These 30 easy vegan recipes for beginners are all you need to make satisfying meals that you and your family will love! These are "normal" everyday meals that any beginner cook can make in 30 minutes or less.
Whether you are going vegan or just want to incorporate more vegan meals into your weekly meal plan, it helps to have some great easy recipes to choose from. I've found that most people just rotate through the same 10 meals or so, maybe throwing a new one in every once in a while.
If you have a handful of solid vegan meals that you can make quickly and easily, you will be able to eat a vegan diet without feeling deprived or stressed about what to make for dinner every night.
Find your family's favorites
These are my family's favorite quick and easy meals. These are the things that I have made time and time again in the 22 years that I've been vegan. They're the simple weeknight meals that I make when I only have about 20-30 minutes to get dinner on the table. They are so easy, my teenage sons often prepare the meals too.
Pick a few from each category and try them out. You will soon have a list of easy vegan meals in your back pocket that you can make with very little time or effort.
Easy vegan pasta dishes
- Mediterranean Pasta
- Creamy Vegan Mushroom Pasta
- Broccoli Pasta
- Orzo with Spinach
- American Style Vegan Goulash
- Spicy Vegan Southwest Mac and Cheese
- Broccoli Alfredo
- Vegan "Beef" Stroganoff
- Vegan Haluski - Cabbage and Noodles
- Vegetarian Hakka Noodles
- Tomato Basil Pasta
- Vegan Bolognese with Hidden Veggies
- Vegan Alfredo Pasta
- Creamy Vegan Pesto Pasta
Asian inspired dishes
- Vegan Thai Red Curry
- Thai Green Curry with Tofu
- Thai Coconut Rice
- Easy Tofu Fried Rice
- Vegan Chop Suey
- Easy Vegan Ramen
- Coconut Curry Soup
- Sweet and Sour Tofu
- Teriyaki Noodles
- Tofu Lettuce Wraps
- Teriyaki Tofu
Mexican inspired dishes
Sample weekly vegan dinner menu
- Monday - Simple Tomato Basil Pasta
- Tuesday - TVP Tacos
- Wednesday - Thai Coconut Rice
- Thursday - Creamy Mushroom Pasta
- Friday - Loaded Vegan Nachos
- Saturday - Vegan Haluski
- Sunday - Vegan Red Thai Curry
You can see all of my recipes for vegan meals that you can make in 30 minutes or less here. Sign up for my free ebook with a week of easy vegan recipes planned for you along with a free printable shopping list.
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Let me know which recipe you've tried and what are your favorites! I'd love to hear from you!
Chrissie Douglass says
Thank you so much.
I'm nearly there, been veggie for years. My biggest problem is I can't eat pasta, it bloats me horribly. So will be rummaging through your recipes to find non pasta dishes.
I will also be trying the seitan too :O)
You may like some of my rice and grain recipes, you can find them here... https://thehiddenveggies.com/category/dinner/rice-and-grains/
You are a god send for anyone becoming a vegan . I have been vegetarian for 2 years and a month ago decided to do dairy free as well. Your staple recipes are so great and real to taste love the butter . I have done the soft cheddar for melting on pizza and can’t wait to try some more cheeses. Every resource I will ever need in one blog . Thankyou thankyou🙏🙂
You are so welcome! I'm so happy that you like my recipes and that they are helping you to transition off of dairy. 🙂
Jennifer King says
Many thanks, Monica for your generosity in sharing these recipes!
You're very welcome, Jennifer! 🙂
Monica thank you for sharing all your delicious recipes! I have been vegan since last spring and at fiirst I didn;t have a clue how to cook tasty vegan dishes....But you have inspired me to become a much better cook and now even my non-vegan friends find my cooking irresistable!
My best wishes for 2022 to you and your family !
Aww, thanks so much, Maria! I'm so glad that you are getting into vegan cooking! I hope that you find some recipes that you and your friends love in this list!
Denise Marques says
Thank you so much for this. Just what I needed all in one spot.
I'm so happy that you found this post helpful, Denise! I hope that you find some great recipes in this list to go in your weekly rotation! 🙂
Jerry Riggle says
I have been getting recipes from your great selections for quite some time & just wanted to take a moment to say thanks. Our family is vegan/vegetarian. My wife is vegetarian as she was having some health issues with strict vegan, but myself & our daughter are vegan. Our daughter, now 39, is life-long. So we are kinda familiar with the vegan way, but let me say, you have given us so many wonderful recipes. We used to buy most of our plant-based meat substitutes, but you have changed that. At times we still buy for convenience reasons, but most often make our own now. Next we are going to start trying to make cheese substitutes. Well, enough...just thank you from the three of us & hoping your 2022 is better...do it joyously.
You're so very welcome! It made my day to read this nice message from you! I'm so happy that you all enjoy my recipes!