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30+ Vegan Meal Ideas: Easy Vegan Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

These vegan recipes will be a delicious addition to any meal!

Updated August 27, 2017

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Preparing healthy vegan meals can be a pain if all you have on hand is a standard cookbook — it's hard to figure out things like substitutions and animal product alternatives on your own, not to mention a hassle if you're hungry. These 30+ Vegan Meal Ideas: Easy Vegan Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner take all the hard work out of your meal planning for weeknight dinners and beyond!

Avoiding meat and animal products doesn't mean you have to settle for eating salads and veggies all the time. These easy vegan recipes taste just as fantastic and flavorful as any other weeknight dinner — non-vegans will never know the difference! They're kid-friendly, too, so you don't have to worry about those picky eaters. From cheese-free cheesecake to delicious enchiladas — whether you're craving dinner or dessert, these vegan recipes and meals are sure to surprise and satisfy. Many of these vegan recipes are also easy to make, so you can quickly get a meal or snack on the table in almost no time at all. Whether you've been a vegan for years or just want to try something new, these vegan recipes should be kept right at your fingertips. Impress family, friends, and even yourself when you try these vegan meals, recipes, and ideas!

30+ Vegan Meal Ideas: Easy Vegan Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Vegan Dinner Ideas Everyone Will Love

Finding a dinner that everyone will enjoy is always a struggle, but these vegan dinner recipes are a hit with vegans and non-vegans alike. They're also great to bring to a dinner party or potluck! These recipes include a vegan take on the classic macaroni and cheese, as well as a hearty and delicious chili that is perfect for winter nights. Featuring an assortment of flavors and spices, these delicious vegan dinner ideas will quickly become part of your family's weekly meal plans. In addition, many of these dinner recipes are easy to make, so it's a win-win for everyone! You will want to shake up your dinnertime routine when you make these vegan meals.

  1. Sweet Potato Enchiladas: Here's a vegan recipe that is sure to wow the crowd! These vegan enchiladas include generous servings of sweet potatoes and spices for a taste that you'll love.

  2. Thai Pineapple Fried Rice in a Pineapple Shell: Your next dinner party with friends needs to include this delightful vegan meal. Hearty and filling, this is one of those vegan dinner recipes that your guests will remember — and request — for years to come.

  3. Cajun Black Bean Burgers with Creole Remoulade Sauce: This recipe is from the famed Chicago Diner and doesn't hold back when it comes to flavor. You'll win over your meat-eating guests when you cook these bean burgers!

  4. Vietnamese Noodles with Tempeh and Peanuts: Take one bite and you'll probably agree that these noodles are just as good as something you can order in a restaurant! Spicy and full of crunch, these noodles are perfect for those busy weeknights.

  5. Sustenance Stew: Cold weather calls for hearty stews, and this vegan recipe won't disappoint.  You'll love the use of cauliflower, garlic, and so much more in this recipe.

  6. Manhattan Glam Chowder: You'll warm up inside and out with this delicious take on the beloved chowder. Serve this soup with your favorite breadsticks or crackers for a light dinner!

  7. Italian Rustic Squash and Kale Tart: If you'd like to keep it simple for dinner (and we don't blame you), then this vegan recipe will fit the bill. All you need to do is serve this tart with a fresh salad for a full meal.

  8. Baked Macaroni and Cheese: Do you miss your beloved mac and cheese? Then this vegan meal idea is for you! Loaded with flavors, this delightful take on the traditional dish is something everyone will love.

  9. Three Sisters Chili: When the temperature is below freezing, this vegan meal will keep you warm inside and out. Consider serving this chili with your favorite tortilla chips!

  10. Northern Mexico Chivichangas: You'll love the use of vegetables in this vegan dinner recipe. The next time you host everyone for a game watch party, make this dish for dinner!

Vegan Breakfast Ideas for a Great Start to the Day

What you eat first thing in the morning can determine your whole day. Get your day off to a great start with these filling vegan breakfast ideas! Don't settle for toast or non-dairy yogurt. These vegan breakfast recipes won't leave you longing for something more. There is even a recipe for quiche in this section — really! You can broaden your cooking horizons and try something new when you whip up these delicious breakfast ideas on a busy weekday morning or while lounging at home. These easy breakfast recipes are special enough to serve at your next big family brunch, too. 

  1. Banana Pancakes You'll feel like a pro when you make these pancakes from scratch. Don't forget your favorite pancake toppings!

  2. Sweet Potato Waffles These waffles can be served any way you like, with toppings that can include maple syrup or your favorite fresh fruit. You'll also love the use of cinnamon and cloves in this delightful easy vegan recipe.

  3. Country Skillet Bursting with color and fresh flavors, this vegan skillet recipe includes an assortment of herbs and vegetables. Vegan sausage and tofu will make this skillet a hearty breakfast choice.

  4. Summer Waffles with Lemon Sauce Light and refreshing, this waffle recipe uses lemon sauce for a taste that is almost synonymous with summer. This waffle recipe can be topped with fresh in-season fruit purchased from your favorite farmers market for a truly delightful taste!

  5. Chile Relleno Quiche This vegan take on the traditional quiche recipe is one you need to see! This vegan recipe uses nondairy yogurt, aquafaba, and an assortment of herbs and spices. Make this quiche for your next brunch!

  6. Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins These delightful muffins can be made in advance and will be just what you need on those busy weekday mornings. You'll love the use of lemons in this recipe!

Vegan Lunch Recipes That are Ready in a Snap

Beat the afternoon blues with these delicious vegan lunch recipes! It can be hard to find lunches that energize without exhausting, but these vegan lunch ideas will keep you going until dinnertime. If you think that following a vegan diet means only eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day, think again when you see these easy lunch recipes. From tostada stacks to pasta dishes and so much more, these lunch recipes are tasty and filling. You'll be the envy of your coworkers when you bring these tasty dishes! With these vegan recipes at your fingertips, lunch will never be boring again.

  1. Vegan Black Bean and Tostada Stacks If a plain old sandwich just won't do for lunch today, then you'll want to make these vegan tostada stacks! Vegetables, spices, and so much more are all part of this delightful lunch idea.

  2. Falafel and Tahini Sauce The next time you're craving fried food, make this vegan recipe! If this is your first time making falafel from scratch, then you'll be pleased to see how easy it is to make. 

  3. Guacamole Tacos Step up your lunch game in a big way when you add this recipe to your repertoire. Quick and easy to make, this recipe is a great example of vegan meals that are anything but dull. 

  4. Mediterranean Quinoa with Fresh Herbs You'll get plenty of vegetables and seasonings when you make this quinoa recipe! You can also serve this recipe as a hearty side dish for dinner.

  5. Penne Primavera with Avocado Cashew Cream If you're looking for a lunch recipe that's also easy to make, then you need this recipe. Pasta and an assortment of vegetables are smothered in a creamy sauce that you will want to make again and again.

  6. Krautfleckerl Quick and easy to make, this easy vegan recipe uses cabbage and pasta in a delightful way. Serve this recipe with a small fresh salad, and lunch is ready!

Vegan Appetizer Recipes for Any Occasion

These vegan appetizer recipes are the perfect way to kick off a party or a big dinner. Whether you're hosting a cocktail party or need something to bring to the family picnic, you can rest assured that these vegan appetizers will win the crowd over every time! You will also love having these easy party appetizer recipes on hand for a quick snack at work or after a long afternoon of running errands and completing household chores. From a hearty salad to hummus and everything in between, these easy vegan recipes for appetizers are sure to satisfy. 

  1. Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers: This super easy vegan appetizer recipe can be ready to eat in almost no time. You'll love bringing this hummus to work or serving it at a party.

  2. Spinach Dip: If you want to indulge in spinach dip without the dairy, then this recipe is for you! Serve this vegan spinach dip with your favorite pita chips for a truly tasty snack.

  3. Grilled Vegan Caesar Salad: Start your next meal on the right foot with this vegan take on the classic Caesar salad. Grilling the lettuce will give it a crunch and flavor that you will love!

  4. Quinoa Salt and Pepper Crackers with Almond Cheese: Are you throwing a party for a special occasion? Then not just any snack will do. Cheese and crackers get a twist with this easy vegan recipe.

Vegan Dessert Recipes That Will Impress Your Guests

Cheesecake without the cheese? You bet! These vegan dessert recipes taste just like the real thing, but without any animal products. Indulge in a guilt-free delight! Amaze your non-vegan family and friends when you whip up these delicious desserts for your next get-together. From a towering slice of chocolate cake to milkshakes and more, these vegan dessert recipes are a delicious way to end just about any meal. With these vegan recipes at your disposal, you can create a number of delicious treats without using any dairy.

  1. Chicago Diner Vegan Cheesecake Every vegan meal needs a crowning touch, and this recipe for vegan cheesecake delivers! You'll especially love the variations on the crust for this recipe.

  2. Chicago Diner Vegan Milkshake This three-ingredient dessert is easy to make and can be ready to eat in almost no time. Serve up this treat for almost any occasion!

  3. Lavender Cheesecake Whether you're celebrating a promotion, a milestone, or just because, this elegant vegan recipe will be the perfect addition to the occasion. Your guests will be wowed by the bright color of the cheesecake's top layer!

  4. Coconut Dream Cake If you love coconut, then you need to add this vegan dessert recipe to your repertoire! This layered cake is one that can be served for any event.

  5. Cocoa Mousse Cake This layered cake will be a dramatic showstopper to your next dinner with friends and family. The recipe's author has included several variations on this recipe, so you can customize it any way you wish.

  6. Enlightened Carrot Cake Here's a vegan take on the traditional carrot cake that you won't want to miss! This cake can be served at your next potluck, card night, cookout...you name it!

What is your favorite vegan recipe?

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Hi everyone! My name is Megan Horst-Hatch, and I am the site editor of Cookstr.com. Let's talk! My favorite vegan recipe is probably falafels. I actually bake the falafels instead of frying them! Please share your favorite vegan recipe in the comments section below.

Laura Miller's banana pancakes are crazy good. I'm not a vegan, but I love her and tried this recipe. To my amazement they were ever better than normal pancakes and much more filling.

Thanks for commenting, Bryn! That is really good to know. Have you tried Laura's other recipes yet?

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