10 quick and easy vegan, gluten-free recipes

Whether you're fashionably late to Veganuary, looking for easy vegan meal ideas or just wondering what the falafel vegans eat, you need to know about these quick and accidentally gluten-free vegan recipes.

What makes me such a specialist, you might be wondering. Well, I've been vegetarian all my life and a gluten-free vegan for almost 20 years so it's fair to say I've done a lot of quality assurance in my time – although most of that has been on vegan chocolate.

Anyway, let's get stuck in. All this talk of food is making me hungryyyy.

Soups

These can also work as main meals if you add some (gluten-free) bread or rice. Or just have an extra helping.

  1. Indian lentil-cauliflower soup
  2. Sweet potato & chickpea soup, or as we call it 'Iraq march soup' because we demolished it after stomping round the streets of Glasgow with a saucepan and spoon as a makeshift drum to protest the Iraq war. Recipe note: switch the honey for maple syrup to make it vegan.
Vegan sweet potato and chickpea soup

I realise this list is kind of heavy on sweet potatoes and chickpeas but 1. it's winter and they're comfort foods and 2. this recipe is from The Independent on 2 February 2003 so it would be a shame not to share.

Mains

  1. 15 minute creamy avocado pasta (my go-to when I want instant lunch/dinner)
  2. Creamy vegetable curry with ginger and cashews
  3. Roasted garlic basil pesto potatoes
  4. Sweet potato, chickpea and spinach coconut curry
  5. Vegan cauliflower cheese

This is what we have when we can't be bothered to cook.

Chop up cauliflower into florets and stick in the steamer for about 20 minutes or until fork tender. Grease out a casserole dish and fill with the cooked cauliflower. It's better to have one layer (max. two) of florets as we're using grated cheese rather than a sauce. If you have more cauliflower, use a larger dish.

Grate a generous helping of vegan cheese and sprinkle it over the cauliflower. Waitrose Vegan Original block is the best supermarket cheese we've found. Violife is also OK.

Pop the casserole dish under the grill until it browns slightly or the cheese melts. Warning: vegan cheese doesn't melt like traditional cheese so don't give it more than a couple of minutes or else it'll all dry out.

Serve with bircher potatoes/potatoes of your choice and green veg.

Green smoothies

You can have these for breakfast or sub them for a portion of cooked vegetables at lunch or dinner if you're short on time.

I find green smoothies great for energy and waking my brain up. I also swear by lots of spinach and avocado for helping  skin, hair and nails.

  1. Happy digestion smoothie
  2. Green tea lime pie smoothie bowl
  3. Glowing mojo-ito green monster

Let me know if you try any of them out :)

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