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The Most Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes You Need to Try

So you’ve committed to going vegan. Yay!

Your body, the planet, and the animals thank you. Going vegan is one of the best things you can do as an individual to fight climate change, according to the United Nations, as meat and dairy are some of the worst contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, drive deforestation, accelerate biodiversity loss, increase water usage, and pollute surrounding environments.

Countless studies have also concluded a plant-based diet is good for your health and, of course, millions of animals are spared. All of that is great. But now the cheese is calling your name, and the inspiration well has run dry. We hear you.

Whether you’re doing it for the animals, the planet, or your health, we’ve got you covered with these delicious vegan recipes from a new generation of women of colour food pioneers using their platforms to challenge the notion of who can be a vegan. And don’t forget, if you need more daily inspiration to keep going, you can also download the Global Citizen app and take our “Go Vegan for a Week” challenge.

1. Salted Miso Brownies by Meera Sodha
We know what you’re here for so let’s get straight down to business: dessert. These beauties were conceived by Meera Sodha. She’s the Guardian’s “New Vegan” columnist, award-winning cookbook writer, and master of vegan Indian wizardry.Hands down the fudgiest, most chocolatey umami brownies you’ll ever try — and the only acceptable reason to use the word “moist”. Try them here.

2. Plantain Nachos by Safiya Robinson (a.k.a. Sisterwoman Vegan)
If plantain is your love language then this dish will make your tastebuds do a little dance. This recipe is from Safiya Robinson — a self-taught creative cook of British, Jamaican, and African-American descent, who adopts an intersectional approach to veganism.

She says: “This recipe is pretty simple, but there are lots of parts to it, so take your time with each step and try not to get overwhelmed!” These are a staple street snack in Hong Kong and also happen to be Jenny Lau’s sweet, salty, and umami go-to. Lau is the brains behind the vegan Chinese food blog Celestial Peach. Get the recipe here.

4. Jerk ‘Chicken’ by Denai Moore of Dee’s Table
Turns out Denai Moore’s side hustle is making ackee and saltfish. The British-Jamaican artist and singer — known for her soul-infused vocals and collaborations with SBTRKT — also runs Dee’s Table, a vegan Jamaican supper club. This vegan jerk “chicken” recipe is Moore’s take on a crowd-pleasing classic. Dig in here.

5. Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Quesadillas by Nisha Vora of Rainbow Plant Life
Made with mostly pantry ingredients and super easy to whip up, these quesadillas from Nisha Vora’s kitchen will definitely rival your traditional cheese ones. Vora is the founder of Rainbow Plant Life, a blog she’s been running for years. Try them here.

6. Rainbow Jeon by Joanne Molinaro (a.k.a. The Korean Vegan)
In Korean cuisine, jeon is a fritter made by seasoning fish, meat, and vegetables and then coating them with wheat flour and egg wash before frying them in oil. Previously a high-powered barrister, Joanne Molinaro left the law to become The Korean Vegan, a TikTok superstar whose candid storytelling style has captured the imagination of her 2.7 million followers. Is there anything she can’t do?

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