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What's the difference between vegan and vegetarian?

Find out what the difference is between these popular diets and get lots of vegetarian recipes.

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The difference between vegan and vegetarian diets

Both of these diets are becoming more popular and mainstream in recent years. Some people eat vegan or vegetarian diets all year round, while some adopt the diet on particular days, such as meat-free Monday. So what's the difference between them?

What can vegans eat?

Vegans only eat plant-based foods. All animal products are avoided, such as all meats, poultry, seafood, dairy, and eggs. It also encompasses animal by-products such as gelatine and honey. Some vegans will adopt a completely vegan lifestyle where they don't use products such as leather or wool either.

What can vegetarians eat?

A vegetarian diet can vary slightly from person to person. Generally, vegetarians won't eat meat from animals including red meat, poultry and seafood. However, animal products such as eggs, honey and dairy will still be part of their diet. Vegetarians that eat seafood such as fish and shellfish are technically called pescatarians.

Vegetarian recipes

Interested in trying some vegetarian recipes? Check out lots of delicious and easy vegetarian ideas below, plus these collections of vegetarian recipes:

 

Get the recipe: Glazed Teriyaki Eggplant with Edamame Rice Salad

These ultra tender eggplants in a salty-sweet glaze make a hearty vegetarian meal any time of the year.

Get the recipe: Roasted Pumpkin and Spinach Lasagne

It's easier than you think to make pasta sheets from scratch for this popular vegetarian lasagne recipe.

Get the recipe: Spicy Fried Cauliflower Bites with Chilli Mayonnaise

These crunchy bites are so tasty, don't forget the dipping sauce! Delicious for footy finals, parties or movie night.

Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry

Tikka Masala Vegetarian Pies

Broccoli Falafels with Buckwheat, Egg and Herb Salad

Mushroom Ragu with Creamy Polenta

Spiced Cauliflower Tacos

Cheese and Greens Filo Pie