Whether you’re looking to eat less meat for health reasons, environmental reasons, or simply to add variety to your weekly meals, these 22 plant-based dinner recipes will help you achieve your goals.
But first, what does a ‘Plant Based’ diet actually entail?
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What Is a Plant Based Diet?
According to Wikipedia: A plant-based diet is a diet consisting mostly or entirely of foods derived from plants, including vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, and with few or no animal products.
Makes sense right? A plant based diet consists mostly of plant-derived foods. That said, a plant based diet differs from a true vegetarian or vegan diet, in that animal products are still allowed. They are just consumed in much smaller quantities.
Are Plant Based Diets Healthy For You?
Many plant based diets are inherently rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibre needed to live a healthy lifestyle and which can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
Just eating any plant based foods isn’t good enough though. As research at Harvard Medical School has shown, choosing the right plant based foods is just as important as reducing the amount of animal products consumed.
Eating only white rice and white bread (although they are plant based) for example, is not the healthiest choice as they are both highly processed and contain minimal nutrients.
It’s important to eat a wide variety of plant based foods, and choose whole unprocessed foods whenever possible.
Plant Based Recipes To Help You Eat Better
So you made it this far, and you’ve decided to finally try eating more plant based meals. That’s great! I’ve put together a collection of recipes to help you enjoy a variety of foods, and meals, to help you start enjoying more plant based foods.
While these recipes are all ‘plant-based’, they are not vegan and may include animal products such as dairy or eggs.
Plant Based Side Dishes
The perfect accompaniment to an entree, these plant based side dishes are packed with flavour and make a great lunch to boot!
Mediterranean Couscous Salad
A simple Mediterranean couscous salad loaded with fresh veggies and herbs. The perfect side dish for a weeknight meal or lunch all on its own.
When you’re looking for something a little more filling, look no further. These plant based supper recipes are sue to get your creative culinary juices flowing (not to mention your tastebuds!), all while keeping it healthy.
Butternut Squash and Garam Masala Cream Soup
Garam Masala adds a wonderfully light hint of curry to this butternut squash soup. A one pot recipe that takes only 1 hour start to finish! Great for an early spring dinner to warm you up on a cool evening!
Lemon Garlic Pasta with Peas and Asparagus is fresh and simple, loaded with garlic, lemon and fresh dill. It’s the perfect dish to prepare for a dinner party, date night or lazy summer evening. And it’s vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.
A vegetarian dish even the meat-eaters can enjoy, this baked eggplant parmesan is loaded with crispy breaded eggplant slices, a rich tomato, garlic, and herb sauce, then topped with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan.
Pad Thai is one of those non-vegan comfort foods that can be converted into a plant-based delight with just a few tweaks. This recipe shows just how simple it is to make vegan Pad Thai. With only fifteen minutes of prep time, it is quick and easy.
Who said plant based diets couldn’t include tacos or burgers!? These plant based options are perfect for summer cookouts with friends and family.
Teriyaki Veggie Burgers
These easy Teriyaki Veggie Burgers from The Vegan 8 come together with just 8 ingredients, and minimal hands on time! They are packed with flavor—ginger, sesame, garlic, and onion—and they’re about to be your new favorite!
Instant Pot Spicy Vegan Chili is hearty, flavourful and comes together in less than an hour. It’s loaded with vegetarian taco meat, as well as black beans and peppers, so you get a dose of fibre with a spicy kick!
This slightly sweet and mildly spicy recipe for Instant Pot Thai Green Curry with Tofu beats take-out any day! It’s a delicious vegan curry that comes together in less than 30 minutes, and is completely customizable
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