What is a plant-based diet?
A plant-based diet is built around foods derived from plants, including fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds, with few or no animal products.
What's the difference between a vegan and plant-based diet?
While these two dietary approaches are very similar, a plant-based lifestyle allows for the occasional consumption of animal products, should an individual choose to eat these. On the other hand, veganism avoids consuming all animal-based products and by-products.
Best plant-based recipes
Chickpea curry with spinach and potatoes
This easy curry serves four and makes for a wholesome midweek meal packed with chickpeas, spinach and fragrant spices.
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Vegan jackfruit massaman curry
A tin of jackfruit (which you can pick up at almost any supermarket) is the magic ingredient in this vegan massaman curry served with salted peanuts.
Slow-cooker cashew and potato curry
A creamy, aromatic Sri Lankan curry, made simply in a slow cooker. This recipe doesn't require any fancy ingredients and offers a great plant-based dish the whole family will love.
Vegan Thai green tofu curry
We've swapped chicken for smoked tofu and crunchy veg to transform this Thai green curry into a vegan option. It can be made in just 25 minutes and it's low in calories, too.
Cook aubergine pieces with fragrant spices and red lentils for a healthy midweek meal. Serve with naans for a hearty dinner.
Chickpea chana masala
Make chickpeas the star of the show with this vegan curry that can feed a hungry crowd. Scoop up with roti for a filling dinner.
Creamy vegan aubergine curry with peanut butter
This creamy coconut and peanut aubergine curry is a comforting dinner that’s ready in 30 minutes. It serves four, but any leftovers can be enjoyed for lunch the next day.
Hummus, kale and coriander noodles
Check out this easy vegan salad recipe with crunchy kale and fiery ginger, topped with a creamy hummus and peanut butter dressing – an easy midweek meal for two.
Whole roast cauliflower with warm harissa hummus
Make cauliflower the star of your Sunday roast with our vegan recipe. Served on a bed of warm harissa hummus, the gentle spices give this dish a fragrant flavour.
Vegan chilli non carne
A sweet 'n' smoky chilli non-carne recipe (see what we did there?) made with vegan mince, two types of beans and plenty of spices for added kick. For a truly vegan chilli, look for vegan mince here or use Quorn for a veggie chilli (Quorn mince contains egg white).
Vegan quinoa chilli with black beans
This quinoa and black bean chilli recipe is high in protein and happens to be vegan, but still tastes impossibly creamy.
Sweet potato chilli con carne
Our low-calorie veggie chilli contains under 500 calories and is packed with flavour from the sweet potato and quinoa – a perfect warming midweek meal. Try more easy vegan dinner recipes.
Vegan black bean chilli
Check out our easy slow-cooker chilli with fiery chipotle. This is a hearty take on the classic chilli con carne that the whole family will love. To make it vegan, serve without the soured cream addition.
Vegan coronation tofu salad
We’ve swapped chicken for tofu to give coronation salad a vegan twist. It’s easy to make and low in calories, too.
Gochujang roast sweet potato salad with mixed grains
Pack plenty of texture into this low-calorie salad with roast sweet potatoes, mixed grains, radishes and cucumber, and lift with a punchy Korean dressing.
Vegan Thai noodle salad with herbs and watermelon
Ready in 20 minutes, this vibrant vegan salad is packed with juicy watermelon and crunchy peanuts for a fresh dinner for two.
Roasted courgette, chickpea and lemon salad
Ready in just 20 minutes, this vegan salad makes an ideal side dish, packed with chickpeas, baby courgettes and punchy rose harissa.
Crunchy veg and smoked tofu salad with sesame dressing
Crunchy veg and smoked tofu add great textures to this vegan salad, with a nutty sesame dressing bringing the whole dish together.
Buddha bowl salad
This vibrant vegan bowl is easy to make – just throw grains and veg together, then drizzle with a spicy tahini dressing for a punchy kick.
Tray-roast squash, sweet potato and grain salad
Get ahead with your weekly meal prep by roasting a batch of squash for this grain salad. It’s easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes.
Wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon
This vegan recipe for wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon is quick and easy to make. Plus, it's pasta for under 500 calories – yes, please!
Tomato, lemongrass and rice soup
Use up tinned chopped tomatoes and infuse with punchy spices to create this nutritious vegan soup.
Tofu fried rice
Check out our vegan fried rice with smoked tofu. Make this quick and easy recipe for a low-calorie midweek meal for two.
Smoked paprika jackfruit tacos, served with homemade tomato salsa and plenty of chilli sauce. The perfect party food for your vegan friends!
Sweet potato linguine with vegan puy lentil ragu
Sweet potato linguine is more robust than courgetti, so can withstand a bit more cooking. Served with a warming vegan bolognese-style ragu, this gluten-free, low-calorie main is perfect for dinner.
Vegan moussaka bowls
Check out this easy alternative to oven-baked moussaka. Ready in just 15 minutes, these vegan moussaka bowls contain the flavours and textures of a slow-cooked dish without the wait.
Vegan tempeh and pineapple kebabs
Chunks of tempeh are marinated in soy, rice wine, garlic and Chinese five-spice before joining juicy pineapple on skewers and hitting the grill in this easy vegan BBQ recipe.
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Regarding the concepts mentioned in this article, let's discuss each one:
A plant-based diet is centered around foods derived from plants, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. It emphasizes the consumption of these plant-based foods while minimizing or excluding animal products. A plant-based diet can be flexible, allowing for occasional consumption of animal products, while veganism strictly avoids all animal-based products and by-products.
A vegan diet is a type of plant-based diet that excludes all animal-based products and by-products. This includes not only meat, poultry, and seafood but also dairy products, eggs, and honey. Vegans choose this lifestyle for various reasons, including ethical, environmental, and health considerations.
The article mentions several plant-based recipes. Here are some examples:
- Chickpea Curry with Spinach and Potatoes: This curry recipe is packed with chickpeas, spinach, and fragrant spices, making it a wholesome midweek meal.
- Vegan Jackfruit Massaman Curry: This curry uses jackfruit, a versatile fruit that can be used as a meat substitute. It is served with salted peanuts.
- Slow-Cooker Cashew and Potato Curry: This creamy and aromatic Sri Lankan curry is made in a slow cooker and doesn't require fancy ingredients.
- Vegan Thai Green Tofu Curry: This vegan version of Thai green curry replaces chicken with smoked tofu and crunchy vegetables. It can be prepared in just 25 minutes and is low in calories.
- Aubergine Dhansak: This healthy midweek meal combines aubergine pieces with fragrant spices and red lentils. It can be served with naans.
- Chickpea Chana Masala: This vegan curry recipe features chickpeas as the star ingredient and can feed a hungry crowd. It can be enjoyed with roti.
- Creamy Vegan Aubergine Curry with Peanut Butter: This creamy coconut and peanut aubergine curry is ready in 30 minutes and serves four. Leftovers can be enjoyed for lunch the next day.
- Hummus, Kale, and Coriander Noodles: This easy vegan salad recipe combines crunchy kale, fiery ginger, and a creamy hummus and peanut butter dressing.
- Whole Roast Cauliflower with Warm Harissa Hummus: This vegan recipe makes cauliflower the star of a Sunday roast. It is served on a bed of warm harissa hummus.
- Vegan Chilli Non Carne: This sweet and smoky chilli non-carne recipe is made with vegan mince, two types of beans, and plenty of spices. It can be served without the soured cream addition to make it vegan.
These are just a few examples of the plant-based recipes mentioned in the article. There are many more plant-based recipes available that cater to different tastes and preferences.
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