Vegan Dinners: A Guide to Cooking & Dining Options

Time for dinner? Here are some great vegan meal ideas.
Last Updated: August 26, 2018

When it comes to vegan dinners, the possibilities are endless.  To discover your best restaurant options, take a look at our dining out advice. And if you want to figure out what to cook at home, just read on.

Cooking Dinner at Home

Vegan cookbooks exist for practically every cuisine. If you’ve got a full-time job or are otherwise short on time, it’s smart to buy a cookbook devoted to quick and easy meals. Quick-Fix Vegan or Thug Kitchen 101 are ideal choices for your first vegan cookbook, since they both focus on easy recipes that can be made in minutes. If you want to get a little fancier, The Oh She Glows Cookbook is a sensational choice. The only difficulty you’ll have in selecting a cookbook is dealing with the overwhelming number of possibilities—there are hundreds of vegan cookbooks in print. We’ve gathered together the very best titles for every niche and cuisine on our vegan cookbooks page.

Easy Main Courses

Some vegan dinner ideas are so basic that they hardly need recipes. Here are a few vegan-friendly dishes you probably already love:

  • Spaghetti with marinara sauce. Possible garnishes: nutritional yeast, roasted peppers, or vegan sausage.
  • Soup with whole grain bread. There are several vegan cookbooks devoted to soups and slow-cooker recipes.
  • Brown rice topped with stir-fried veggies
  • Beans and rice, perhaps with some guacamole on the side. Try making black beans with plenty of garlic & cilantro.

Near-Instant Dinners

Even if you only have a few minutes to cook, there’s still time to prepare a satisfying vegan dinner. Here are some possibilities:

  • Frozen vegan pizzas (Tofutti, Daiya, and Amy’s)
  • Frozen vegan burritos or enchiladas (Amy’s, Trader Joe’s)
  • Canned vegan chili, served over microwavable frozen brown rice
  • Veggie burgers
  • Microwaveable chick pea curry
  • Frozen veggies, sautéed with garlic or ginger, served over microwavable frozen brown rice

Accompaniments

Round out your meal with these easy options:

  • Baked potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Salads (We highly recommend Follow Your Heart’s Organic Vegan Caesar or Annie’s Goddess Dressing)
  • Sauerkraut or kimchi
  • Sautéed greens with ginger or garlic
  • Peanut sauce (made from peanut butter, coconut milk, and sautéed garlic & ginger)
  • Bread and hummus

Garnishes

The right garnish can add crunch, tang, color or just the right intangible to take your meal from good to great.