Vegan Dinner: A Guide to Cooking & Dining Options

When it comes to your best vegan dinner options, you’ve got endless possibilities.  To discover the multitude of vegan-friendly 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.

Making a Fantastic Vegan Dinner at Home

You’ve got all sorts of delicious yet easy vegan dinner options. In fact, you don’t even need a cookbook. Some of the easiest and healthiest vegan meals don’t even need recipes. Let’s begin with a quick look at some dishes you can cook from scratch that only require a few minutes of prep time.

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:

  • Sandwiches. An unimaginably easy yet filling meal that you can make in thousands of variations.
  • Soup with a slice or two of whole grain bread. There are several vegan cookbooks devoted to soups and slow-cooker recipes.
  • Stir-fried veggies, served over brown rice.
  • A delicious salad. Note that salads can be quite filling, if they include protein-rich foods like chopped nuts, tofu, beans, or seeds.
  • Roasted vegetables. This is a delicious and healthful option that typically requires only a few minutes to rinse and coarsely chop your vegetables.
  • Spaghetti with marinara sauce. Possible garnishes: nutritional yeast, roasted peppers, or vegan sausage.
  • Beans and rice, perhaps with some guacamole on the side. Try making black beans with plenty of garlic & cilantro.
  • Baked yams or sweet potatoes—I saved the easiest item on this list for last!

Recommended Cookbooks

Vegan cookbooks exist for practically every cuisine. If you’re short on time, choose a title devoted to quick and easy meals. Quick-Fix Vegan or Thug Kitchen 101 are ideal choices for your first vegan cookbook. Both books focus on easy recipes you can make 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 on our vegan cookbooks page.

Canned or Frozen Vegan Dinners

Even if you only have a few minutes prepare dinner, you have some excellent options when it comes to packaged foods. Here are some possibilities:

  • Frozen vegan pizzas (Tofutti, Daiya, and Amy’s)
  • Boxed or frozen vegan mac & cheese
  • 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 dinner with these easy vegan 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.

Endless Vegan Dinner Possibilities

The point of this page wasn’t to provide a comprehensive guide to the world of vegan cooking, but merely to quickly acquaint you with some of the most exciting ideas for supper. To dive into the topic more deeply, see our Vegan Cooking Guide. Just a little time spent learning the basics of vegan cooking will give you an unimaginably large assortment of options for terrific vegan dinners.

 


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