Healthy Recipes for Vegetarians and Vegans

Sometimes it is hard to keep healthy and have substantial meals without having meat, these recipes show that you can still get the nutrients you need without having them from processed food. These recipes can be for if you are on a budget and most products you will have in your cupboards. They can also be very versatile so if you don’t have certain products you can substitute them for something else.

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

(serves 6)

(vegetarian, vegan and dairy free)

Ingredients:

Olive oil, 3 or 4 sweet potatoes, 400g of chopped tomatoes, 2 red onions, 1 bell pepper, 400g of spinach, 2 cloves of garlic, 2cm of ginger, 1 fresh chilli, 400ml of coconut milk, 2tbsp curry powder, 200ml of water. (You can substitute some ingredients for other versions e.g. fresh chilli for chilli flakes).

Method:

  1. Firstly, prep all your ingredients, dice your onions, cut your sweet potato into around 2cm pieces, chop your chilli, garlic, pepper and ginger.
  2. In a large pan add your olive oil then add in your diced onions along with your curry powder depending on how hot you want your curry.
  3. After the onion has been cooking for around 5-10 minutes add the chilli, garlic, ginger and your sweet potato chunks, cook this for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Add in your tin of chopped tomatoes and the 200ml of water then bring it to the boil.
  5. Reduce the heat then cover and let it simmer for around 15 minutes.
  6. Take the lid off and let it cook for a further 20 minutes until the sweet potato is cooked.
  7. Stir in the coconut milk, then add your spinach until its wilted. (If you want to keep it healthier then you can add less coconut milk)
  8. You can serve this right away with rice or you can put it into containers and freeze.

Vegan Stir Fry

(serves 2)

(vegetarian, vegan and dairy free)

Ingredients:

Olive oil, 1 red onion, 1 clove of garlic, Quorn chicken pieces/ tofu, 1 fresh chilli, rice noodles/ any vegan noodles, beansprouts, 1 bell pepper, handful of tenderstem broccoli, stir fry sauce, 2cm of ginger, salt, pepper.

Method:

  1. Firstly, always prep your ingredients so chop your onion, garlic, chilli, pepper, and ginger.
  2. Add your olive oil to your pan on a medium heat and add your onion to soften them.
  3. In a separate pan boil your noodles, follow the cooking instructions on the packet, usually boil them for around 7 minutes.
  4. Next, add your Quorn chicken pieces or tofu as they are frozen, so they need time to cook.
  5. After around 4 minutes add your broccoli, garlic, chilli, and ginger. Season with salt and pepper, turn the heat down to a low heat.
  6. Add your bell pepper to the pan with everything as well as your beansprouts.
  7. Drain your rice noodles and add them to the pan, along with your stir fry sauce, add as much or as little as you want.
  8. After cooking for 2 minutes serve your stir fry up.