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It is easier than you may think to cook for a vegan friend coming over for dinner or even switch to a plant-based diet yourself. There are so many dishes to ease you into it, and many you may already be making that are unintentionally vegan. Read on to discover foods you didn’t know were vegan and ‘accidentally vegan’ dishes we all know and love to remove any anxiety around preparing vegan food.

What is vegan food?

So, what is vegan food, then? Vegan food is any food that’s made without animal products (e.g. meat, eggs and dairy, but also animal by-products like gelatine). Some examples of food you didn’t know was vegan that’s high in vitamins and nutrients needed for a healthy diet are:

  • Tofu, chickpeas and lentils for protein
  • Leafy greens like spinach and kale for iron
  • Seaweed, walnuts and kidney beans for omega-3
  • Mushrooms and almond or soy milk for vitamin D
  • Broccoli, green or red peppers, sweet potatoes and tomatoes for vitamin C

As a general rule, it is important to check the ingredients list to ensure foods like bread and pasta are made with vegan ingredients.

Accidentally vegan foods and recipes

There are plenty of plant-based foods that you may already eat that are unintentionally vegan. Read below to find some great vegan-friendly recipes to create.

  1. Breakfast need not be boring and bland with this easy recipe for caramelised apple and cinnamon porridge. Start your day with a delicious yet simple meal that is sure to fill you up and give you the energy you need to get on with your day.
  2. Many of us enjoy a takeaway, and curry is one of the UK’s most well-loved options. With this Thai vegetable curry you can create a tasty main meal in the comfort of your home, safe in the knowledge that it is vegan-friendly, too!
  3. Thanks to a couple of simple dairy swaps to soya milk, this carrot cake recipe is the perfect sweet treat for any vegan or plant-based diet. Who knew that trusty, well-loved baked goodness like carrot cake is mostly unintentionally vegan?
  4. Another sweet dish we all know and love is rhubarb crumble, which can easily be made vegan-friendly with Flora spread and almonds to create the crumble. Even better, rhubarb is super easy to grow in your own garden, which not only saves you money but adds a sustainable element to this delicious dish.

With these accidentally vegan foods there is no need to be anxious about preparing vegan food for yourself or friends and family. Why not take a look at our vegan recipe section and put together your own unintentionally vegan menu?