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19 Quick and Easy Vegan Dinner Recipes

I’m sure far too often you’ve found yourself searching online for easy vegan dinner recipes. Hungry and out of time, you end up ordering some take-out for what feels like the millionth time.

But what’s more, fun is learning how to prepare easy vegan meals that you’ll love. The best part about vegan food is the key ingredients are so easy to prepare. All you need to learn is the best combinations.

Why not try these delicious yummy recipes that are guaranteed to become your favorites:

1. Vegan mac n’ cheese

Delicious dairy-free mac and cheese, this recipe is sure to blow your taste buds away. All you need to get started is raw cashews, broccoli, nutritional yeast, pasta, and potatoes.

The key ingredient in this recipe is the nutritional yeast that adds just the right color and flavor. If you’ve never used nutritional yeast before and you’re wondering what the heck is it?

Nutritional yeast is simply deactivated yeast that’s full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It’s commonly used a cheese substitute by vegans.

You can add more nutrients by adding in the broccoli or leave it out. Either way, what you end up with is a delicious dinner ready in a few minutes. Get the full recipe here

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2. Vegan burrito bowl

This chipotle inspired recipe is the best way to make use of your leftover rice. It’s easy to prepare whether it’s for one person or a whole family.

You’ll need corn, rice, black beans, bell peppers, onions, cilantro, and lime. Start with a base of white rice but if you prefer you can swap it out for quinoa or cauliflower rice.

For the sauteed vegetables all, get green, yellow and red peppers, and onions. Build your plate up by adding black beans, and top it up with some guacamole.

Don’t forget the cilantro and lime, they really elevate this recipe. Get the full recipe here

3. Shepherd’s pie with spicy lentils

Better than the classic, this recipe is a great alternative for a family dinner.

It’s easy to cook with minimal ingredients required. The trick here is to build flavor with a variety of vegetables include parsnips carrots, corn, peas. These add a rich flavourful base to add your protein-rich lentils too.

Furthermore, lentils are a heart-healthy option full of folate and manganese.

They come in a variety choose from red, green, brown or black lentils. Make sure to boil them first and then add the cooked lentils. Play around with your seasonings of choice, you really can’t go wrong here. Get the full recipe here

spicy vegan black bean burger

4. Spicy vegan black bean burger

Get your protein kick with this black bean burger that’s just as delicious if not better. You want to a budget pattie that won’t fall apart as you cook it or as you go in for your first bite.

The key ingredients that will achieve perfect pattie are the flax eggs and the oats. For the flax eggs, you want to mix one tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoons water and let it sit for about 5-8 minutes to thicken.

The oat flour combines everything together giving you one solid pattie that you will love. Serve it up with some fresh tomato and avocado slices. Get the full recipe here

5. Crispy tofu and cauliflower rice stir fry

Making use of crispy tofu to give us some nice crunch. This recipe is basically healthy in a bowl. Moreover, tofu is high in protein and all also provides all the essential amino acids.

With cauliflower, you can have as many seconds as you’d like as it’s very low in calories. Even though the recipe looks complicated, it’s not, it only requires a little bit of time to put it all together.

Remember to pre-bake your tofu for that perfect crisp with a tender center. Serve it with some bok choy. Get the full recipe here

Asian-inspired soba noodles with sugar snap peas and carrots

6. Asian-inspired soba noodles with sugar snap peas and carrots

Did you know edamame is not just an appetizer but also a great source of protein? Yes, these small beans pack a good amount of protein.

This Asian-inspired recipe is the perfect way to make use of your edamame. All you need are soba noodles, edamame, sugar snap peas, carrots, and sesame seeds.

The recipe is great for a crowd and comes together pretty quick. With soba noodles ready, all you need is to assemble everything together. The ginger-sesame sauce gives the recipe a refreshing kick, don’t forgo it.

Use a peeler to slice your carrots into thin noodles that blend perfectly. Get the full recipe here

7. Comfort lentil and quinoa chili

This recipe is pretty hearty and heavy on its own and you’ll find yourself filling full in no time.

The recipe combines lentils, black beans, kidney beans, quinoa for protein-packed chili that you’ll love. All you need are lentils, quinoa, kidney beans, black beans, tomatoes, red pepper.

Fresh garlic, cumin, cilantro, some chili powder, cinnamon, top it off with curry powder. This recipe stores well and you can make a big batch and freeze it. Get the full recipe here

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8. Jackfruit sandwich with avocado

Jackfruit is one of the dream ingredients to work with as it easily absorbs flavors. Its texture is what has gained it so much popularity as a meat substitute in many vegan recipes.

For this recipe, you want to get young underripe jackfruit. You can easily spot one in most Asian markets or at Amazon (they really do have everything lol).

For a finer texture, you can shred the jackfruit after it’s cooked with a fork. You can use the leftover in a sandwich sub or tacos. We can guarantee, done the right way, this is going to be a hit. Get the recipe here

9. Quick Creamy Vegan Butternut linguine

If you ever find yourself searching for vegan dinner recipes to make under 30-minutes this recipe is for you.

All you need is butternut squash and linguine or fettuccine. Add in some flavor with spices and seasonings for a more satisfying meal. The pureed squash really is the star in this recipe.

It gives that much-needed creaminess perfect for linguine. Serve with a side of roasted vegetables for a filling meal. Get the full recipe here

Chickpea and Brussel sprouts Stir Fry

10. Chickpea and Brussel sprouts Stir Fry

This is one of the easiest vegan dinner recipes, all you need is your wok, chickpeas and your Brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts are one of the healthiest vegetables to eat daily.

In addition, chickpeas are high-fiber high-protein legume that will have you feeling full in minutes. Add in red onions and bell peppers for an enhanced flavor to your stir fry.

For that extra flavor, opt for sesame oil. Serve it over rice for a delicious unforgettable dinner. Get the full recipe here

11. Vegetable Pakoras

For a finger-licking treat, make these Indian delicacies in the comfort of your home. 

The recipe is surprisingly easy to follow and everything is laid out so clearly, you’re going to love it. Even though technically a snack, these pakoras are so delicious, you’ll end up eating them for dinner.

You’ll need chickpea flour to make it work and if you don’t, then just grind up some of your dry chickpeas.

Don’t be intimated by the process either, you just need to heat up your potatoes and then fold everything up into the batter for frying. Get the full recipe here

Tofu coconut curry with cashews - vegan dinner recipes

12. Tofu coconut curry with cashews

This recipe is a little bit of Indian and Thai, it mixes up vegetables and simmers them in coconut milk giving them an unbelievable flavor that’s perfect for a weekend family treat.

All you to make it are sweet potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, bell peppers, onions with turmeric and ginger. The sweetness of the potatoes gives an amazing contrast to the rich creamy coconut milk.

The resulting combination, a match made in food heaven. Add in ground cashews to thicken the recipe. Get the full recipe here

13. Stuffed pasta shells

Light Italian meal for dinner anyone? This recipe is great for when you’re full but kinda hungry.

Ingredients needed are split peas, pasta shells, basil and garlic. The pesto is easy just blend up basil, water, and salt for taste. Add in the cooked split peas and you’re good to go.

Once you stuff the shells, bake them with some marinara sauce for a complete Italian meal. Get the full recipe here

Vegan-style loaded nachos

14. Vegan-style loaded nachos

Don’t worry just yet, this recipe does teach you how to make your own vegan cheese sauce. Yes, nutritional yeast just like this one is involved.

This recipe is perfect for game night or when you have friends over and you’re out of vegan dinner recipes ideas. All you need are chips, black, beans, cilantro, lime and jalapenos for some heat.

Serve it with some chopped avocados Get the full recipe here

15. Delicious vegetable paella

This is one of the vegan dinner recipes you pull out when you want to impress. The time investment ( about 1hr) that goes into preparing this dish is all worth it for the end result.

Paella is a traditional Spanish rice dish served with meats and seafood but you’re going to make use of some flavorful vegetables instead.

You want to make sure to use a dutch oven as you will bake the rice yes bake the boiling rice to achieve the desired paella consistency. Get the full recipe here

Spicy vegan meatball sub

16. Spicy vegan meatball sub

If you’re a sandwich fan, then this recipe is for you and it’s 100% plant-based. All you need to make this sub is garlic, cooked kidney beans, red onion,  rolled oats, sunflower seed, and mushrooms.

You can pan-fry your “meatballs” or bake them in an oven. Get the full recipe here

17. Mushroom Fajitas

Nothing says authentic Mexican quite like fajitas. Instead of ordering from your fave restaurant why not make yourself some legit vegan fajitas at home.

This recipe is quite simple and we bet you already have most of the ingredients. Most of the work you’ll do here is sauteeing the bell peppers and mushrooms to your liking.

If you like them a bit crunchy then only a few minutes will do. If you don’t like mushrooms, you can substitute them for some black beans. Serve it with a generous serving of guac and enjoy. Get the full recipe here

Veggie Tika masala

18. Veggie Tika masala

A veggie filled tikka masala, perfect for any day of the week. You’d think there is a lot of work involved here but the most you’ll be doing is chopping up all the vegetables. This recipe is full of high-fiber and high-protein.

We love the addition of cauliflowers to the carrots, peas, and chickpeas. I don’t think it gets any healthier than this. Because tika recipes are mostly yogurt based, we get to substitute that with creamy coconut cream.

The different textures of the vegetables are perfect to be served over rice. Although this recipe does make a big batch, you can store some for later. Get the full recipe here

19. Must-try vegan pizza

Save the best for last with this thin crust pizza with lots of flavors. It is one of the best vegan dinner recipes. Try it any day of the week because why not? It’s pizza right. The trick here is to saute the veggies before adding them to your crust.

The sauteed veggies not only bring in extra flavor but also ensures veggies cook through. As with any vegan recipe that requires something “cheesy”, you will also need some nutritional yeast for this yummy treat. Get the full recipe here

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