Transitioning to veganism can be daunting for those of us who have spent our entire lives using and consuming animal products. If you’re looking to make the change this new year (or anytime!) I’ve put together a roundup of my favorite recipes that helped take the transition from intimidating and scary to easy and delicious.
Sweet and Simple Vegan Pancakes by yours truly
It took me a few months to perfect my pancake recipe (because I can’t eat oatmeal every day). I made these pancakes for my nonvegan family members this holiday season, and they went over pretty well!
Simple Southwest Tofu Scramble by Minimalist Baker
If you’re not a fan of oatmeal or sweet breakfasts in general, tofu scrambles are for you! I used to eat eggs basically every morning—dishes like this are a perfect substitute. I normally use whatever vegetables I have on hand, but this recipe is a perfect starter for your first few times making the dish.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream by Chocolate Covered Katie (her photo shown above)
Nice cream is a vegan Insta-staple—my favorite flavor to make is chocolate peanut butter. If you’re not a fan, there are endless possibilities. Just search around the Internet or experiment for yourself!
The photo above was one of my most popular on Instagram this year! It’s my version of the recipe above, Budget Bytes’ Golden Coconut Lentil Soup. This soup is so cheap and easy to make, and it’s perfect for meal prep and freezing leftovers.
Vegan Mongolian “Beef” Seitan by Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen
Beef and broccoli was my go-to at American Chinese restaurants when I was younger. Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen has a great version of this recipe—I have yet to make my own seitan, but store-bought worked out great for me in this recipe!
Vegan Green Chili Mac ‘n’ Cheese by Minimalist Baker
15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta by Oh She Glows
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings by hot for food
Banana bread was one of the first (non-vegan) things I learned how to bake from scratch. This recipe by Caitlin Shoemaker (From My Bowl) is the best vegan one I’ve tried—I ate the entire loaf pictured above in about a day and a half!