Each of These Easy Vegan Dinner Recipes Can Be Yours in 30 Minutes (or Less!)
Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Pasta
One of our favorite veggie hacks: Roast a panful of whatever vegetable is in season with olive oil and herbs to bring out the natural sugars. Then toss with a big bowl of pasta for a 25-minute easy vegan recipe. Craving more protein? Just crack open and stir in a can of drained beans before serving.
Tacu Tacu (Peruvian Beans and Rice)
In Peru, this rice and bean entrée is often served topped with meat or an egg. But we prefer this easy vegan meal that takes the same concept and the same seasonings and translates them into a fully plant-based comfort food dish that can be cut into slices and served for a date night dinner. Don’t be confused by the rice and beans name—this meal is far-from-bland thanks to fresh lime, cilantro, oregano, and parsley.
You won't even miss the cheese when you taste this pizza-like flatbread that’s topped with a creamy garlic tahini sauce. The drizzle pulls together bright, fresh herbs and a savory chickpea topping—all piled onto crispy flatbread. The 20-minute Mediterranean diet-friendly dish can be served cold or lightly warmed for a quick and easy vegan dinner recipe.
Garden Veggie Linguine with Cilantro Pesto
Thank you, pesto, for being our favorite indulgent vegan pasta sauce. Marinara is great and all, but sometimes the oil and nuts found in pesto are what we need to feel satisfied after a vegan pasta dinner. This pesto is made from cilantro instead of the usual basil, with added orange and mustard flavors. It may sound a little unusual, but one bite of this quick vegan meal will sell you on the bold flavors.
White Bean Arugula Crostini
Tired of the same old avocado toast? This crostini concept fits your vegan lifestyle and is more exciting than the trendy toast thanks to caramelized onions, dried tomatoes, and peppery arugula. Each serving of this plant-based family recipe (one toast) is adorned with a quarter can of cannellini beans to deliver 15 grams of filling protein.
Chopped Salad Taco
Keep your cool with this no-cook recipe that showcases summer’s best produce, including summer squash and sweet corn. Crank up the fresh factor with lime wedges and cilantro, and let everyone garnish as desired.
Peanut-Sauced Veggies and Noodles
Wait, don’t call for takeout quite yet! Try DIY tonight: Cook pasta and a frozen vegetable blend in the same pot of water, drain, then dress with a simple homemade peanut sauce. Top with fresh mint and crushed red pepper if you please (we do!), and the 20-minute vegan family dinner recipe is ready to go.
Squash and Curried Noodle Soup
Want to know the secret to stirring together a 30-minute vegan meal that tastes like it simmered all day? Layer on the flavor with rich spices (here, we call for curry and turmeric) and supplement the broth base with a creamy element (coconut milk is our go-to for a vegan option). Just add a side of warm naan or your favorite bread recipe for dunking.
This simple nut-based “cream” sauce is a spot-on swap for Alfredo. Try it with any cut of pasta—we recommend fettuccine or penne—and add a handful of veggies like broccoli to crank up the nutrition level. To ensure this recipe stays true to vegan ingredients, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Feel free to skip the optional cheese as shown in the image, and easily keep this recipe a 100% plant-based family dish.
Sesame Tofu Stir-Fry
Rather than using chicken or beef, switch up your stir-fry routine with firm tofu. The soy protein flavor is a blank slate, so it can be a healthy vehicle to deliver all the savory sauce’s goodness to your taste buds. To streamline prep of this popular vegan dish, snag a bottle of supermarket stir-fry sauce and a bag of frozen veggies so you don’t have to start from scratch.
Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry
Don’t be intimidated about serving Indian cuisine to your family. “I made this for my family, including a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, and everyone liked it,” says BHG.com home cook Megan C. The spice from a scoop of green curry paste is tamed nicely by the coconut milk, chickpeas, and squash, making this quick vegan dinner not too hot to share with sensitive palates.
Cumin-Crusted Veggie Burgers with Pineapple Salsa
Burger night isn’t just for beef-eaters, you know. But mixing up a scratch vegan patty can be a pain, so we’re offering a brilliant grilling idea that involves dressing up a store-bought meatless burger. With a cumin seed coating, plus grilled pineapple and pepper relish, no one will ever guess you didn’t whip up the entire quick vegan recipe from scratch.
Spicy Tempeh Bulgogi
Admittedly, bulgogi translates to “fire meat” and this has none. But our rendition trades in tempeh (fermented soybean patty) for the beef or pork with almost identical results. Seasoned with soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, fresh ginger, garlic, and gochujang paste, this is one of our best vegan dinner recipes when you’re craving Asian.
Kale and White Bean Soup
Kick the canned version and stir up a cozy batch of bean soup. Why not, when this entire easy vegan meal takes just 25 minutes? Top with a handful of homemade or store-bought croutons for crunch and crowd-pleasing carbs. As with other similar soups and stews, use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth to keep this dish in vegan territory.
Vegan Tempeh-Walnut Tacos
"Cream" of Mushroom Soup
Don't panic: The word cream is in quotes for a reason. There are no dairy products here—just seared mushrooms whipped with oil and vegetable stock until this quick vegan recipe takes on a creamy texture. Then, for contrast, add crunchy pine nuts as a delightful topper that's far superior to crackers.
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Thai Peanut Squash Soup
Sturdy vegetables (winter squash) and creamy components (coconut milk) make this easy vegan recipe feel more like a meal than a starter. Yes, even with zero meat or dairy! A scoop of peanut butter adds a lovely nutty quality and a bit of protein. Pair with a side salad, a cracker or bread you’re craving, and a healthy dessert and you have a vibrant feast for the taste buds and the eyes.