24 Simple Vegan Recipes for Beginners

These simple vegan recipes for beginners make eating vegan and plant-based healthy, delicious, and of course, easy.

A bowl of zucchini noodles topped with veggies and sauce has these words above it: Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners.

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!

When you're new to a vegan lifestyle, the transition can seem a little difficult. Everything can feel overwhelming. That's why I wanted to share with you my favorite Simple Vegan Recipes for Beginners — to let you know that vegan can be easy, affordable, and delicious!

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 is a simple vegan queso blanco dip recipe made with only 5 ingredients and ready in 5 minutes (or less)! Serve it as a dip or pour over nachos or your favorite bean burritos.
Vegan Queso Blanco Recipe
Vegan Cheese Dip is surrounded by tortilla chips and ready to serve

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

This vegan ranch dip recipe can be served with veggies or even on top of your salad and baked potatoes. It's so healthy and delicious!
Healthy Vegan Ranch Dip Recipe
A bowl of vegan ranch dip has raw veggies sitting next to it.

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

This Vegan Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread takes only a few ingredients and a few minutes to make. Take it to your next party and wait for the oohs and ahhhs!
Vegan Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread Recipe
A hand pulls out a piece of cheesy vegan 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

Enjoy this easy Vegan Chicken with Fig Sauce, made in 30 minutes or less with minimal ingredients. You'll want to make it on repeat!
Vegan Chicken with Fig Sace

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.

Vegan Taquitos

Vegan Taquitos are super easy to make. A tortilla has creamy plant-based filling and is rolled and baked until crispy. Then serve them with a delicious avocado sauce for the ultimate vegan comfort food!
Vegan Taquitos Recipe
Vegan chicken taquitos are on a plate next to guacamole.

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

This Vegan One-Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is delicious and creamy!
Vegan One-Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Vegan One-Pot Mac and Cheese recipe is delicious and creamy!

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

This easy, cheesy vegan sandwich, the Vegan Chopped Cheese Sandwich, is a vegan version of the famous NYC sandwich. It's ready in 10 minutes!
Vegan Chopped Cheese Sandwich Recipe
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

These sesame zoodles are drizzled in a creamy sesame sauce. Forget the calorie loaded noodles and opt for zucchini noodles instead!
Spicy Sesame Zoodles Recipe
A bowl of spicy sesame zoodles with sesame seeds sits in front of green onions and a bowl of more sesame seeds.

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

Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup, made with minimal ingredients and lots of flavor.
Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
Two bowls of vegan chicken noodle soup sit one in front of the other with baby carrots beside the back bowl.

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

Dig into our new favorite dish, the Ultimate Veggie Burger recipe. It won’t take long before you realize why it’s our favorite.
Ultimate Veggie Burger Recipe
The Ultimate Veggie Burger Recipe, with vegan cheese, veggie bacon, avocado, and the best damn veggie burger ever!

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

Enjoy the fresh, delicious flavors in this vegan penne pasta recipe and you'll be singing "Dinner's Ready" in less than 30 minutes.
Vegan Penne Pasta Recipe
Closeup of vegan sausage and penne.

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

For weeknight, on-the-go, dinners, this Wild Rice and Sweet Potato Skillet Dinner is easy, affordable, delicious, and a family favorite.
Wild Rice and Sweet Potato Skillet Dinner Recipe
A skillet full of wild rice and sweet potato skillet dinner with a wooden spoon in it.

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!

Vegan Stuffing

Make this simple and delicious vegan stuffing recipe in 30 minutes or less! Bake it or serve it as a stove top stuffing. It's perfect for an elegant Thanksgiving dinner or a simple Tuesday evening side dish! 
Vegan Stuffing Recipe
Picture of Vegan Stuffing in a white casserole dish with a loaf of french bread in the background

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

This Easy Vegan Corn Casserole is a cheesy cornbread dish, sure to please any dinner crowd and the cook too because it's so easy to make!
Vegan Cheesy Corn Casserole Recipe
A spoonful of vegan corn casserole hovers over the rest of the casserole dish.

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

This Green Tea Smoothie will add lots of zip to your day thanks to phytonutrients from spinach and nutritional value of green tea! You'll also love that the smoothie is like a matcha shake, rich and creamy! 
Green Tea Banana Spinach Smoothie Recipe
A a clear glass is full to the rim with green banana smoothie. A pink and white paper straw is on the side, and a slice of banana is in the middle of the 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

Make breakfast simple and delicious with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe. Store your overnight oats in the fridge in a mason jar or bowl, then serve cold or warm the next day for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats Recipe
A glass full of chocolate peanut butter overnight oats topped with peanut butter and chocolate chips.

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.

Blackberry Donuts

Make this batch of Blackberry Donuts in your oven and enjoy a dairy-free, egg-free breakfast treat in less than 30 minutes!
Blackberry Donuts Recipe
Two vegan blackberry donuts sit next to blackberries. A bowl of blackberry glaze and a stack of unglazed donuts sits behind it.

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

Enjoy the delicacy of a crispy, flaky crust, filled with melted dark chocolate in the tender center. It's all done and ready in less than 30 minutes!
Easy Vegan Chocolate Croissants Recipe
Vegan Raspberry 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

If you love healthy desserts, this vegan chocolate chia pudding is for you. You'll love the rich, creamy, chocolatey flavors.
Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe
A serving glass holds vegan chocolate chia pudding topped with sliced bananas and fresh blackberries. Another glass and more blackberries is behind it.

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

Busy days means easy desserts! Enjoy this delightfully delicious easy Vegan Cherry Vanilla Parfaits in just minutes!
Vegan Cherry Vanilla Parfaits Recipe
Two serving dishes full of vegan cherry vanilla parfaits are topped with whipped cream. Spoons sit beside them and graham crackers and more whipped cream is behind them.

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

This raw, vegan, and uber-delicious chocolate coconut macaroons recipe is pure coconut-infused indulgence in every bite!
Chocolate Coconut Macaroons Recipe
A stack of chocolate coconut macaroons has many more of the sweet treats behind it.

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 easy chocolate pie is infused with peanut butter and served in a crispy Oreo crust. If you love the flavor of pie without all the work to make it, this will be your favorite pie!
Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Recipe
A slice of vegan peanut butter pie sits on a plate. There's a bowl of chocolate sauce behind it along with the rest of the 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

This tasty Chocolate Wacky Cake is a super simple, delicious cake that will leave you amazed thanks to a simple list of ingredients. This cake is perfect for a simple, weeknight dessert, or serve it all dolled up for a fancy weekend gathering!
Chocolate Wacky Cake Recipe
A slice of chocolate wacky cake has frosting and sprinkles on top.

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

A Vegan Date Caramel that can be used as a sauce over ice cream or made thicker and served with chocolate.
Vegan Date Caramel Sauce Recipe
Vegan Date Caramel that can be used as a sauce over ice cream or made thicker and served with chocolate.

For more resources on changing your diet, be sure to check out my Vegan Baking Guide. If you’re looking to transition slowly to a vegan diet, here’s information on How to Become a Vegetarian.

In Closing

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!

Health + Happiness,

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One Response to 24 Simple Vegan Recipes for Beginners

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyvalerie baryo Reply

    yes I am loving turning Vegan. I wish I had done it years ago. This takes away the fear when I find easy recipes to follow. I honestly don’t know brands, or tastes of vegan variety foods..so its a challenge

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