VEGAN LUNCH RECIPES
Keep your fuel tank filled up with one of these drool-worthy vegan lunch recipes that will power you through the afternoon. Whether you need a quick grab-and-go sandwich or have more time on your lunch break to whip up something hot and tasty, all these scrumptious ideas will keep you energized through dinnertime.
Thinly sliced carrots get infused with an umami-rich marinade before being baked to crispy perfection for this deluxe sandwich, which features a palate-pleasing mix of flavors and textures. The zesty homemade sandwich spread—a blend of nutritional yeast, tahini, lemon juice, and herbs and spices—takes it to the next level, making for a meal that is totally healthy and totally crave-worthy.
You’ll swoon with delight during every bite of this flavor-packed, plant-based pizza. Smoky cauliflower florets pair perfectly with sweet pineapple chunks and an extra drizzle of savory BBQ sauce. Prepare this healthy vegan recipe when you’re craving something that tastes like junk food but is actually bursting with nourishing ingredients.
Roughly mashed chickpeas and a tangy-creamy sauce made with tahini, mustard, pickles, and capers make a seriously delicious filling in this FOK fan-favorite recipe. Top this “tuna” salad with fresh tomatoes, red onion, and lettuce for a scrumptious vegan version of the classic deli sandwich.
While most restaurants wouldn’t dream of doing fried rice without egg and plenty of oil, we use a water-frying technique and a cornstarch-thickened teriyaki sauce to deliver flavorful, browned goodness without the grease. Loaded with fresh veggies, sweet pineapple chunks, and spicy red chile, this better-than-takeout dish will quickly become a weeknight favorite.
Seasoned potatoes are transformed into crispy waffles and used as the base for veggie-packed sandwiches that take “breakfast for dinner” to a whole new level. A savory herbed cream sauce adds a tangy element to the dish and a dash of hot sauce turns up the heat. Enjoy these veg-forward sandwiches at any time of the day or night!
Tofu is the secret ingredient in this eggy salad that one reader calls “the motherload of goodness.” A creamy cashew sauce binds together the melt-in-you-mouth cubes of tofu and cooked potatoes, while chopped onion and celery add a traditional deli quality to this delightful vegan recipe.
This delectable dish is all about the spices. Cumin, paprika, ginger, oregano, turmeric, and cinnamon work their magic on cauliflower and sweet potatoes to give the roasted veggies a distinct shawarma flavor. A bed of warm quinoa, crisp lettuce, and refreshing cucumbers is topped with a hefty serving of the plant-based shawarma for a Middle Eastern meal you won’t soon forget
No collection of comforting vegan recipes would be complete without a good plant-based take on mac and cheese. The satisfying and good-for-you butternut squash sauce will make you forget all about boxed mac and cheese and its powder packets. Blended with savory nutritional yeast, fragrant garlic, and tangy white wine vinegar, this sauce is exceptionally creamy and pairs perfectly with the tender bite of steamed broccoli.
VEGAN DINNER RECIPES
When you want to sink your teeth into a substantial meal, these vegan dinner recipes are packed with good-for-you ingredients, exciting spices, and plenty of comforting flavors that will keep you satisfied. Add one of these healthy vegan meal ideas to your weekly rotation and savor all the delicious benefits of a plant-based plate.
A reader favorite, this nourishing noodle soup requires just one pot and 25 minutes. Perfect for cold nights, this is the best vegan recipe to enjoy when you need to be warmed up from the inside out. One reviewer writes, “This was absolutely delicious. I had to go for seconds!”
These adorable individual pies are the perfect portion of comfort food when you need a little pick-me-up. Each mini pie features a succulent filing of veggies and beans infused with smoky taco seasoning. A crispy crust of savory masa harina completes the tamale-inspired flavor profile, making this freezer-friendly vegan dinner recipe a perfect addition to your regular rotation.
You don’t need ghee or oil to create a rich Indian curry dish. Let the heady aromas of Indian spices fill your whole house as it simmers, then thicken it up with vegan yogurt for a savory, creamy end result. Overflowing with nutrient-rich veggies and lentils, this is an excellent meal to add to your regular recipe rotation.
In this comforting casserole, thin zucchini slices get slathered with a creamy mixture of mashed chickpeas, spinach, and homemade cashew cream then rolled into pinwheels, topped with marinara and breadcrumbs, and baked until golden brown at the edges. Italian comfort food at its best (and healthiest).
Searching for a vegan dinner recipe that has the “wow” factor but doesn’t take hours to make? Look no further. These little croquettes are spiced with Indian flavors and baked to crunchy perfection. The red pepper coriander sauce adds a delicious creamy element to the dish and looks worthy of a Michelin Star restaurant.
This veganized version of spaghetti and meatballs is such a hit with our readers that you would think it’s nonna’s secret recipe! Juicy mushrooms are mixed with hearty lentils and plenty of Italian spices to form succulent “meatballs” that are then nestled into spaghetti and marinara sauce. Add some chopped basil on top and get ready to dig into the world’s coziest bowl of pasta.
Transport your tastebuds with this delicious Japanese-inspired vegan sushi recipe that’s as flavorful as it is beautiful. Butternut squash is simmered with brown rice to give it a creamy texture and warm flavor, while fresh tomatoes are tossed in a spicy sriracha sauce. Break out your nori and sushi mat to roll up these bite-sized slices of veggie goodness and serve with soy sauce.
Seasoned potatoes add substance to the meaty filling of these irresistible mushroom “chorizo” tacos, and a smoky blend of Southwest spices turn up the heat for a vegan twist on your favorite taco stand flavors. Garnish them with crunchy cabbage, fresh tomatoes, and salsa for a meal that will leave you satisfied instead of overly stuffed.
The secret ingredient for a perfect risotto? A bit of elbow grease! While this dish requires constant stirring it’s well worth a little extra effort in the kitchen. The warm flavors of butternut squash and sage melt into the creamy rice that soaks up the flavors of sauteed garlic and shallot. Drizzle it with a balsamic vinegar reduction to add extra depth and a hint of sweetness.
While it might sound intimidating to make gnocchi from scratch, this easy vegan dinner recipe is worth flexing your home chef muscles. Pillowy nuggets of potato pasta are sautéed with umami-rich mushrooms and fresh greens, then drizzled with a zesty parsley sauce that adds a bright pop of herbal freshness to balance out all the savory flavors. Top everything with red pepper flakes if you like a little extra heat.
This simple chickpea curry is the ultimate vegan recipe for when you’re craving something quick, comforting, and oh-so-satisfying. Thai green curry paste is enhanced with creamy coconut milk and fresh cilantro for a saucy base that coats any fresh veggies you have lying around in the fridge. Serve over a bed of brown rice for a meal that will stick to your stomach.
In this delectable plant-based take on the Japanese noodle soup, miso paste and trumpet and shiitake mushrooms infuse the broth with rich umami flavor, while plant milk adds creaminess.
Perfect for either brunch or dinner, this potato casserole is packed full of delicious ingredients that create a satisfying quiche-like flavor. Layers of sliced potato soak up a creamy, cheesy sauce that’s studded with umami-rich mushrooms and spinach. Blended tofu is the secret ingredient for a velvety texture that gives this restaurant-quality meal its star power.
Crispy, crunchy portobello patties, tangy plant-based Thousand Island aioli, and a stack of juicy veggies? It doesn’t get better than this. Whip up this divine vegan recipe for your next summer BBQ or whenever you’re craving a meal that tastes like fast food without all the unhealthy ingredients.
These pillowy parcels of whole wheat dough are filled with creamy sweet potato and tender kale, which ensures each bite is packed full of unforgettable flavor. Nutritional yeast gives them a cheesy umami flavor while rosemary adds to the earthy complexity of the filling. Top with marinara sauce, and indulge in a comforting bowl of fresh pasta.
It’s impossible to pinpoint our favorite part of this cozy stew: Is it the rich, comforting flavors, the variety of tantalizing textures, or the nourishing ingredients? Probably all of the above! Savory mushrooms and fragrant herbs add depth to the broth while chewy barley, tender sweet potatoes, and sweet pearl onions add substance. One happy reader raves, “Great, flavorful recipe!”
This efficient recipe takes only half an hour to whip up and is bursting with so much flavor you’d never know it was this easy. Simply cook your pasta of choice with some chopped red onion, carrot, and a hefty dollop of oil-free pesto before stirring in nutrient-dense red beans and juicy tomatoes. Using one pot means all the flavors meld together during the cooking process, and it also creates hassle-free cleanup when you’re finished!
Sink your teeth into these saucy sandwiches when you’re craving the smoky-sweet flavors of a classic cookout. Each whole wheat bun is piled high with a tasty mushroom and tempeh filling, crunchy red cabbage, sweet pineapple, and zesty scallions. These sloppy Joe-inspired sammies are perfect for your next plant-based BBQ, and even the most ardent carnivore will admit they’re over-the-top delicious!
Looking for something sweet to round out your meal? These desserts taste incredibly indulgent without using processed sugar, oil, or animal products. Whip up one of these popular recipes when your sweet tooth is calling or you’re hosting a plant-based dinner party. Whip up one of these popular vegan recipes when your sweet tooth is calling or you’re hosting a plant-based dinner party. It’s time to treat yourself!
This rich chocolate pudding gets its creamy texture from an unlikely ingredient—avocados! Blended with sweet ripe bananas and plant milk, you’d never know that this treat is vegan. Top it all off with a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds and orange slices for a quick dessert that really hits the spot.
Transform that old loaf of bread into a scrumptious dessert that’s packed full of zesty flavors. Tangy orange juice and tart cranberries are swirled throughout this plant-based pudding, with a simple vanilla cream sauce to top things off. You’ll be surprised by how easily a few healthy ingredients turn into an indulgent treat after a quick bake in the oven!
Cherries and chocolate are a pairing made in heaven, and this vegan cobbler recipe showcases that divine flavor combo at its finest. Fluffy chocolate dumplings are nestled in a warm, gooey mixture of sweet cherries, dates, and almond flavoring. Plant-based whipped cream is the perfect finishing touch for this decadent fruit-forward cobbler.
A little plant-based magic can go a long way, and these vegan brownies are no exception. Black beans are transformed into a scrumptious dessert that is rich, chewy, and chocolatey. Sprinkled with chopped nuts and dark chocolate chunks, both kids and adults will devour these unbelievably delicious treats.
Impress the guests at your next dinner party with a healthy vegan recipe that also doubles as a showstopping dessert! Succulent plums are fanned out in the shape of a flower over a homemade oat and almond butter crust. Ginger, cinnamon, and fresh lemon zest add a delicious depth of flavor that will surely make this treat the talk of the town.
The secret to this supremely moist chocolate cake is sweet potato, which is present both in the batter and the frosting! The tasty tubers add a velvety texture and their subtle sweetness enhances the rich cocoa flavors so each bite leaves you licking your lips for every last crumb. End dinner on a sweet note with a slice of this crave-worthy cake.
Halfway between a decadent dessert and a hearty granola bar, these chewy apple-raisin cookies are one of the most popular Forks Over Knives treats of all time. Each cookie is naturally sweetened with mashed banana, maple syrup, and juicy raisins. The mouthwatering combination of cinnamon and peanut butter make these snacks extra scrumptious (and great for keeping your energy up on a long hike!).
Elevate your average nice cream recipe with this creamy, sweet, and subtly spicy version of a Mexican hot chocolate. This easy dessert uses just five ingredients and can be served immediately or stored in the freezer for days when your sweet tooth comes calling.
Enjoy these naturally sweetened parfaits for breakfast or dessert! An easy stove-top vanilla pudding is drizzled between layers of ripe banana and crunchy homemade granola that’s scented with cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. Add a dollop of cashew cream on top, and bon appétit.
Indulge in these rich treats, which combine two of the world’s best flavors—chocolate and citrus. The sweet rounds are enhanced with orange zest, juice, and segments to really make the tangy element pop. A few tablespoons of tahini add extra moisture and a slight nutty flavor to offset the sweetness, making this vegan dessert recipe one you’ll want to bake again and again.
Simple and sweet, this berry-tastic dessert is the perfect treat to celebrate summer fruit. The classic flavors receive a healthy twist by using silken tofu and sweet dates to create the rich cream that’s scented with vanilla and cardamom. Be sure to layer the elements in a clear glass so you can admire your handiwork before chowing down. One pleased reader raves, “I could bather in this stuff it is so yummy!”
HUNGRY FOR MORE HEALTHY VEGAN RECIPES?
We have a huge variety of wholesome, nourishing vegan recipes to get you through every day from start to finish.
Ready to get started? Check out Forks Meal Planner, FOK’s easy weekly vegan meal planner to keep you on a healthy plant-based path. To learn more about a whole-food, plant-based diet, visit our Plant-Based Primer.
This article was originally published on 10/5/2017 and has been updated.