Here are fun vegan dinner recipes to spice up your dinner routine. If you are on the vegan diet you might be craving variety. These will give you new meals to inspire your cooking!
Here are some of my favorite recipes! I am not completely vegan, but I do believe in eating healthy and would love to grow into a diet that leads our family to eat fewer processed foods.
I choose ingredients from the outside aisles of the grocery store and use the inside aisles less and less. This list helps me find creative meals using no processed foods.
Creative recipes such as these, allow me (and you too, if you are a beginner!) not to be intimidated by veganism.
🍽️ Why These Work
- Simple dinner ideas. I hate long and complex recipes, so these are quick and easy to make.
- Eliminate processed foods. There really isn’t a lot of need for them, especially when meals can taste this good.
- Create wholesome meals you and your family can enjoy
- New recipes for your meal rotation.
- Save leftovers for meal prepping for lunches or dinners
These are healthy and a great alternative when you are trying to save money too. Try them, and you will see for yourself.
🥒 Beginner Tips
If you are new to the vegan world, you might feel a little overwhelmed. Let me walk you through some tips that might really help you gain focus. Also take your time adjust to shopping/planning and eating differently.
Note: If you’re like us, you might be just adding a few plant-based meals to your cooking routine per week. It helps us eat a bit healthier each week!
Plan Time In The Kitchen
Make sure that when you are starting out, plan to spend a bit more time in the kitchen until you figure out the tips and tricks for speeding up your meal preparation. Give yourself a buffer and allow time to prep veggies, cook, etc.
You will spend more time at the grocery store picking up fruits, veggies, etc. Step out of the box and try new ingredients to diversify your menu. This is a great time to pick up some vegetables that you normally don’t cook with.
Prep snacks and such for when you are away from home. This will help prevent you from running into an issue where you can’t find snacks at a convenience store that fit what you are looking for. Plus, it will help you save money on pricey items that you buy out of convenience.
Don’t Be Afraid
Don’t be afraid to try new things, or say no to food that doesn’t fit your new diet. You will probably need to eliminate some things from your current meal rotation, but that’s ok! Enjoy the new and tasty meals that you’ll make.
Keep A List
If you happen to try new recipes, make sure to keep a list of recipes you enjoy. That way you can create a solid meal plan and keep it in your rotation for meals for lunch or dinner.
The same thing goes for pre-packaged foods. If you find you like a particular brand or flavor keep track for future purchases.
Minimize Kitchen Time
Not a big fan of spending a ton of time in the kitchen? I don’t blame you! Here are some quick and easy tips to help speed up your time when cooking.
- If you don’t want to spend time chopping, consider buying pre-cut veggies and fruits. This can help the prep on cooking speed up, if you don’t mind paying a little extra.
- I love to meal prep. You can meal prep and even make freezer meals that you can just toss in the oven for later. This is a great way to spend an hour a week in the kitchen, getting meals ready to pack for lunches, eat for dinner, etc.
- Find easy dinner recipes that have minimal ingredients, simple prep, but offer great flavor. That is where this list below will come in handy!
- When trying new dishes, look for a couple that have a couple of the same ingredients so you don’t have leftovers that spoil. You are using the same concept you would when you shop normally. If you only need a tablespoon of cilantro, try to find another recipe with cilantro so you don’t waste.
When you eat a vegan diet, you do not eat anything that comes from an animal. This includes dairy, eggs, and in most cases, even honey. A vegetarian may still eat dairy and eggs, but not the meat itself.
Eating a vegan diet allows you to get all the necessary proteins and nutrients from beans, plants, fruits, and vegetables. This also allows your body to absorb the necessary nutrients without having to deal with all the other processed junk put into our foods.
This leads to a healthier lifestyle and our bodies tend to agree with it.
Most peanut butters are indeed vegan. But, you will find that some brands are not. So make sure to read the label before buying.
I hope you found several recipes to light your fire to try new meals dinners and expand your current recipe box. The variety is huge so you will not be left bored or tired of the same old dishes night after night.
Until you get used to eating vegan, it will require a little bit more planning, just like anything new we try to embark upon. Grab a menu planner and shopping list and use these tools until you get the hang of what you are needing to buy at the store. This Organizational Binder has both sheets for you to download for free to get you jump started!
Let me know how you like these recipes! I love reading your comments on what you find fits your family!