Teens are the future, so these books offer recipe books for the next generation. Learning to cook as a teen also sets them up for independence from fast food joints and ready-meals for life.
Vegan Cookbook for Teens offers an introduction to plant-based eating, with a breakdown of key nutrients that vegans need to include in their diets. These recipes are designed for teens, yet feature wholefood ingredients that don’t sacrifice flavour. There are also tips to become a better chef with basic cooking techniques, advice for staying safe in the kitchen, and how to fix common mistakes.
- Buffalo Chickpea Wraps
- No-Cheese Quesadillas
- Easy Mac n Cheesy
- Roasted Beet Salad
- Easy Burrito Bowls with Cauliflower Rice
- Sweet Potato Pancakes
- Oven-Roasted Breakfast Potatoes
- Cheeseburger Eggrolls
- Cream Cheese Wontons
Be More Vegan is the young person’s guide to going plant-based. You’ll learn the reasons to go vegan (environmental, animal welfare, health) in clear and simple language, and find answers to questions on nutrition and ethics, plus bang-up-to-date info on the best ingredients, substitutions and food hacks. Plus there are over 50 recipes for every situation, from lunchbox staples to midweek meals, to snacks and cakes and desserts.
Niki’s other book My Vegan Year offers seasonal recipes for young chefs. There are 50 fun simple recipes, plus tips for each season, from party finger food to growing your own veg (see toxic plants to avoid near pets).
Unleash Your Brand of Gorgeousness!
Rebel Beauty for Teens is a lovely book for your vegan teen. In a world immersed in visual media, teen girls are under pressure to achieve unattainable physical perfection. This book is about girls developing a good relationship with themselves, and knowing that kindness and compassion are more important.
This beautifully illustrated book will empower the young women of tomorrow, with the skills and knowledge to shift their inner narrative, develop self-esteen and build confidence in who they are, as opposed to how they look.
Where to Find Support for Teen Vegans
Are you a teen vegan, or someone in the flushes of youth, and up for making a difference? Sometimes it can feel lonely being the sole vegan in a tribe, but no worries, here are some places to offer support and hope and friendship. Even if you don’t live local, you can connect online.
- Vegan Society Teen Hub where you can find easy recipes, join up (for discounts at health stores and online shops), find recipes and read the stories of inspiring young vegans. You can also share tips and have your questions answered in return.
- Brownble (online cooking courses) has a great post on how to be a vegan teen. Also check out the lovely blog Vegan Teen with info on everything from recipes to where to find vegan shoes. And watch this video on how to get your parents to let you go vegan!
- YEA offers a week or more of interactive activities like visits to animal sanctuaries (virtual for now), yoga, cooking, poetry and gardening, plus evening events and hang-out time with new friends.
Young Vegans (UK) is an online store, founded by people just like you. It offers free shipping for orders over £40 and covers all areas of the UK. It stocks all the student favourites like pizza, pie and beer (!) but do look out for items to avoid palm oil, to protect orangutans. A lot of the items are made in their own London kitchen, for unique items you won’t find elsewhere. This wonderful outfit has already started two shops including London Vegan Pizza Shop, has sold food to hundreds of thousands of people at music festivals, been on TV, and created local jobs. Brazilian founder Carla (above) began the company after being depressed, having been fired from a job at a youth hotel. She is now blazing the trail for black-owned female businesses that make a difference.