Vegan recipes may not use animal-derived ingredients but that doesn’t mean they can’t make tasty meals! There are so many combinations of vegetables, grains, spices, and more you can make into a delicious lunch/dinner for you and others. These are just a few examples of the huge variety of vegan recipes available for you to try. If you’re not vegan yourself don’t be afraid to try some of these recipes for you might find a great meal you really like. Here are 10 tasty vegan recipes for lunch and dinner.
1. Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
These cauliflower bites look similar to buffalo wings and arguable taste just as good! This recipe uses cauliflower that’s coated in a batter made of brown rice flour, almond flour, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and parsley. Bake the coated cauliflower for about 20 to 25 minutes in the oven and then drizzle with some barbeque, buffalo, or hot sauce- whichever you’d prefer!
2. Tofu Pad Thai
Vegan recipes that utilize tofu are able to pack a punch of protein into the meal. Tofu can be flavored in many different ways making it a great choice for a variety of vegan recipes. This recipe makes a tofu pad thai using rice noodles, tofu, red pepper, mung bean sprouts, and peanuts. It’s an easy recipe you can whip up in just under 40 minutes for you and others or for some great leftovers later in the week!
3. Crispy Quinoa Cakes with Tomato-Chickpea Relish
Quinoa is a great ingredient for vegan recipes to give the meal lots of fiber and protein as well as other nutrients. These quinoa cakes are a unique recipe that makes a tasty and well-balanced lunch or dinner. You need to use white quinoa for this dish because tri-colored, red, or black quinoa will not break down enough when cooked to be molded into cakes properly. This meal will take a little longer than others, about an hour and 15 minutes to prep and cook, but it is well worth the wait. Keep the extra quinoa cakes in the fridge for a quick and delicious leftover meal.
4. Portobello Mushroom Burger
Asian-style vegan recipes are full of flavor and veggies that make very well-balanced meals. This portobello mushroom burger recipe makes a totally vegan, healthy, and delicious burger perfect for lunch or dinner. Coat the portobello mushroom in a miso paste blended with sriracha and sesame oil then grill it, or use a stovetop, for a few minutes on each side. It recommends starting with the tops down so the mushroom will dry out less! Combined with the veggies and the tasty ginger sesame avocado spread you’ll get a really great vegan burger!
5. Veggie Lo Mein
Quick and easy vegan recipes like this “veggie lo mein” make great options for a healthy lunch or dinner when you don’t have time to cook. This recipe simply uses a variety of fresh vegetables, which you can substitute out for basically whatever you prefer, combined with wheat noodles and a lo mein sauce. You can also use tofu if you want to add some protein. You can make this meal in just about 30 minutes and enjoy a healthy, Asian-style, vegan lunch/dinner.
6. Lentil, Chard & Sweet Potato Curry
This recipe gives a tasty, vegan, homemade curry that you can put over some quinoa for a well-balanced meal. Sweet potatoes make a great addition because they’re high in nutrients like fiber and vitamin A as well as antioxidants. It’ll take about 45 minutes to prepare this curry and it will be well worth it. You should have plenty of leftovers to enjoy this tasty curry throughout the week.
7. Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
These vegan spring rolls make a great healthy option for a hearty lunch or dinner. The recipe uses tofu for a good source of protein and some added texture to the spring rolls You use a combination of veggies like cucumber, cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, and daikon. Fill your rice paper with a lettuce leaf and then roll in some tofu and the other veggies and fresh herbs and fold the sides. The recipe advises that the tighter you can make your spring rolls without breaking the rice paper then it’s more likely they’ll hold their shape when cut in half. You can make extras and store them easily for later in the refrigerator just follow the instructions in the recipe to maintain freshness. Also, don’t forget about the Thai peanut sauce! It makes a great dipping sauce for the spring rolls or on satays or noodles.
8. Roasted Eggplant with Zaatar
Eggplant is a great addition to vegan recipes because they’re low-calorie but full of fiber, vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. This recipe takes a roasted eggplant served over rice or grains (quinoa is great for some extra protein and fiber) with fresh veggies and yogurt/tahini sauce/or tzatziki. The zaatar used is a Middle Eastern spice blend made of dried thyme, cumin, coriander, sesame seeds, sumac, kosher salt, and Aleppo chili flakes. It’s a spice blend used for roasted vegetables and meats. Overall, this is a very healthy & hearty vegan lunch or dinner you can make in about an hour and a half.
9. Lentil Meatballs with Indian Coconut Curry Sauce
These vegan lentil meatballs are made of quinoa combined with black lentils, which are a good source of protein and minerals like calcium and potassium. The recipe also has a tasty Indian coconut curry sauce that compliments the lentil meatballs really well. It should take about 30 minutes to prep and about an hour to cook. This vegan recipe is full of flavor and makes enough food to have leftovers for the rest of the week.
10. Vegan Mac & Cheese
This recipe gives a vegan twist onto a classic meal that keeps that creamy and cheese-like taste! To give it that great cheesy tasty you heat in a saucepan some grated potato, garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder, salt, and red pepper flakes. Add some cashews and water and let it come to a simmer until the potatoes are completely tender and cooked through. Blend the mixture with some nutritional yeast and vinegar and add salt to taste. Combine with the pasta for a delicious, vegan mac & cheese! If you want to make the meal gluten-free you can substitute in some gluten-free noodles.
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