Whether You're A New Vegan Or Vegan Looking For Some New Recipes To Start The New Year Off. We’ve Got You Covered With A Tasty Mason Jar Tomato Soup And 20 More Delicious Plant-Based, Gluten-Free & Easy Veganuary Recipes.
January 1st marks the beginning of Veganuary - with the entire month being dedicated to encouraging people worldwide to try veganism.
Not to be confused with World Vegan Day in November. An annual event celebrated by vegans around the world. To celebrate the benefits of veganism.
Frequently Asked Questions About Veganuary
Veganuary is an annual worldwide challenge started in the UK. It’s a registered charity founded by Jane Land and her husband Matthew Glover in 2014. The nonprofit promotes and educates about veganism by encouraging people to follow a vegan lifestyle for the month of January.
Lots of community support to help anyone wanting to transition to a plant-based diet.
A great and healthy way to support New Year’s resolutions and goals.
People on a vegan diet have less of a chance of getting heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The Mayo Clinic has a great article about the the pros and cons of a vegan diet
Short answer is a lot. Fruit and vegetables, of course. Nuts, nut butters, beans, grains, legumes and tofu. Some breads, rice and pasta’s. Dairy alternatives like oat milk, almond or soy milk. And don’t forget the flavor; lots of herbs and spices. Be sure to check out more of our plant-based lunch recipes.
Vegan diets exclude all meat and animal products. Excluded are beef, poultry, seafood, dairy (milk and cheese) and eggs.
Yes, a vegan diet excludes all meat and animal products (meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy and eggs) whereas a vegetarian diet allows for eggs and dairy (milk and cheese) but also excludes meat, poultry, ﬁsh and seafood like a vegan diet.
If Removing All Animal Products From Your Diet Feels Overwhelming?
Try a more gradual approach; less restrictive approach. By just increasing the amount of vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts you eat at every meal.
- Vegetarian aka Lacto-ovo vegetarian: allowing for eggs and dairy (milk and cheese).
- Pescatarian: allowing for fish, eggs and dairy (milk and cheese). But there are lots of great plant-based substitutes. Try our vegan Shrimp Alfredo recipe with Konjac shrimp or our vegan Shrimp Po boys with Oyster mushrooms.
- Flexitarian: plant-based diet that on occasion includes animal products.
- Mark Bittman VB6: this is an outline of one person’s journey to improving their health; and can be a gradual approach to veganism. He was overweight, pre-diabetic and faced a medical directive: adopt a vegan diet or go on medication. He was not a fan of a lifelong regimen of pills, but as a food writer he lived—and worked—to eat. So neither choice was appealing. His solution was a deal with himself. He would become a “flexitarian.” He adopted a diet heavy in vegetables, fruits, and grains by following a healthy vegan diet (no meat, dairy, or processed foods) all day. After 6:00 p.m. he’d eat however he wanted, though mostly in moderation. Beyond that, his plan involved no gimmicks, scales, calorie counting, or point systems
How Can I Go Vegan For A Week?
January can be a great time to begin your health eating journey. Thankfully there are a lot of resources to ask questions and sites to find great recipes. Plenty of foodies and chefs are embracing tasty plant-based, veg-packed and vegan recipes.
No time like the present to simply begin. And no worries, if each day doesn’t go exactly like you plan. You started is the important thing.
We created a one week vegan meal planner that can also help guide your journey.
5 Books To Help You Plan Your Plant-Based Gluten-Free Recipes
- The Complete Gluten-Free Vegan Cookbook (Justin Weber)
- The Plant-Based Cookbook: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Recipes For Lifelong Health (Ashley Madden)
- Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats (Allyson Kramer)
- Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats From Around The World (Allyson Kramer)
- Gluten-Free Vegan Baking For Every Occasion (Sara McGlothlin)
- Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking In Your Instant Pot (Kathy Hester)
Easy Veganuary Recipe - Mason Jar Tomato Soup
- 4 mason jars
- 1 package Spicy Italian Sausage - We Use Tofurky Vegan Italian Sausages
- 2 cups Marinara Sauce
- 2 cups Gluten-Free Pasta - we like Barilla brand
- 2 cups Zucchini Noodles
- 2 cups Spinach We like mixed field greens or spinach
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 4 tablespoons Vegan shredded cheese - 1 tablespoons each or more if you like.
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cook pasta according to package ingredients.2 cups Gluten-Free Pasta
- Pre-heat skillet to medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon of oil to pan. Slice vegan sausage into bite size pieces and add to pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, until nice and crispy.1 tablespoon Olive oil, 1 package Spicy Italian Sausage
- Between four mason jars divide marina sauce.2 cups Marinara Sauce
- Divide remaining ingredients: zucchini noodles, plant-based sausage, spinach and pasta between four mason jars.1 package Spicy Italian Sausage, 2 cups Zucchini Noodles, 2 cups Spinach
- Top with vegan cheese. Salt & Pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to eat.Salt and Pepper to taste, 4 tablespoons Vegan shredded cheese
- When ready to eat add 1/2 cup of hot water (more if you want a thinner soup). Shake and pour soup into bowl.
If you give any of these recipes a try this Veganuary please let us know! Leave a comment, or take a picture and tag us on Instagram at #thevgnway and #veganuary.
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