In many Afro-Caribbean cultures, eating a Vegetarian or vegan diet is more or less unheard of. If you’re looking to reduce meat or dairy consumption while continuing to enjoy more traditional dishes, or just fancy something a little different, here are a few delicious recipes which offer the comfort of familiar ingredients and flavours.
Vegan Caribbean Feast
Where better to start than with a good ol’ feast? Full of flavour and variety, this recipe by Rachel Ama combines staple dishes and ingredients to create an incredible wholesome meal. Jerk lentils, rice and peas, greens, roti, channa and of course plantains- a perfect feast which- as Rachel herself puts it- is ‘just banging and packed full of protein’
Sweet Plantain And Black Bean Bowl
Simple, tasty and rich in protein, this is a perfect warming meal for when you crave home-cooked food, but want something quick and easy. This meal by Chef Elsie from Afro vitality Eats is reminiscent of stewed beans I had as a child.
Vegan Jamaican Curry
A homemade curry, in just 15 minutes- yes, you read right. Avant Garde’s version of traditional Jamaican curries is packed full of flavour and chock-full of vegetables. His recipe shares methods that he uses to infuse flavour into otherwise bland vegetables. You won’t want to miss it.
Vegan Jollof Rice
An absolute staple for Nigerians and Ghanaians, and delicious as a main or side dish. Jollof rice is one of the best-known West African dishes and for good reason. Full of flavour and a bit of heat, Amma from ‘Amma’s Kitchen’ creates an easy-to-follow vegan version.
Vegan Peanut Stew
Chef Beth from Budget Bytes adapted this peanut or groundnut based stew, a staple in some West African countries, to be totally vegan. It’s rich, it’s creamy, it’s delicious. This hearty stew is wonderful for colder evenings.