4 Ideas for a Quick Vegan Dinner

Eating vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up flavor. There are tons of tasty vegan recipes you can spice up an evening without spending hours in the kitchen. In this article, we’ll go over a few quick vegan recipes that you can use for feeding your family or just an easy dinner for one.

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1. Chili

Who said chili needs meat? Bean-based chili should be one of your go-to vegan dinner recipes for weeknights when you just don’t feel like cooking. All you need is a pressure cooker or Instapot and you can have soft, delicious beans in no time.

First, pick the beans you want in your chili. Some popular choices include pinto beans, red kidney beans and black beans. Next, you need a can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce and a little tomato paste to thicken it up. You can also add taco seasoning, chili peppers, onions and garlic to give it a little kick!

2. Tacos

If you like to get a few food groups into your meal, then tacos are the way to go. All you need are some tortillas and fixings and you can pull together a delicious taco in minutes. 

Instead of using animal proteins as your base, reach for your favorite tofu and mushrooms. Grill the two together in a pan on your stovetop so the tofu can soak up that umami flavor from the mushrooms. Top your taco with avocado, lettuce and an array of your favorite veggies.

3. Hot Dogs

Rethink how you eat hot dogs by making the vegan version for an easy dinner. You can use carrots instead of meat for sitting inside your favorite whole wheat bun and maybe even top with your bean chili.

Before you leave for work in the morning, place a few peeled carrots in a bag with apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, liquid smoke, vegetable broth, paprika, some sugar and salt. Let it marinate in the fridge during the day so the carrots can soak up the flavors from your blend. 

When you get home, simply pop your carrots onto the grill or your stovetop and warm them up for a delicious “hot dog!” It’s so delicious your family might not even know it’s vegan.

4. Salad

Salads are maybe the quickest way to build a meal as a vegan. You can toss all your favorite vegetables and substitute proteins on top of a lettuce mix and you’re good to go! Or you can even pick up a salad mix from your favorite grocery store.

If you want to spice up your salads, consider adding falafel. You can make little falafel patties and complement them with crispy, crunchy veggies. Add your favorite vegan tzatziki dressing and you can have a Greek night in.

Thinking of quick vegan options can be tough when you’re hungry. Keep this list in your pantry so you always have an idea when you need a meal soon. The ingredients are simple so you’ll likely already have everything you need on hand.