So, you’re committed to eating more veggies, you’ve taken steps to start stocking a vegan pantry, but now what do you do? Have these 5 Easy Vegan Dinners ready & waiting in your back pocket for when meal-time comes! These 5 meals are ones that I rely on often. They’re simple to prepare, and taste anything but boring. Additionally, these meals don’t require any fancy ingredients and instead rely on ingredients found in a sufficiently stocked vegan pantry.

5 Easy Vegan Dinners

1 | Pantry Dahl from Oh She Glows

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5 Easy Vegan Dinners | A Taste of Trace

Angela from Oh She Glows declares this an 8-minute dahl. I find that kind of misleading; she’s referring to the time it takes to prep the ingredients. The actual dahl takes anywhere from 18-30 minutes. But don’t let that deter you! This recipe is about as simple as it gets. Cut up a bunch of veggies (zucchini, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, and frozen peas work wonderfully here). Add the veggies to a pot with red lentils, coconut milk, diced tomatoes, water, and spices. Let the whole thing simmer until everything is cooked through. Serve over rice with some cilantro and lime juice. Double the batch (as I usually do) and have delicious leftovers for days!

2 | Vegetable Pasta Bake with Tofu Ricotta from Hummusapien

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This meal is a one dish wonder. It’s also one that looks like a hot soupy mess before you bake it. But after you take it out of the oven, it’s pure comfort food. The recipe calls for spaghetti, but I’ve successfully made it with fusilli & rotini noodles as well. The only part that needs a bit of prep work is making the tofu ricotta. But luckily, it couldn’t be easier. Simply combine firm tofu and roasted garlic hummus together (plus a few other seasonings) and you have a creamy, dreamy spread that’s a perfect topper for this pasta bake. The veggies are also easy to switch out too. The listed zucchini, mushrooms, & greens do well in the oven, but if you want to use peppers and/or I’d advise sautéing to soften them.

3 | Fiesta Casserole

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5 Easy Vegan Dinners | A Taste of Trace

I’ve made this dish so many times now that I do so without a recipe. But for your sake, I’ll include some rough measurements.

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Fiesta Casserole
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
5 Easy Vegan Dinners | A Taste of Trace
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grab the biggest mixing bowl you have. Combine everything except the water/broth in the bowl. Stir to make sure everything is coated and mixed together.
  2. Pour mixture into a casserole dish. (You may need to divide it into two dishes.)
  3. Pour water/broth over top and cover with foil.
  4. Bake for 90 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Serve with cooked rice and garnish as desired.
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This meal takes a bit of time in the oven, but it’s totally hands-off time. And believe me, it’s so worth it! Aside from the chopping of the veggies, it’s not hard to throw this meal together. As mentioned in the recipe, I like making two casserole dishes. That way I can freeze one to pull out for an easy meal on a day that’s a bit too chaotic for cooking.

4 | Chickpea Flour Quiche by Power Hungry

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I’ve mentioned before about my undying love for this chickpea flour quiche. It’s so simple to throw together. Just sauté some vegetables, mix chickpea flour with a few spices, salt, and water. Add the veggies. Pour into greased muffin tins or a pie dish. And bake! Voila! The texture of this quiche is strikingly similar to the egg-filled quiches of yore, and the flavour is not only delicious, but totally customizable! I’ve made a spring quiche (peas, asparagus, garlic, lemon), an Indian quiche (curry powder, diced potatoes, peas, spinach), and a traditional quiche (peppers, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and herbs) and all have turned out wonderfully.

Chickpea flour can be found at the Bulk Barn (usually, depending on your city), in the natural foods aisle of the grocery store (Bob’s Red Mill brand), or on Amazon (affiliate link).  Stock up on the stuff, folks. You’ll be wanting to make this quiche again and again!

5 | 10 Minute Pasta from Oh She Glows

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Yet another meal from Oh She Glows. Yes, she really is that good! This pasta is as simple as it gets. The sauce is the classic marinara, but mixed with hummus for a nutritional boost! She also includes the option to add cooked lentils, frozen veg (just add to the pasta in the last 5 minutes of cooking), and whichever herbs and spices you prefer. This dish is totally customisable, yet so easy to prepare! I had never thought of combining marinara sauce and hummus before, but trust me, it totally works here. The sauce becomes thick and creamy and just loaded with undetectable fibre!

 

And there you have it! My favourite 5 Easy Vegan Dinners that will hopefully make the transition to eat a little more plant-based much easier!