15 Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners
Vegan food doesn't always have a reputation for being easy to make, but these simple vegan recipes are prepared to change all that. Ready in an hour or less, these delicious dishes range from hearty mains like black bean burgers to sweet desserts like vanilla cupcakes. So whether you're looking to add more plants into your diet, or trying to figure out what to serve a vegan dinner guest, these easy vegan recipes are sure to be a hit.
Couscous with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomato
Chewy pearl couscous is the star of this Mediterranean-inspired dish. Black olives and sun-dried tomatoes add bursts of briny, acidic flavor, while pine nuts create an irresistible crunch.
Ultimate Tofu Breakfast Burrito Bowls
Great for breakfast or dinner, these hearty bowls will keep you full for hours. Scrambled tofu takes the place of eggs, using a dash of turmeric to get that distinct yellow hue.
Vegan Red Lentil Soup
Red lentils and butternut squash cook down in a spiced coconut milk broth for this creamy soup. "Run, don't walk, to buy the ingredients to make this," raves Chari Campbell. "This is the BEST soup I've found on this site!"
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Doubling as a side and a main when tossed over some greens or stuffed in a tortilla, this colorful salad is ready in a flash. If you have extra time, make this dish ahead to give time for the flavors to meld.
Vegan Black Bean Burgers
You'll never buy frozen veggie burgers again after whipping up a batch of these tasty patties. The secret ingredient is seafood seasoning for an extra kick.
Spicy Vegan Potato Curry
Nothing brightens up a burrito or a basket of chips quite like a scoop of creamy guacamole. Remember to store with plastic wrap on the surface before serving to avoid any browning.
Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili
Get your daily dose of veggies in this colorful vegan chili. Reviewer JINGSHI says, "I am amazed by how flavorful and hearty this chili is considering how easy it is to prepare."
Baked Tofu Bites
With a marinade that's sweet, salty, and smoky, this tofu will become your next go-to vegan protein source. Toss the baked tofu onto salads, stuff in sandwiches, or just eat as-is with your favorite dipping sauces.
Baking without eggs or dairy doesn't have to be complicated. This basic vegan cupcake recipe is easy to make and you can switch out the extract for whatever flavor you prefer.
Vegan Bean Taco Filling
Taco Tuesday will never be the same after cooking this flavorful filling recipe. Spiced black beans are cooked down with onions and bell peppers before being thickened with a dash of cornmeal.
Vegan Mug Cake
For when you're craving something sweet and don't want to wait on a whole cake to bake, this is the recipe for you. Vegan chocolate chips add a gooey texture, perfectly offset by a sprinkling of crunchy toasted coconut.
Easy Vegan Pasta with Kale and Chickpeas
This recipe transforms a handful of basic ingredients into a wow-worthy dinner. Pasta is seasoned with garlic and nutritional yeast before being tossed with wilted kale and chewy chickpeas.
Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry
Skip the takeout and instead throw together this simple, yet delicious, stir-fry. Tossed in a garlic-ginger sauce, the veggies are cooked until just crisp tender for the perfect texture.