In order so that you don’t need to spend hours trying to sift through websites in an attempt to find a few oil-free recipes, this is a list of some of the top sites to find healthy, oil-free, plant-based, vegan recipes. Occasional recipes will use oil, but there will often be an oil-free option you can use instead. And many, but not all of their recipes are low-fat too.
They’re free from: honey, dairy (including milk, cheese, butter, etc), eggs, meat, fish, poultry, any other animal products, and oils. Instead, focusing on healthy, plant-based creations, their recipes will help set you on your way to better health. They’re good for you, the animals, and the planet!
There are a number of good plant-based sites out there, but these 15 websites are more dedicated to providing healthy, oil-free, vegan recipes.
If you haven’t yet seen the film, you should. It’s a documentary about the importance of a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle, primarily from a health perspective. The website associated with the film features a collection of recipes from a number of different plant-based chefs including Del Sroufe, Darshana Thacker, Chef AJ, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and Lindsay Nixon (of Happy Herbivore), amongst others.
#2. Happy Herbivore
Lindsay Nixon is the recipe creator and chef of Happy Herbivore. The site has grown over the years and shares weekly testimonials, dubbed “Herbies of the Week,” that come from individuals who have improved their health with a plant-based diet. Happy Herbivore also now has weekly recipe meal plans to help make meal planning less stressful. There’s quite a supply of recipes to keep you going, like these lovely Lasagna Rolls, or make your own homemade Vegan Worcestershire sauce.
#3. Straight Up Food
Straight Up Food is run by Cathy Fisher, whose recipes also feature on Forks Over Knives. Cathy is a whole plant foods, vegan chef, and a culinary instructor at TrueNorth Health and the McDougall Program, who has some excellent tips for cooking without oil. Find plenty of delicious and healthy recipes like oil-free hash browns and great ideas like Tu-no Casserole. Straight Up Food is also a good place to find plant-based holiday dishes.
Since late 2005, Susan has provided the Fat Free Vegan blog as a reliable site for people to find low-fat, vegan recipes. The blog has grown to be quite a large database of low-fat recipes including soups, stews, salads, sandwiches, gravies, and more. You’ll likely find something that you’re looking for!
Fat Free Vegan also has a website set up as a place where readers can submit their own no added oil, vegan recipes. Have a look through the recipe index, of over 1200 recipes, to see if anything inspires you.
#6. Oh She Glows
There is a large section of oil-free recipes on Oh She Glows. They are listed under “Allergies” in the Recipes section. Just scroll down and click on “oil free.” And in that section, you’ll find Heavenly Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal, along with many other tasty recipes.
#7. The Vegan 8
Since the fall of 2013, Brandi, who previously ran another healthy recipe blog, started up The Vegan 8 (where you can now find all of those previous recipes). The site is based around easy and simple recipes, with an emphasis on 8 ingredients. Try the Roasted Broccoli & Rice Bowl with Chipotle Red Pepper Sauce, a Vegan Garlic Alfredo Sauce (pictured above), or some Low-Fat Unfried Rice.
The Engine 2 movement is headed by Rip Esselstyn, a former triathlete and firefighter, and son of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease). Including a bit more fat than Dr. Esselstyn’s diet, the Engine 2 approach is more one of prevention. The movement is aimed at motivating others to make healthy habits a part of their lifestyle earlier, changing the way the next generation approaches their food choices.
Additionally, in the US, you can find Engine 2 brand products at Whole Foods stores, making healthy, oil-free meal prep just that much easier. Rip also has a couple of Engine 2 books about the plant-based lifestyle approach.
Find Engine 2 and other healthy, plant-based lifestyle books:
Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn
My Beef With Meat by Rip Esselstyn
Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health edited by Gene Stone
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell, PhD
A best-selling author with a number of cookbooks, Plant Powered Kitchen with Dreena Burton is a site that has recipes for the whole family. In particular, there are a lot of great snack options to choose from. If a recipe does happen to include oil, there will often be an oil-free option. You’ll find other recipes like the scrumptious Pumpkin Chickpea Cauliflower Curry with Cashew Cream Sauce (pictured above).
#10. Potato Strong
Potato Strong is run by Will, and, along with his wife Bonnie, they provide high-carb, low-fat recipes that are easy to prepare. Will is an avid follower of Dr. McDougall and the Starch Solution, focusing meals around healthy starches. As the name suggests, you’ll find lots of potato recipes, along with other rice and bean dishes. Find a few of your favourites, like Cabbage Soup (pictured above), and make them your go to recipes.
Read an interview with Will from Potato Strong and learn more about his plant-based, health journey.
#11. Plant Based Katie
Another very health-focused site is Plant Based Katie. Katie Mae provides recipes on the Forks Over Knives website and also teaches at both the TrueNorth Health Center and Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center. With an emphasis on plant-based, gluten-free, and free of salt, oil, and sugar (S-O-S), Katie Mae’s recipes can be found on the blog as well as in themed recipe eBooks. And she has started to offer plant-based courses, through Plantz St and Plantz Culinary Bootcamp (a “culinary gym”), with guest chefs such as Chef AJ and Cathy Fisher (of Straight Up Food), in order to help you transition to healthy, plant-based living and meal prep.
#12. Feasting on Fruit
Centred around high-carb, low-fat, vegan recipes, with lots of fruit infused dishes, you’ll find a great selection of sweets made with a creative and healthy twist. A lot of the recipes don’t take long to make either. Feasting on Fruit is your go-to place to get unique fruity and sweet recipes that taste so much better than more traditional treats. Get the recipe for the Coconut Raspberry Oatscream (Ice Cream Oatmeal) recipe (pictured above).
#13. Vegan Runner Eats
With a focus on plant-based eating and exercise, from running to weight lifting, Alina shares her experience and many of the recipes she’s created along the way. Vegan Runner Eats has a great selection of plant-based pancakes, along with tips for plant-based eating and fueling for athletics. Of course, there are some cute sock monkeys too!
Read an interview with Alina, of Vegan Runner Eats about her experience with a plant-based lifestyle and being a vegan athlete.
#14. Cooking with Plants
Recipes on Cooking with Plants are provided in video and written form, so go with whatever you prefer. Anja and her family have all switched to a healthy, vegan diet, so you can find lots of kid-friendly recipes, such as Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.
And last, but certainly not least, there are a lot of optional oil and oil-free recipes on The Plant Strong Vegan, as well as a great selection of homemade sauce recipes. Some oil-free sauces to try out are the Hickory Smoked Barbecue Sauce or a 3-Ingredient Vegan Caramel Sauce.
So, when you’re next looking to expand your healthy, plant-based recipe repertoire, be sure to stop by these websites and have a look around.
You can find other oil-free, vegan recipes at:
McDougall Recipes (Dr. McDougall’s Health & Medical Center)
NutritionStudies.org – Recipes (T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies)
Plant Based Dietitian – Recipes
You will often see recipes from these and other sites in the Featured Vegan Recipes section here on TheVeganJunction.
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