Ratatouille

According to Vegetarian Times Magazine (yes, that really exists!) around 3.2% of US adults are vegetarian and 0.5% are vegan. That’s 1 million people in the US alone who consume no meat or animal products.

Many more of us, whilst not fully-fledged vegans, take a keen interest in where our food comes from and what it does to our bodies. And now that we are starting to get into spring, there’s no excuse not to use some of those fresh veggies grown from our bounty of rain! So whether you’re trying to reduce the amount of meat you eat, keep away from dairy or are simply looking for a delicious, nutritious dinner, here are five mouth watering recipes that just happen to be vegan. No hard to find or tasteless ingredients, just good food that’s good for you!

1. Thai Coconut, Broccoli and Coriander Soup. Soup has to be one of the easiest meals to make vegan but this thai-inspired one really celebrates those veggies – it’s fresh, green, creamy and just a little bit spicy! If you’re using shop-bought green curry paste just have a quick scan of the ingredients to make sure it’s vegan friendly and doesn’t have too much oil.

2. Ratatouille. Roasting fresh eggplant, zucchini and peppers in this classic French dish really brings out the flavors – and it just so happens there’s no added meat or dairy. Once prepared, the dish just needs placing in the oven for 30 minutes leaving you free to get on with other things.

3. Indian Mango Dal. Indian cuisine boasts a large number of vegetarian and vegan dishes so if aromatic flavors are your kind of thing give this fruity, spicy dal a try. Ripe mango will soften and impart a sweet flavor to the dish while under ripe mango will hold its shape more and be a little more tart, but both work well so use whichever you prefer.

4. Baked Falafel With Orange Tahini Sauce. From meat eaters to vegans, falafel is universally loved. This Middle Eastern favorite can be personalized just how you like it – baked, fried, spicy, herby, served in a wrap, with salad or stuffed into pita. Try this recipe with orange tahini sauce for another twist on the classic. Make sure to pick up your green cabbage fresh from the farmer’s market so it’s nice and crisp!

5. Panzanella. Use the best quality ingredients you can in this simple Tuscan bread and tomato salad. This rustic recipe lets the fresh tomato flavor shine and a good extra virgin olive oil will really bring everything together. If you don’t have any stale bread in the kitchen, toast some fresh bread in a low oven for 10 minutes. We recommend trying multi-colored heirloom tomatoes for this recipe, it adds a delicious color pop!

Have you ever accidentally eaten vegan? Share your recipes with us in the comments!