Summer is all about eating light and refreshing food, and what is more refreshing than plant-based recipes? Here is our pick of the best vegan dishes to tuck into on hot balmy evenings or on sunny afternoon picnics.
Joe Wicks might be more famous for inspiring millions of children around the world to stay active during the pandemic, with over 900,000 families tuning in for his first PE with Joe session at the start of the lockdown in March 2020.
However, before he became the nation’s favourite PE teacher, he was a health and fitness guru, with a number of recipe books to his name. As well as making sure his followers stay in good shape, he gives them recipes that are healthy and re-fuelling.
A great vegan option that is ideal for the summer is Wicks’ Chinese-style tofu with broccoli, featuring five spice, tofu, broccoli, baby sweetcorn, carrots, spring onion, chilli, chilli oil and soy sauce. The simple dish takes just five minutes to cook and is a good choice for the whole family.
Most of us have had avocado on toast before, but this is typically served with eggs if you order it at a café. For a vegan-friendly alternative, the Lazy Cat Kitchen recommends swapping eggs for chickpeas.
Its ten-minute vegan avocado toast is flavoured with chilli powder, lime or lemon, chilli paste and smoked paprika. Packed full of protein, good fats, and carbohydrates, this is an ideal well-rounded lunch or breakfast.
Summertime is all about getting the barbecue going, but these can often be a bit disappointing if you are a vegetarian or vegan. While everyone else is tucking into their sausages, steaks and burgers, the plant-friendly choices are frequently limited to a portobello mushrooms or corn on the cob.
How about making some delicious Jamaican jerk vegetable kebabs then? This recipe from Elda’s Kitchen, which transforms simple vegetable kebabs into something far tastier with Elda’s Kitchen Jamaican jerk cooking and grilling sauce, can also be levelled up with some pineapple chunks, vegetarian sausages, tofu cubes, cherry tomatoes or olives.
Burrito bowls have certainly become a big hit over the years, as people love tucking into a range of flavours all in one dish. Vegans don’t have to miss out on the delicacy though, as Well And Full have created an animal-friendly version, consisting black beans, kale, avocado, cauliflower, garlic, green onions, jalapenos, and brown rice.
Thanks to the eclectic mix of spices and condiments, including cumin, cayenne pepper, chili chipotle, lime juices, black pepper and chilli powder, this dish certainly packs a punch on a warm summer’s day!
One of the great things about going on holiday is being able to try local cuisines, but if you are staying in the UK over the summer, you don’t have to miss out.
Rebel Recipes’ white bean, coconut and roast pepper stew was actually inspired by a trip to Wales, but the fresh Mediterranean vegetables, variety of beans and coconut yoghurt make it taste far more exotic.
“This dish is light enough to be enjoyed in the summer, but also comforting and warming to be enjoyed in the colder months,” blogger and recipe creator Niki Webster wrote.
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