veganuary

Don’t be frightened at the thought of going vegan for a month, there are so many yummy things you can still eat! Get a head start to your Veganuary with our top super easy vegan recipes!

Houmous

Our first pick is of course, houmous. The perfect accompaniment to those carrot and cucumber sticks you’ve been avoiding. Ready in 10 minutes, we can’t see any reason to not give this one a go!

Begin by draining a tin of chickpeas and popping them into a food processor. Then add a small clove of garlic, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of ground cumin and a large squeeze of lemon juice. Season with a pinch of salt and blitz until smooth. Add extra lemon juice to taste, and that’s it! Serve with a selection of vegetable sticks or breadsticks.

Vegetables in Satay Sauce

An easy meal for any vegan has to be vegetables in satay sauce. Alternatively, if you want a bit of substance to this meal, try frying some tofu and coating it with satay sauce.

This one’s simple. Just blend together, 250g of peanut butter; 225ml of water; 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of lime juice, 2 peeled and chopped cloves of garlic, 4 tablespoons of peeled and grated ginger, and ½ teaspoon of chili powder (or a little more if you’re daring). Once these ingredients have been blended, gently heat the mixture in a saucepan.

Fry enough vegetables to serve with the sauce. Adding tofu is also a great alternative. Just cut the tofu into chunks and fry it for 5 minutes on each side until each piece has a golden crust.  

No-Cook Plum Jam

Another quick and easy one is a no-cook plum jam. All you need is, 400g Flavorking plums (these M&S bubblegum plums are something a little extra special for your veganuary kick!); 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds. Blend ¾ of the plums and chop the rest and add in the rest of the ingredients, it’s as simple as that! Pop it in the fridge for an hour whilst stirring occasionally until it has a nice, thick consistency. Finish off by popping it in your favourite jam jar and there you have it.

Plum lemonade

This is an odd concept, but we can assure you it is sweet and delicious.

To make a jug of lemonade simply add 10 pitted plums to a food processor and blend until smooth. Pass through a sieve and then add the juice of 7 lemons and some sugar to taste. Add some soda water and serve over ice.

Voilà!