Easy Vegan Foods: The Definitive Gigantic List

If you are thinking of moving towards a vegan diet, the single best piece of advice I could give is to keep things easy. Start by looking for foods you enjoy that are readily available, and can be prepared with minimal time and effort.

With that in mind, our complete list of all the best quick and delicious vegan food. Some of it’s super healthy, some of it’s a bit indulgent. But we left out the soda and potato chips, because you can always do better than that.

Everything here is either ready-to-eat or can be made in minutes by even the most inexperienced cooks. Please note that while all the foods on this list tend to be vegan, you must still read the ingredients label of any pre-made items. If you want more ideas, check out our Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks pages. And to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, read our Nutrition Guide. If you feel like you need more help in transitioning your diet, hop over to our guide to going vegan.

In addition to this list, you may want to check out our vegan grocery page, which features the best deals on top vegan foods from Amazon.com.

The key to making an effortless vegan transition is to have a pantry and refrigerator full of delicious vegan foods that can be prepared without any fuss. The below list will therefore be a godsend to aspiring vegans. Just give it a read and then take it grocery shopping with you, and your transition to a vegan lifestyle will be halfway complete.

Easy Snacks and Light Meals

  • Fruit
  • Dark chocolate
  • Energy bars (We recommend: ProBar; Raw Rev Glo; Clif Bar; Luna Bar)
  • Cookies
  • Pickles & krauts
  • Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar crackers
  • Salsa, guacamole, or hummus with sliced veggies or tortilla chips
  • Baked yams, sweet potatoes, or potatoes (garnish w/margarine or olive oil & spices)
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Edamame (boiled soybeans)—sold in the freezer of most natural foods and Asian markets
  • Avocado toast
  • Broiled Brussels sprouts, sesame oil, chopped hazelnuts, salt
  • Olives
  • Hash browns or tater tots
  • Frozen vegan waffles (see Van’s)
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Dried fruit, raisins, or trail mix
  • Finn Crisp crackers & nut butter or hummus
  • Vegan ice cream & sorbets
  • Vegan ramen (but watch the salt!)
  • Rice cakes spread with almond butter
  • Pappadams (microwaved)
  • Vegan jerky
  • Peanuts in the shell

Quickie Lunches and Easy Dinners

  • Spaghetti & tomato sauce
  • Sandwiches
  • Pre-made vegan sushi (carried by many natural food stores & supermarkets)
  • Wraps
  • Bagels with nut butter, hummus, or vegan cream cheese
  • Quesadillas with tomato sauce or salsa & vegan cheese
  • Indian vegan curry pouches over frozen microwavable rice
  • Canned vegan chili or soup
  • Vegan mac & cheez
  • Stir-fries
  • Brown rice and peanut sauce
  • Salads (to increase protein and satiety, top with beans, marinated tofu, nuts, or seeds)
  • Frozen vegan pizzas (Tofurky, Daiya, & some Amy’s)


Easy Vegan Cookbooks

There are numerous cookbooks that are entirely devoted to easy vegan recipes. Some great recent picks:

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