November is World Vegan Month, and that means there is no better time to try eating less meat and dairy. While this month is a celebration of the official founding of the Vegan Society in 1944, there are many more amazing reasons that you should try to eat plant-based and join One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet movement.
As we learn more about how our food choices impact the world around us, it is becoming clear that eating less meat and dairy and more plant-based foods is the best way to go for the sake of the environment, animals, and of course, our own health.
One Green Planet believes that our global food system dominated by industrial animal agriculture is at the heart of our environmental crisis. This destructive industry occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources, uses the majority of our freshwater stores, and drives greenhouse gas emissions. Not to mention, it is responsible for rampant deforestation and is pushing species to the brink of extinction. And yet, one in eight people still suffer from food scarcity.
But, we all have the power to put an end to this destructive system! As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, it is One Green Planet’s view that our food choices have the power to heal our broken food system, give species a fighting chance for survival, and pave the way for a truly sustainable future. By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can drastically cut your carbon footprint, save precious water supplies and help ensure that vital crop resources are fed to people, rather than livestock.
So, are you ready to start? With these 30 incredibly easy and amazingly delicious recipes, you can try to #EatForThePlanet every day this month. Whether it is one meal a day or all the time, every time you put food on your plate, it is an opportunity to make a difference!
Remember, if you try any of these recipes, be sure to take a photo and upload them on Twitter or Instagram with #EatForThePlanet and @OneGreenPlanet to be featured on the #EatForThePlanet campaign page.
1. NOT Smoked Salmon Scramble
If you think eating vegan means no more eggs and lox, you’ll love this NOT Smoked Salmon Scramble. It’s amazing just how much these smoked carrot slivers look and taste like smoked salmon. This dish appeals to all our senses and shows that one can create appetizing, tasty and healthy vegan dishes.
2. Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas
Don’t be intimidated by the long ingredient list – these Roasted Cauliflower and Avocado Cream Pitas are deceptively easy to make! The spiced roasted cauliflower and avocado cream are a harmonious flavor combination that tastes good on absolutely anything. You could go an even healthier route with this recipe and use a lettuce wrap instead of a pita or flatbread.
3. Autumn Vegetable Soup With Parsley Pesto
What’s more comforting than walking into a kitchen and being greeted by a big, bubbling pot of vegetable soup? It’s even better if it’s this Autumn Vegetable Soup with Parsley Pesto. It’s hearty yet wholesome, and oh-so-satisfying on colder days. Stir in a big spoonful of parsley pesto – it makes the soup twice as delicious!
4. Crispy Baked Tofu With Shredded Veggie Quinoa
This Crispy Baked Tofu with Shredded Veggie Quinoa is the Best. Dinner. Ever. No tofu on hand? Tempeh or white beans or lentils will work great, too! Use whatever veggies you like as this dinner-in-a-bowl is pretty flexible.
5. 15 Minute Chickpea and Spinach Curry
This Chickpea and Spinach Curry is simple, quick, healthy, and really tasty – everything you need in a meal. Packed full of flavor, this curry can be eaten on its own but is always delicious with flatbreads, or some whole-grain rice or quinoa.
6. Simple Red Pepper Bruschetta With Homemade Roasted Garlic Ricotta
This Simple Red Pepper Bruschetta with Homemade Roasted Garlic Ricotta sounds fancy, but the recipe is about as easy as it gets. Fresh tomatoes and peppers are perfect on top of toast, and a generous smear of creamy, garlicky homemade cashew ricotta makes it even better. If you have extra bruschetta mixture left over, you can toss it with pasta for a fresh and quick meal.
7. Peanut Butter Caramel ‘Nice’ Cream Blizzard
Here’s proof that eating vegan means missing nothing. If you miss Blizzards, you’ll love this Peanut Butter Caramel ‘Nice’ Cream Blizzard. It has all the sweet, chunky candy-filled ice cream deliciousness you remember but without the dairy and sugar. Sounds like a win-win!
8. Unbelievable One-Pot Seitan Chili
This One-Pot Seitan Chili is an amazing dish to make when you’re looking forward to a busy week – you can make a huge batch on Sunday or Monday night and keep it in the freezer! Presto! A simple and comforting dinner when you are running low on time and energy.
9. Cheeze ‘Burger’ Mac
Cheeseburgers and mac and cheese are not off the table when you eat vegan. And if you can’t decide between the two, this Cheeze ‘Burger’ Mac lets you have both in one dish! This mac and cheese recipe is creamy, delicious and comforting while the “burger” made from ground tempeh crumbles makes it the perfect hybrid of two classic dishes.
10. Sweet Chili Peanut Tofu, Vegetable, and Grilled Pineapple Stir-Fry
Not only is this Sweet Chili Peanut Tofu, Vegetable and Grilled Pineapple Stir-Fry a great easy single-serve meal, it’s also a wonderful dish to make a big batch of and share with friends at a picnic or potluck. It’s full of amazing, bold flavors like Thai chili sauce, peanut butter, and basil –but the grilled pineapple takes this dish over the top!
11. Spiced Apple Doughnuts with Apple Cider Glaze
These Spiced Apple Doughnuts with Apple Cider Glaze are the epitome of autumn. Warm apple cider and cozy spices – it just doesn’t get more autumnal than that! Eat a doughnut or two with a mug of warm apple cider right after you go apple picking, and then jump in a big pile of leaves for the full fall experience
12. Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sauteed Mushrooms
This Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sauteed Mushrooms is a beautiful dish that is totally worth the time and effort you put into it! The butternut squash has a surprisingly similar texture to traditional wheat-based pasta, and the creamy cashew-bean filling is more flavorful than any ricotta cheese you’ll find. This dish needs to be enjoyed on a day when you want to spend time in the kitchen, with some great music playing, while sipping a glass of wine.
13. Beastly Black Bean Burgers
These Beastly Black Bean Burgers are simply amazing. The liquid smoke gives this burger a rustic and woody undertone that is honestly just to die for. The quinoa and black beans are a nutritional fortress, and the garlic tahini just swoops in and ties it all together. These burgers are definite crowd pleasers and are sure to fill your belly, leaving you totally satisfied.
14. Simple Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potatoes
Mmmm, sweet potatoes for breakfast! These Simple Stuffed Breakfast Sweet Potatoes seriously couldn’t be an easier recipe – yet it feels like the fanciest thing you could ever eat. Warm, sweet potatoes dripping with almond butter and stuffed with your favorite granola … hello, can it be morning all day?
15. Pumpkin Gnocchi in Spiced Butter Sauce With Lemon Cashew Cream
These luscious homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi are vegan and gluten-free. Then they are blanketed in richly spiced butter sauce and lemon cashew cream. Who wouldn’t want that for dinner?
16. Asian Tostadas with Beer Battered Avocado and Drunken Mushrooms
Asian – Beer-Battered – Drunken: these three words may become your new mantra. These Asian Tostadas with Beer-Battered Avocados and Drunken Mushrooms fuse mushrooms, beer, and deep fried goodness all together in one amazingly textured and flavorful meal.
17. Butterfinger Brittle You Can Make in 5 Minutes
This Butterfinger Brittle is so delicious! It tastes remarkably like a Butterfinger candy bar, but it only takes six ingredients and five minutes to make. Seriously, just five! It’s crunchy and crumbly, sweet and flaky – you’ll be immersed in chocolate and peanut butter bliss before you know it!
18. Semolina Porridge with Maple Baked Apples
You’ll never skip breakfast once you taste this Semolina Porridge with Maple Baked Apples. This isn’t your everyday breakfast. It’s a weekend porridge – a little richer and more decadent, creamy and sweet with just a hint of coconut. A lovely morning treat.
19. Cheesy Polenta with Creamy Artichoke Pesto
This comforting Cheesy Polenta with Creamy Artichoke Pesto combines all the best things in life: soft polenta, nutty pesto, and artichokes. The pesto is a perfect balance of tangy artichokes, bright basil, peppery arugula, and salty pine nuts. It’s a great easy dinner when you just need to sit down to something hearty.
20. Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pancakes
Fall is here and everything is coming up pumpkins. These Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pancakes just scream “fall.” There is nothing like a gorgeous, sky-high stack of pumpkin peanut butter pancakes with buckwheat to brighten your day and fill you up!
21. 5-Ingredient Lemon Cheesecake
If the idea of vegan cheesecake sounds complicated, you will love the simplicity of this 5-Ingredient Lemon Cheesecake. You probably already have all of the ingredients you need in your kitchen, right now: almonds, dates, bananas, a lemon, and coconut oil. It’s super easy to put together and in no time, you’ll be ready to dig in and enjoy it!
22. Comforting Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole
This Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole is filling, delicious, and so easy to make! It has an especially savory, umami twist thanks to the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and olives and sautéed thin strips of eggplant mixed into the pesto. An absolutely lovely highlight is the crust, which is made of gluten-free bread crumbs mixed with olive oil and garlic. It’s crunchy, hearty, and perfect!
23. Super Simple Sweet Potato and Quinoa Sliders That Will Blow Your Mind
Meet your new go-to dinner: these Sweet Potato and Quinoa Sliders! Only six ingredients and three steps to make and you’re sitting down to an amazing burger. They’re super tasty, too – quinoa, sweet potato, and lentils are a perfect trio and will leave you feeling satisfied and happy.
24. Roasted Balsamic Beet, Sausage, and Lentil Bowls
This unique Roasted Balsamic Beet, Sausage and Lentil Bowl is full of wonderful flavors including fennel, orange, and tahini. Not only that, it’s packed with wholesome ingredients and textures that will keep you satisfied. A great family meal! It’s so simple to make, yet incredibly tasty and surprisingly exciting in its range of flavors – all from just a few simple ingredients.
25. Kimchi and Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry
You probably wouldn’t think that kimchi and Brussels sprouts would go well together, as Brussels sprouts aren’t exactly a traditional Korean food. But since they’re both part of the cabbage family, it’s actually a no-brainer! This Kimchi and Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry is comforting, spicy, and absolutely delicious and you could eat it with most anything, like rice, noodles, or even by itself!
26. Thai Green Vegetable Curry with Zoodles
This Thai Green Vegetable Curry with Zoodles is a bit of a lighter take on the traditional dish. Spiralized zucchini noodles stand in where steamed rice or rice noodles would usually be. It’s fresh, flavorful and full of different exciting textures. Once you make the homemade Thai green curry paste, you’ll never buy the jarred version again.
27. Sesame Ginger Marinated Portobello Burgers with Asian Slaw
Beat the weekday dinner boredom with this mouthwatering Sesame Ginger Marinated Portobello Burger with Asian Slaw. With less than 10 simple ingredients needed to make both the slaw and the burger, this makes a fuss-free weeknight meal and a great excuse to keep firing up the grill!
28. Sticky Peanut Orange Cauliflower Wings
These Sticky Peanut Orange Cauliflower Wings are seriously amazing. Crunchy baked cauliflower “wings” coated in a sticky, spicy peanut sauce? Oh yeah! That’s the kind of thing we want to eat all day, every day. The secret ingredient is a few heaping tablespoons of orange marmalade, which gives the sauce a slightly sweet, slightly tangy hint of citrus. It’s definitely a dish you’ll want to share with everyone you know!
29. Green Goddess Griller
You’ll feel like a green goddess (or god) when you treat yourself to one of these amazing Green Goddess Griller sandwiches! Nutty pesto, creamy avocado, and melty vegan cheese come together between two pieces of bread to create the grilled sandwich of your dreams.
30. The Best Veggie “Big Mac” with Radicchio Slaw
Forget about those processed frozen veggie burgers you’ll find on any supermarket shelf and make these All-Veggie “Big Mac” Burgers instead! That’s right – nothing that hasn’t grown straight out of the ground was used to make these incredibly flavorful and hearty burger patties. To make them even better, the burgers are topped with a crunchy and tangy radicchio slaw and creamy avocado.
Yum! If you make these easy #EatForThePlanet recipes, it’s going to be the most delicious month of your life!
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