Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners

Now that we eat a mostly whole foods plant based diet, we have chances to do that every day! Here are our top easy vegan recipes for beginners.

Cauliflower Tacos with Yum Yum Sauce

First up in our easy vegan recipes for beginners: Cauliflower Tacos! This fan favorite recipe stars our crispy breaded cauliflower (baked, not fried), which are reminiscent of the texture of fish tacos. Add to that refried beans and silky Yum Yum Sauce and they’re all about one thing: big flavor!

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Vegan Spaghetti with Creamy Marinara

This vegan spaghetti with creamy marinara sauce is creamy, cozy, comforting and so darn good. The sauce is supremely savory: garlic, shallots, and capers all work together with cashew cream to make as much umami as possible. This is always a hit with everyone around the table: and usually one or two friends will ask for the recipe. It’s one of our tried and true easy vegan recipes.

Mexican Sweet Potatoes

Loaded sweet potatoes is one of our favorite easy vegan recipes. And you won’t believe the flavor in these Mexican sweet potatoes! They’re the perfect blend of sweet and savory. The spicy pico de gallo is the perfect complement to the light sweetness of the potato. Topped with creamy cilantro sauce made out of a secret vegan ingredient (cashews!), it’s a little bit of heaven.

Golden Vegetable Soup Recipe

This homemade vegetable soup recipe is all things comforting, featuring turmeric and lots of veggies. You know that noodle soup that your mom made you growing up? This one tastes like a cross between that and an elevated version of canned soup. It was actually inspired by recovering from an illness, so it’s got a limited ingredient list. Use it as a template and you can other veggies to your liking! If we were making it into a more filling soup, we’d add can of drained and rinsed white beans, and add some baby spinach in the last few minutes of cooking.

Jackfruit BBQ Sandwich

This jackfruit BBQ sandwich tastes just like pulled pork, nestled on a bun with tangy coleslaw! Your friends and family won’t believe it’s vegan. Fruit that seems like meat? After tasting it, we’re 99.9% sure you’ll also be on the jackfruit BBQ train! First you’ll make a barbecue sauce that’s perfectly balanced with sweet, tangy, savory, and a little boozy. Then you’ll saute your green jackfruit and let it simmer until the jackfruit takes on the boozy, tangy flavor. Serve it on a bun with vinegar coleslaw (or creamy coleslaw with vegan mayo).

Loaded Quinoa Tacos

These vegan tacos are a bit outside the box, since the filling is made of quinoa! The quinoa filling is toasted and filled with taco spices and lime. Then combine it with a bell pepper slaw, spicy cashew cream, and feta cheese, and you’ve got a new level of delicious. Oh and pickled red onions for color and crunch!

Easy Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Another at the top of our easy vegan recipes, this Chickpea Salad Sandwich! It’s quickly becoming a fan favorite, and it works for both vegetarian and vegan diets. Essentially a vegetarian chicken salad sandwich using chickpeas, the chickpea salad features mashed chickpeas, celery, green onion, a little mayo, and a pop of lemon. We served this one up with hummus spread on both sides of the bread, and it added an extra dimension. Use vegan mayo for the vegan version, which is available at many mainstream groceries and online.

Best Stir Fry Vegetables with Teriyaki

This one’s the best veggie stir fry out there. The homemade teriyaki sauce is so easy to make: it takes just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes. The teriyaki also has no refined sugar, instead relying on maple syrup! Combine it with nutrient dense brocolli, bell peppers, and tempeh, and you’ve got a satisfying and protein-filled meal. It’s become a serious go to in our house for easy vegan recipes.

Quick Coconut Lentil Curry

This coconut lentil curry is another in our fan favorite easy vegan recipes, and a quick way to get to something on the table that tastes like it’s been cooking all evening! This is not an authentic Indian or Thai curry, just a coconut lentil curry inspired dish that’s a fast dinner idea. It has a fairly short ingredient list, so it’s feasible to make on a weeknight. The base of the curry is simple: just lentils, coconut milk, Thai curry paste, and tomato paste. It’s also a great way to eat your dark leafy greens! Throw in handfuls of any of your favorite greens; this recipe calls for baby spinach.

“Verde” Lentil Vegan Tacos

These tacos have a special theme, and it’s a color: green! These “verde” vegan tacos are full of fresh flavors, featuring green lentils, green cabbage, and a bright green cilantro drizzle. They’re one of our easy vegan recipes you can whip up on a weeknight.

Tomato Basil Gnocchi Soup

This soup is one of our most comforting easy vegan recipes, full of tangy tomato, peppery basil, and those lovely pasta dough balls that are gnocchi. Not all gnocchi are vegan (homemade gnocchi are traditionally not), but our favorite brand of gnocchi is vegan and we’ve linked to it in the recipe. It’s easily accessible and makes it simple to enjoy an 100% plant-based bowl of Italian goodness.

Homemade Acai Bowl

Many times when we think of easy vegan recipes, we tend to think towards dinner ideas. But we wanted to give you some breakfast inspiration too! This Homemade Acai Bowl is a tangy purple smoothie made of acai berries and tropical fruit, topped with vibrant toppings of all kinds. Acai pulp can be found in the frozen section in most groceries or online. It’s absolutely worth finding some if you can; the flavor is unique and it makes for a special treat.

Best Instant Oatmeal Recipe

If we’re talking easy vegan recipes for beginners, this one is probably the easiest breakfast you’ll ever make. Promise. The instant oatmeal mix takes just 5 minutes to put together and makes enough for breakfasts throughout the week. Then each morning, just add water and microwave for 2 minutes! It’s a genius life hack that makes for simple mornings. Top with nut or seed butter for a filling breakfast.

Black Bean & Quinoa Chili

Of course, what’s a list of easy vegan recipes without a good chili? This savory, hearty quinoa vegan chili is packed with protein and is gluten-free as well. It’s got lots of veggies and the secret ingredients are a bit of adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chili peppers in adobo (available at most groceries in the international foods aisle). Check out Famous Chili Recipes for more chili.

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