January 1, 2016

12 Easy, Satisfying Vegan Meals

Happy New Year! Whether you're already vegan, transitioning to plant-based, or just wanting to eat healthier, I think you'll love these plant-filled meals. They're some of our tried and true favorite vegan recipes, loved by kids and adults (vegans and non-vegans alike). For even more ideas see 15 Easy Vegan Weeknight Meals - filled with quick & easy dinners, most 30 minutes or less!

PS - come join The Garden Grazer on Instagram 🍓 and share a pic if you make any of these. I love seeing what you guys cook up!

1. Asian Noodle Soup

This might be my most-made meal, and we devour it every time. Awesomely versatile too - change it up based on the veggies you love or have on hand (or some added tofu)!

2. Black Bean Lentil Tacos

I LOVE the flavor and texture of this hearty lentil-bean taco "meat"! Plus it's fun to think outside the shell - we enjoy the filling on nachos, in burritos bowls, etc. (Or try these super quick Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Sauce instead!)

"This recipe was amazing! It was so simple but tasted fresh and healthy. Exactly what a busy mom needs during the week, my 3 year old devoured his taco, which is a rarity! This will definitely become a staple in this house. Thank you!" -Anonymous

I'm not sure words can describe how much I love chili. The BEST! Always so comforting and crowd-pleasing. This only takes 30 minutes, and the leftovers are great. (For a different version try this Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili too!)

"I've made this chili 2 times now and it's been delicious both times. Great recipe!" -Lily

"Delicious! Just made this on a chilly night and I am so satisfied! Thanks for the great recipe." -Taylor G.

4. Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing

This is one of the most popular recipes on the site, and my personal all-time favorite salad - the flavors blend so well together and it's so pretty to look at! (If you're a salad lover, feel free to check out my salad round-up for more healthy, colorful options!)

"This dressing is absolutely amazing.....I could drink it from a cup! The salad is great too! Thank you. Everyone who ate it was asking for the recipe." -Anonymous

"Oh my goodness. I just made this tonight. It was incredible! One of my guests said "I want to marry this salad." Well put. We are all raving. This will be my go-to salad for guests. Beautiful and delicious." -Debbie

5. Vegan Chili Mac

This has been a family-favorite in our house, loved by kids and adults alike. And only 30 minutes to make with simple pantry staples!

"I made this for dinner tonight and it was great...comforting, but not too heavy...definitely worthy of a repeat...even the omnivore hubby had seconds." -Terri M.

6. Lentil Spinach Soup

Lentils are amazing little beauties! Packed with fiber, protein, and best of all budget-friendly :) I make this soup (or variations of it - like this Rustic Lentil & Potato Soup) at least once a month.

"What a wonderful soup! My whole family likes it. I even made a vegan home made broth for it. It's cost effective and the ingredients are readily available." -Wendy D.

"I made this recipe last night and my boyfriend and I both loved it! I added 2 stalks of celery, 1 Okinowan sweet potato, and used a big bunch of kale instead of spinach because it was what I had in my fridge. I also added Sriracha & avocado to the individual bowls before eating it. I brought leftovers to work today and it's almost better the second day than the first. I will definitely be making this soup regularly throughout fall & winter. Thanks for sharing!" - Jessica H.

7. Tofu Scramble with Spinach and Tomato

Breakfast for dinner? Yes, please! This is my favorite weekend breakfast, but it also makes a rock-star dinner, especially paired with easy, delicious Roasted Homestyle Breakfast Potatoes!

"Hi Kaitlin. Just made this scramble and loved it. Had to use green onions because that's what I had on hand and I squeezed a half lime over everything before adding the spinach. Winner!!! Thank you." -Cyndi E.

8. Quinoa Fajita Burritos

My favorite burrito and awesome week night (or freezer) meal - so easy yet flavor-packed. It's just as good without the dairy-free cheese!

"These look delicious, and they ARE delicious! I just made them last night and I wish I had more leftover - alas we couldn't stop eating them so they're almost gone :) Great recipes here - keep 'em coming!" -Lex

"Holy moley!! I made a batch of these today to freeze, and of course ate one before putting the rest in the freezer. It was soooo good! I'm super excited to have these to eat for the next couple of weeks! Thanks for the recipe and I look forward to enjoying more of your recipes in the future :)" -Alexa W.

9. Protein Monster Vegan Enchiladas

Where do vegans get their protein? *BAM!* These babies have 20 grams of protein each. I could (okay I have) eat the homemade enchilada sauce with a spoon.

I have made these twice in the past month! It's so easy to customize this recipe. I like to add a can of corn to the filling and it is absolutely delicious! I used to buy cans of enchilada sauce, but your recipe is super easy and tastes so much better! Thank you!" -Jillian

"I made these for the first time last night and they were tremendously delicious. I richened up the sauce by adding more tomatoe paste and some veggie stock starter for extra flavor. Huge hit. Thanks for the awesome recipe!" -Kate Z.

"These are great! I could go vegan! Didn't miss the cheese at all." -Mary K.

10. Vegetable Lo Mein

No need to order takeout when you can make your own delicious Chinese cuisine right at home. The secret ingredient here is hoisin - it's like a thick, Asian BBQ sauce (YUM)!

"Delicious! Best lo mein I have eaten." -Judeen

"I've made this more than once and it is sooooooo good. Thank you for sharing!" -Melissa

11. Tempeh Mushroom Pasta

Pasta night! Take your jarred pasta sauce to a whole other level by adding crumbled tempeh and veggies of your choice. Some of our favorite additions are zucchini, mushroom, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. We love to pair it with Trader Joe's quinoa & brown rice pasta.

12. Black Bean Avocado Enchiladas

One more enchilada recipe because I just couldn't resist! This is a delicious vegan remake of reader-favorite Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas.

"These were so good! It's tough filling up a vegan athletic man but this got a rave review from both of us." -Shery

One more bonus recipe because this is our go-to lunch and most-requested meal from our 3 year old. Only 5 minutes of prep definitely makes it a mom favorite too 😉


What are your favorite go-to vegan meals?


  1. Have I told you lately how much I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE??? Last summer, I began a love affair for cold salads after finding your website. I had always had a craving, but had no clue and no imagination whatsoever overthinking it. Your simple 3 to 4 ingredient, easy recipes changed my life, and they're easy to print out on one page. I also right-click and print a photo for the backside of the page for my binder. So simple and beautifully photographed - you make it so easy!

    1. AH, what an amazingly sweet comment!! It makes my heart happy hearing people enjoy the recipes so much, so thank you for that :) I'm glad the printer friendly page is useful too. Your encouragement is truly appreciated! Wishing you the most wonderful new year!

  2. I'm so glad I found this. I'm currently trying to eat a vegan diet and was struggling to find options that I think I would enjoy! Would love to see breakfast ideas too!

    1. Hi! Thanks for your kind words :) Totally agree - I need to get better with posting breakfast recipes! I'm usually a leftovers-for-breakfast kind of girl and definitely need to branch out more ;) Hope you enjoy the recipes, and have a fun with your vegan diet!!

    2. smoothies and oatmeal are my go to breakfast i love them just make sure you eat enough calories to keep you full until lunch

  3. I started a clean eating challenge yesterday and chose the vegetarian option. These recipes look very good. Not sure if I will stay completely away from meat after the challenge is over, but so far so good on it. Used to be vegetarian when I was a kid because my parents didn't have meat in the house. Thinking about getting back to that lifestyle if I can find recipes that interest me.

    1. Great to hear! Wishing you all the best with your challenge :) There are SO many wonderful vegan/vegetarian options and recipes out there now. Hope you have fun with it!

  4. This page is AMAZING! I'll be trying the vegan chilli mac soon! :D

  5. Just stumbled across your page- found the lentil cumin/lime salad and it matched my leftovers perfectly! I ate a second supper and then had to check out the rest of your recipes. Our family isn't vegan/vegetarian, but with dairy and egg intolerances fun and tasty recipes can be tricky to come by and I run out of ideas. Looking forward to trying out your kid-approved recipes and enjoying our fresh garden veggies to the fullest!

    1. Hi! Haha so awesome to hear. I hope you find some recipes the whole family loves! (That definitely makes mealtime a LOT easier) ;) Enjoy those garden veggies!!

  6. i didn't realize how many of your recipes i make regularly until i checked out this list. these are some of my go-to weeknight meals which my omnivore husband and 1.5 year old son love. the chilli mac is INSANELY EASY. love it. thanks so much for sharing these!

    1. Hey Rena!! Aww that's amazing! I love finding meals that please the whole family - makes dinner time so much more relaxed and enjoyable! We're big fans of the chili mac too haha. Thanks so much for your kind words. Happy to hear you're enjoying the recipes! Have a great weekend :)

  7. I've made both the Chili Mac and the Black Bean Avocado Enchiladas, and they're absolutely perfect for a vegan college student!! Saving this page for the busy school year. Bonus....my non-vegan boyfriend absolutely loves them.

    1. That's awesome Emily!! Glad you're enjoyed the recipes. I especially love hearing when meat-eaters gobble up plants ;) Good luck with your school year! <3

  8. Gonna try them ALL! Thank you for sharing

    1. Yay Nadia! So excited to hear that - hope you enjoy :) Wishing you a very happy new year!

  9. Beautiful! Lots of good stuff here. Have pinned several to try. Thank you!

    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for your sweet comment and pins - I hope you love the recipes!! Have a beautiful week! <3