Yummy Homemade Plant-Based Recipes

Cooking healthy, plant-based meals that look and taste great doesn’t have to be overwhelming or time-consuming! These 4 easy plant-based recipes are easy and totally delicious; packed with fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, herbs, and spices; and perfect for everyday cooking. 

Here you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this tasty selection of straightforward and easy homemade plant-based recipes, perfect for even the fussiest eaters out there.

Creamy Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients (to make 6 cups):

  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 (8-ounce) package button mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
  • ¾ cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup thinly sliced leek (white part only)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped carrot
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

This homemade chowder-style soup is a perfect hearty plant-based recipe, especially for the winter months. The dark brown grains are gluten-free and rich in the vital nutrients for those on a plant-based diet. Cooking the rice in the soup broth helps to combine all of the flavours in the recipe, although it means you may have to thin the soup before thickening it with the flour if the rice absorbs a lot of the liquid. 

 

Tip: Serve with an arugula, watercress, or spinach salad, or go down a more traditional route with some hearty bread.

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients (to serve 2):

  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes (1½ cups)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric or 1 tablespoon finely chopped turmeric root
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 ounces dried whole-wheat or gluten-free pasta
  • Freshly ground black pepper

There is nothing more comforting than a plate of mac and cheese, which is why this homemade vegan recipe makes our list. In this plant-based version, a smooth purée of vegetables, soaked cashews, nutritional yeast (for the cheesy flavour), and turmeric (for the colour) coats the pasta in a golden, creamy, dairy-free sauce. 

 

Tip: The sauce can be made ahead of time and frozen for fast weeknight meals—simply thaw and re-blend before using, and any leftover sauce can be kept in the fridge for up to a week! There is nothing easier.

Sweet Potato Chilli with Kale

Ingredients (to serve 6):

  •  ​​2 medium sweet potatoes, diced (approximately 2 pounds)
  • 1 large red onion (approximately 10 ounces), finely chopped
  • 2 15 ounce cans salt-free kidney beans
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 pounds fresh tomatoes, diced (or 2 14.5 ounce cans of salt-free tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon salt-free chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (makes a difference when it’s smoked)
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder (or more to taste)
  • 2 cups lacinato kale finely shredded like coleslaw (around 8 ounces)
  • 3 cups of orange juice

This hearty, comforting sweet potato chilli is just the thing for a cosy night in—and there is no dish that can’t be improved by the addition of kale! Tailor the spices to your own preference and soak up all of the nutritional value that sweet potatoes and kale provide. Plant Sumo declare this recipe a must-try!

Asparagus Tofu Stir-Fry

Source: ATasteofHome

Ingredients (to serve 4):

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot, divided
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, halved and sliced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 package (14 ounces) extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

With its flavorful ginger sauce and fresh vegetables, this tasty plant-based dish is a homemade favourite. With rich, deep flavours and the nutritional value to match- it is a no brainer that this is a must-try!

Cooking healthy, plant-based meals that look and taste great doesn’t have to be overwhelming or time-consuming! These 4 easy plant-based recipes are easy and totally delicious; packed with fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, herbs, and spices; and perfect for everyday cooking. 

So there you have it! 4 of Plant Sumo’s favourite homemade plant-based recipes that we recommend! With a range of flavours and textures, there is something for everyone, so get cooking and enjoy your stress-free plant-based eating in the comfort of your own home.

About the Author

tamara ps

Tamara Kettles is a recent English graduate and blogger. She loves all things writing and always has her head stuck in a book.