Planning to go vegan? 5 plant-based recipes for beginners

Diet is often the first step towards embracing a vegan, cruelty-free lifestyle. If you are confused about how to start, here are some basic vegan recipes that are easy for beginners to follow.


By: Times Foodie

Updated Jun 30, 2022 | 18:51 IST

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If the new you is all about making a bigger commitment to your health and the planet, going plant-based is a great idea. A vegan lifestyle means a diet full of legumes, lentils, vegetables, fruits and nuts with no dairy, meat or eggs.
Even if you want to go vegan for ethical reasons, a vegan diet can assure you many health benefits due to higher amounts of fibre, folic acid, vitamin C and E, potassium, magnesium and phytochemicals. You also consume less saturated fat and cholesterol if you eat a plant-based diet. Vegans tend to be thinner, have lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and are at a lower risk of dying from heart diseases.
Diet is often the first step towards embracing a vegan, cruelty-free lifestyle. If you are confused about how to start, here are some basic vegan recipes that are easy for beginners to follow.
Vegan milk
Many people who want to go vegan give up early due to their dependence on dairy. Indian diet is rich in dairy products such as milk, butter, ghee, yoghurt, paneer and cheese. Giving up dairy is of course not easy. That's why for most vegans, finding a dairy substitute is of utmost importance. These nut milks can be used in tea, coffee, kheer, halwa and other preparations in place of dairy. While they don't necessarily taste or have in the same way as milk, they can be processed further to resemble dairy-based ingredients like paneer, cheese or butter. Here is nut milk made in three ways. Try this simple recipe today.
Vegan brownies
Don't let dessert cravings deter you from being vegan. If you thought vegan desserts were tasteless and chalky, you should try these super delicious Power Brownies. These healthy treats are full of nature's goodness such as dates, almonds, walnuts and cocoa. They are not only vegan but also gluten-free. Vegan or not, these brownies are a crowd-pleaser.
Kala chana kebab
You may miss how meat tastes in your first few weeks of going plant-based, but that doesn't mean you can't indulge in some kebabs. Kala chana or Bengal grams are a staple in every Indian household. They are also a great source of plant-based protein. In this recipe, we swapped meat for kala chana and the result is fabulous. This high-protein snack comes in handy on days when you miss meaty kebabs.
Vegan ice cream
Imagine a lusciously delicious ice cream without a hint of dairy. Is it even possible? Absolutely! This milk-free vegan ice cream captures the warm and comforting taste of coconut. This is a basic recipe, which can be tweaked with the addition of any fruit or flavours. Try a pina colada ice cream with some pineapple chunks, or finish off with some fresh homemade strawberry compote.
Vegan sushi
Sushi is delicious, healthy, oddly satisfying and looks amazing with its burst of colours on the plate. And it is not necessary that you have to add proteins to make that perfect sushi roll. Vegetarians can add an odd assortment of greens and diced veggies along with short-grain rice and with a little bit of practice create amazing dishes for the dinner table.
Vegan butter
Store-bought nut butter are convenient, but they often contain preservatives and other additives to improve shelf-life, flavour and texture. These are chemicals that don't do your body good. Lucky for us, nut butter can be made at home for a fraction of the cost of store-bought ones. Here are not one but three nut butter recipes that you can add to your smoothies, oatmeal or toast. Trust us, you will never touch store-bought ones again.

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