When you’re first starting out the vegan life, it’s hard to imagine delicious, filling dinners without meat (or cheese, in my case). Well, fear not! I have some vegan dinner ideas for you that are sure to please. Scroll down for some of vegan dinner favorites!
I got my super easy, yummy, lentil spaghetti from one of my favorite yogis. This video shows you how to make it and you can get the full ingredient list from her page, but it’s pretty straightforward. This video also includes a soup that I haven’t tried yet, but it definitely looks yummy! I’ve tried the spaghetti with regular (I prefer thin) spaghetti noodles and spaghetti squash like they use in the video. Terry and JT loved the spaghetti squash, but I like my pasta a little more al forno. Try both and see how you like it. Don’t forget to make some garlic bread for the full experience!
Veggie Burgers and sweet potato fries
There are so many different frozen veggie burgers out there. Our favorite right now is the Sweet Thai Veggie burger from Trader Joe’s. I would recommend getting a few different kinds and making one of each one night to see what you like. For sweet potato fries, you can slice them and drizzle them with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt, then pop them in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit or deep fry them! Either way is delish and super easy!
Fill up on soulful sides
Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your soul food favorites. Although, I don’t have any recommendations for vegan mac-n-cheese (I think some things should just be left alone), I have some other sides that you will never want the non-vegan way again!
- Greens and beans – my mom sent me this beans and greens recipe for Christmas. I replaced the chicken stock with vegetable stock (and added a little more just so the greens would be juicier). I never cared much for greens but these are soooooo good!
- Sweet potatoes
- I literally just slice up my sweet potatoes and layer them in a casserole dish with slices of vegan butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cover and bake.
- Mashed potatoes
- Take your favorite mashed potato recipe and swap out the butter for vegan butter and the milk for a plant based milk (I recommend rice milk).
- Challah Stuffing
- I made this stuffing on Thanksgiving and developed a new love for mushrooms (baby bella to be exact). Bomb!
Burritos and Nachos
Turn taco night into burrito and nacho night (or get buck wild and stuff all of this stuff into a taco). I like to make my vegan burritos or tacos with red and yellow peppers, corn, black beans, brown rice, and meatless ground meat (optional). I would also recommend throwing some homemade guacamole in there. I can’t eat it, because I’m allergic. To notch your nachos up a bit, squeeze a little lime on those suckers when you take them out of the oven. If you close your eyes, you’ll feel the spirit of Chipotle come over you.
This buffalo cauliflower pizza is so easy and delish. (I skip the onions and garnish and it still gets the job done for me.)
There you have it! A week’s worth of vegan dinners. If you’re not ready to go for a full week without your meat and cheese, try swapping out one meal a week for one of these vegan options. I promise you it’s not horrible. Some would even say, it’s good. I used to eat meat every single day and now I actually prefer a lot of meatless options.
Coming soon: A Week’s Worth of Vegan Breakfast