You don’t must be a vegan—or perhaps a vegetarian—to understand a vegan dinner. Whereas I personally eat something and the whole lot, a number of the Food52 recipes I make most frequently fall into this class. Creamy pastas! Hearty stews! Overachieving salads! Sure, please. Beneath are 44 of my favourite dinner recipes on our website that simply so occur to be vegan. Add these to your menu plan for Veganuary in case you rejoice—or simply as a result of.

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1. Gingery Noodle Salad

No matter greens are midway to mush in your crisper drawer would like to hop into this gingery noodle salad. Don’t hesitate to swap out the whole-wheat angel hair to your favourite twirly form, like ramen or flat rice noodles.

2. Easy Weeknight Vegetarian Curry Noodles

Crispy mushrooms, tender butternut squash, and snappy broccoli crew up within the coconut milk–based mostly curry. Extremely advocate with a chilly beer.

3. Indian Peanutty Noodles

The key to those chubby noodles? A cumin-spiced, chile-laced peanut chutney.

4. Cauliflower Alfredo Bake

Cauliflower works a double shift right here—each as a creamy sauce and savory nuggets. That is my good concept of a comfortable winter evening.

5. My Favourite Vegan Mac & Cheese

This mac and cheese has no scarcity of methods up its sleeves. Soaked cashews, cannellini beans, floor turmeric, white miso, and dietary yeast, all add as much as an completely cheddar-y taste.

6. Lentil Bolognese With Cashew Parmesan

A brand new strategy to bolognese: Floor meat, make approach for nubby lentils and savory mushrooms. When stewed with crimson wine, tomato paste, chile flakes, and herbs, this sauce has all the comfy, hearty vibes of the unique.

7. Easy Vegan Pesto

No cheese? Who knew? Fatty nuts (walnuts are my favourite) and some spoonfuls of magical dietary yeast make this vegan pesto a favourite for pasta nights and roasted vegetable sandwiches.

8. Penne Vodka

As its title suggests, vodka sauce is tomato sauce plus vodka and cream—cashew cream, that’s.

9. Rice Pilaf With Chickpeas & Cashews

A rice pilaf worthy of the principle occasion. Chickpeas guarantee it’s lots filling, whereas cashews add crunch-crunch and bitter cherries, a wink of sweetness.

10. Coconut Dal With Turmeric Rice

Impressed by the meals she ate at her grandmother’s house in southern India, Chitra Agrawal’s dal is creamy from coconut, with a refined sticky tanginess from tamarind.

11. Creamy Polenta With Tempeh Sausage & Tomatoes

Tempeh clothes up as sausage and we will’t inform what’s what anymore. The trick to the creamy polenta is stirring in a splash of non-dairy milk, like soy, almond, and even oat.

12. Tofu Scramble Fried Rice

Freezing, then thawing, the tofu offers it a chewy texture, an ideal sub for scrambled eggs in fried rice.

13. Vegan Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John usually hinges on some type of pork, be it bacon, fatback, or a ham hock. The trick right here is to…depart it out. Sure, it’s that straightforward. And sure, it’s simply as nice.

14. Lentil Meatballs With Indian Fenugreek Sauce

Whereas Italian meatballs are largely floor meat and bread crumbs, this vegan recipe has neither. As an alternative: lentils, tofu, and quinoa—with fennel seeds and garlic for A+ taste.

15. Spicy Miso Eggplant Broccoli Salad

This miso dressing, with rice vinegar and lime juice, is aware of learn how to make any roasted vegetable really feel particular. Heck, it makes me really feel particular, too.

16. Buffalo Chickpea Salad With Vegan Ranch

Ranch dressing was dreamed up with buttermilk in thoughts. This vegan model has one other concept: creamy-dreamy cashews. A squeeze of lemon provides simply the suitable twang.

17. Conventional Vegan Caesar Salad

Don’t skimp on the black pepper right here. It offers the salad its Caesar-y vibes, even with out the same old suspects, like anchovies, egg yolks, and cheese.

18. French Lentil & Arugula Salad With Herbed Cashew Cheese

Herbed cashew cheese, you by no means allow us to down! For those who’re sensible, you’ll double the amount and save the additional for some tacky toast tomorrow.

19. Indian-Spiced Vegan Potato Burger

Many veggie burgers are bean-based, however not this one: Right here, russet potatoes flip right into a hearty patty with a fluffy texture.

20. Smoky Tempeh & Hummus Sandwiches

This bacon-esque tempeh is a sandwich’s greatest good friend. On this recipe, it groups up with hummus. However we will’t wait to attempt a BLT look-a-like with juicy tomatoes, lettuce, and vegan mayo.

21. Black Bean & Corn Burgers

A longtime group favourite: “Superb!!!” says Susan. “I’ve made these a number of instances and each time, they are a hit,” says Sylvia.

22. Zucchini-Quinoa Burgers

These grainy patties are chock-full of chickpeas (you should use canned to hurry issues up), pumpkin seeds, Dijon, and dill.

23. Totally Loaded Vegan Burritos

If you wish to actually exhibit, make a batch of cashew queso to serve alongside these huge boys for dunking.

24. Lentil-Walnut Tacos With Cabbage-Lime Slaw

Seems to be meaty, tastes meaty…is definitely lentils and walnuts. If onerous shells aren’t your factor, swap in heat corn or flour tortillas.

25. One-Pot Coconut Water ABC Soup

The key to a full-flavored vegan inventory? Not tahini, non-dairy milk, or different creamy issues—however coconut water.

26. Tacky Cream of Broccoli With Smoky Roasted Chickpeas

Potatoes add a number of lush thickness to this vegan cream of broccoli soup. For those who’re in a rush, you possibly can drop the smoky roasted chickpeas and crumble some seedy crackers on prime as an alternative.

27. Yellow Curry With Root Greens, Cashews & Basil

A cheerful, hearty curry, right here to cheer up chilly winter days. Be sure to get unsweetened coconut milk, ideally full-fat for the most effective taste.

28. Vegan Cream of Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup

Due to wild rice, this chunky-brothy soup is a meal in itself. Additional-creamy cashew milk or oat milk would make good substitutes in case you aren’t feeling coconut’s fruitiness.

29. Vegan Palak Paneer

I’d eat this tofu paneer each week (day by day?!) if I might. It’s tacky because of dietary yeast with a funky-tanginess from lemon juice.

30. Yam & Peanut Stew With Kale

This stew is ripe for riffing. As an alternative of creamy peanut butter, attempt cashew butter, almond butter, or tahini.

31. White Bean Soup With Garlic & Parsley

Right here’s a trick to maintain in your pocket: The subsequent time you’re making a soup with inventory and beans, mix the 2 in a blender to thicken the remainder of the broth.

32. Chorizo-Model Seitan Tacos

It took me a minute to come back round to seitan—however now that I’ve seen the sunshine, it’s at all times in my fridge. This recipe reveals you the way to boost a plain selection, impressed by chorizo.

33. Baked Almond-Crusted Tofu Triangles

Tofu for individuals who suppose tofu is just too mushy. These hunks are coated in almond meal, which crisps into an extra-crusty crust.

34. Tempeh Kebabs With Home made BBQ Sauce

For those who’re new to tempeh (welcome!), attempt pairing it with a big-personality sauce like BBQ, which underscores its inherently meaty persona.

35. Tofu Breakfast Scramble

I’d very very similar to to pile these on a thick slice of toast.

36. Burmese Tofu (aka Chickpea Flour Tofu)

As an alternative of soybeans, this Burmese type of tofu begins with chickpeas—chickpea flour, to be precise. Which suggests in case you hold that within the pantry, you possibly can have this everytime you need.

37. Vegetarian Mapo Tofu

“The perfect meal we have had all week,” says group member Grahampositive. Can’t ask for greater than that! (And do not let the title journey you up, that is vegan, too.)

38. Tempeh Chili

Right here’s a intelligent strategy to change the feel of tempeh completely: grate it, like cheese, then put this towards chunky chilis.

39. Twice-Baked Potatoes With Creamy Chive Pesto

Baked potatoes could be dinner, too. These are full of greens and plopped on prime of a cashew-creamy chive pesto.

40. Coconut Milk–Braised Eggplant With Shiitakes & Scallions

Powerful meat braises, like brisket and pork shoulder, take hours. However tender vegetable ones, like eggplant and mushrooms, come collectively like that.

41. Kung Pao Potatoes

“I’m not likely positive what prompted me to place the flavors of kung pao rooster and potatoes collectively,” writes Pat Tanumihardja. “However I’m glad I did!” Me too.

42. Baked Candy Potatoes With Spiced Lentil Salad & Lemon-Tahini Dressing

An all-in-one dish to roll out for firm—or simply whenever you’re feeling like treating your self. Which I hope is usually!

43. Stuffed Zucchini With Freekeh Pilaf & Currants

A number of plan-ahead suggestions: You may par-cook the zucchini, cook dinner the freekeh, and assemble the stuffing a number of days prematurely.

44. Spaghetti Squash & White Bean Ragout

Identical to spaghetti and pork ragu, nevertheless it’s squash and beans! Throw in a bottle of crimson and a few olive-oily garlic bread and also you’ve acquired a date evening to comb me off my ft.


This text was up to date in January 2024.

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