10 Things Real Vegans Actually Eat

Veganism! It’s good for the planet, and it’s good for animals. We all know we should let a few more vegan meals into our lives.

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Plus, it’s more vegetables. Vegetables are good for you.

But also, it’s really hard. Because CHEESE.

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Salad just isn’t a cheeseburger, is it?

We asked a bunch of real vegans to share what they eat on a regular basis. Because if normal people are managing it, it can’t be that hard, right?! (Spoiler alert: VEGAN PIZZA EXISTS.)

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We talked to bloggers, students, dancers, mums, nutritionists, and even a former sports therapist. These people eat dairy- and meat-free on a daily basis, and it’s become their normal routine. Some are bona fide experts, and some are just like you and me.

Here’s what they suggested-

Vegan mac ‘n’ cheese

Momoko Hill
“Macaroni cheese was always one of my favourite comfort food dishes growing up and I was delighted when I discovered vegan mac ‘n’ cheese! The sauce in the one I make is made from Violife cheddar, homemade cashew milk, a little bit of coconut oil, Himalayan salt, and cracked black pepper. So simple, beautifully creamy, and non-vegans love it too!”
– Momoko Hill, 27, freelancer, Cornwall


“Those helpful people at PETA published a list of readily available ‘accidentally’ vegan foods, including my personal favourites – Jus Roll pain au chocolat, McVitie’s Ginger Nuts, and, of course, Oreos. (BTW, I know Sriracha goes with almost everything, but I wouldn’t recommend it with Oreos.)”
– Michelle, 30, digital manager, London

Tomato-basil toasts

“The foods I eat the most are the non-recipes, the foods anyone can make. If you have good ingredients, you don’t have to dress them up. Bread, tomato, basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper. It doesn’t get better than that.”
– Madeline Heising, creator of The Collegiate Vegan, Boston

Summer rolls

“I love making summer rolls because they’re so versatile, easy to make, and really healthy! You can add any filling you like, but I love to add tofu, peppers, rice noodles, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Add a little dipping sauce like soy sauce and you’re good to go.”
– Kitty Cowell, 28, fashion stylist and blogger, London

Creamy courgette pasta

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“I love vegan pasta recipes because they are tasty, kid-friendly, and super fast to throw together on a busy weekday.”
– Lindsay Reynolds, 28, mother, nurse practitioner, and creator of Vegan Yumminess, Maine

Veg sauté

“I always recommend veggie sautés and stir fries to veg-curious folks because they are easy to make, come together in minutes, and you can add your favourite plant-based protein source like beans, vegan meats etc to round out the nutritional profile of it. Plus it just tastes great!”
– Jackie Sobon, 28, food photographer, creator of Vegan Yack Attack, and author of Vegan Bowl Attack, California

Vegan five-cheese pizza

“This meal is from one of my favourite restaurants, Fed by Water in Dalston, which creates delicious Italian food for carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. I have been vegan for nearly a decade and only discovered this restaurant in the last year, so I take every opportunity to make up for the barren, pizzaless years. My pizza features dairy-free versions of mozzarella, blue cheese, red cheddar, and others.”
– Michelle, 30, digital manager, London

Teriyaki-ish tofu with avocado

Emily von Euw
“Really into this small meal lately: Sauté some tofu in soy sauce, maple syrup, and rice vinegar; serve with a sliced avocado on top; drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle with smoked salt. The textures and flavours go really well together and it only takes a few minutes. Lots of protein and healthy fats, so I love it after the gym.”
– Emily von Euw, 22, author of The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook and creator of The Rawsome Vegan Life, Vancouver

Burrito bowls

“I make these brown rice burrito bowls all the time. With beans, rice, veggies, and guacamole, they easily cover all of my nutrition needs for a meal. If I’m short on time I can make this in 10 minutes with canned beans, frozen rice and vegetables, and store-bought guacamole and salsa – or, if I have more wiggle room, I prepare some or all of the components from scratch, usually in batches so that I can eat the burrito bowls throughout the week.”
– Shannon, creator of Yup… It’s Vegan, Baltimore

Vegetable stir-fry

Monika Bhika
“Veg, edamame, and tofu stir-fry with homemade teriyaki sauce and rice noodles. I also add sprouted lentil and mung beans. It’s quick, child-friendly, and delicious! My two kids really love this.”
– Monika Bhika, 38, former sports therapist, Surrey

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