Tofu Steak with Green Tahini
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.
Hungarian Potato Stew
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.
White Bean Chilli
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.
Pumpkin Eggplant and Rocket Pizza
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.
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.
Sweet Potato Lasagne
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.
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.
Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
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.
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.
Chunky Vegetable and Lentil Soup
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.
Teriyaki Stir Fry
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.
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
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.
Chickpea Vegetable Tagine
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.
Beetroot and Black Bean Burgers
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.
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.
Morroccan Lentil Loaf
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.
Green Rice Burrito Bowls
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.
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.
Rainbow Veggie Stir-Fry
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!
Creamy Tomato Pasta
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.
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.