Overhauling a diet and lifestyle is no mean feat.
The withdrawal symptoms, relapses, and late night fridge dates are a sad fact of dieting.
Even the most motivated, enthusiastic people can fall at the first hurdle when it comes to changing over to a Vegan diet.
The alluring temptation of foods like bacon or cheese (for example) is sometimes too much.
So, how can you start a new healthy lifestyle without the need to reach for that burger?
Well, that’s what I am going to talk about today.
There are some great vegan cookbooks for beginners out there (more here), which are specifically made to help you with your vegan journey.
They offer guides on how to beat cravings, how to prepare healthy snacks, and ultimately become a healthier, happier person.
With a plant-based diet comes a healthier digestive system, better skin, and more energy.
Today I have lots of books to talk about, so let’s get started.
1. Isa Does It
Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
This book is full of helpful tips and strategies for easy, home cooked meals which are vegan, healthy and easy to prepare.
The recipes in Isa Does It are supermarket friendly and don’t have any exotic ingredients.
This is a great vegan cookbook for beginners who are on a tight schedule.
The recipes are designed for those with busy schedules, working moms and go-getters, with the intention to make a vegan lifestyle as accessible as possible.
Some of the recipes featured in this book are:
- Cheddary Broccoli Soup
- Chicky Tuna Salad Sandwiches
- Sunflower Mac
- Coconut Chana Saag
- Incan Smokey Stew
- Roasted Butternut Alfredo
None of these recipes are complicated or time-consuming – they are made for people who are working full time, or even just those who aren’t very confident in the kitchen.
This cookbook is full of recipes which will appeal to not only vegans but health conscious people too.
2. Oh She Glows Every Day
Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-based Recipes
by Angela Liddon
Angela is a blogger known for her blog – Oh She Glows, an award-winning food blog.
Oh She Glows Every Day is centered on making simple plant based recipes which are suitable to make any day of the week, helping people to stay healthy even with a busy lifestyle.
She promises to make a healthy lifestyle convenient for every day as well as special occasions!
Some of the recipes in this book are:
- Oh Em Gee Veggie Burgers
- Fusilli Lentil-Mushroom Bolognese
- Ultimate Flourless Brownies
This book brilliantly proves that it’s possible to cook healthy, simple and delicious meals on a tight schedule.
This simple cookbook is perfect for beginners as all recipes are designed to fit around hectic days.
There are no complicated ingredients here, just basic, hearty ingredients to make the most healthy and tasty dishes.
The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Romero
This book is perfect for beginners in the vegan world, packed full of simple recipes and handy tips; it is certainly one to read.
The first section of Veganomicon gives an in-depth guide and instructions of how to cook and prepare different vegetables, grains and more.
This is perfect for novice cooks and people who aren’t necessarily familiar with all of the ingredients.
The book includes plenty of great recipes:
- Autumn Latkes
- Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes
- Grilled Yuca Tortillas
- Tomato Rice Soup with Roasted Garlic and Navy Beans
- Asparagus and Lemongrass Risotto
- Almost All-American Seitan Pot Pie
- Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti
- Pumpkin Crumb Cake with Pecan Streusel
Inside the cookbook Isa includes stunning photos and simple instructions, to make life much easier when creating the meals.
The writers of this book show their enthusiasm for great food all the way through, and this is shown in the quality of the book.
This truly is one of the best vegan cookbooks for beginners!
4. The Vegan Stoner Cookbook
100 Easy Vegan Recipes to Munch
by Sarah Conrique, Graham I. Haynes
The recipes in this book are so simple, quick and easy to prepare that even a stoner could make them.
This book is by the writers of ‘The Vegan Stoner’ blog, and it proves that vegan food can be cheap, easy and fun to make.
The fun twist with The Vegan Stoner Cookbook is it shows that cooking vegan food doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process – it can be fun and simple!
Even novice vegans and cooks can prepare these recipes with ease.
This is the perfect book for fun-loving beginners to veganism, as it offers a unique twist to the usual books on the subject.
- Mean Green Smoothies
- Aspara-Guy Sushi
- Animal Cookies
- Churro Chips
The premise behind this book is solving the munchies with resourceful and nutritious meals.
It’s a great change from what we usually see in a vegan cookbook.
This book is written simply and for the benefit of those who aren’t culinary master chefs – this is for normal people and is an excellent introduction into the vegan world.
5. Vegan Slow Cooker for Beginners
Essentials to Get Started
by Rockridge Press
Slow cooker meals are often a favorite with families because all you have to do is add ingredients to a pot and leave it for a few hours.
Doesn’t get much easier than that!
Vegan Slow Cooker for Beginners helps to prove that slow cooker dishes can be healthy, and you don’t need meat to make them taste great!
This is perfect for beginners as it offers no-fuss recipes which are full of flavor and fill you up- helping to curb cravings.
It contains recipes such as:
- Black Bean Breakfast Burritos
- Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
- Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake
It also offers tips for buying the right slow cooker to fit in with your lifestyle.
The best thing about this book is its simplicity, a no-fuss approach to the vegan lifestyle which helps to make it accessible to many more people.
It’s the perfect way to settle yourself into the vegan diet.
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6. Vegan Cookbook for Beginners
The Essential Vegan Cookbook to Get Started
by Rockridge Press
This book targets the everyday cook who wants to add some vegan recipes into their diet.
Plant based meals are full of natural ingredients, and this book helps to showcase this.
Vegan Cookbook for Beginners is perfect for beginners as it contains handy guides for shopping lists, meals and explains the guidelines of a vegan diet.
For those who are first timers, this will just show that there is a whole world of flavor, nutrition and heartiness to vegan food.
The book features recipes such as:
- Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- Black Bean Vegetable Enchiladas
- Eggplant Parmesan
There is a lot to learn in this book regarding the vegan lifestyle, and cutting out meat eating for good.
If you thought your food choice would be limited, you are wrong.
This cookbook shows that there are a huge range and variety of vegan food which can be enjoyed by anyone from vegans to meat eaters.
7. The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Beginners
Easily Get Started With Over 70 Mouth-Watering Vegan Recipes
by Jenny Walker
This book is a great way to start the journey to becoming a vegan.
The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Beginners offers explanations of the theory of veganism and lists the foods which you should and shouldn’t eat as a vegan.
It contains over 70 unique recipes for all different parts of the day, as well as a sample 4 week plan to give you a guide on where to start.
It can be useful for vegan curious people or even just those who would like to incorporate more plant based meals into their diet.
It may even inspire you to become a vegan if you didn’t intend on it!
8. Vegan Diet For Beginners
50 Delicious Recipes And Eight Weeks Of Diet Plans
by Jessica Brookes
Vegan Diet For Beginners is full of handy tips and tricks on how to get started on the road to veganism.
Jessica explains how the name ‘Vegan’ came into existence.
She gives a history of the diet as well as explaining in detail the premise behind being vegan and the benefits to the body and soul.
She features a list of over 100 foods which are vegan appropriate – to help those who are still unsure as to the rules.
This is a comprehensive, full guide on becoming a Vegan, and includes not only recipes but a shopping plan, advice on growing your vegetables and help with eating out as a vegan – which is a big problem for most who are starting in this lifestyle.
Recipes in this book include:
- Potato Pancakes
- Banana Blueberry Bars
- Corn and Black Bean Cakes
- Stuffed Peppers
- Tortilla Soup