12 Easy Plant-Based Recipes for Beginners Everyone Will Love



12 Easy Plant Based Dinner Recipes for Beginners

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You’ve heard about the health benefits of a whole food plant-based diet but lacking inspiration what to cook for dinner that is easy to make AND delicious?

Maybe your family and spouse are heavy meat-eaters, so you find it hard to please everyone. That is why I have created a top 12 list of my favorite go-to plant-based recipes that even picky eaters will love.

Many people think that a plant-based diet consists mostly of salads, but there are so many delicious vegan options out there. (Although satisfying salads DO exist.)

Sometimes you just get cravings for the good stuff, like lasagna, mac and cheese or pizza. The good news is: Everything exists in a healthy, plant-based version. There is no need to say goodbye to your favorite comfort foods.

Just save this list of beginner-friendly plant-based meals and come back every time you need new inspiration.

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1. Vegan BBQ Pizza with Avocado Sauce

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This creative plant-based pizza recipe uses wholemeal pita bread, bbq sauce and avocado sauce.
It is guaranteed to satisfy! If you or your loved ones prefer a more classical version, replace with tomato sauce and some homemade vegan cheese sauce.


2. Spicy Vegan Chili 

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This easy plant-based chili recipe requires little more than kidney beans, veggies and crushed tomatoes. You probably already have them in your pantry! Despite its simpleness, it is incredibly hearty and satisfying.


3. Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese

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Sometimes you just need vegan comfort food. This amazingly creamy cheese sauce is made from cashew nuts and even hardcore cheese lovers will be amazed! It takes a while to prepare but it’s simple to make and worth it.


4. Ultimate Black Bean Burgers with Tahini Garlic Cream

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Who said burgers can’t be part of a healthy plant-based diet? This delicious burger is loaded with veggies and made from black beans. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and freezes well, so it is perfect for meal prep!


5. Vegetable Pumpkin Curry

Plant-based curry

This delicious curry takes less than 30 min to prepare and is super yummy and creamy because it uses of pumpkin blended in the sauce instead of the usual coconut milk. What a creative and healthy twist!


6. Vegan Shepherds Pie


This Vegan Shepherd’s Pie is easy to make in just 30 minutes and is full of nourishing ingredients. This plant-based version of the classic family comfort food is packed with veggies and crispy baked potatoes. 


7. Lentil Quinoa Asparagus Spring Dish

Lentil Quinoa Recipe

Asparagus season is coming! This nutritious lentil quinoa asparagus dish is a one-pot meal so there’s not much clean-up – it uses fresh spring produce and is super easy to make!


8. Chickpea Broccoli Buddha Bowl

Chickpea Broccoli Bowl

This simple but delicious one-bowl meal is packed with plant protein and works wonders to sneakily incorporate more veggies into your families meals.


9. Sweet Potato Stew


I love dishes that you can just throw together, put on the stove and forget about them. This wholesome Sweet Potato Stew is exactly that. A recipe that the whole family will love – it is balanced and hearty.


10. Black Bean Avocado Enchiladas

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These delicious Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas prove that eating plant-based is not only super tasty but can be very budget-friendly as well.


11. Easy Vegetable Stir-Fry with Creamy Peanut Sauce


This beginner-friendly stir fry is super easy and quick to make! You’ll be amazed by the combination of peanut sauce and Asian-inspired spices.


12. Creamy Tomato One Pot Pasta

Vegan One Pot Pasta

If you don’t feel like cooking, One-Pot recipes are the ultimate easy vegan meals. This tomato pasta can be made with a handful of pantry staples while still containing lots of goodness.

Now it is your turn! Have you tried any of the recipes? Let me know 🙂


Hi, I’m Katie.

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I’m a plant-based nutritionist and the founder of vegan tours in Berlin.

I believe that a healthy plant-based lifestyle is achievable for everyone and I’d love to help you make the transition fun and easy!

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