Looking for vegan dinner recipes? We’ve got you covered with these hearty and satisfying vegan main dishes that include burgers, chili, nachos, pizza, lasagna, pasta, and more!
What do vegans eat?
On a healthy plant-based diet, meat, dairy, and eggs are off-limits, so people often wonder what in the world is left for vegans to eat. They picture vegans disparagingly munching on carrots and celery sticks throughout the day with a large green salad for dinner.
Though vegans do stick with eating from the New Four Food Groups—legumes, grains, fruits, vegetables–the reality is that eating healthy is a far cry from boring and depriving. A healthy plant-based meal actually includes dishes like these amazing vegan recipes for dinner.
- Spinach mushroom lasagna
- Black bean burgers
- Black bean chili
- Mushroom stroganoff
- Chili cheese fries
- BBQ tempeh
- Mushroom and seitan gyros
- Hearty soups and stews
- And much, much more!
Are vegan dinners healthy?
These wholesome vegan dinner recipes are loaded phytonutrients and antioxidants that help promote health and fight disease with every bite.
Plant foods are naturally low in fat, contain zero cholesterol, and are loaded with fiber. No need to feel guilty eating healthy plant-based foods!
These dinner recipes are made with fresh and healthy ingredients, many that I’m betting you already have on hand in your kitchen.
There’s no need to feel deprived when you’re eating a whole food plant-based diet (WFPB) because there are so many delicious vegan dinner recipes to choose from.
Here is an all-star collection of dinner recipes. These recipes cover pretty much everything you could ever want in a satisfying dinner. For even more vegan main dish recipes, check out my Vegan Dinner Recipes Page.
Let’s get cooking!
Vegan Nacho Supreme
Are you craving nachos but don't want all the artery clogging fat and cholesterol? Well, it's healthy fiesta time! This protein and fiber-packed nacho option is veggie-loaded and smothered with a creamy vegan cheese sauce that's outta this world! ! Your arteries and taste buds will be screaming, "YES!"
Vegan Meat Loaf
When we are going to a family gathering and need to take a dish or two, this No-Meat Loaf is always my first go-to. On Thanksgiving, you can bet it will be on the menu.
Roasted Garlic Butter Pasta
This dish is all about the sauce that is bursting with flavor and tastes fabulous on almost anything--pasta, potatoes, grilled vegetables, or even spread on bread. Amazingly, this vegan Roasted Garlic Butter Pasta is gluten-free!
Grilled Carrot Hot Dogs
Okay, my confession is that, though I love raw carrots, I have never cared for cooked carrots much. That is until these grilled carrot hot dogs came into my life. No kidding, these things have changed my mind about cooked carrots!
Chili Cheese Fries Vegan
Vegan Chili Cheese Fries are plant-strongly amazing! Crispy oil-free fries, topped with layers of tangy spicy chili and creamy vegan cheese sauce. The ultimate heart-healthy comfort food!
Black Bean Burger | Vegan Recipe
This vegan black bean burger is packed with protein and fiber and is terrific partnered with my low-fat Chipotle Ranch Sauce (included in this recipe)!
Ultimate Veggie & Hummus Sandwich
Tired of a boring sandwich? Let me help you fix that with this Ultimate Veggie & Hummus Sandwich that is piled high with crunchy vegetables and creamy hummus and can be ready in 15 minutes or less.
Vegan Pizza Recipe
My family absolutely loves pizza, and I love the fact that it can be made healthy and in minutes!
Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
This delicious, spinach-smothered recipe is loaded with nearly 10 grams of healthy plant-based protein, and it will delight your taste buds with fire roasted tomatoes, red bell peppers, and white beans, topping a giant meaty Portobello mushroom!
Vegan Chili Mac
This healthy vegan chili mac recipe makes a hearty meal the whole family will enjoy. Serve with a tossed green salad or corn on the cob for a simple and fast dinner.
Veggie Kabobs are so easy to make, and they are a huge crowd pleaser at summer barbecues or any time of year!
Potato Soup Vegan
I believe my love of creamy potato soup developed in childhood. It's a deep-rooted comfort food for me. Even now, it doesn't have to be cold outside. We eat it year round.
Soba Noodles Vegan Recipe
Easy noodle dish that can be made in about 20 minutes! Recipe from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Vegan Lentil Stew with Artichokes
This delicious Red Lentil Artichoke Stew recipe from Physicians Committee is easy to prepare and is a health promoting winner!
Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
These vegetarian stuffed cabbage rolls are stuffed with a flavorful mixture of sauerkraut, wild rice, veggies, and smothered with a layer of marinara sauce. Hands-down, best I've ever eaten!
Kale Quinoa Salad with Orange Miso Dressing
This Kale Quinoa Salad with Orange Miso Dressing is crazy delicious and so easy to make. An amazing nutrition powerhouse salad of kale, quinoa, mandarin oranges, and so much more!
Vegan Fried Rice
This is a great way to use up leftover rice! It's not the greasy, overly salty Chinese take-out fried rice, but a fresh, light version that's not so heavy the veggies get lost.
Vegan Loaded Potato Skins
These vegan loaded potatoes skins are the perfect snack or appetizer for family and social gatherings or game day. This is a healthy mouthwatering version. Not only are they a beautiful display, but they also taste AMAZING!
Chickpea Vegan Salad
Tired? Don't feel like cooking? This chickpea vegan salad with avocado takes less than 10 minutes and only requires a bowl and fork to prepare. No kidding! Protein-packed and delicious!
Lentil Pasta Recipe in 15-Minutes
This is an easy vegan recipe lentil pasta recipe that can be made in about 10 minutes and feeds five people for less than $15.
Vegan Mushroom Pasta | Stroganoff
This creamy vegan stroganoff has a savory mushroom flavor that will remind you of the rich and scrumptious stroganoff recipes you grew up with. Now satisfy your pasta cravings without the guilt!
Crock Pot Vegan Chili
Sometime back, I experimented with a new recipe for vegetarian chili in my crockpot. Turned out amazing! A follower even won a cookoff with this delicious 3 bean vegan chili!
Vegetable Barley Soup
This hearty tomato-based vegetable barley soup features potatoes, celery, onions, cauliflower, carrots, and spinach for a power-punch of protein, calcium, and a plentiful host of other nutrients. Cornbread recipe link included.
Mexican Kale Salad
Greens and beans! They are an excellent source of calcium and trump anything that cow's milk could provide. This fresh kale salad is a terrific way to add more calcium to your diet and enjoy every bite! Recipe from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Tempeh Stir Fry | Broccoli & Red Peppers
Tempeh is fermented soybeans and is incredibly high in protein. It has a nutty, mushroom, meaty flavor, and just one serving of this recipe contains 20 grams of protein. Plus, the broccoli adds highly absorbable calcium and the dish takes just minutes to prepare! Serve this sauté over couscous or rice. Recipe from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Vegan Egg Salad
This Vegan Egg Salad spread is one that I get asked about a lot. I have taken it to some of my cooking & nutrition classes to sample, and students rave. They even take it to potlucks themselves.
Quick & Easy Veggie Bowl
This simple 15-minute Veggie Bowl with lemony tahini sauce is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner in a hurry. Variations of it can even be prepared ahead of time to eat throughout the week when you don't have time to meal plan.
Yes-You-Can Vegan Black Bean Chili
No meat? No problem! This vegan black bean chili recipe has all the taste of a hearty chili and can be ready to eat in 15-minutes or less. The convenience of a three-ingredient dish without any greasy pans to clean.
Vegan Spinach Lasagna
Fasten your seatbelt for the lasagna ride of a lifetime! Want protein and calcium? This monster has 20 grams of protein and 236 mg. of calcium, with only 3 grams of fat (if you use white beans, instead of cashews) per serving!
Udon Noodles & Veggies
These Udon Noodles & Veggies are delicious! The noodles have a naturally sweet flavor that requires very little extra seasoning. We will definitely be making these again!
Tempeh Stir Fry | Sweet and Sour
This is a quick and easy recipe that will be ready in less than 30 minutes. It's a savory dish that is delicious served over rice or your favorite grain.
Easy BBQ Tempeh
This Easy Barbecue Tempeh is a very simple, finger-lickin' dish that is fabulous on the grill or baked in oven. Leftovers make great sandwiches and burritos.
Simple Vegan Spring Rolls
Thai Vegan Spring Rolls (AKA Garden Rolls) are one of our favorites! Other than your choice of veggies, all you will need are rice paper wraps and sweet chili sauce.
Veggie Sloppy Joes | Lentils
Easy, filling, and inexpensive, these lentil sloppy Joes are a quick meal that reheats well for lunch the next day or two.
Vegan African Peanut Stew with Sweet Potatoes
African Peanut Sweet Potato Stew is one of my personal favorite recipes of all time! We make it regularly. The flavors are simply amazing, like a party in your mouth. If you only try one recipe, let this be the one. I'm serious!
Vegan Shepherds Pie
Get Ready! This mouth-watering Lentil Shepherd Pie is packed with protein and is good for you! No dairy, meat, or cholesterol!
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Portobello Mushroom Burger Vegan
Thick, juicy, tender, and hearty, these are the ribeyes of veggie burgers! Grilled or baked in the oven, you can't go wrong with Portobello mushroom burgers.
Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
These vegan cauliflower buffalo wings are lip-smacking delicious! A terrific game day dish, or anytime for that matter. We even eat them as a main dish.
Vegan Black Bean Chipotle Patties
Everyone has heard of black bean burgers, so now we need to talk about these Vegan Black Bean Chipotle Patties and how they are a little different. Made with black beans, whole oats, red bell peppers, onions, and spices, these patties are a delicious addition to any meal!
Vegan Chickpea Burgers
With warm spices like cumin, curry, smoked paprika, and a ton of veggies these pan-seared chickpea burgers will not disappoint! Recipe from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's Cancer Project.
Vegan Potato | Taco Style
Delicious, healthy baked potatoes stuffed and seasoned with your favorite taco toppings! It's time for a fiesta!
Soy Curls Recipe Best Vegan Barbecue Sandwich
No kidding! Dinner can be ready in 10 minutes flat! Just add fresh lettuce, onion, and pickles. These soy curl (or seitan) barbecue sandwiches will be a hit, no matter who you feed them to.
Vegetarian Barley Soup
Barley is not only delicious but adds an excellent source of soluble fiber which reduces blood cholesterol levels. This soup is great with cornbread (recipe link included). Soup recipe adapted from Dr. Neal Barnard of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Vegan Cheddar Broccoli Soup
Warm up with this healthy, nutrition-packed bowl of Vegan cheddar Broccoli Soup!
One-Pot Vegan Minestrone Soup
This vegetable soup embodies all that I imagine a good soup should be--flavorful, hearty, and comforting. And, it doesn't hurt a bit that this is a one-pot vegan minestrone soup.
Noodle Vegetable Stir Fry
This is a simple dish that can be easily varied for personal taste. Pictured above, I used baby Bok Choy, Portobello mushrooms, onion, garlic, and baby corn. I also added cashews. Other options would be Napa Asian cabbage, water chestnuts, green onion, red-yellow-green bell peppers, little bamboo slices, etc. Options are endless!
Vegan Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
These vegan gyros have two options--seasoned and baked seitan or grilled Portobello mushrooms. Either way, they make for a delicious hearty meal bursting with flavor!
Vegan White Bean Chili
This White Bean Chili satisfies craving for chili, but cuts out all of the unhealthy ingredients found in many other chili recipes. Loaded with chunks of sweet potatoes, tender white beans, celery, onions, and spices, this dish is sure to keep you full for hours.
Collard Green Veggie Wraps with Creamy Peanut Sauce
These collard green wraps offer a fresh, healthy main dish or appetizer that is bursting with vibrant color and loads of nutrition. The creamy peanut sauce can be made with peanut butter or PB2 for a lower-fat option. It's time to eat a healthy rainbow of color! Checkout our cooking demo video showing how to prepare and roll collard wraps.
Bean Mix Soup
This very simple yet substantial warm soup combines whole grain bulgur with assorted beans for a hearty main dish. Vegan sour cream and cornbread recipe links included.
Udon Noodle Stir Fry | Sweet Ginger Sesame
This Japanese udon noodle dish with sweet ginger sesame sauce glazed over seared tofu and veggies is a an easy stir fry that will make the whole family rush to the table.
Vegan Soba Noodle Recipe
This colorful vegetable stir fry is a delight for the eyes as well as the taste buds! With red bell peppers, onions, and fresh mushrooms served over soba or udon noodles, it's jam packed with antioxidants. Recipe from Physicians Committee's Food for Life Cancer Project.
Stir Fried Mixed Vegetables | Sweet & Sour
This is an easy stir fry packed with mushrooms, celery, carrots, onions, red bell peppers, and smothered with a thick sauce of pineapple, apple juice, soy sauce, and seasoned rice vinegar. Recipe from The Cancer Survivor's Guide by Dr. Neal Barnard.
Amazing Tofu Scramble
This is the ultimate, healthy breakfast powerhouse! Your arteries will thank you! Watch our 5-minute cooking demo of this recipe above.
Easy Vegan Pasta - Dinner in 20 Minutes!
Need a healthy delicious dinner fast? This is one to make the whole family happy in just 20-minutes!
Baked Crispy Tofu
This crispy-on-the-outside and slightly-meaty-on-the-inside oven roasted tofu is absolutely delicious smothered in gravy made by using the leftover marinating sauce! Recipe from Dr. Neal Barnard's book, Breaking the Food Seduction.
Vegan Meat Balls
Whether served as an appetizer, main dish, or on a sub sandwich, these fabulous veggie barbecue balls will be a hit! Last week, I took a batch to a company dinner and a family reunion, and they got rave reviews!
Crockpot Vegan BBQ
This sweet and tangy crockpot vegan bbq is out-of-this-world! Perfect for summer outdoor gatherings or any time of the year. Serve with slaw, corn on the cob, or air fried potato wedges.
Vegan Pasta Salad
This vegan pasta salad is delicious and as colorful as the rainbow. It will impress your family and requires less than 30 minutes, so dinner can be on the table in no time flat.
Garden Pinwheels | Veggies in a Blanket
These bite-sized colorful veggie pinwheels make terrific little appetizers or a quick tasty lunch, and they are very kid friendly! Recipe from Dr. Neal Barnard's book, The Cancer Survivor's Guide.