21 Plant-Based Dinner Recipes

1

Tofu Steak with Green Tahini

Tofu Steak with Green Tahini
Recipe from Zena ‘n Zaatar

Tahini is great anytime but it makes an especially great ‘steak’ sauce. And the glaze on this tofu steak makes it a winner. I use cranberry sauce as an easy substitute for the hard-to-find pomegranate molasses. Or you can boil down some pomegranate juice.

2

Hungarian Potato Stew

Hungarian Potato Stew
Recipe from Green Evi

Probably the most affordable meal on this list, this stew is a great budget dinner in winter. The paprika gives it an intense rich flavour, way more than you’d expect from potato! Think goulash without the bad bits.

3

White Bean Chilli

White Bean Chilli
Recipe from The Blender Girl

Bean chilli is a great recipe to have ready to go. You can make huge batches at one time and freeze loads for quick meals. Plus chilli is so versatile. You can have it on top of a baked potato, mixed with rice or on a burrito.

4

Pumpkin Eggplant and Rocket Pizza

Pumpkin Eggplant and Rocket Pizza
Recipe from I Feel Good

Going plant-based doesn’t mean giving things up. It means trying new things. Pizza is a dish that is even better once you realise that cheese is not a key ingredient. There are so many flavours to try but start with this one.

5

Vegetable Dumplings

Vegetable Dumplings
Recipe from Plantifully Based

Delicious dumplings. All the flavour comes from the seasonings and sauces so the healthy vegetable filling tastes as good as any other recipe. They can be quite hard work to make but for me that only makes them taste better.

6

Sweet Potato Lasagne

Sweet Potato Lasagne
Recipe from Minimalist Baker

Lasagna has it’s place at every family dinner table. But they can be quite unhealthy. Swap the cheese for a tofu filling and use sweet potatoes for layering, and you end up with a dish that might not look the same, but it still tastes amazing.

7

Palak Tofu

Palak Tofu
Recipe from Vegan Richa

Paneer cheese is seen a lot in Indian cuisine. Using alternative ingredients can sometimes change a dish, but swapping paneer for tofu actually makes curries even better in my opinion. Palak means spinach so you know it’s healthy too.

8

Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Recipe from Live Simply Natural

Baked potatoes are a healthy and simple dinner. They can take a little while but sweet potato makes it a bit quicker. Nothing goes with baked sweet potatoes better than bean chilli and a spicy sauce.

9

Mushroom Bolognese

Mushroom Bolognese
Recipe from Connoisseurus Veg

Spaghetti bolognese is a staple in every household. But everybody likes it slightly different. It’s important to find a recipe that suits your style but this a great starter to show you that a great bolognese only needs plants.

10

Chunky Vegetable and Lentil Soup

Chunky Vegetable and Lentil Soup
Recipe from Delightful Vegans

Soups are the perfect winter dish and a great way to use up extra vegetables. Use this recipe as a base and chuck in whatever winter vegetables are left in the fridge and you will have a rich and filling meal.

11

Teriyaki Stir Fry

Teriyaki Stir Fry
Recipe from Plant Based Family Down Under

Stir fries have always been a great way to pack tons of vegetables onto your plate. All the flavour is from the sauce so it tastes great whatever you throw in it. But just make sure to create your own sauce like this recipe so you know what is being added.

12

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
Recipe from The Simple Veganista

Cauliflower has been an underappreciated vegetable for a while. Only recently have we soon how versatile it can be. Roasted ‘steaks’ like these ones are great way to make vegetables the feature of a dish, not just a complement.

13

Chickpea Vegetable Tagine

Chickpea Vegetable Tagine
Recipe from Ascension Kitchen

I always think of tagine like a Moroccan curry. It’s an easy way to get a load of vegetables packed into one meal. Dried fruit is the unique part of this dish. Lots of people like dried apricots in their tagine, this recipe uses sultanas.

14

Beetroot and Black Bean Burgers

Beetroot and Black Bean Burgers
Recipe from Wholy Goodness

Life wouldn’t be as exciting without burgers. Finding the right veggie burger recipe can take a while, and it’s really a matter of personal taste. There are some common ingredients though. Beetroot and black beans are a great starting point.

15

Pad Thai

Pad Thai
Recipe from Lazy Cat Kitchen

There is nothing quite like pad thai. It’s such a simple way to fit loads of vegetables into your meal. The Thai flavours are so delicious and strong that you don’t even notice how much good stuff you’re eating.

16

Morroccan Lentil Loaf

Morroccan Lentil Loaf
Recipe from Gently Vegan

The breadth of ingredients we have now were not available when the humble nut loaf was first created. This modern version is a bit of a twist on the classic, and adds some amazing new flavours.

17

Green Rice Burrito Bowls

Green Rice Burrito Bowls
Recipe from Cookie and Kate

The leafy greens in the rice make this a colourful and all round nutritious dish. Each part of the dish has it’s own unique flavour and they all combine to make a perfectly matched Mexican style dish.

18

Sheperds Pie

Sheperds Pie
Recipe from Loving It Vegan

Pies are a great way to get omnivores to eat more veggies. Because pies are slow cooked it’s easy to replicate the rich flavours that we usually associate with unhealthy meals. This recipe uses soy mince but I prefer to use ground tempeh.

19

Rainbow Veggie Stir-Fry

Rainbow Veggie Stir-Fry
Recipe from Holy Cow Vegan

Using all types of vegetables not only makes beautiful colourful dishes, it’s also the best way to get a complete mix of vitamins and minerals into your diet. The more colours you eat, the more variety of nutrients you get. Easy!

20

Creamy Tomato Pasta

Creamy Tomato Pasta
Recipe from My Goodness Kitchen

This simple pasta dish can be done in one pot, so it’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Of course there are unlimited variations on tomato pasta, but this has a nice creamy and rich flavour without using an unhealthy sauce off the shelf.

21

Chana Masala

Chana Masala
Recipe from The Little Blog of Vegan

Curry is my favourite meal. And this is one of my favourite curries. The curry sauce is a great mix of sweet and spicy and the chickpeas (chana) give it a nice chunky texture. I also have it with cauliflower rice when I’m feeling healthy.

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