13 Quick and Simple Vegan Dinners That Will Fill You Up
From vegan bacon to nut-based “cheese,” new and trendy plant-based products are hitting the shelves every day.
With the help of those products—and, of course, old-fashioned produce and grains—it’s never been easier to stay healthy (and full!) as a vegan. Need proof? Try one of these 13 healthy vegan dinner recipes sans meat, eggs, and dairy:
1.Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
via Minimalist Baker
Flavorful fall comfort food sweet potatoes are as satisfying as they are healthy, packing in plenty of vitamins A and B. Meanwhile, the chickpeas add fiber to keep you full.
2. Oil-Free Vegan Black Bean Burgers
via A Dream, Awakened
Not only is this healthy recipe vegan, you likely have almost all the ingredients—oats, beans, brown rice, salsa, and frozen corn—in your pantry or freezer already. Top it with avocado or greens for extra flavor and nutrients.
3. Mexican Tortilla Pizza
via The Food Network
This easy crowd pleaser forgoes cheese in favor of hot jalapeño and black bean dip. It only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to cook, but stays fresh for days.
4. Peanut Butter Tofu Bowl
Peanut butter and tofu might not sound like the most intuitive flavor pairing, but miso peanut sauce and nutty brown rice combine well for a quick protein boost. Add cayenne pepper and agave for extra punch.
5. Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’Boy with Apple Slaw
via One Green Planet
Most of the ingredients in this lightened-up po’boy are spices and add-ons you already have in your cabinet, so all you’ll need to grab are two pieces of firm tofu to throw on the grill and some produce for the slaw. Be sure to use whole-wheat sub rolls or wraps.
6. Brown Rice and Tofu Maki
via Eating Well
Take-out favorite sushi is surprisingly easy to make yourself. Just roll your favorite diced fruit or vegetable into a sheet of toasted seaweed and brown rice, and you’re done.
7. Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club
via Real Simple
For a filling, portable lunch that couldn’t be easier to make, mash together beans, avocado, and olive oil and spread onto your favorite wheat bread. Top with sprouts, cucumber, and red onion for extra flavor.
8. Chili Non-Carne
via Vegan Easy
A healthy dose of tomato, mushrooms, carrots, and zucchini make this recipe substantial enough to replace ground beef. Add onion, garlic, and cumin to taste.
9. Crunchy Carrot Pitas
via Jamie Oliver
The fresh, kid-friendly combo of sliced carrot and fruity dressing makes for a tasty lunchbox filler. Bake the whole wheat pitas for a few minutes before serving.
10. Pumpkin Tortilla Soup
via The Kitchn
If there’s ever a time to get your fix of pumpkin, it’s now. Avocado, crushed peppers, and cumin amplify this fall flavor while the tortilla adds crunch. For a real health boost, incorporate coconut oil and whole-grain tortillas into the recipe, and feel free to add in extra vegetables.
11. Spiced Lentil Soup
via Cookie and Kate
Lentil soup is an excellent winter belly-warmer. This recipe’s hearty greens, lean protein, and high iron content will give you energy, while the soup’s spices will heat up a cold day.
12. Vegan Caprese Mac and Cheese
This healthier take on normal mac ‘n’ cheese subs in soy milk, vegan mozzarella, fresh basil, and sugar plum tomatoes for a comfort food taste that won’t compromise your diet. Use whole grain pasta for an extra health boost.
13. Ginger Veggie Stir Fry
via All Recipes
Stir fry should be your best friend. It’s healthy, versatile, and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. This recipe uses broccoli and snow peas, plus ginger to aid digestion.