The Handbook
The Handbook

Attempting Veganuary may have felt like a good idea but you can quickly fall into the trap of repeating the meals and recipes you use purely as a safety net. To help you out, we’ve handpicked our eleven favourite plant-based Instagram accounts and influencers who are renowned for their tasty recipes, venturing out from the comfort zones of ‘vegan’ standards and promoting veganism as a lifestyle, rather than diet. 

From YouTubers tackling veganism hands on to the online blog that proves vegan baking isn’t all about deflated bakes and unrisen cakes, here’s who to follow to inspire your next Veganuary recipe.

@rabbitandwolves

A personal favourite of mine purely because every dish I’ve ever made myself following her recipes is absolutely delicious is @rabbitandwolves. Created by Lauren Hartmann, a classically trained pastry chef, the Instagram account and blog has since become a place for plant-based folk to head for some real, home cooked inspiration. 

Every taste, flavour and cuisine is catered for here so your tastebuds will truly be satisfied, but for those who love hearty American-style cooking will truly be in awe of all of the dishes Lauren has been able to recreate in a veganised format. She’s even got a cookbook, aptly named Southern Vegan, that’s bursting with inspiration from BBQ wings to pot pie, chicken biscuits to gumbo. Scroll through her Instagram account and uncover your next meal in no time.

@thelittleblogofvegan

For those looking to satisfy their sweet toothed cravings should head over to @thelittleblogofvegan’s Instagram account for some serious vegan food porn. Every sweet treat has been tried, tested and executed perfectly by creator Holly Jade. 

Having converted to veganism by choice in 2015, Holly has since been trialling and testing different flavour techniques, veganised food trends and creating the best vegan sweet treat recipes you could ever imagine. Think vegan peanut butter oreo tart, vegan s’mores cupcakes and a showstopper of a vegan peppermint Nutcracker inspired festive cake (bookmark this one for next Christmas, you won’t regret it). For the savoury lovers, she also has a delicious savoury and dinner section on her blog too that you won’t want to miss. 

As for the Instagram account, expect to be drooling as you scroll through.

@thelittlelondonvegan

Not so much a recipe Instagram account – although she does have some incredible recipes you’ll want to give a try – @thelittlelondonvegan’s Insta is all about supporting London’s thriving vegan foodie scene. 

From highlighting the best vegan snacks on the market and trialling new restaurant menus and delivery services, to thought pieces on supporting local businesses and cutting food waste, Clare from @thelittlelondonvegan really digs deep to find the best of vegan food for those looking to try it out. She also does regular foodie challenges, Q&As and collabs with brands too. Definitely one to check out for London vegan inspiration.

@rachelama_

Expect healthy creations and hearty recipes when you follow @rachelama. The author, recipe creator and YouTuber Rachel Ama will bring you a colourful array of vegan recipes, from elevated breakfast staples to the most delicious ginger orange oyster mushrooms I’ve ever tasted.  

Back in summer 2019, Rachel also released her first cookbook bursting with colourful recipes, which draw inspiration on naturally vegan dishes and cuisines, as well as noting influences from her Caribbean and West African heritage.  Recently a new mother, expect some wholesome photos and Instagram stories too.

@the.korean.vegan

If you’re a TikTok user you might have come across @the.korean.vegan previously thanks to her hugely popular recipe videos. Run by Joanne Molinaro, each recipe video tells a story of something that relates to the recipe, from stories of growing up to struggling with diet culture. Each is beautifully collated and you can tell so much time and thought goes into each short video. It’s beautiful, raw and emotional at times, while the recipes are always rustically delicious too. Real home cooked recipes.  

Expect some of the best veganised Korean recipes you’ll find on the internet. Head over to her blog and unpack the recipes and stories further. 

@uglyvegan

Helping to prove that veganism isn’t a fad, diet culture or a lifestyle to ‘just eat healthy’, @uglyvegan is hugely popular for all those lovers of beige food. You know, the kind of comfort food we all take solace in. 

Run by East Londoner Lucie, the Insta account boasts 70k+ followers and showcases the ‘ugly’ side of veganism. It’s an account to prove that veganism isn’t all about salads, greens and colorful rainbow bowls, but rather a lifestyle that can also indulge in the carby goodness that’s renowned for its deliciousness. Don’t expect Insta-worthy picturesque imagery here, expect real food in the form of potato smilies (it’s become the platform’s trademark), Greggs vegan sausage rolls and baked beans, lots of baked beans. 

@dees_table

For those looking for authentic Jamaican recipes with a veganised twist should head over to @dees_table’s Instagram where the platform is bursting with spiced delights, all using 100% fresh ingredients. 

Fall in love with the fresh, simple recipe photography before heading over to their blog to recreate the dishes at home. Expect dishes such as roasted red pepper ackee seasoned rice, curry spiced squash and chickpeas with spring onion polenta, and a delicious plantain custard and passion fruit pastry topped with a sesame brittle rim. Yum. 

What we really love is that the recipes on the blog aren’t filled with an endless spiel before getting to the actual recipe; it’s straight to the point and delicious.

@sovegan

Headed by Roxy Pope and Ben Pook, @sovegan provides a space for real, hearty vegan eats. The posts are bright, colourful and carefully thought out, often with full recipes linked in the post too. For those who love a recipe reel too, there’s plenty to explore on here so you’ll really get a sense of what it is you need to be doing to recreate the recipes at home. 

Over on their blog, you can find recipes for all occasions, from dinner party ideas to essential condiments every kitchen cupboard should boast. Plus, last year saw the pair release their first recipe cookbook too, filled with 80 recipes you can make using just one pot. Perfect for those lazy night dinners and mid-week saviours.

@avantgardevegan

Those of you who love a YouTube cooking channel will have probably stumbled across one of Gaz Oakley’s veganised recipes before, but switch over to his Instagram to really see the creations come to life. 

Gaz seems to have covered all bases with his cooking channel and Instagram, filling his space with everything from smoked ‘salmon’ carrot canapés to the fluffiest vegan Yorkshire puddings we’ve tried. His chirpy attitude and beautiful studio kitchen all make for a great viewing.

@maxlamanna

A colleague actually introduced me to Max La Manna’s Instagram a few months back, but I’m so glad he did because now I can create quick and easy recipes at home from store cupboard staples. 

@maxlamanna’s Instagram is filled with short video recipes, from chickpea whip granola to vegan mini quiches, pumpkin pasta to quick and easy shepherd’s pie. Max tries to create simple recipes with little to no-waste, and he’s even got an award-winning cookbook that’s well worth a buy for those invested in veganism.

@veganfastbowls

Vegan fast bowls? What more could you ask for. This simple recipe Instagram account boasts bright, flavourful dishes made up of different accounts. It’s well worth the look for some mid-week dinner inspiration and simple to follow recipes. 

Expect everything from Dan Dan noodles to extra creamy hummus, stuffed cabbage rolls to the most delicious baked BBQ cauliflower wings.


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