The amazing benefits of going vegan are endless.  You’re saving animals from unnecessary suffering and helping the planet by doing your bit to decrease the impact of green-house emissions. Plus you’re significantly improving your health by eating a more wholesome, cleaner and nutritious diet.

Consuming more vitamin-rich and natural foods is one of the best things you can do for your mind and body. Through eating fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and herbs you’ll soon notice your energy levels rising and your complexion appearing brighter.  You’ll also lose those few extra pounds that comes as a result of eating meat and dairy.  All of these health-related factors contribute to a more positive and happier outlook on life, making you look and feel better than you ever have before. The only thing you’ll regret about going vegan is not doing it sooner!

When you make the transition to veganism, whether it be from vegetarianism or completely cutting out meat, fish and dairy from your diet all at once, knowing where to start with vegan cooking can seem a little daunting at first.

Eating a plant based diet opens up a whole new world of discovering delicious recipes, health-boosting ingredients that you may not have heard of before, and new ways and techniques of creating mouth-watering and nutritious vegan meals.

From colourful and exotic smoothie bowls for breakfast, veg-packed sandwiches and fresh soups for lunch to hearty pizzas, curries and cheesy lasagne for dinner (with a few healthy snacks in between), eating vegan has never been so varied and tasty. (Check out our Eats and Treats section for a range of easy-to-make, plant based recipes created by some top vegan chefs).

If cooking isn’t your forte don’t worry, investing in a few of these handy kitchen essentials will make whipping up your vegan meals a breeze.

  • Create thin ribbons of fruit and vegetables, ideal for courgetti spaghetti or carrot noodles.

    Hemsley + Hemsley Spiraliser, £16.95 from Amazon

  • Cook food through the circulation of super-heated air with or without the need for oil. Ideal for healthy vegetables and crispy chips.

    Philips HD9220/20 Healthier Oil Free Airfryer, £112.17 from amazon

  • Drain and marinate your tofu blocks with style and ease.

    Tofu Press by Tofuture Ltd, £23.99

  • Easily mix and toss your fresh greens and salad.

    Salad Spinner by George, £5.00 from Asda

  • Chop, slice and dice fruit and veg with ease.

    Bamboo Fibre Knife Block, £26.99 by Lakeland

  • Peeling garlic has never been easier.

    Magic Sillicon Garlic Peeler, £2.21 by

  • A practical and convenient way of steaming veg.

    Joseph Joseph Vegetable Steamer, £13.00 from Currys

  • Perfect for mixing, chopping, blending, whipping, grinding, pureeing, juicing and grating.

    Hinari MB280 The Genie Multi-Attachment Blender, £24.50 from Amazon

  • Chop ingredients to perfection to create dressings, sauces, crusts, and baby food.

    KitchenAid Chopper, £64.95 from John Lewis

  • Easily weigh and measuring multiple ingredients in the same bowl.

    Salter Electronic Scale with Steel Platform, £16.99 from Argos

  • Never cry at chopping onions again.

    Anti-tear Onion Goggles, £2.19 from eBay

  • Ensure even heat distribution when cooking with encapsulated copper based pans.

    Stainless Steel Encapsulated Copper Base Pan Set, £65.00 from next

  • Prepare vegetables on a hygienic surface and protect worktops from scratches and stains.

    Appollo Chopping Board, £12.99 from The Range

  • Keep your herbs and spices close to hand when cooking.

    KitchenCraft Magnetic Spice Rack Set, £21.49 from Tesco

  • Take the hard work out of mixing and beating.

    Simple Value Electric Hand Mixer, £5.49 from Argos

  • Mix ingredients in a hard wearing ceramic bowl.

    Mason Cash Traditional Mixing Bowl, £9.99 from Dunelm

  • Never cook too much spaghetti again.

    Joseph Joseph Spaghetti Measure, £8.95 from Trouva

  • Grind and prepare range of pestos, cinnamon, cloves, nuts and more.

    Pestle and mortar by Jamie Oliver, £25.00 from Debenhams

We’d love to hear your experiences of how you found cooking as a new vegan.  Share your stories and plant based recipes with us in the comments below.