My Favorite Plant-Based Recipe Resources.
Whether you’re considering a vegan diet, are just starting out or simply want to include more plant-based meals in your routine, it may be hard to know where to turn. There are so many potential resources out there that it can be a little bit overwhelming. The key is finding the best vegan recipe blogs and websites that will have you coming back for more.
I know this firsthand because when I changed my lifestyle to include healthier foods, I had no intention of becoming primarily plant-based. The recipes I found though were so good and made me feel so much better physically that before I knew it, that’s simply how I was eating. To help you wherever you are in your journey, I’ve put together my list of the 7 best vegan recipe blogs and websites that I can personally vouch for. I highly recommend starting with these and then branching out from here.
What I love: This blog is among my favorites because most of the recipes are gluten-free, soy-free and processed food-free. Angela’s writing style is also very conversational, open and honest, and while you’re going to her for her recipes, you’ll get so much more “real-person” bang for your buck. I also love that her recipes are simple and easy enough that anyone can follow them – regardless of experience level in the kitchen.
My favorite recipe: Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Avocado Garlic Aioli
What I love: Trust me on this one, Sophia has good taste. As in she knows what tastes delicious. If she puts it on her blog, you can be sure that it’s going to be fabulous. What’s even better – she’s the mother of three boys, so you can bet that her recipes are going to be very doable for even the busiest of us.
My favorite recipe: Easy Vegan Chickpea and Spinach Enchiladas
What I love: There’s no question that this website has a place on my list. Kris is where I got my start with healthy eating. While simply feeling better physically, not weight loss, was my goal, Kris was the one who introduced me to the idea that if we simply eat nutrient-dense delicious whole foods, there’s really no reason to count calories. While she has plenty of recipes that are very easy to make, there are plenty to try that take a little more time and effort if you’re feeling more adventurous.
My favorite recipe: Brain Booster smoothie (Kris is the one who got me started with my green smoothie a day habit, so there’s no way that I couldn’t pay homage to one of my favorites here.)
What I love: Amy operates under the idea that eating plant-based doesn’t have to be boring, and her recipes definitely reflect that belief. She bases her recipes on the Mediterranean diet, which means there’s lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes involved in her delicious creations. It’s also important to note that she eats gluten-free, so if that’s something you’re looking for, she’s a great resource. Even if you’re not gluten-free, you’re going to love her recipes. Best of all – she’s a big believer in keeping it simple. A simple ingredient list and simple recipes. My kind of cooking!
My favorite recipe: Vegan Tuna Salad (I was never even a fan of regular tuna salad, but to say that you can now find this concoction in my fridge at all times isn’t an overstatement!)
What I love: I first learned about the committee when I interviewed its president, Dr. Neal Barnard, for my post on Exploring a Plant-Based Diet. Its philosophy is to put prevention over pills, and one of the best and easiest ways to do that is to get people to eat more whole foods. Not only does the website explain why a plant-based diet is so healthy, it also provides plenty of recipes that make eating healthy easy and delicious.
My favorite recipe: Quickie Quesadillas
What I love: While Mary Ellen has many different types of recipes, it’s her vegan appetizers and cheese recipes that had me from the beginning. I fully admit that I am a “bar food” kind of girl and could easily eat at least a meal a day of just finger food if I lived in my perfect world. Mary Ellen’s recipes get me as close to that dream while still eating healthy that I’m going to get. I also LOVE cheese, and if I’m not eating plant-based, it’s usually because I’ve given in to that craving. Thank goodness Mary Ellen’s got my back there too.
My favorite recipe: Dairy-Free Mozzarella
What I love: Forks Over Knives is one of the most well-known advocates for plant-based eating. One of the things that I appreciate most about the recipes is that they use the complete spectrum of whole foods – vegetables, yes, but also fruit, brown rice, quinoa and plenty of legumes. They also include very little if any oil. In addition to the many recipes included on the website, there are also many practical resources for starting and maintaining a plant-based diet.
My favorite recipe: Baba Ghanoush Flatbreads
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Is there another resource that you would consider to be among the best vegan recipe blogs or websites that’s not listed here? If so, let us know what it is so that we can all check it out.