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Article Published on: 24TH JULY 2023 |

Whether you follow a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle or simply enjoy incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet, there is an abundance of delicious and nutritious recipes to explore. These recipes not only cater to ethical and environmental considerations but also offer a delightful array of flavors, textures, and colors that can rival any meat-based dish. From hearty mains to vibrant salads and scrumptious desserts, here are some mouthwatering vegan and vegetarian recipes that will leave you feeling satisfied and nourished.

1. Lentil and Vegetable Curry (Vegan)

Photo by Rainbow Plant Life


  • 1 cup red lentils

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated

  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, etc.), chopped

  • 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

  • Cooked rice or naan bread for serving


  1. Rinse the red lentils thoroughly and set them aside.

  2. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and grated ginger, and sauté until the onion turns translucent.

  3. Stir in the curry powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, and turmeric. Cook for another minute to release the spices' flavors.

  4. Add the mixed vegetables and cook for a few minutes until they start to soften.

  5. Pour in the coconut milk and bring the mixture to a simmer. Add the rinsed lentils and stir well.

  6. Cover the pot with a lid and let the curry simmer gently for about 20-25 minutes or until the lentils and vegetables are tender and the flavors have melded.

  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Serve the lentil and vegetable curry over cooked rice or with naan bread. Garnish with fresh cilantro for an extra burst of flavor.

2. Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad (Vegetarian)

Photo by Heather Christo


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed

  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, etc.), chopped

  • 1 red onion, sliced

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves

  • 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

  • For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).

  2. In a bowl, toss the chopped vegetables, red onion, olive oil, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper until the vegetables are evenly coated.

  3. Spread the vegetables on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are tender and slightly caramelized.

  4. While the vegetables are roasting, cook the quinoa according to the package instructions. Once cooked, fluff it with a fork and let it cool slightly.

  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing until well combined.

  6. In a large salad bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, roasted vegetables, fresh spinach leaves, and toasted pumpkin seeds.

  7. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat everything evenly.

  8. Serve the quinoa and roasted vegetable salad warm or at room temperature, and enjoy a satisfying and nutritious meal.

3. Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse (Vegan)

Photo by Ordinary Vegan


  • 2 ripe avocados

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt

  • Fresh berries for garnish


  1. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop out the flesh into a blender or food processor.

  2. Add the cocoa powder, maple syrup (or agave nectar), vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the blender.

  3. Blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.

  4. Taste the mousse and adjust sweetness or cocoa flavor if desired.

  5. Transfer the mousse to serving dishes or ramekins and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

  6. Garnish with fresh berries before serving for a burst of color and extra freshness.

These are just a few examples of the many delightful vegan and vegetarian recipes available to explore. Whether you're an experienced plant-based eater or just starting to dip your toes into the world of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, there is an endless array of healthy and delicious meals to satisfy every palate. From lentil curries to quinoa salads and indulgent avocado mousse, embracing a vegan or vegetarian diet doesn't mean sacrificing flavor or enjoyment in the kitchen. With a bit of creativity and an open mind, you'll discover a world of exciting and nutritious plant-based dishes that will keep you coming back for more. So, why not embark on a culinary adventure and discover the joy of these wholesome and delectable recipes today? Your taste buds and your health will thank you for it. Happy cooking!

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