Are you trying to eat less meat and more vegan meals? Here are 15+ healthy, easy to prepare, and delicious plant-based dinners for you to try this year!
Happy New Year!
If you’ve followed Happy Healthy Mama for any amount of time, you’ve probably figured out by now we don’t subscribe to one particular diet. I strive to serve my family a wide variety of whole foods that are nourishing, taste delicious (<—important!), and aren’t too complicated to make.
That said, I think there’s one goal every family should have, whether you eat plant-based, keto, Paleo, or anything in between. What’s that goal?
EAT MORE VEGETABLES!
Everyone has to agree on that one, right?
Vegetables are full of the widest variety of nutrients that our bodies need to stay healthy, fight disease and infections, be our best, most energetic selves. All of those nutrients will also help our kids develop to their highest potential, physically and mentally.
So if eating more vegetables is the goal, let me help you by giving you some plant-based dinner ideas to incorporate into your meal plans this year.
You don’t have to be a vegan to eat plant-based meals. What happens when you start to incorporate more healthy, plant-based dinners into your life? You automatically eat more vegetables. The goal. So let’s do this!
Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based Dinners
Your family will love this hearty chili that’s filled with superfoods! This isn’t your average chili and I think you’ll love it.
Vibrant orange root vegetables are full of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Red beans add protein, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli are powerful anticancer foods! Pumpkin adds more fiber and the ginger gives this even more anti-inflammatory properties.
Portobello mushrooms also have anticancer properties. You won’t miss the meat in this dish!
When you need a quick, clean out the pantry dinner, this is what you should make! Add some crusty bread and a big salad and you’ve got a lovely plant-based dinner.
Quinoa and black beans give this plant-based stuffed pepper recipe an extra protein punch. Use whatever color bell peppers you prefer.
Brussels sprouts, rainbow carrots, and broccoli come together with brown rice and a lemon tahini sauce to make a nutrient-dense bowl that ups your vegetable intake immediately!
If you haven’t tried sweet potato noodles, you need to ASAP!! This is the quickest, tastiest dinner that you must try!
This one has been pinned almost 200,000 times and has many, many rave reviews. This one is vegan and gluten-free and full of amazing flavor!
My very favorite way to incorporate a ton of vegetables into a hearty meal is this pasta dish! It’s so flavorful and easy to prepare.
This is such a comforting soup–and you can make it in your Crockpot! If you like curry, you’ll love this one.
This will become a new favorite. It’s ready in about 30-40 minutes and so tasty.
These hearty burgers will fill you up more than a burger with meat!! One of my all-time favorites, beets are full of antioxidants and have detoxing power.
Just as satisfying as a big plate of pasta, but with extra veggies since the noodles are zucchini! These bean balls are super easy to prepare, as well.
You’ve got to love a one-pot wonder dinner that’s healthy and plant-based! This makes a comforting dinner, as well.
If soup is on your menu this week, you really should try this Vegetable Lentil Soup. It’s easy, flavorful, and always a hit.
Loaded with protein, serve your favorite salsa on top of these for a satisfying main dish!
This Vegetable Grain Bowl recipe is nourishing and delicious and also makes a perfect meal-prep dinner.
If you’d like a vegan dinner that is reminiscent of your family’s favorite meat-y dinner, you should really try this one! It’s a protein and fiber-packed Lentil Loaf that only takes 10 minutes of prep time!
You can eat this one with spaghetti squash or regular pasta. Either way, it’s a fabulous dinner.
I hope this inspires you to try more plant based dinners this year! Do you have a favorite plant-based dinner recipe your family loves? Share a link in the comments or on the Happy Healthy Mama Facebook Page!