom filling. Make removing the zucchini's flesh easier by using a melon baller.
Traditional Style Vegan Shepherd's Pie
The ultimate homey casserole, this Vegan Shepherd's Pie can conquer any meaty cravings. "The potatoes alone get 5 stars. I wanted to eat them all out of the bowl before they made it to the oven!" says user prgr2007.
The key to making these delicious fajitas is to marinate the vegetables for several hours in a tasty combination of red wine vinegar, olive oil, and spices.
Two vegan powerhouses, tempeh and tofu, are the stars of this delicious plant-based spin on the classic Greek wrap.
Vegan Banh Mi
Take all your favorite flavors of the Vietnamese sandwich and toss it in an easy-to-build bowl. The key to infusing the tempeh and sauce with flavor is the vegan "fish" sauce this recipe makes.
Southwestern Pasta Salad
Chili-lime vinaigrette makes this hearty pasta salad stand out from the rest. "Really popular at potlucks—make a double batch!" says recipe creator Lisa Scott Provost.
Jackfruit Pulled "Pork"
Shredded jackfruit easily imitates the texture of pulled pork in this vegan BBQ sandwich. User Bethalex says, "Served with coleslaw this makes a vegetarian dream sandwich and meat eaters will love it too!"
The Best Ever Vegan Sushi
Sushi is incredibly easy to make vegan, and this recipe will show you how. Don't forget to serve with a side of wasabi, pickled ginger, and soy sauce!
Spicy Black Bean Vegetable Soup
By pureeing half of the black beans used in this recipe, the resulting soup boasts a lovely velvety texture. "Excellent soup, and I'm not even that crazy about vegetable soups!" says user Jacquita.
Chickpea Buddha Bowl
Buddha bowls are excellent meals for when you want lots of different flavors and textures without making a main and multiple sides. The star ingredients in this version is red quinoa, winter veggies, and tahini dressing.
Vegan Arepas Made with Polenta
This short-cut version of arepas uses tubed tofu to speed up the recipe. "Best meal I've had in a year!" says user Heather.
Green lentils add texture and protein to this plant-based version of bolognese. Serve over your favorite pasta, or ladle over a hearty slice of sourdough.
Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce
There's no need to order out when you have this easy two-step recipe on hand. Tofu and vegetables are sautéed together before being simmered in a sweet and salty peanut sauce.
Vegan Sweet Potato and Bean Burritos
Burritos are a big hit with almost everyone, especially when they're as creative as this vegan recipe that contains flavorful ingredients like sweet potatoes and refried beans.
Vegan Mushroom-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
You'll be transported right back to Grandma's kitchen with these stuffed cabbage rolls—except this time they have mushrooms instead of beef inside.
Spicy Vegan Potato Curry
Curry powder and garam masala combine to make this an extremely flavorful dish. Some users suggest swapping in cauliflower for part of the potatoes for more veggie goodness.
Briam (Greek Baked Zucchini and Potatoes)
You'll be shocked with how delicious this Greek casserole is even with the small ingredient list. "Do go ahead and make a huge batch! It's even more delightful the next day," says Allrecipes member The Cookie Girl.