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22 Plant Based Dinner Recipes

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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.

traditional greek salad ingredients served on a platter

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.
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Red Lentil Dahl
This delicious Red Lentil Dahl recipe is ready in just 25 minutes in 1-pot! It’s one of my all time favourite and is a comforting Indian curry.
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Shredded beet salad with carrot, apple, and walnuts
Using just a simple box grater, this healthy shredded beet salad with, carrots, apples, and walnuts is a great side to any meal. Perfect for anyone trying to eat clean!
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Using just a simple box grater, this healthy shredded beet salad with, carrots, apples, and walnuts is a great side to any meal. Clean eating and Paleo friendly
Mango Edamame Quinoa Salad
A great meal prep recipe and the best potluck recipe, this protein rich entree or side salad has vibrant flavor and color!
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Plant Based Supper Recipes

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!
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A simple and healthy from scratch butternut squash soup with curry recipe
Lemon Garlic Pasta
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.
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Layered, Baked Eggplant Parmesan
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.
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Baked eggplant parmesan being served with a metal spatula
One Pot Ratatouille
A classic French recipe, this ratatouille makes the most of summer vegetables and is not only vegan but also gluten-free.
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Vegan Pad Thai
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.
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Hearty Lentil Bolognese
This hearty lentil bolognese is packed with flavor, and is a fantastic plant-based alternative that’s super simple to make. Perfect for a weeknight dinner!
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Jamaican Jerk Chili With Mango Salsa
A 30-minute vegan chili topped with mango salsa!
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Coconut-Peanut Butter Chickpea and Broccoli Stir-Fry
This Coconut-Peanut Butter Chickpea and Broccoli Stir-Fry is ready in a manner of minutes, making it the ideal dinner dish for busy weeknights.
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Plant Based Tacos & Burgers

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!
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Roasted Chicpea Tacos With Lime Yogurt Dressing
Roasted chickpea tacos are a quick, easy, and affordable way to provide your family with the protein they need. Simple and nourishing, they are packed with flavour, colour, and texture!
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Black Bean Burgers With Mushrooms
Easy to make Vegan Black Bean Burgers with Mushrooms are bound to be a hit with veggie and meat lovers! Make ahead or use the same day. Perfect veggie burgers for summer or anytime!
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Butternut Squash Tostadas with Chunky Guacamole
Spicy roasted butternut squash, feta and cilantro makes these vegetarian tacos a flavor explosion!
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Vegan Chickpea Burgers
You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these chickpea burgers. Simple ingredients, and really simple to make in under 30 minutes!
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Plant Based Instant Pot Recipes

Have an Instant Pot? Get cooking with these simple and delicious Instant Pot plant based recipes.

Instant Pot Wild Rice
Instant Pot wild rice is so easy to cook! Set it and forget it, for an easy and healthy side dish with no work involved!
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Instant Pot Spicy Vegan Chili
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!
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Vegan Instant Pot BBQ Meatballs
Vegan Instant Pot BBQ Meatballs are a modern spin on the classic party appetizer! Bet you can’t eat just one!
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Instant Pot Thai Green Curry
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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Instant Pot Aloo Matar (Peas & Potato Curry)
This simple peas and potato curry recipe is perfect for days when you want a fuss-free meal that is easy to make and delicious. Pair it with roti or rice to make it a complete meal.
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  1. Over the past few years I have definitely shifted to more plant-based meals, and I’m always looking for new and creative dinner ideas. Thanks for pulling together all of these recipes, and I appreciate you including a few of mine! Happy weekend Markus!

  2. Thank you so much for including my chili in this fabulous collection!

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