Let’s face it: being a vegan isn’t always exciting, and in essence, it does limit your diet. However, limiting what you can eat doesn’t mean you have to eat the same thing every day, week, or year. There are plenty of exciting recipes out there that you can make. Best of all, some of them don’t need anything fancy or expensive (like tempeh or seitan), and you can make them with the head-to-feet delicious ingredients from your local farmer’s market. However, finding recipes that are winners and not just shifting through a ton of “okay” recipes can be difficult, especially when you don’t really know what you’re looking for at first. Here are a few ideas that might help you find the most delicious, interesting vegan recipes known.
Find a Credible Online Database
The first thing you probably did was do an Internet search for “Vegan Recipes,” and it’s likely the first one you tried wasn’t your most favorite thing in the world. That’s okay; not everyone gets vegan, and sometimes the general recipe websites don’t quite hit the mark when it comes to providing healthy vegan recipes. Instead of just using any site you can find – or using the website you used for regular recipes – find a website that caters specifically to the vegan community. These websites are more likely to have tasty, tried-and-true vegan recipes that are better than the average fair.
Find Popular Vegan Blogs
One of the best things to look for are blogs that are actively posting vegan recipes on a daily or weekly basis. Don’t go for just any vegan blog, however. Find one or two that are not only active, but have owners that actually try the recipes (or make their own) before they post them to the blog. The first couple you try may not have the same flavor palate as you, and you may have to go through a few before you find one that really fits the bill. Once you find it, follow it and try recipes you haven’t tried before, especially if the blogger says it was quite scrumptious. For a better variety of blogs, try searching blog sites specifically for vegan chef blogs instead of just doing a general Google search. Some of the more popular blogs to search are WordPress and Tumblr.
Reach Out to the Vegan Community
Even if you don’t have any vegan friends, there are still some communities you can reach out to for delicious, refined recipes. Check and see if there is a local vegan store in your area (one that caters specifically to vegans, not just those who like organic produce). These stores often have a loyal population of vegetarians and vegans, and most of the time they’ll have a suggestion or two. Worst case scenario is that they’ll only have their favorites to give to you. In addition, there is likely a vegan community group in your area, or if not, there are online communities you can ask about recipes when there isn’t anyone local to help.
Being a vegan can be tough, and finding wonderful, filling recipes is key to any vegan’s success. Just keep up the search, make sure you keep trying things (even if you’re not sure you’re going to like them), and find people who have like-minded ideals to become even more successful at your search.