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Written by Jessica Moore
ICYMI…the vegan/vegetarian YouTube community is rich with enthusiasts sharing innovative recipes and passions for plant-based diets and lifestyles. Here are our top 3 YouTube channels that inspire hundreds of thousands of viewers with recipe walkthroughs and informative videos guaranteed to keep your plant-based dishes fresh and creative! And if you’re an omnivore, don’t worry! These channels in the very least will inspire you to eat more plants, just in time for the new year (you’re welcome)!
Where they’re from: recently from the Gold Coast in Australia, but they’re often on the go (and create wonderful plates incorporating local produce as they travel)!
You’ll want to make: Buckwheat Crepes with Apple Pecan Filling
Our favorite video: A Week of Dinners
Cam and Nina’s channel’s aesthetic is as refreshing as the meals they make. Their channel is comprised of gorgeously edited “What I Eat in a Day” videos, walking you through breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes, and everything in between. Their videos deviate from the formulaic “What I Eat in a Day” YouTube vegan trend, steering away from the barrage of hyped-up product placements and the obsession over exact ingredients that tend to cloud food tutorials.
Instead, they inspire their subscribers with their simplicity and silliness: close-ups of raw aspects of the kitchen, like fiddling their fingers in a jar for the last drops of peanut butter, or diving head first in a mango slice and not caring about the chunks that linger on their cheeks, define Cam and Nina’s outstanding creativity. Food is messy just like our lives, and they embrace and document its beauty. The pair develops simple yet dynamic recipes that focus on fresh ingredients. Their table stands for minimalism packed with complexity.
The couple additionally posts soothing compilations featuring their poetry, insightful musings on life, and lifestyle recommendations backgrounded with excellent chillwave music. Their videos are intimate glimpses into their minimalist lives, full of outdoor meanderings and nourishing food prepared in a seemingly effortless fashion.
Cam and Nina are passionate about veganism without the pretension. Their dishes are guaranteed to motivate you to eat colorful, plant-based food. It’s difficult to not be in awe of their delicate camera work and uncomplicated approach to food.
Their newsletter, Morsel, can serve as a beautiful addition to your bi-weekly reads, filled with beautiful prose, arbitrary thoughts on life, music, book, and podcast recommendations. Their e-book, also called Morsel, is filled with over 200 pages of recipes, food art, poems, illustrations and a whole lotta love.
Where she’s from: Atlanta, Georgia, recently relocated to Los Angeles, CA
You’ll want to make: 5 Easy & Delicious Salad Dressings (especially her delectable miso tahini salad dressing)
Favorite Video: it’s a tie between Vegan Groceries for $35/Week | Healthy Vegan Grocery Haul Part 1 & 2, and Fried Cauliflower “Chicken” | Vegan Soul Food
Jeneé Clairborne combines veganism with soul food in her YouTube channel, Sweet Potato Soul. Jeneé is a professional chef from Atlanta with a sweet potato obsession; she will not only show you all the ingenious ways to prepare this versatile root vegetable but will also inspire you to veganize hearty soul food favorites.
Jeneé wraps her recipes in a sweet, fun, and jazzy ensemble, showing you step-by-step how to create her delicious meals with voiceovers that guide you as you cook. Her videos consist of some of the best vegan food porn we’ve ever seen: mouthwatering vegan buttermilk waffles, sweet potato cinnamon rolls, and vegan buddha bowls are just a fraction of her culinary masterpieces.
Clairborne considerately focuses on making veganism accessible and affordable. There is a pervasive misconception of how expensive veganism/vegetarianism can be, and while it is true that purchasing novelty products, obscure ingredients, and meat substitutes can definitely add up, it is simply not the case when you compare purchasing fruits and vegetables to the cost of animal products.
Jeneé proves this by setting restrictive weekly budgets (like spending a mere $35 for the entire week!) and then creating delicious recipes within that budget to show viewers how a back-to-basics eating lifestyle is not only healthy, but can also save you a good amount of money. Jeneé even brings you along with her during her shopping trips, which is invaluable especially if you’re just starting your vegetarian/vegan journey!
In addition to making weekly recipe videos, Jeneé posts videos on ethical beauty and fashion products, as well as vegan travel videos, informative Q&As, and 101 videos explaining, for example, nutritional yeast (a “cheesy” condiment packed with essential vitamins and minerals, a vegan favorite!), vegan protein, and vegan supplements. Her enthusiasm for food and a compassionate lifestyle is wonderfully infectious!
Where they’re from: County Wicklow, Ireland
You’ll want to make: Vegan Chicken Nuggets | Yes you read that right
Our favorite video: Creamy Mushroom Pasta | Vegan One Pot Wonder
When two identical twins scream “Yo dudes!” at the start of every video, you know you’re going to have a good time. We dare you to try not to laugh during these videos, because these Irish twins put hilarity into fine vegan cooking. Dave and Steve, The Happy Pear (get it?), own a natural food market, farm, and restaurant in Ireland and share their techniques and favorite recipes inspired by cultures and tastes from around the world. They’re on a mission to make healthy eating “mainstream, accessible, and attractive,” and they’re excelling at it. Their kitchen setting is bright, stripped down, and quaint, a perfect setting for these light-hearted cooks.
The Happy Pear is best known for their nail-biting 5-minute meal videos, pushing the edge of what can be accomplished in such a small amount of time. These videos are particularly perfect for students and people with insanely busy schedules. These brothers make the impossible possible within 5 minutes: chickpea curry, pad thai, falafel, granola, even vegan pizza! You obviously don’t have to be so under the clock (unless you’re up for the challenge), but their quick, flavorful recipes really put into perspective how vegan cooking doesn’t have to be convoluted, nor does it have to take so much time.
Their longer videos are even more flavorsome and stunning, exploring beloved meaty dishes and tweaking the ingredient list with healthy and delicious alternatives. A top concern for people transitioning to veganism usually revolves around cheese and milk.
They address this head-on by filling their channel with mock cheeses like vegan mozzarella, vegan nacho cheese, vegan feta cheese, even a hearty vegan mac and cheese recipe! The Happy Pear also includes a long list of tasty sweet treats: from dark chocolate pound cake, caramel cream pie, to homemade Nutella, you’ll never need milk for your baking needs! These brothers prove that with a bit of imagination and fearlessness, you can create delectable dishes while moving toward better food choices.