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Are you in the process of transitioning to a plant-based diet? Maybe you’ve tried before, only to fall back on old habits because you just couldn’t figure out what to eat? Don’t worry, it’s common for plant-based beginners to struggle with what to make for dinner, but having this incredible collection of easy vegan dinner recipes at the ready is going to make things so much easier. You’ll never be stuck wondering what to make for dinner again!

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As I gathered these easy vegan dinner recipes, I had a few requirements. All of the recipes on this list had to fit this criteria:

  • ready in 30 minutes or less
  • reasonable number of ingredients
  • reasonable number of steps required
  • no hard-to-find ingredients
  • healthy
  • made from whole foods
  • can be made in advance
  • affordable
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I have organized these recipes into the following categories:

  • soups and stews
  • tacos and burritos
  • stir-fries, rice and noodles
  • curries (Asian and Indian)
  • sandwiches, burgers and wraps
  • salads and buddha bowls
  • casseroles
  • nachos and pizza
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Never be at loss for what to make for dinner again! These easy vegan dinner recipes are all you need to make weeknight, plant-based dinners simple, healthy and delicious.


Soups are one of my favourite ways to make a quick and healthy meal. They’re nourishing, comforting, great for food prep and a good way to eat extra veggies.

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Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup

This black bean soup is so easy to make it it’s a good one for weeknight dinners. The flavours get even the better the next day too so the leftovers are perfect for lunch. This is one of the most popular recipes on the blog, I’d highly recommend giving it a try!

Kale and Cauliflower Soup

This soup is my favourite way to use up cauliflower or kale that needs to be eaten. It’s easy to make, creamy but hearty and can be made in advance. Gluten-free and oil-free.

Coconut Ginger Carrot Soup

I love the slightly sweet flavour of this coconut ginger soup. It’s super easy to make, tastes even better next day, loaded with nutrition and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. Gluten-free and oil-free.

Vegan Chickpea Vegetable Chowder

This amazing chickpea chowder is a much-loved Running on Real Food classic. It’s easy to make and loaded with nutrition. Gluten-free and oil-free.

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Vegan Cheesy Brocolli Soup

This easy, pureed soup is high in protein thanks to nutritional yeast. It comes together quickly, has a rich, cheesy flavour and is loaded with nutrition.

Vegan Ramen Bowl

If you’ve got half and hour then you’ve got time to whip up vegan ramen. Ramen is the ultimate cold-weather comfort food, don’t you think? These hearty, protein-rich noodle bowls feature an extra flavourful broth that tastes slow simmered, plus you’ll only need a handful of basic ingredients to make it.

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I love Mexican food. I mean, avocado, corn, black beans, salsa, tortillas, lime, cilantro, what’s not to love? Bonus, not only easy to make quick and healthy tacos and burritos, Mexican is an easy cuisine to do plant-based.

BBQ Burrito Bowl

This BBQ Burrito Bowl from Contentedness Cooking is easy to make, loaded with flavour and would be a perfect dish to do for food prep. All you need to do is cook the rice and make the black beans and then add them to a bowl with avocado, BBQ sauce and if desired, tortilla chips. You could also roll the ingredients up in a tortilla to make a delicious burrito. To make these gluten-free, serve with corn tortillas and gluten-free BBQ sauce such as Annie’s or a homemade version.

Chipotle-Inspired Burrito Bowl

Burrito bowls are one of my favourite meals. They’re so easy and you can make them a little different every time depending on what you have on hand, that being said, I don’t think I’d change a thing about these amazing burrito bowls from Brita Britnell. Inspired by Chipotle, they feature sautéed veggies, rice, corn, black beans, rice and lettuce. Beautiful, easy, healthy and delicious!

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You can beat spaghetti for the ultimate quick dinner. Sauce, noodles, done. How easy is is that? From zucchini noodles to pesto to linguine, there’s a pasta to please everyone!

6-Ingredient Easy Cheesy Vegan Zoodles

You only need 6 ingredients and under 20 minutes to make these high-protein, healthy, easy, cheesy zoodles. Gluten-free, oil-free.

Tomato Basil Cream Pasta

This pasta recipe by Well Vegan uses cashews to create a creamy, dairy-free tomato sauce. I love tomato basil for a quick, weeknight pasta dish, it’s so easy to make but still packed with flavour. Try it with chickpea pasta, brown rice pasta or zucchini noodles for a gluten-free option.

Vegan Tofu Ricotta with Zoodles

Serve this easy vegan tofu ricotta with tomato sauce and zoodles for a super quick vegan meal. Gluten-free, oil-free.

Lentil Tomato Sauce with Zoodles

A quick and easy hearty lentil tomato sauce that can be served over zoodles or your favourite pasta. Easy to make in about 20 minutes, gluten-free, oil-free.

One-Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta

Creamy, garlic pasta in one pot? Yes, it’s true. Less fuss, less dishes, less mess! This fettuccine from Yup, It’s Vegan is cooked in one pot using with vegetable stock and non-dairy milk that’s reduced down over 20 minutes to create a thick and creamy sauce.

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