Planning dinner can be a struggle, and that’s only more true with the vegan lifestyle. So if you need some easy vegan dinner recipes that will satisfy your hunger, this list is here to help.
We’ve found recipes in a wide range of categories, including:
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It’s safe to say there’s something here for everyone. Even if you’re not a vegan, you’ll likely find something on this list that you’ll enjoy!
This 1-pot tomato soup is the perfect dinner for a chilly winter day. It has a rich and creamy texture thanks to the coconut milk! The basil, onion, and garlic add plenty of flavor as well.
For the best experience, serve this soup along with some vegan grilled cheese or a fresh salad.
Broccoli soup is a smart way to fit more veggies into your diet. Its creamy, cheesy taste may even please your broccoli-hating kids!
Nutritional yeast and vegan milk give this hearty soup its cheesy flavor. It also has a few other veggies such as carrots, celery, and onions for extra flavor and a boost of nutrients.
Whether you eat it on its own or pair it with some homemade bread, this butternut squash soup is an excellent autumn-time meal.
Roasted coconut flakes and coconut milk give this soup a touch of sweetness. It also has ginger, onions, cilantro, and some lime juice.
Potato soup is a delicious budget-friendly dinner. With this recipe by No Sweat Vegan, you can enjoy it free of animal products.
Potatoes, vegan milk, and a handful of seasonings bring the flavors of this soup together. It has some nutritional yeast to give it a cheesy taste and some vegan bacon bits for a hint of smokiness.
Minestrone soup is a classic choice for vegan and vegetarian soup lovers. With most recipes, you won’t even have to make any recipe modifications.
Bowtie pasta, kidney beans, and plenty of veggies make this a super filling vegan soup recipe. To make it even tastier, consider topping this minestrone with some vegan parmesan.
Mushrooms are a huge staple of the vegan diet, so it only makes sense that we’d include a mushroom soup on this list!
This soup has a creamy broth thanks to its coconut milk and cornstarch. It’s ideal for meal prep; you can store it in the fridge for one week, or in the freezer for several months.
If you were getting sick of the soup recipes, don’t fret—this mac and cheese by Detoxinista may be just what you’re craving. It’s perfect for children and adults who are kids at heart.
Cashews and nutritional yeast are the keys to the vegan “cheese” sauce in this recipe. It’s filling enough to enjoy as-is, but you could pair it with some vegan hot dogs or chicken nuggets if you need a bigger meal.
Here’s a slightly healthier twist on vegan macaroni and cheese. This recipe by Dietitian Debbie pairs a childhood favorite with nutritious broccoli florets!
Like the previous recipe, you will need plenty of raw cashews and nutritional yeast to prepare this simple vegan dinner recipe. It also uses turmeric, which provides a pretty yellow color.
The Best Vegan Lasagna by Nora Cooks provides a vegan alternative to an Italian classic. Even without the dairy or meat, it’s just as cheesy and hearty as the original.
Red lentils work as the substitute for ground meat in this lasagna, while the cashew-tofu ricotta serves as a cheesy, creamy filling. This lasagna even has a topping of homemade vegan mozzarella!
While homemade vegan ravioli may seem like a challenging task, this recipe by Bianca Zapatka is surprisingly simple. You can have it ready to enjoy in around twenty minutes!
This ravioli has a creamy spinach filling and tender sauteed mushrooms on top. It’s perfect for making ahead of time and freezing for future meals.
If you’re tired of having plain marinara sauce on your spaghetti, this recipe by Food By Maria may be what you need. It has a hearty tomato sauce with “meat” made from walnuts and mushrooms.
Serve with some vegan breadsticks and a tossed salad for a complete meal!
Gnocchi is a tender pasta that even beginning chefs can make from scratch.
You’ll only need four ingredients to make this vegan gnocchi—potatoes, salt, olive oil, and flour. Once it’s done, you can top it with your favorite sauces and veggies.
Many vegan cheese alternatives use cashews, which can be rather disappointing for vegans with nut allergies. Fortunately, this chicken alfredo recipe uses cauliflower as the main ingredient in its cheese sauce.
Consider serving this pasta with a salad or some steamed veggies for a balanced meal.
For a light, creamy, and super satisfying Italian dinner, try this vegan mushroom risotto by Wallflower Kitchen.
Nutritional yeast provides a savory and cheesy flavor to this risotto. It also has shallots, garlic, and plenty of mushrooms.
Asparagus, peas, and vegan parmesan make this a flavorful and nutritious vegan risotto recipe.
This risotto makes an excellent last-minute dinner because you can prepare it in around thirty minutes. You can enjoy it on its own, or serve it with a salad if you’d prefer.
While many view them as an appetizer, these vegan stuffed mushrooms can make an excellent main course, too!
The filling for this recipe uses simple ingredients like walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and shallots.
This baked ziti by Bohemian Vegan Kitchen is a simple and affordable Italian dinner. With plant-based ground beef and lots of vegan cheese, it will fill you up and satisfy your taste buds.
If you’re not a fan of Beyond Meat, you can easily swap with your preferred vegan meat or some cooked vegetables.
Struggling to find vegan options at your local pizzeria? Try this easy pizza recipe by Love and Lemons.
With a crispy crust, cashew cream, and plenty of colorful veggies, it’s a meal that tastes as good as it looks.
This chili is an easy, affordable, and super yummy vegan meal. Even meat-eaters will ask for seconds!
Beans, veggies, and a wide range of spices make this one truly flavorful chili. You can serve it on its own or top it with vegan cornbread and sour cream.
This one-pot meal is a successful vegan alternative to a Louisiana classic. You can have it ready to enjoy in around thirty-five minutes.
With basmati rice, butter beans, and a handful of veggies, this jambalaya can be a complete dinner on its own.
Cornbread salad is an easy and delicious summertime dinner. It can be a unique contribution to a potluck or outdoor barbeque as well.
Crumbled cornbread, black-eyed peas, veggies, and vegan sour cream are the main components of this light yet filling cornbread salad recipe.
While this vegan fried chicken takes several hours to prepare, the process is still easy for a beginner. It has a meat-like texture composed of chickpeas, tofu, and wheat gluten.
This fried “chicken” would go great with some BBQ sauce or paired with some french fries!
If you’re craving gumbo but don’t like the high fat content, this recipe by Holy Cow Vegan provides a fat-free plant-based alternative.
Veggies, beans, and several different seasonings make this gumbo a flavorful and nutritious main course. You can enjoy it on its own or serve it on top of some rice if you’d prefer.
Believe it or not, sushi doesn’t always include raw fish. So if you’re a vegan and you’re craving this traditional Japanese dish, try this recipe by Food With Feeling.
Grilled tofu, carrots, and cucumbers make up the filling of this super tasty vegan sushi.
Okonomiyaki is a savory pancake from Japan. Cabbage is typically the main ingredient, and it comes with scallions and creamy mayo on top.
Although it is a pancake, this is an easy vegan dish you can enjoy any time of day.
You don’t need to be a skillful chef to make this restaurant-worthy ramen. It’s affordable, delicious, and not at all difficult to prepare.
Miso paste, soy sauce, tofu, and lots of veggies make this ramen a beautiful and flavorful vegan soup.
Vegans on a tight budget should try these ramen noodles at least once. It’s a simple yet creative way to turn cheap instant noodles into something more impressive!
You can easily customize this recipe to suit your preferences; add your favorite protein sources or veggies for a more filling dinner.
Fried rice can make an excellent side dish or main course for a vegan meal. You can easily bulk it up with your favorite veggies or vegan protein sources to make it more filling.
This recipe is an ideal last-minute dinner—it only takes 30 minutes and a handful of ingredients from your pantry.
This vegan stir fry recipe is quicker and cheaper than ordering takeout. You can have it ready to enjoy in around thirty minutes.
With noodles, veggies, and several sources of protein, it’s nothing short of a satisfying meal.
Preparing dumplings from scratch can be a bit of a challenge, but with this recipe by Woon Heng, you can master them with ease.
Instead of the usual meaty filling, these dumplings have a plant-based mix of carrots, tofu, edamame beans, and more.
This lo mein is a quick and simple vegan meal for the next time you’re craving Chinese food!
It has carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, and several other vegetables all coated in a savory soy-based sauce. You can use instant ramen noodles to make this recipe quicker and more budget-friendly.
While the ingredient list is quite long, preparing this chana masala is fairly straightforward. It’s full of several spices that combine to create a truly unique flavor. The chickpeas make it a notable source of protein and fiber, too.
For the best experience, serve this chana masala on top of basmati rice along with some naan bread.
Instead of the usual chicken, this vegan tikka masala recipe uses chickpeas and roasted cauliflower!
It has a wide range of spices such as garlic, ginger, garam masala, and cilantro for a complex and delicious flavor.
If you enjoyed the previous recipe, you may want to give this Indian curry a shot! It’s super nutritious, filling, and entirely plant-based.
Chickpeas and cauliflower make up the bulk of this simple vegan recipe. Other notable ingredients include garlic, ginger, curry powder, and coconut milk.
This Indian curry is affordable and super easy to prepare. Potatoes, peas, and a handful of spices like garam masala combine to make one truly yummy dish.
For a complete meal, you can serve this potato curry on top of some rice!
With just some soaked chickpeas, flour, baking soda, and a few different seasonings, you can have this popular Middle Eastern food ready in less than an hour.
Falafel goes well in wraps, on top of salads, or drizzled with some tahini dressing.
This chickpea stew is filling and incredibly simple to make. It’s a big source of nutrients like protein and fiber!
The harissa is the key to this stew’s flavor; it gives it a spicy kick as well.
Next time you’re craving burgers, consider putting together these black bean veggie burgers. They’re easy to make and contain ingredients you likely already have at home.
For the best experience, top these burgers with some avocado and salsa.
As a great source of protein, it should come as no surprise that lentils can make a perfect base for a homemade veggie burger.
Other ingredients, such as walnuts and raisins, give this recipe a more rounded flavor and add some texture as well.
When it comes to homemade veggie burgers, portobello burgers are as simple as they come. This recipe marinates these meaty mushrooms in miso sauce for a savory flavor.
This burger comes with a topping of guacamole, cucumber, and carrot slaw. If you’d like a side dish, it would pair well with some french fries or chips with salsa.
Chicken nuggets are always a safe bet when you’re feeding kids. So if you’re struggling to find some kid-friendly vegan meals, you might want to try these tofu nuggets.
They’re crispy on the outside and have a soft, meaty texture on the inside. And just like any other nugget, they’ll go well with your favorite dipping sauces.
When you pair them with some french fries or onion rings, these vegan buffalo wings can make a very tasty dinner.
Wheat gluten is the main ingredient of the “chicken” meat in these wings. The buffalo coating is a bit spicy, so keep some ice water nearby!
Whether they’re on top of pasta, on a bun, or enjoyed on their own, Vegan Huggs’ vegan meatballs can make for a delicious dinner.
Mushrooms, oats, and chickpeas are the main ingredients of these meatless meatballs. They have a firm and meaty texture, so you won’t have to worry about them falling apart.
These homemade veggie dogs are perfect for grilling! Top them with your favorite hot dog toppings for a tasty summertime meal.
With their smoky flavor and high protein content, there’s a good chance your meat-eating friends will enjoy these hot dogs, too.
If you’re sick of regular hot dogs, consider trying these pigs in a blanket instead. They’re super easy to put together and make appropriate finger food for parties.
And if you’d like a lighter alternative, this recipe suggests using carrot dogs in place of standard veggie dogs.
If you’re craving an upgraded version of your standard veggie dog, try this recipe by Namely Marly!
When you top your favorite veggie dogs with this tasty chili and some vegan cheese, it’ll make a super satisfying dinner for the whole family.
Sloppy joes are ideal for potlucks or serving hungry kids. And with this recipe by The Wimpy Vegetarian, you can make them fully vegan!
This recipe uses Beyond Ground Beef, which has a super meaty texture and taste. It also has all the spices you’d use with traditional sloppy joes, including onions, tomatoes, and vegan Worcestershire sauce.
Have you ever tried jackfruit? It has a texture that feels quite similar to pulled pork.
With this recipe, you can make pulled pork using this unique plant and a smoky BBQ coating. Serve it on a toasted bun with some vegan coleslaw for a complete experience.
These meatball subs are perfect for parties, potlucks, or even a vegan Italian dinner.
Kidney beans, mushrooms, oats, and sunflower seeds make up the meaty texture of these vegan meatballs. The recipe also includes a homemade garlic bread bun to serve them on.
This crispy BBQ tofu is a great appetizer or main course for game night!
It has soft tofu, a crispy panko coating, and lots of hearty sauce. Overall, it has a pretty similar taste and texture to chicken wings.
Looking for something vegan to throw on the grill? These tofu skewers are the way to go.
They have firm tofu, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and sesame seeds on top. You can easily personalize these skewers with your favorite veggies if you’d like.
These crispy cauliflower steaks can make a tasty, low-carb main course or side dish for a vegan meal.
Preparing these “steaks” is incredibly simple—you’ll only need seven ingredients, and you can prepare them in around 40 minutes.
If you’ve been missing this hearty British dinner, you’re in luck—making it plant-based is fairly simple.
Fluffy vegan mashed potatoes atop a savory veggie and mushroom filling make this shepherd’s pie a super delicious meal.
This pot pie is complete with a biscuit topping, lots of veggies and mushrooms, and a thick gravy with nutritional yeast.
It takes around an hour and ten minutes to prepare. Fortunately, most of that time is baking, so it’s not a very labor-intensive recipe.
Tater tot casserole is a fun, filling, and super easy dinner that’s perfect for children.
This version by Vegan Blueberry has frozen veggies, cashews, plant-based chicken, and of course, plenty of tater tots!
Eggplant parmesan is a popular Italian dish among vegetarians. With this recipe by Tasting Table, you can go a step further and make it free of all animal products.
Vegan parmesan and mozzarella, as well as some nutritional yeast, make this a super cheesy yet fully vegan eggplant parmesan.
If you were a fan of Hamburger Helper before switching to a vegan lifestyle, you’ll want to give this recipe a try.
This pasta has a meaty taste thanks to the plant-based ground beef and vegan beef broth. It’s perfect for vegans hoping to recreate a childhood meal!
Because canned spaghettios have dairy in the ingredients, many vegans have had to leave behind this childhood favorite.
Fortunately, this recipe comes pretty close to the original! It uses nutritional yeast for a little bit of cheesy flavor.
These loaded vegan nachos are ideal for nights when you want to treat yourself!
The toppings include hummus, avocado, salsa, jalapenos, taco-seasoned tofu, and black beans. You can easily customize it with more of your favorite nacho toppings as well.
With just five simple ingredients, you can make some truly delicious vegan tacos. Black beans and textured vegetable protein are the protein sources of this Mexican dinner.
You can jazz these tacos up with your usual toppings such as cilantro, guacamole, or vegan sour cream.
Whether you eat it as a main course or a side dish, beans and rice are a simple and affordable way to serve a crowd.
While many beans and rice recipes often use chicken broth, this recipe uses veggie broth instead. It also has a dash of chili powder to make it a bit spicy.
Next time you’re craving enchiladas, try out this easy recipe! It goes well with a side of seasoned Mexican rice.
These yummy vegan enchiladas have a seasoned tofu, spinach, and black bean filling. So not only are they delicious, but they’re super nutritious and filling.
If you’ve never made them before, tamales may seem a bit intimidating to a beginner. You can rest assured, however, that this recipe is entirely suitable for beginning vegan cooks.
You can fill these tamales with all of your favorite vegetables. Carrots, squash, corn, and various peppers are the best options for this recipe, but you can add or remove ingredients to suit your preferences.
Vegan cheese-lovers will surely want to give this quesadilla recipe a try! It involves a creamy homemade vegan mozzarella and a few different vegetables that combine perfectly.
These cheesy quesadillas take just under an hour to prepare. Enjoy them on their own, or serve them with some salsa and vegan sour cream.
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of assembling burritos, try this burrito bowl recipe instead. It has all the flavors of a tasty burrito—just without the tortilla.
Cilantro-lime rice, pico de gallo, and guacamole are just a few key components that go into this flavorful vegan burrito bowl.
Those looking for a light and easy vegan dinner will find it in this green vegan salad by Lazy Cat Kitchen.
An array of green veggies, including broccoli and avocado, as well as orzo pasta and a homemade dressing, make this salad a satisfying meal.
Pasta salad is a suitable main course or side dish for a hot summer day. So next time you’re hoping for a refreshing meal, try this Southwest twist by Plays Well with Butter.
Tomatoes, corn, black beans, and a cashew-based dressing are just a few key components of this colorful vegan pasta salad.
Here’s another easy vegan pasta salad for a refreshing summertime dinner! You can have it ready to enjoy in roughly one hour.
Veggies, pine nuts, and an avocado-based dressing make this a salad that’s as delicious as it is pretty.
Whether you want a salad for the main course or to go along with a Greek-inspired meal, this recipe by Brand New Vegan is worth a try.
This salad includes homemade tofu feta, oil-free Greek dressing, and a variety of vegetables like olives, tomatoes, spinach, peppers, and cucumbers.
If you’re craving tacos but seek the freshness of a homemade salad, try this 30-minute taco salad recipe.
In this taco salad, you’ll find veggies, chickpea-walnut taco crumbles, tortilla strips, and romaine lettuce all tossed with a creamy Southwestern dressing.
A meaty, hearty meatloaf with gravy is a classic Sunday dinner—and with this recipe, you can enjoy it on a plant-based diet.
Mushrooms, lentils, and chopped walnuts serve as a replacement for beef in this meatloaf recipe. It also comes with savory vegan gravy to add extra moisture and flavor.
72. Vegan Salisbury Steak Meatballs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy By Connoisseurus Veg
Chickpeas and bread crumbs are the base of these delicious meatless meatballs. They have a dash of liquid smoke to give them a more authentic flavor.
When you pair them with some mushroom gravy and garlicky mashed potatoes, you’ll enjoy a filling and flavorful vegan dinner.
These twice-baked potatoes can make a fun and tasty dinner. You can have them ready to enjoy in around one hour.
Lentils, cashew cream, roasted cauliflower, green onions, and vegan bacon bits are a handful of ingredients that go into this delicious recipe.
This easy recipe by Two Spoons provides a fun and colorful twist on baked potatoes.
The sweet potatoes give this vegan dinner a sweet yet earthy taste. It has a variety of toppings such as guacamole, black beans, and corn.
Pierogies are savory Polish dumplings that have become popular around the world. While they often contain meat or dairy, this recipe provides an authentic vegan alternative.
These pierogies have a creamy potato filling, a crispy-fried exterior, and lots of caramelized onions on top.
While cabbage rolls typically have a meaty filling, this recipe by Heartful Table uses a mix of soft veggies and lentils.
If you need a side dish for this Eastern European dinner, they would pair well with some vegan mashed potatoes.
This pasta recipe has a creamy sauce and softly-cooked broccoli mixed in. It’s incredibly simple, yet still super tasty.
If you’re a fan of broccoli mac and cheese, you may want to give this recipe a try because it’s quite similar. The nutritional yeast provides a bit of a cheesy flavor to the creamy sauce.
This traditional French recipe looks as beautiful as it tastes. It has an array of colorful veggies including zucchini, squash, eggplants, and tomatoes.
Ratatouille is delicious enough to eat on its own. But if you want something a bit more filling, you could serve it with some lightly-seasoned rice or pasta.
Vegan pesto pasta can make a yummy main course or side dish for a vegan dinner. Because you can eat it cold, it makes a great option for hot summer days.
Aside from pesto, this pasta has lots of veggies including tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, and zucchini.
If you’re struggling to think of dinner ideas and you’re running low on ingredients, try this simple garlic noodles recipe by Zardy Plants.
All you need to make these noodles are five ingredients and fifteen minutes! You can also stir in some cooked veggies to make this recipe a bit more nutritious.
Creamy almond ricotta and a layer of cooked spinach make up the filling of this savory pie.
If you’re a fan of Greek spanakopita, you’ll likely enjoy this vegan spinach pie recipe as it’s quite similar.
While quiches typically include lots of eggs, this recipe uses tofu in its place!
Spinach, leek, and vegan mozzarella are a few other key components to this vegan quiche lorraine.
Here’s another tasty vegan quiche recipe! While this is a dinner recipe list, this quiche could be suitable for any meal of the day.
Like the previous recipe, this quiche uses firm tofu as a replacement for eggs. Other ingredients include mushrooms, vegan cheese, and plant-based bacon bits.
Stuffed peppers are a fun and healthy way to use up some old bell peppers in your kitchen.
This recipe by Parsnips and Pastries has brown rice, veggies, and plenty of seasonings like oregano and garlic.
Anyone seeking a satisfying vegan dinner without gluten may find it in this stuffed bell pepper recipe Elavegan.
This recipe uses a small amount of peanut butter to add a little extra protein and bring the flavors together. And if you’d like, you can easily modify it to include your favorite vegetables and protein sources.
Peanut stew is a popular dish throughout Western Africa. It has a rich and creamy broth made from tomatoes and peanut butter, plenty of collard greens, and a handful of different seasonings.
If you’re a fan of this stew, consider making a big batch—it can hold up in the freezer for several months.
Beans are a great source of protein and fiber, so you can get plenty of that with this three-bean stew recipe by GoodtoKnow.
It has three kinds of beans—cannellini, black, and butter—and a hearty tomato sauce.
For a quick and simple vegan dinner, try this creamy avocado pasta recipe by Oh She Glows.
All you need is pasta, mashed avocado, and a handful of oils and seasonings to prepare this recipe. And best of all, you can have it ready in 15 minutes.
If you’re getting bored of the typical pesto pasta, this recipe provides a twist worthy of a shot.
It uses a unique type of vegan pesto made from avocado, which creates a perfect balance of creamy and earthy flavor. You can also add some sliced tomatoes to make this pasta prettier and tastier.
For those days when you’re feeling too lazy to cook, hummus toast can be the perfect dinner. It has carbohydrates, protein, and even some vegetables depending on how you prepare it.
This recipe by Feel Good Foodie shows four different ways to prepare this effortless dinner. Make sure to try each variety at least once!
Like hummus toast, avocado toast is a nutritious and low-effort way to satisfy your hunger.
This recipe by Mindful Avocado shows you four different ways you can jazz up your avocado toast, including hemp seeds, BBQ chickpeas, and more.
The store-bought gnocchi makes this sheet dinner super easy to prepare. You can easily customize this recipe to include your favorite veggies, too.
While it’s satisfying on its own, this recipe would go great with some garlic bread or soup.
Because you can simply assemble and pop it in the oven, this fajita recipe is a bit easier than stovetop fajitas.
It has bell peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, and onions all served on a tortilla shell. If you need a little extra filling, you could top your fajitas with some guacamole and salsa.
This rice bowl recipe is not only vegan, but it’s gluten-free and super nutritious.
It calls for instant rice to keep things even more simple. When you combine it with tofu, vegetables, and various sauces in a wok, it will result in a truly delicious meal.
Buddha bowls are a colorful, tasty, and simple main course for a vegan dinner.
This recipe uses broccoli, sweet potato, avocado, cucumber, and fried tofu as its toppings. Serve them on top of rice with an optional drizzle of peanut sauce on top.
While many people view hummus as a mere dip for veggies or crackers, it can also be a great component of a veggie bowl.
This recipe uses hummus, cauliflower, and roasted chickpeas to create a super flavorful vegan meal.
For a lower-carb alternative to lasagna, try these spaghetti squash lasagna bowls by Making Thyme For Health.
Spaghetti squash serves as the “pasta” in this tasty vegan dish. This recipe even has some cashew ricotta and cashew parmesan for an authentic cheesy taste!
The creamy taste of avocado and the sweet-and-salty taste of BBQ chickpeas combine in this delicious vegan recipe.
It’s a unique spin on avocado toast that’s more filling and appropriate for dinnertime.
If you are looking for a fun dinner for the whole family, consider these homemade vegan pizza pockets!
You can customize them with any vegan pizza toppings you like. Once they’re out of the oven, you can dip them in a homemade marinara sauce.
Easy Vegan Dinner Recipes, Final Thoughts
Who said cooking vegan food had to be hard? With the right recipes, even a beginner chef can master vegan cooking!
Your vegan dining doesn’t have to end here—after the main course, consider ending your meal with a yummy plant-based dessert.