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37 Best Plant-Based Recipes (+ Easy Dinner Ideas)

Guys, it’s finally here. The ultimate plant-based recipes list!

No more endless scrolling through recipe after recipe. Now, all the best vegan dishes are in one spot!

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With so many incredible options, it wasn’t an easy list to make. But it had to stop somewhere. 

Chickpea Burger with Herbs

So I capped it off at 37 recipes giving you a whole month’s worth and more. 

Each one is plant-powered, nutrient-dense, and 100 percent vegan-friendly. 

From breakfast to dessert, this list runs the gamut.

You’ll find omelets, smoothies, soups, salads, sandwiches, picture-perfect cakes, and more. 

Whether you’re vegan or looking to eat more plant-based meals, this list has everything you need. 

So what are you waiting for? Pick out your favorite recipe and let’s eat!

1. Vegan Avocado Toast

Avocado toast may be trendy. But who cares, it’s delicious!

For breakfast or afternoon snack, vegan avocado toast is super quick. 

Toast the bread, smear on the avocado, and top with red onions and vegan parmesan cheese. 

If you’re all out of vegan cheese, nutritional yeast works well, too.

2. Vegan French Toast

Your brunch guests will devour this vegan French toast! 

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It’s sweet, fruity, and 100 percent egg-free. 

The batter is a blend of chickpea flour, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, and vegan butter.

Coat each slice of bread and give it a quick pan fry.

Then stack it high with fresh raspberries, vegan cream cheese, and more syrup. 

3. Vegan Chickpea Omelet

Give eggs a rest and make your omelet the vegan way. 

High in protein and gluten-free, chickpea omelets are a scrumptious way to start the day.

Season the batter with nutritional yeast and turmeric to give it a golden glow. Then cook it in a pan like you would eggs. 

As for the filling, this one has a savory mix of mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach. 

4. Creamy Vegan Polenta with Mushrooms and Spinach 

Don’t you just want to curl up with a bowl of this cozy 15-minute polenta? I know I do!

The polenta is extra creamy thanks to a can of coconut milk. Be sure to use full fat so it’s even richer. 

Then pile on the mushrooms and spinach sauteed in soy sauce. For more texture, add a sprinkle of pine nuts

Grab a spoon because it’s polenta time!

5. Oatmeal with Berries and Nuts

Healthy and wholesome, oatmeal is a naturally vegan breakfast staple.

So it’s not hard at all to keep a hot bowl of oats plant-based.  

Cook the oats with chia and flax seeds for more nutrients. You can use water or non-dairy milk to make it creamier. 

Once it’s ready, pack it to the brim with fresh berries, jam, and nuts. 

These healthy breakfast bowls have all the fuel you need to power through the morning and then some. 

6. Ful Mudammas (Egyptian Fava Beans) 

Have you tried Egyptian fava beans? If not, you should make this tonight. 

Humble fava beans make for a remarkably tasty stew, especially when you prepare them the Egyptian way. 

The best part is the ingredient list is pretty straightforward.

You need cumin, garlic, chili peppers, fresh tomatoes, parsley, and lemon. 

For serving, pile on more fresh veggies and pair it with a side of pita bread.

7. Savory Vegan Breakfast Bowl

Meat eaters and vegans alike can all agree on these breakfast bowls. 

Fresh and savory, these bowls focus on cooking a few quality ingredients just right.  

It’s got golden brown potatoes, turmeric-seasoned tofu, sauteed spinach, fresh avocado, and charred tomatoes bursting with juice.

With food this good, there’s no need to mask the flavors with anything else. Just add a little salt and pepper to taste.

8. Amazing Tofu Scramble

Looking for an eggless breakfast? Indulge in this amazing tofu scramble. And I do mean amazing!

Season silken tofu with turmeric, nutritional yeast, and Braggs, and it takes on a flavor and texture similar to eggs. 

Of course, it wouldn’t be an amazing scramble without a few extra things to liven it up. 

So add a quick saute of spinach, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms to go with it.

9. Vegan Brown Rice Pudding

Desserts don’t have to be riddled with guilt to be good. Take rice pudding for example. 

It’s creamy, sweet, and decadent without an ounce of chocolate or dairy. 

You’ll love the hints of maple syrup and cinnamon and the bursts of sweetness from the raisins.

For the final topping, choose your favorite type of nut. I like to use walnuts but to each their own.

10. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash  

When Saturday morning rolls around, you can find me in the kitchen making the family this breakfast hash.

Black beans and sweet potatoes were made for one another. They’re full of nutrients and go well together. 

For more oomph, add sun-dried tomatoes, leafy kale, soy sauce, and a handful of spices. 

11. Lebanese Green Split Pea Soup

Lebanese split pea soup has all the comfort you want with an ethnic touch.

Pureed green split peas and potatoes serve as the base.

They’re very thick and creamy, giving the soup a heavenly consistency. 

But what it’s really all about is the seasoning. Cumin, cayenne, and za’atar turn this into a flavor-packed bowl. 

12. Curried Butternut Squash Soup

You’ll want to lap up this soup all winter long!

It’s creamy, sweet, warming, and jam-packed with curry. I love how the spice blend plays on the sweetness of the squash. 

There’s a lot of flavor going on here and it’s completely plant-based!

13. Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Do you know what sounds good tonight? This comforting broccoli and cheddar soup.

To make it super cheesy, you want both nutritional yeast and vegan cheddar cheese. 

For thickening the base, blend potatoes, carrots, and cashews. Then pile on the broccoli and let it meld until the florets are tender.

14. Best Lentil Soup

The best soups not only taste good, but they’re also economical. This is why this lentil soup tops the list. 

It combines pantry staples with fresh veggies for a gratifying blend that’s brimming with flavor. 

It’s nutritious, it’s delicious, and it’s plant-based!

15. Vegan Vegetable Soup

A healing bowl of vegetable soup always has a place at the dinner table.

But if you need one quicker than others, try this recipe.

In 35 minutes, you have a warm bowl of this nutrient-dense hearty soup.

It’s full of fresh veggies and some frozen ones, too.

It has plenty of room for improvising, so you can mix and match ingredients with what you’ve got on hand.

16. Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad 

This salad has dinner party written all over it! 

Holidays, feasts with friends, and winter gatherings are all excellent excuses to throw this together. 

It has roasted cabbage, butternut squash, kale, carrots, chickpeas, and an exquisite sweet and spicy almond crunch topping. 

Even the homemade red wine vinaigrette is top-notch!

17. Vegan Chickpea Quinoa Arugula Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing

It’s easy to squeeze a plant-based meal into your daily routine with this salad. 

A bed of arugula hosts a medley of Sriracha roasted chickpeas, mini bell peppers, avocado, cherry tomatoes, quinoa, and more.

It’s by far one of the most energizing salads you can make, and all the protein comes from plants.

18. Sweet and Spicy Smashed Cucumber Salad

Lately, I’ve been on a big salad kick. And this one keeps popping up in the rotation.

The bed consists of peaches and cucumbers, which sounds pretty simple. But it’s all about the vinaigrette. 

It’s a long list of ingredients that includes pine nuts, raisins, basil, chili flakes, red wine vinegar, and maple syrup. 

Sweet, fresh, and a little spicy, this cucumber salad is perfect for an invigorating meal.

19. Vegan Broccoli Salad

Scrolling for a new broccoli recipe to try? Here’s one I think you’ll really like. 

It’s a medley of broccoli florets, red grapes, red onion, and roasted almonds.

What pulls it all together is the creamy cashew dressing.

The cashews will have to soak for quite some time. So you want to get it going in advance.

20. Moroccan Lentil Salad

Bored with your work lunches? Ditch the sad sandwich for a vivacious Moroccan salad.

You’ll love what this recipe does to lentils!

It dresses them up with celery, apricots, almonds, and cilantro in a bright Moroccan dressing. 

Make extra so you have lunch covered for a few days.

21. Grilled Avocado Sandwich

I could sink my teeth into this sandwich every day and never get tired of it.

Between the arugula, roasted peppers, and avocado, it’s already got the perfect combination of veggies.

It elevates that by mashing the avocado with lime and cilantro.

But you know what else makes it? The coconut bacon! 

22. Tempeh Sandwich

Looking for a quick vegan sandwich? Throw this one together in 10 minutes. 

The tempeh has a delightful sauce consisting of soy, maple syrup, and vinegar. 

Cook it up, then slap it on grilled whole wheat bread with sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, and arugula. 

23. BBQ Chickpea Sandwich

Chickpeas are an all-star ingredient for a plant-based diet.

It’s so versatile that you can even turn it into a killer barbecue sandwich. 

Slather it in the homemade barbecue sauce and load it up on a bun with crunchy coleslaw.

24. BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Avocado Slaw

Now, this is how you do vegan barbecue! 

The jackfruit almost tastes like pulled pork. It has a similar consistency too.

Even the avocado slaw is to die for! Not only that, but it all comes together in 30 minutes.

25. Sweet Potato Veggie Wrap

Looking for a new way to make your vegan wraps? Try this sweet potato veggie wrap. 

The seasoned sweet potatoes are a touch smokey and spicy.

The black beans and spinach also pack the wraps with nutrients. 

Cover everything with the zesty yogurt sauce and bundle it all up. 

26. Vegan Apple Cake

This cake will be the star of fall!

I don’t know what’s better. The sugary baked apples on the top or the custard filling inside. 

I do know one thing, though. This tender vegan cake is a spectacular autumn dessert!

27. Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies have a surprise. 

Do you want to know what it is? Pumpkin!

Pumpkin puree turns everyone’s favorite cookie into a festive seasonal treat. 

Gluten-free and dairy-free, they’re a baked good everyone can enjoy.

You know what I’m thinking now, right? Pair these with a pumpkin-spiced latte for dipping. 

28. Vegan Orange Cake + Orange Curd

For holidays, parties, or Sunday brunch, this show-stopping dessert will be the focal point of your gathering. 

The zesty orange curd is truly remarkable. 

It gets sandwiched inside an orange-infused bundt cake, then finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Don’t mind me, I’m just getting a second slice.

29. Cashew Ginger Chocolate Bark

Here’s a confection to share for the holidays. 

It’s a six-ingredient candy that you can make on a sheet pan

It’s a fantastic treat to give to all your friends and family.

30. Vegan Lemon Loaf Cake

Loaf cakes are the best dump-and-bake cake if you ask me. Especially when it’s guilt-free!

Okay, so there is a little bit of guilt because there’s some sugar in the mix. But it is cake. 

Gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free, this vegan lemon cake is easy to prepare and everyone will love it.

31. Oil-Free Hummus

I have yet to meet a hummus I don’t like. Even this oil-free hummus is incredible!

It’s a great choice when you are counting calories and watching what you eat.

All you need to make it is chickpeas, lemon, garlic, and aquafaba. 

Salt to your liking, sprinkle on paprika, then grab your veggie sticks. It’s hummus time!

32. Vegan Tomato Flatbread

Forget pizza night, it’s all about this flatbread!

The sauce is all tahini while the toppings are all about heirloom tomatoes and pine nuts. 

Simple, healthy, and undeniably irresistible, you won’t want to miss this! 

33. Chickpea Bruschetta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes 

You’ll love noshing on this chickpea bruschetta, and so will your friends. 

Mix chickpeas with sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, garlic, and lemon juice. Then, slap it on some crusty bread.

Savory, fresh, and healthy, these mini bruschetta nibbles are the perfect bites.

34. 5-Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa

Everyone can appreciate a hot cup of cocoa! 

So whip up a batch for the family to enjoy.

You need almond milk, dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, powder, and a sweetener of your choice.

It’s so good, you won’t even guess there’s no dairy.

35. Spinach Apple Smoothie

This smoothie makes it so easy to slim down. 

Kiwi, dates, and apples naturally sweeten the drink so there’s no need to add sugar.

Toss in a handful of spinach and pour in the oat milk

Alternatively, you can use nut milk or full-fat coconut milk to make it extra creamy.

36. Watermelon Juice

Does a hot summer day have you parched? Quench your thirst with watermelon juice

It’s rich in electrolytes and the epitome of refreshing.

It’s also super easy because all you do is blend fresh watermelon. 

For a zestier take, give it a squeeze of lime.

Make a big pitcher and share it with your friends. It’s great for last-minute company, too.

37. Cucumber Flavored Vegan Buttermilk | Chaas 

Guys, please tell me you’ve tried chaas! This Indian beverage is a summer must. 

Refreshing and healthy, chaas is the Indian version of buttermilk. 

It’s creamy, tangy, and this one is dairy-free.

It’s also super fresh and flavorful thanks to the cucumber, cilantro, and incredible spice blend. 

Make yourself a glass in just 5 minutes and cheers to all these amazing plant-based recipes. 

I hope you enjoy it! 

37 Best Plant-Based Recipes (+ Easy Dinner Ideas)

Get healthier with these incredible plant-based recipes! From breakfast to savory soups to enticing dinners, this list will have you living the vegan lifestyle in no time.

Ingredients

  • Vegan Avocado Toast

  • Vegan French Toast

  • Vegan Chickpea Omelet

  • Creamy Vegan Polenta with Mushrooms and Spinach

  • Oatmeal with Berries and Nuts

  • Ful Mudammas (Egyptian Fava Beans)

  • Savory Vegan Breakfast Bowl

  • Amazing Tofu Scramble

  • Vegan Brown Rice Pudding

  • Black Bean and Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

  • Lebanese Green Split Pea Soup

  • Curried Butternut Squash Soup

  • Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  • Best Lentil Soup

  • Vegan Vegetable Soup

  • Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad

  • Vegan Chickpea Quinoa Arugula Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing

  • Sweet and Spicy Smashed Cucumber Salad

  • Vegan Broccoli Salad

  • Moroccan Lentil Salad

  • Grilled Avocado Sandwich

  • Tempeh Sandwich

  • BBQ Chickpea Sandwich

  • BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Avocado Slaw

  • Sweet Potato Veggie Wrap

  • Vegan Apple Cake

  • Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

  • Vegan Orange Cake + Orange Curd

  • Cashew Ginger Chocolate Bark

  • Vegan Lemon Loaf Cake

  • Oil-Free Hummus

  • Vegan Tomato Flatbread

  • Chickpea Bruschetta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

  • 5 5 -Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa

  • Spinach Apple Smoothie

  • Watermelon Juice

  • Cucumber Flavored Vegan Buttermilk | Chaas

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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