10 Tried-and-True Vegan Dinner Recipes that I Make Over and Over Again (2024)

Today I’ve put together a list of 10 tried-and-true vegan dinner recipes that I’ve made many times, and truly enjoy every time I make them.

When I first made a switch to a plant-based/vegan diet, I was a little overwhelmed by the necessity to replace all of the recipes in my pre-vegan dinner rotation with a completely new recipe lineup.

Thankfully, I soon discovered that Pinterestwas a great place to look for new recipes for a newly vegan cook like myself. I was amazed by all of the vegan deliciousness that already existed in the blogosphere, and before long, making dinner didn’t sound overwhelming to me anymore 🙂

Fast forward to this day, I am quite comfortable between all of my vegan cookbooks and Pinterest to decide what I’m making for dinner on any given day.

As much as I like trying out new plant-based recipes a few times a week, I’ve noticed that there is a number of recipes that I keep coming back to because they are delicious, oil-free (or can easily be made that way), and best of all, my husband Rob loves them!

So today I’ve put together a list of my top 10dinner recipes that I keep making over and over again. Some of them are mine, some are from other blogs, and a few can be found in my favorite cookbooks. To seeany recipe, just click on the link (unless it’s from a cookbook). Here we go:

10 of My Favorite Vegan Dinner Recipes

1. Eggplant and Chickpea Curry from Susan Voisin’s blog, Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. Susan’s recipes are always delicious and oil-free, and this curry is one of my favorite recipes from her site.

The only thing I do differently is I cut up the eggplant and roast the pieces for 20-25 min, and then add them to the tomato-chickpea mixture (as opposed to roasting the whole eggplant).

2. Healthy Vegan Mac and Cheese with Broccoli – this recipe from the blog has been approved by adults and kids alike. It’s lusciously creamy and rich, yet doesn’t contain any oil. Broccoli adds fiber and nutrients, yet it can be skipped if you don’t feel like it.

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3. Eggplant Rollups with Black Bean-Potato Stuffing (pictured below) – my own recipe from this blog. Rob sings high praises every time I make these rollups.It only looks like making them is complicated, but in fact they are pretty easy, and can beput together within an hour.

The best part, at least in my opinion: they are a great dish to serve if you’re having guests over because they look festive and taste like you’ve put a lot of effort into making them.

4. Hippie Loaf from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook10 Tried-and-True Vegan Dinner Recipes that I Make Over and Over Again (4) by Lindsay S. Nixon. I’ve made a number of veggie loaves since going vegan, and a lot of them seemed just too complicated.

Lindsay’s Hippie Loaf is quite simple, gluten-free, and has only ‘real’ ingredients like black beans, quinoa, celery, carrots, etc. I like to smother this veggieloaf with some vegan BBQ sauce before sending it into the oven.

5. Mushroom and Tempeh Gumbo, another gem from Susan Voisin and Fat Free Vegan Kitchen blog. Goodness. If I could have this soup every day for a month (year? life?), I’d be so happy! Susan posted this recipejust beforeThanksgiving 2013, but I have no problem making it any time of the year.

This a more time-consuming recipe, but it’s definitely worth a try. Susan walks us through making a dry roux – an important ingredient in Cajun cuisine that’s usually made with butter, but she came up with a fat-free version that’s just as good.

I’ve experimented with making a few changes to the recipe (used kidney beans instead of tempeh, more veggies and less mushrooms), and the gumbo came out just as good.

6. My Healthy Lentil and Cauliflower Soup with Rice (or without, if you please – pictured below). I was looking for a perfect lentil soup for a while until one day I put this soup together.

That’s it – my search is over.

This soup is easy and quick to make, but its complex flavors make it taste like something that required a lot of effort! I use Middle Eastern spices like garam masala, cumin and turmeric, but you can switch the spice profile for oregano and coriander seed to make this soup taste Italian.

7. Un-Fried Falafel Patties/Burgers by Wendy Solganik of the Healthy Girl’s Kitchen blog. I like Wendy’s falafel version better than anything I’ve tried at Middle Eastern restaurants, not just because it’s not fried at all (I only spray the pan lightly with olive oil cooking spray), but also because it has lots of flavor and is easy to make. Yep, very easy, see for yourself!

8. Instant Pot Vegan Jambalaya (pictured below). This delicious jambalaya recipe from the blog is very easy to make, yet it tastes like something you’ve labored over for hours!

Instant pot allows me to make it in about 40 minutes, most of it hands-off time. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, I’ve also included tips on making it on the stovetop.

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9. Thai Basil Eggplant Stir-Fry by Anjali from the Vegetarian Gastronomy blog – absolutely delicious! The original recipe is not oil-free, but it can easily be made without oil (or just cooking spray).

The star of this recipe is definitely the sauce that contains hoisin – before I stumbled upon this dish on Pinterest, I’ve never cooked with hoisin!

These days, I make some variation of this dish with lots of added vegetables, plus I roast the tofu and the eggplant at the same time in the oven to avoid using lots of oil.

10. My husband’s favorite Chickpea Salad Sandwich (pic below), another recipe from my blog. Very easy to make, with great texture (a cross between tuna/egg/chicken salads) and a nice mild flavor.

Best of all, it’s easy to pack for work, picnics, or traveling: we almost always take a couple of these sandwiches with us when traveling to save time and money (with an ice pack thrown in the cooler for a good measure).

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Of course, there are other recipes that I seem to be making a lot, but this is my top 10 list.

Question for you: What are your favorite plant-based dishes that you make again and again?

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What is the most eaten vegan food? ›

Most vegan diets include beans in at least one meal per day, including lentils, chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans and many more. Many vegans consume soy-based proteins such as tofu and tempeh; their mild flavor makes them a great substitute for meat in stir-fries, soups and stews.

What do vegans eat for breakfast lunch and dinner? ›

Sample meal plan
  • Breakfast: tempeh bacon with sautéed mushrooms, avocado, and wilted arugula.
  • Lunch: whole-grain pasta with lentil “meatballs” and a side salad.
  • Dinner: cauliflower and chickpea tacos with guacamole and pico de gallo.
  • Snacks: air-popped popcorn, kale chips, and trail mix.
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What is the most unhealthy vegan food? ›

6 Vegan Foods That Are Shockingly Unhealthy
  • Frozen fake meats.
  • Tofu deli meats.
  • Vegan desserts.
  • Coconut yogurt.
  • Frozen meals.
  • Veggie chips.

What vegan food fills you up? ›

Healthful foods that are high in protein, fiber, or both tend to be filling. Rich sources of protein for vegans include foods such as soybeans, pulses, and some nuts and seeds.

What lunch do vegans eat? ›

Chickpea soup is one of our favorite vegan lunch ideas; it is rich in fiber, plant protein, heart-healthy fats, and antioxidants from rosemary and vegetables. Serve it with a slice of grilled or toasted bread brushed with garlic and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

Are potatoes vegan? ›

Can You Eat Potatoes if You're Vegan? You might be wondering, are potatoes vegan? The answer is, yes, potatoes are a plant and therefore vegans can eat potatoes. In fact, potatoes, a starchy, nutrient-rich vegetable, make a great part of a vegan food diet because they're plant-based.

What do vegans drink? ›

There are a lot of drinks you can enjoy when following a vegan diet. Besides water, black coffee, and tea, you can have different types of plant-based milk, fruits and vegetable juices, smoothies, and healthy fizzy drinks like FUL® sparkling spirulina beverages.

What snack foods can vegans eat? ›

Try These Popular Vegan Snacks (Chips, Cookies, and More)
  • Vegan Rob's Chips.
  • Rivalz Extra Chedda' Mac.
  • Outstanding Foods PigOut Pigless Pork Rinds.
  • Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars—Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate.
  • Trader Joe's Almond Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets.

Where do vegans get protein? ›

Some plant-based foods, such as soybean products, seitan, beans, and lentils contain high amounts of protein. You can also find protein in nuts, whole grains like quinoa and amaranth, and hemp seeds. People following a vegan diet may need to plan in order to reach their daily protein goals.

What do picky vegans eat? ›

36 Easy Vegan Dinner Ideas That Even Picky Eaters Will Love
  • 01 of 36. Spiced Rice With Crispy Chickpeas. ...
  • 02 of 36. Fish-Free Ceviche. ...
  • 03 of 36. Slow Cooker Black Bean Posole. ...
  • 04 of 36. Tofu Asada With Caramelized Onion Refried Beans. ...
  • 05 of 36. Vegetarian BLT With Shiitake Bacon. ...
  • 06 of 36. Chickpea Salad Sandwich. ...
  • 07 of 36. ...
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Is bread usually vegan? ›

At its core, a bread recipe contains four simple ingredients: flour, water, salt, and yeast — a type of microscopic fungus used to help bread rise. Therefore, the simplest form of bread is vegan. However, some types include additional ingredients like sweeteners or fats — both of which can be of animal origin.

What is vegan for beginners? ›

Vegan Diet Basics and How to Get Started

A vegan diet is a plant-based plan that excludes all animal products, like meat, fish, dairy and even honey (because it's made by bees, so it's considered an animal product).

Which country is #1 for vegans? ›

India. Three of India's major religions — Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism — teach the practice of ahimsa, or non-violence towards all beings. Because of this religious tradition, India has the highest percentage of vegetarians out of all the countries in the world.

Which five are popular vegan foods? ›

The most popular type of vegan food is plant-based dishes that are prepared without any animal products or by-products, such as dairy or eggs. Popular vegan dishes include veggie burgers, tofu stir-fries, vegetable curries, salads, and pasta dishes.

Are Oreos vegan? ›

Many vegans refer to Oreos as “accidentally vegan,” meaning they don't contain animal products — but they weren't created to be a specifically vegan treat. Oreos do not contain milk, eggs, or any other animal-derived products, so they are technically vegan in that sense. Plant-based cookies and cream lovers rejoice!

What is a super vegan? ›

Super vegans are committed to a plant based diet and look for products certified by The Vegan Society, Cruelty Free International and other reputable organisations. There are multiple benefits of veganism but most people are attracted to the impact it has on farmed animals and fish.

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