10 Tried-and-True Vegan Dinner Recipes that I Make Over and Over Again (2024)

Today I’ve put together a list of 10 tried-and-true vegan dinner recipes that I’ve made many times, and truly enjoy every time I make them.

When I first made a switch to a plant-based/vegan diet, I was a little overwhelmed by the necessity to replace all of the recipes in my pre-vegan dinner rotation with a completely new recipe lineup.

Thankfully, I soon discovered that Pinterestwas a great place to look for new recipes for a newly vegan cook like myself. I was amazed by all of the vegan deliciousness that already existed in the blogosphere, and before long, making dinner didn’t sound overwhelming to me anymore 🙂

Fast forward to this day, I am quite comfortable between all of my vegan cookbooks and Pinterest to decide what I’m making for dinner on any given day.

As much as I like trying out new plant-based recipes a few times a week, I’ve noticed that there is a number of recipes that I keep coming back to because they are delicious, oil-free (or can easily be made that way), and best of all, my husband Rob loves them!

So today I’ve put together a list of my top 10dinner recipes that I keep making over and over again. Some of them are mine, some are from other blogs, and a few can be found in my favorite cookbooks. To seeany recipe, just click on the link (unless it’s from a cookbook). Here we go:

10 of My Favorite Vegan Dinner Recipes

1. Eggplant and Chickpea Curry from Susan Voisin’s blog, Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. Susan’s recipes are always delicious and oil-free, and this curry is one of my favorite recipes from her site.

The only thing I do differently is I cut up the eggplant and roast the pieces for 20-25 min, and then add them to the tomato-chickpea mixture (as opposed to roasting the whole eggplant).

2. Healthy Vegan Mac and Cheese with Broccoli – this recipe from the blog has been approved by adults and kids alike. It’s lusciously creamy and rich, yet doesn’t contain any oil. Broccoli adds fiber and nutrients, yet it can be skipped if you don’t feel like it.

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3. Eggplant Rollups with Black Bean-Potato Stuffing (pictured below) – my own recipe from this blog. Rob sings high praises every time I make these rollups.It only looks like making them is complicated, but in fact they are pretty easy, and can beput together within an hour.

The best part, at least in my opinion: they are a great dish to serve if you’re having guests over because they look festive and taste like you’ve put a lot of effort into making them.

4. Hippie Loaf from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook10 Tried-and-True Vegan Dinner Recipes that I Make Over and Over Again (4) by Lindsay S. Nixon. I’ve made a number of veggie loaves since going vegan, and a lot of them seemed just too complicated.

Lindsay’s Hippie Loaf is quite simple, gluten-free, and has only ‘real’ ingredients like black beans, quinoa, celery, carrots, etc. I like to smother this veggieloaf with some vegan BBQ sauce before sending it into the oven.

5. Mushroom and Tempeh Gumbo, another gem from Susan Voisin and Fat Free Vegan Kitchen blog. Goodness. If I could have this soup every day for a month (year? life?), I’d be so happy! Susan posted this recipejust beforeThanksgiving 2013, but I have no problem making it any time of the year.

This a more time-consuming recipe, but it’s definitely worth a try. Susan walks us through making a dry roux – an important ingredient in Cajun cuisine that’s usually made with butter, but she came up with a fat-free version that’s just as good.

I’ve experimented with making a few changes to the recipe (used kidney beans instead of tempeh, more veggies and less mushrooms), and the gumbo came out just as good.

6. My Healthy Lentil and Cauliflower Soup with Rice (or without, if you please – pictured below). I was looking for a perfect lentil soup for a while until one day I put this soup together.

That’s it – my search is over.

This soup is easy and quick to make, but its complex flavors make it taste like something that required a lot of effort! I use Middle Eastern spices like garam masala, cumin and turmeric, but you can switch the spice profile for oregano and coriander seed to make this soup taste Italian.

7. Un-Fried Falafel Patties/Burgers by Wendy Solganik of the Healthy Girl’s Kitchen blog. I like Wendy’s falafel version better than anything I’ve tried at Middle Eastern restaurants, not just because it’s not fried at all (I only spray the pan lightly with olive oil cooking spray), but also because it has lots of flavor and is easy to make. Yep, very easy, see for yourself!

8. Instant Pot Vegan Jambalaya (pictured below). This delicious jambalaya recipe from the blog is very easy to make, yet it tastes like something you’ve labored over for hours!

Instant pot allows me to make it in about 40 minutes, most of it hands-off time. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, I’ve also included tips on making it on the stovetop.

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9. Thai Basil Eggplant Stir-Fry by Anjali from the Vegetarian Gastronomy blog – absolutely delicious! The original recipe is not oil-free, but it can easily be made without oil (or just cooking spray).

The star of this recipe is definitely the sauce that contains hoisin – before I stumbled upon this dish on Pinterest, I’ve never cooked with hoisin!

These days, I make some variation of this dish with lots of added vegetables, plus I roast the tofu and the eggplant at the same time in the oven to avoid using lots of oil.

10. My husband’s favorite Chickpea Salad Sandwich (pic below), another recipe from my blog. Very easy to make, with great texture (a cross between tuna/egg/chicken salads) and a nice mild flavor.

Best of all, it’s easy to pack for work, picnics, or traveling: we almost always take a couple of these sandwiches with us when traveling to save time and money (with an ice pack thrown in the cooler for a good measure).

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Of course, there are other recipes that I seem to be making a lot, but this is my top 10 list.

Question for you: What are your favorite plant-based dishes that you make again and again?

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What do vegans eat for breakfast lunch and dinner? ›

Sample meal plan
  • Breakfast: tempeh bacon with sautéed mushrooms, avocado, and wilted arugula.
  • Lunch: whole-grain pasta with lentil “meatballs” and a side salad.
  • Dinner: cauliflower and chickpea tacos with guacamole and pico de gallo.
  • Snacks: air-popped popcorn, kale chips, and trail mix.
Apr 4, 2019

What can I cook for my vegan girlfriend? ›

Vegan meal for two recipes
  • Sticky noodles with homemade hoisin. ...
  • Pearled spelt salad with peas & gooseberries. ...
  • Grilled Mediterranean veg with bean mash. ...
  • Miso aubergine. ...
  • Marinated tofu. ...
  • Roasted cauli-broc bowl with tahini hummus. ...
  • Veggie noodles with sesame dressing. ...
  • Pumpkin, spinach & black bean dopiaza.

How do vegans accommodate at a dinner party? ›

Make sure you're aware of any allergies ahead of time, so you can prepare dishes suitable for your guests' needs. Speak to your guests a few weeks before the event, and where possible create dishes that are suitable for all, so you avoid having to create different recipes for each person.

How to eat vegan without cooking? ›

16 No-Cook Vegan Recipes to Beat the Heat
  1. Berry Overnight Oats.
  2. Chia Breakfast Parfait.
  3. Enchanted Smoothie Bowl.
  4. Chickpea Salad Rolls.
  5. Tofu "Egg" Salad Sandwich.
  6. Rainbow Hummus Sandwich.
  7. Thai Crunch Salad With Peanut Dressing.
  8. Rainbow Salad.
Jul 21, 2022

Where do vegans get protein? ›

Some plant-based foods, such as soybean products, seitan, beans, and lentils contain high amounts of protein. You can also find protein in nuts, whole grains like quinoa and amaranth, and hemp seeds. People following a vegan diet may need to plan in order to reach their daily protein goals.

What a person following a vegan diet will not eat? ›

A vegan diet is another form of vegetarianism where only plant foods are eaten and all foods from animal sources are avoided (meat, seafood, dairy, eggs and sometimes honey and gelatine).

What do picky vegans eat? ›

36 Easy Vegan Dinner Ideas That Even Picky Eaters Will Love
  • 01 of 36. Spiced Rice With Crispy Chickpeas. ...
  • 02 of 36. Fish-Free Ceviche. ...
  • 03 of 36. Slow Cooker Black Bean Posole. ...
  • 04 of 36. Tofu Asada With Caramelized Onion Refried Beans. ...
  • 05 of 36. Vegetarian BLT With Shiitake Bacon. ...
  • 06 of 36. Chickpea Salad Sandwich. ...
  • 07 of 36. ...
  • 08 of 36.
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What to eat out when you're vegan? ›

Seek out ethnic cuisines

Many cuisines have a lot of “naturally” vegan options or they can easily be modified. I absolutely love dining at Indian, Mexican, and Thai restaurants because they have so many options for me. Even dishes with cream can easily be made without impacting the overall flavour too much.

How to be vegan but occasionally eat meat? ›

What is the Flexitarian Diet?
  1. Eat mostly fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
  2. Focus on protein from plants instead of animals.
  3. Be flexible and incorporate meat and animal products from time to time.
  4. Eat the least processed, most natural forms of foods.
  5. Limit added sugar and sweets.
Jan 12, 2022

What two groups of ingredients need to be avoided when catering for a vegan? ›

Vegans do not eat dairy products, eggs, or any other products derived from animals (e.g. honey). Seek advice from a dietitian if a vegan diet is requested. Many settings include a vegetarian option as part of their menu every day, as vegetarian diets are relatively common.

How do vegans feel full when eating? ›

Eat a protein serving with each meal to keep you feeling full. Great vegan and vegetarian protein sources are beans, tofu, tempeh, nuts, quinoa, lentils, whole grains, and starchy vegetables. As long as you focus on whole foods (rich in nutrients) and avoid processed foods and oils, it will be hard to overeat.

What is vegan for beginners? ›

Vegan Diet Basics and How to Get Started

A vegan diet is a plant-based plan that excludes all animal products, like meat, fish, dairy and even honey (because it's made by bees, so it's considered an animal product).

Can you survive as a raw vegan? ›

A raw vegan diet may not be sustainable in the long term. The lack of bread, cooked grains, and cooked legumes can make it challenging to get enough calories every day without frequent meals, which may make it too restrictive to be a 24/7 thing.

Is vegan the healthiest way to eat? ›

Vegan diets can be a part of a healthy lifestyle when planned and implemented correctly. Like any eating plan to restrict specific food groups, vegan diets can come up short in essential nutrients such as protein, calcium, iron and vitamin B12.

What lunch do vegans eat? ›

Chickpea soup is one of our favorite vegan lunch ideas; it is rich in fiber, plant protein, heart-healthy fats, and antioxidants from rosemary and vegetables. Serve it with a slice of grilled or toasted bread brushed with garlic and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

What does a vegan eat on a typical day? ›

The vegan diet
  • eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.
  • base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates (choose wholegrain where possible)
  • have some fortified dairy alternatives, such as soya drinks and yoghurts (choose lower-fat and lower-sugar options)

What vegans eat in the morning? ›

Sure, you could rip open a cup of nondairy yogurt or spread a slice of toast with peanut butter and call it a morning. But sometimes, it's worth taking an extra minute to cook an easy vegan breakfast recipe that's totally satisfying. Think overnight oats, crunchy granola, refreshing smoothies, and even chewy bagels.

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