These simple vegan recipes for beginners make eating vegan and plant-based healthy, delicious, and of course, easy.
I remember when I went vegan nearly 15 years ago. I had been vegetarian for years at that point and Shawn had already been vegan for quite some time, so in some ways, I was really prepared. But in other ways, it felt a little overwhelming.
What I learned quickly is that it wasn’t all that hard. Some vegan dishes have quite the reputation for being difficult to make, but I discovered some ways to work around those to make them easier and delicious.
That’s why I wanted to share with you some of my favorite simple vegan recipes for beginners — to let you know that vegan can be easy, affordable, and delicious.
There’s a lot you may want to add to your new vegan pantry. For example, Nutritional Yeast Recipes are very popular in the vegan community. You can find nutritional yeast flakes in the health food section of most grocery stores too!
The Secular Vegan
If you’ve committed yourself to a vegan or vegan-leaning diet, then I say, kudos to you! Welcome to the club! I call myself a Secular Vegan, because I’m not a dogmatic vegan. We’ve all met a few of those, right?
Besides, there are a number of reasons why to go vegan besides just animal rights issues. You could have allergies, or want to improve your health, or want to be kinder to our planet!
Well, I’m passionate about my diet and lifestyle, but I just don’t have it in me to be a zealot about it. I’m not a “my way or the high way” kind of person. For example, I’m a vegan and I eat honey. I’ve noticed quite a few plant-based diet gurus are fine with honey too.
I think being a Secular Vegan gives you permission to make incremental changes in your diet. That’s how I did it! First I went vegetarian, then over a period of years, I gave up eggs, and then milk and butter, and then finally mozzarella. The was a tough one! Oh, and M&Ms. Check out my 10 Ways to Be Vegan post for ideas.
But my taste buds have guided me along the way, because as I gave up certain foods (like milk), eventually I lost my taste buds for it. Now the taste of milk from a cow is really disgusting, but I love almond milk. Go figure!
Is Vegan Food Tasty?
Vegan food can be incredibly tasty when you’re following good recipes with the right ingredients. There’s no reason a vegan diet has to be full of bland food! With some simple adjustments to your pantry, you’ll be cooking delicious, flavorful vegan food in no time!
What Can Vegans Eat for Dinner?
There are a number of tasty vegan dishes that you can serve for dinner, such as vegan mac and cheese, vegan meatloaf, vegan pasta dishes, black bean burgers, burritos, and so much more!
Quick Vegan Recipes for Beginners
For sure, when you first start making vegan recipes, it’s good to keep things simple. That’s why I created this round-up of simple vegan recipes for beginners, including quick vegan dinner ideas. I’m sharing some of my favorite, easiest, and tastiest vegan meal ideas!
Below, you’ll find vegan easy recipes covering everything from appetizers to main dishes, to desserts. It’s all covered.
OK, so if you’re on that journey with me, then here are some of the best vegan recipes for beginners.
Easy Vegan Appetizers
Appetizers are the ultimate in making vegetarian recipes easy. These tasty vegan appetizers will show you how!
I love this vegan queso dip, because it’s just five ingredients. I mean, you can always add Sriracha (if you love it spicy like me! 🔥).
Vegan Queso Blanco
This vegan recipe for this ranch dip is perfect with veggies, but you can also dip potato chips and crackers in it too. And guess what? I love using it as a salad dressing. You’ll need some plain vegan yogurt (as in unsweetened) and I find that at our local health food store and Sprouts.
Healthy Vegan Ranch Dip
I wonder if I surprised you with this one! Who knew that a vegan pull-apart bread would be “easy”. But this recipe calls for a store-bought round loaf, making it a quick appetizer to pull together…and then pull-apart. 🙂
Vegan Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread
Quick and Easy Vegan Meals
Looking for easy vegan meals for beginners? Enjoy every one of these quick easy vegan meals. Each meal is ready in 30 minutes or less! Let’s begin with this tasty Vegan Chicken with Fig Sauce.
I know, I know! You may look at this and say…that’s vegan! To which I would respond, yes it is! This is delicious vegan recipes dinner version made super simple! It may sound fancy, but it will tempt your tastebuds while at the same tine not killing the calories.
Vegan Chicken with Fig Sauce
Don’t want to use store-bought chicken? It’s ok, you can make your own vegan chicken! It’s another super easy recipe that will have you scratching your head wondering why you haven’t made this before!
When you’re in a hurry you need to keep your vegan meals easy, I know. But you also want something super delicious, like these vegan taquitos. The ingredients come together so quickly and you’ll love the cheesy, creamy flavors as well.
I’ve made a variety of mac and cheese recipes over the years, but none of them as easy as this one! You just put everything in one pot and then around 30 minutes later, you’ve got a cheesy, delicious pot of mac and cheese.
Vegan One-Pot Mac and Cheese
OMG. I read about this super easy chopped cheese sandwich going viral in NY and so I veganized it. You’re welcome.
Vegan Chopped Cheese Sandwich
I want you to know that you can enjoy perfectly plant-based (aka, minimal processed ingredients) easy vegan dinners that are also filling and delicious as well. Here’s my Spicy Sesame Zoodles recipe as proof.
Spicy Sesame Zoodles
The hardest thing about this recipe is finding “eggless” noodles. My grocery store happens to have a store brand that carries egg-free wide noodles. You can also buy the Walmart brand (Best Value) of egg free wide noodles. Otherwise, this recipe is a breeze to make and reminiscent of your pre-vegetarian days.
Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup
You need to have some vegan food recipes for when you’re in the mood for an indulgent, comfort food kind of night! You’ll enjoy a veggie burger topped with veggie bacon, veggie cheese, and avocado slices. Heavenly!
Ultimate Veggie Burger
You’ll love the savory, Italian flavors of this pasta, cooked with vegan Italian Sausage. If you wonder how you’ll find vegan Italian sausage, it’s now available at a variety of stores, including Sprouts, Walmart (produce section), health food stores, and even some grocery stores carry it as well.
Vegan Penne Pasta
Easy Vegan Sides
You can look at these as a side, but they can be a main dish a well. It’s entirely up to you!
Enjoy this simple and very flavorful wild rice skillet dinner made with ingredients you’ll find at your local grocery store. We’ve received rave reviews on this one because of it’s ease and flavors!
Wild Rice and Sweet Potato Skillet Dinner
This is the gold star standard of easy vegan recipes for beginners! Of course, if you’re into tasty + easy side dishes (and who isn’t?), you will love this vegan stuffing, made with simple ingredients, readily available at most grocery stores!
A perfect side dish for almost any meal, this easy vegan corn casserole is a show-stopper on the table, but fairly easy to throw together!
Vegan Cheesy Corn Casserole
Simple Vegan Recipes: Easy Vegan Breakfast
Breakfast is considered one of the most important meal of the day and one that is both fun and easy to veganize!
Shawn and I have some variation of this smoothie recipe, almost every day. We change it up to include berries, cocoa powder, peanut butter, pineapples, you name it! But this recipe is a great way to make sure you’re getting those greens in every day!
Green Tea Banana Spinach Smoothie
Creamy peanut butter combined with oats, chia seeds, and spices to make the perfect overnight oats recipe. Place this in the fridge the night before and wake up to delicious!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
I love baking these vegan blackberry donuts on a Saturday morning, especially if we have guests in town! You’ll need a donut pan, but those are readily available.
This recipe is such a dilemma. It shouldn’t be so easy, and yet it is. You’ll look like a chef when you walk out of the kitchen with homemade vegan chocolate-filled croissants. Each fluffy piece of pastry is filled with dark chocolate and raspberries. The secret about how easy this recipe is can be something we keep between us. 😊
Easy Vegan Chocolate Croissants
Simple Vegan Recipes: Easy Vegan Desserts
There’s a lot of desserts in this world, and not all of them are vegan or easy, the recipes that follow are both.
Think “chocolate” meets “easy” meets “healthy” in this easy vegan pudding recipe. It’s so easy to throw the ingredients together, you might even laugh! But you won’t be laughing when you’re eating each delicious bite!
Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding
You should find all the ingredients for this recipe at your local grocery story and you’ll have it ready in no time. This vegan vanilla parfait recipe is so easy, you might want to make a double batch!
Vegan Cherry Vanilla Parfaits
The hardest part of this recipe is dipping the macaroons in the chocolate…and then waiting for it to set until you can eat them. This yields some very rich, flavorful cookies!
Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
It took me several tries to get this recipe just right because I wanted an uber-easy vegan dessert recipe to share with you. This vegan chocolate peanut butter pie is just that — easy to make and fun to eat as well!
Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
This is an easy vegan chocolate cake recipe, that is so tasty it’s worth repeating. In fact, I’ve made this recipe so many times I have it memorized!
Chocolate Wacky Cake
Get yourself a bowl of vegan ice cream and then drizzle this caramel sauce over the top and you’ll be in heaven. Better yet, make yourself a bowl of vegan n’ice cream and serve it with this easy vegan caramel and you’ll be in plant-based bliss!
Vegan Date Caramel Sauce
I could go on all day with my favorite Simple Vegan Recipes for Beginners. However, let’s use this post as a staring point. If you have questions about how to go forward with vegan diet recipes, be sure to join my Namely Marly Facebook Group!
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