Looking for some quick and delicious lunch and dinner ideas that the whole family can enjoy? We’ve put together seven of our favourite go-to vegan meals to help you plan dinner for the week. We know that some of the supermarket aisles are looking a little bare, however, the fruit and vegetable section is constantly being stocked with a range of wholesome items. The meals listed below are easy to alter if you can’t find certain ingredients.
Burgers are a classic meal. Why not make them a little different, by substituting the meat for a vegan alternative?
The quickest option is purchasing a pre-made burger pattie and creating one of these delicious burgers from Beyond Meat.
If you can’t find Beyond Meat in your local supermarket, here are a few other alternatives.
Products that taste similar to meat:
- Herb and Sons: Beef-Free Burger
- Alternative Meat Co
- Unreal: Italian Beefy Burger
- Gardein: Beefless Burger
- Quorn: Vegan Gourmet Burger
Other wholesome alternatives:
- Vegie Delight: Not Burger
- Syndian: Lentil Burgers
- Nature’s Kitchen: Sweet Potato and Black Bean
- Bean Supreme: Beetroot burgers
- Fry’s: Quinoa and Brown Rice Protein Burger
If you have a little more time on your hands, The Minimalist Baker has created a mouthwatering smokey black bean and beetroot burger.
Bean burritos are a healthy and filling lunch or dinner option. They are also super quick to make. If you aren’t able to find any black beans you could use kidney and pinto, adzuki, cannelloni, or chickpeas.
For nachos swap out the tortillas for corn chips.
From the flaky crust, to the hearty filling, here is one of our favourite super easy vegetable curry pies. This recipe is really easy to replace the ingredients with whatever vegetables you have at home.
We know, you are probably thinking, “chickpeas that taste like tuna? no-way” and you’re right, it won’t be the exact same, but it is definitely a scrumptious alternative that will fulfill your cravings.
The Minimalist Baker’s recipe: The base is smashed chickpeas and nutrient-rich sunflower seeds for a nutty, crunchy touch and the simple dressing is made from dairy-free mayo, mustard, dill, maple syrup for added sweetness, and a handful of simple spices.
The Simple Veganista’s recipe: “Chickpea of the sea” tuna salad, uses chickpeas, celery, onion, garlic powder, vegan mayo, lemon juice, salt and pepper. For a more “fishy” flavour, you can also add some nori sheets or flakes.
Looking for a hearty meal? Lentil soup is budget-friendly and super easy to make for dinner. Full of wholesome veggies and lentils, it’s thick, satisfying and filling. We suggest serving it with crusty bread for added deliciousness. Another benefit of this recipe is it is made in one pot, so you save time on washing-up too.
Pesto Pasta with Mushrooms
Full of flavour and healthy ingredients, pesto pasta is always a great option. The Cozy Peach Kitchen have put a twist on regular pesto, making it from avocado, spinach and basil. We suggest sautéing up some king oyster mushrooms or swiss brown mushrooms for added goodness.
If you are struggling to find pasta, pesto is delicious mixed with veg cous cous or quinoa and mixed veg.
Salt and Pepper Tofu
Salt and pepper tofu is utterly delicious. Pan-fried to crispy perfection and tossed with fragrant scallions, garlic and red chilies and a special mix of spices. This easy tofu recipe is simple but addicting. Serve it with steamed rice and mixed sautéd vegetables.
Tried any of the recipes? Let us know in the comments what one was your favourite.