Vegan Meal Plan

November 21, 2018
by Jillian Gordon for Thrive Market
Vegan Meal Plan

Whether you enjoy the occasional plant-based meal or you’re embracing veganism as a way of life, you may have already discovered that there are plenty of ways to whip up a meal that’s full of flavor and delightfully filling without animal products. And while there are plenty of brands and influencers blazing a trail for fellow vegans to follow, we’ve acquired a pretty hefty archive of phenomenal vegan recipes and cooking tips over the years. Here are some of our favorite ways to ditch the meat and dairy in favor of super tasty dishes filled with wholesome ingredients.

4 Vegan Cooking Tips

When it’s time to whip up a meal, don’t let the term “vegan” scare you off. There are plenty of delicious dishes to enjoy with a few tricks up your sleeve. Here are some helpful cooking tips:

  1. Go nuts! Add nuts and seeds to any and all recipes that call for crunch, texture, or just a little extra protein.
  2. Beans are your buds. Beans are surprisingly versatile for both sweet and savory dishes and can add thickness or heartiness where needed.
  3. Get cheesy! Cheese is certainly not off the table when you consider the many ways to enjoy dairy-free cheese made from cashews and/or nutritional yeast.
  4. Go with the grain, legumes, and seeds. High protein grains like faro, or legumes like lentils or seeds like quinoa can beef up most any dish.

35 Vegan Recipes

No boring salads here! Cook up a vegan feast with these tried and true recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Vegan Breakfast Ideas

Greet the morning with these hearty, meat-free recipes.

Salted Caramel Power Muffins

These deceptively sweet, gluten-free treats pack a green punch with spinach mixed into the batter along with salted caramel protein for a wholesome start to the day.

PB&J Maca Smoothie Bowl

Meet your new smoothie bowl jam thanks to a PB&J-inspired combo of creamy peanut butter, rolled oats, maca powder, and grape jelly.

Warm Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Heat things up with this warm bowl of cacao creamer, almond milk, rolled oats, almond butter, and maple syrup.

Vegan French Toast

A dash of nutritional yeast yields soft, fluffy, plant-based French toast, made with banana, spelt flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, almond milk, and almond butter.

Vegan Lunch Recipes

These tasty vegan lunches will keep you fueled throughout the day.

Jackfruit Hawaiian Bowl

Pile meaty jackfruit in a spicy tropical salsa over fluffy basmati rice for a sweet and savory meal.

Apricot Sesame Cauliflower Wings

These plant-based “wings” are so flavorful, seasoned with spicy sriracha, ginger, and apricot jam, you’ll forget they’re traditionally made with chicken.

Vegan Shells and Cheese

Dig into a creamy, comforting bowl of chickpea shells topped with cashew-based cheese sauce and chopped broccoli.

Vegan Meze Board

Take a break from your oven and nosh on a platter of stuffed grape leaves, artichoke hearts, quinoa tabbouleh, and creamy hummus.

Vegan Chickpea Patties

Enjoy a satisfying bite with these chickpea patties, made with almond flour, spices, and coconut aminos sauce.

Crispy Tofu With Spicy Ginger Dipping Sauce

Need a new finger food? Dunk crispy tofu baked in sesame oil in a sweet and pungent tahini dipping sauce.

Nutty Sesame Carrot Noodles

Sesame oil, ginger, and nut butter top ribbons of carrots and cucumber for a refreshing, plant-based dish that’s low on carbs and big on flavor.

Vegan Kale Nachos

This clever take on nachos tops baked kale chips with spicy cashew queso and finishes things off with avocado, tomatoes, jalapeño, and cilantro.

Vegan Ranch Dressing

This vegan spin on classic ranch includes raw cashews, garlic powder, and apple cider vinegar for creaminess and tang that pairs perfectly with the recipe below.

Tri-Colored Quinoa Salad

Looking for a recipe that tastes as good as it looks? Tri-colored quinoa adds a dose of lean protein while cilantro, dried cranberries, almonds, and zucchini create tons of texture.

Brussels Sprout Slaw

Simple but refined, this crunchy combo includes shaved brussels sprouts, radicchio, dried cherries, and mixed seeds.

Best Vegan Dinner Recipes

Revamp your weekly menu with these crowd-pleasing vegan favorites.

Red Lentil Penne Vodka

Get a whopping 21g of protein per serving with this loaded pasta dish, which tops red lentil penne with a silky smooth sauce of puréed cashews, vodka, and tomatoes.

Pumpkin Reishi Soup

Vibrant, warming, and filling, this creamy soup combines pumpkin purée with curry powder and coconut milk.

Vegan Spring Rolls

Throwing a dinner party? Kick things off on a high note with chili lime jackfruit and shirataki noodles rolled into finger-friendly rice wrappers.

Vegan Mushroom Bolognese

This savory medley of cremini mushrooms, marinara, fresh rosemary, diced onion, and garlic is both creamy and comforting, making it an ideal topping for vegan pasta.

Jackfruit Jambalaya

You only need one pot to pull off this Southern-inspired dish, made with tender jackfruit, creole seasoning, chopped bell peppers, and a hit of hot sauce.

Matcha Soba With Spicy Tofu Nuggets

Mild soba noodles combine with fiery tofu nuggets and a creamy matcha sauce, made with matcha powder and raw cashews, for an unexpected burst of flavor.

Beetroot Ravioli With Cashew Crema

Go raw for this plant-based take on an Italian classic of soft cashew cream cheese sandwiched between two thin beet slices.

Chlorella Avocado Pesto Noodles

Want a superfood boost in your next meal? Add a scoop of chlorella powder to classic ingredients like basil and garlic for an unexpected pesto and incorporate avocado for added creaminess.

Vegan Meatloaf

Who says meatloaf needs meat to be delicious? This vegan swap uses seasoned onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes, and walnuts for a nutrient-packed, savory dish.

Easy Vegan Desserts

These vegan treats more than satisfy your sweet tooth.

Banana Cold Brew Vegan Ice Cream

This five-ingredient recipe couldn’t be easier. Just blend together cold brew coffee with coconut cream, banana, ground coffee, and sea salt and freeze.

Rhubarb Bars

This bold beauty combines almond-rhubarb filling with a subtly sweet, gluten-free crust of sprouted brown rice flour, oat flour, and maple syrup.

Vegan Almond and Apricot Biscotti

This crispy cookie pairs perfectly with a good cup of tea thanks to crunchy almonds, chewy apricots, and a decadent chocolate ganache.

Pumpkin Spiced Chia Seed Pudding

Pumpkin pie meets luscious chia seed pudding for a creamy dessert that has all the flavors of the fall classic, but enough nutrients to offset the guilt factor.

Vegan Chocolate Cake With Avocado Frosting

You better believe this cake’s buttercream is made with ripe avocados instead of butter for a moist, rich texture that’s totally vegan friendly.

Dairy-Free Chevre Log

This dairy-free cheese log spreads like goat cheese but is actually made from cashews, probiotic powder, lemon juice, and sea salt for an ideal, animal-free tang.

Vegan Fig Carrot Cake

This vegan cake is also Paleo-friendly thanks to a mixture of cassava flour, coconut sugar, maple syrup, coconut oil, carrots, raisins, and shredded coconut—all topped with a cashew-based cream cheese frosting.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

While it’s tough to rival Grandma’s famous oatmeal cookies, this vegan sweet treat does it remarkably well with tender almond flour, rolled oats, coconut oil, and a generous handful of raisins.

Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

We love recipes that are inherently vegan, like this classic favorite that dunks frozen bananas in chocolate before rolling them in your favorite toppings.

Maca Chocolate Bark

You’ll want to take a bite out of this bark that’s loaded with goji berries, cranberries, almonds, pecans, and a fermented superfood boost from maca powder.

Frozen Mint Hot Chocolate

This frosty beverage is more soothing than you think thanks to a couple drops of a secret ingredient: mint chocolate hemp extract.

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