As we head into the new year, many people make New Years Resolutions to eat healthier and more balanced diets. An awesome way of doing this is by incorporating more whole foods into a plant-based diet! Unsure of how to start? We’ve got you covered with these 15 whole-food plant-based recipe ideas from our Food Monster App!
1. Broccoli Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Onions and Garlic
This Broccoli Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Onions and Garlic from Rawsome Superfoods by Emily von Euw is an epic breakfast to share with friends or eat all week. Feel free to experiment with different vegetables in the filling: sautéed or grilled zucchini, carrot, fresh tomato, spinach or kale would all be wonderful in here.
2. Superfood Truffle Balls
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These Superfood Truffle Balls from Nikki and Zuzana are a great option for satisfying your sweet tooth and for putting cravings in their place. They are also an easy way to pack a great deal of nutrition into a delicious and convenient form. You can eat a few of them a day, so you make a big batch at one time and store them in the freezer. They are so easy to grab as you head out the door. Also, these truffles will not freeze solid, so you can eat them straight from the freezer—no thawing required!
3. Saffron Pear Iced Tea
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4. Savory Split Pea Soup
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This Savory Split Pea Soup from Charlie Rioux is so rich and satisfying. The celery, leek, garlic, and parsley only aid in enhancing the already delicious flavor of the split peas! It is a great meal for a cold fall or winter night!
5. 5-Ingredient Quinoa Fudge
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You shouldn’t have to spend hours in front of the stove to make something delicious. Which is exactly what this recipe for 5-Ingredient Quinoa Fudge from Alyssa Rimmer is all about. It’s quick. It’s easy. It only takes 5 ingredients. No boiling. No waiting for sugar to caramelize. And yet still every bit as delicious!
6. Tomato Salad With Tahini Dressing
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Is there anything better than tomatoes with a perfectly flavored dressing? Fresh, sweet, and savory at the same time, this Tomato Salad With Tahini Dressing from Mary Callan is perfect as a side or appetizer, on its own, on sandwiches!
7. Pomegranate Beet Citrus Smoothie With Mint and Ginger
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Loaded with antioxidants, and vitamins, spiced with mint and ginger, this Pomegranate Beet Citrus Smoothie With Mint and Ginger from Viktoria Radichkova is detoxifying and immune-boosting. The smoothie is loaded with fresh citrus flavors, and it tastes bright and refreshing due to the mint, and ginger.
8. Cauliflower Couscous With Almonds and Apricots
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Traditionally, Moroccan couscous involves raisins but using dry cherries instead as it adds a tangy flavor that balances out the apricots quite well. This Cauliflower Couscous With Almonds and Apricots from Daniela Modesto has a bunch of complementary flavors and will leave you feeling full and happy!
9. Strawberry Crumble Cake
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Sweet, wholesome, and crumbly – this vegan Strawberry Crumble Cake from Laine Rudolfa is a real treat. It’s gluten-free, made with a (big!) healthy twist, delicious, and loaded with all that summer sunshine – strawberries.
10. Hoppin’ John With Okra and Tomato Stew
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Despite how spectacular the flavors are, this Hoppin’ John With Okra and Tomato Stew recipe from Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez is actually easy to make. There may be a long list of ingredients, but besides the rice, everything is simply cooked together in one large pot. Oh, and one helpful piece of advice: if you are trying to avoid your neighbors, you may not want to make this at home since the robust aromas are guaranteed to draw everyone to your door. But it’s totally understandable: here, tender black-eyed peas are simmered with sautéed onions, mounds of garlic, crisp celery and bell peppers, and stirred with diced tomatoes, sliced cabbage and nine potent herbs like thyme, bay leaves, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. Topped with toasted rice, shredded kale, halved cherry tomatoes, green onions, and thinly sliced okra, these colorful garnishes also add a satisfying texture and a pop of bright color.
11. Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Chips With Kale Pesto
These Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Chips With Kale Pesto from Julie Van den Kerchove are a very nice bite for the holidays. You can already make the pesto in advance and cut the chips into slices. So you have all the time in the evening to enjoy the cozy atmosphere while the chips are golden brown in the oven. If you bake them long enough, they will become deliciously crispy!
12. Cauliflower Chickpea Patties
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You might polish off the entire recipe of these Cauliflower Chickpea Patties from Dora Daily, they’re that good. They are super tasty and are a great topping for salads, on veggie scrambles for breakfast, or just eaten as a quick snack. They would also be tasty on a bun like a burger.
13. 3-Ingredient Raisin Oat Cookies
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These 3-Ingredient Raisin Oat Cookies from Hayley Canning are the easiest cookies to make. Three simple and healthy ingredients is all you need. They are sweetened naturally, without any added sugar or oil.
14. Curried Corn Soup
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This Curried Corn Soup recipe from Mariko Sakata is quick and delicious. After you make it, serve it nice and warm and top with some cashew cream and chopped parsley. The creaminess and richness of this curried corn soup will make it a fall favorite!
15. Zucchini Noodles with Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes and Tahini Chickpea Cakes
Pesto is an important part of life, and you absolutely do not need Parmesan cheese to make it taste amazing. A good pesto is full of fresh basil, garlic, olive oil and nuttiness from pine nuts or whatever other fatty nut or seed you like. In these Zucchini Noodles with Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes and Tahini Chickpea Cakes from Rawsome Superfoods by Emily von Euw, there is a mix of Brazil nuts (very high in selenium), pistachios and pumpkin seeds. Zucchini noodles are a popular component to many raw dishes, but feel free to use whatever pasta you want.
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food Monster App which has thousands of delicious recipes making it the largest vegan recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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