Plant-Based Instagram Influencers You NEED to Follow

April 27th, 2020

Food and Instagram go together like strawberries and chocolate. To satisfy our appetite for mouthwatering meals, a number of amateur and professional cooks are creating and sharing amazing plant-based recipes that you recreate from the comfort of your own kitchen.

This Monday, check out our list of favorite plant-based Instagram influencers to follow; they’ve got tips for everything from cashew cheese to no-bake coconut cake to basil risotto. Remember, many of these influencers also have websites and YouTube channels as well, so say hello to your new virtual cooking companions!


Samira Kazan, the creator of the @alphafoodie Instagram and, is dedicated to showcasing beautifully vibrant ingredients and finished dishes. Her videos are a beautiful blend of technique and presentation. Check out her creative recipes for plant-based Cheddar cheese and gluten-free banana bread.


A queen of plant-based meal preparation, Ella Mills is an icon when it comes to making simple and delicious food without using animal products. Breakfast bowls, smoothies, sweets, savory grains, and delectable veggies, Ella can do it all, and you can too; check out her Instagram page and blog for step-by-step instructions on how you can recreate her edible masterpieces.


The mantra of the Minimalist Baker is clear: “simple recipes that make you feel good, 10 ingredients, 1 bowl, or 30 minutes or less — all eaters welcome.” With creative ideas for plant-based cakes, brownies, soups, breads, and so much more, you’ll be using the Minimalist Baker’s Instagram as both a source of cooking insights and artful inspiration.


Caitlin Shoemaker, the creator of @frommybowl, develops easy-to-follow, vegan recipes that “actually taste good.” Her food is health-forward, and many of her recipes incorporate a variety of nutritionally-dense ingredients. But most importantly, Shoemaker’s food looks, well, fun; she’s got recipes for no-bake toasted coconut cheesecake, vegan strawberry shortcake, and a gorgeous feel-good red lentil soup. And while her Instagram page doesn’t include many videos, you can always check out Shoemaker’s YouTube channel and website to see her in action.


If you want a virtual cooking buddy, look no further than Lauren Toyota, the foodie philosopher behind the Instagram @hotforfood. Charisma and a whimsical approach to food, makes Toyota an excellent source for plant-based cooking. She’s got tons of videos on her Instagram and website, which makes her more of a culinary coach than Instagram influencer.


With over one million followers, @pinchofyum is doing a lot of things right. They have recipes for all of your comfort food favorites — gnocchi, macaroni and cheese, banana-oat pancakes — many of which use only vegetarian-friendly ingredients. Scroll through their feed or look at some of their instructive cooking videos and website recipes.


To satisfy your need for elegant images of food, look no further than @vanillaandbean. This Instagram feed is full of rustic plates, counter tops, and casserole dishes teeming with beautiful meals and ingredients, many of which are plant-based. For full recipes, check out, and let your appetite run wild.


Jenn Sebestyen, creator of @veggie_inspired and author the Meatless Monday Family Cookbook, is a master at coaxing delicious flavors out of plant-based ingredients. Her recipes are easy to follow and appeal to all varieties of eating lifestyles, also available on her website.


Woon Heng is a wonderfully inventive home cook (and Meatless Monday contributor) who focuses on cooking up plant-based meals with an Asian flare. Her dishes are unique and easy on the eyes; one look at her Instagram feed will have you stocking up on soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh chile, and udon noodles.

Click here for more Meatless Monday recipes. When posting pictures of recipes to your social media network, tag @MeatlessMonday use #MeatlessMonday to show the plant-based community your creation.