One of the biggest myths about being vegan is that those who live this way can never get full. While my husband and I have actually eaten seemingly more food since going plant-based, we have come up with a list of recipes that we frequently uses as weeknight meals we go to when we’re wanting to get that “full-feeling.”
Here’s a list of 10 different vegan meals you could make any night of the week.
1. Stuffed Bell Peppers
Do I even need to explain the “stuffed” part? Not only are these relatively easy to make, it’s a great dish to bring to any gathering, and leaves you feeling full. These can even be made in less than 45 minutes and there are plenty of different flavor combinations to choose from!
2. Pasta Dishes
This is a go-to for weeknight dinners because pasta dishes are made of cheap ingredients, can be very versatile in flavor, and can be great for leftover lunches the next day. This is also the sort of dish that can easily be made gluten-free, if that suits your needs, as there are many (GF) options in most grocery stores made available.
Some of our favorite Pasta Dishes:
Creamy Kale Pasta with Vegan Sausage by BlackDoctor.org
One Pot Creamy Mushroom Pasta by Delicious Everyday
3. Veggie, Bean, & Rice Casserole
I know I’ve talked about this one before in my of my previous blog posts, but this honestly is one of the easiest things to make that provides a surplus of leftovers for later meals. This is also something that can be varied up depending on the types vegetables that are in season, and canned beans couldn’t be cheaper.
Pro-Tip: Buy your beans & grains in bulk to avoid weekly expenses.
Try the Veggie, Bean & Rice Casserole by V Nutrition
4. Curry & Rice
This is just the Indian version of beans & rice, but can satisfy any stomach for a long period of time. We love making this dish in our house because it takes 25 minutes or less (with the help of our Instant Pot) and typically can be made with inexpensive ingredients.
Try the Vegan Chickpea Curry Recipe by Hurry the Food Up
If you’re looking for a filling lunch-prep meal, burritos are the way to go. Not only are they versatile, and easy to eat on-the-go, you can make a lot at one time and change your recipe.
Some of our favorite Burrito Recipes:
6. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
With the help of our Instant Pot, we’ve made ourselves a merry little meal plan with this simple recipe. Sweet Potatoes are definitely one of the easiest & cheapest ingredients to find, and each person can make their own version depending on their own taste-preferences.
Check out this baseline recipe for Loaded Sweet Potatoes by Kara Lydon.
7. Vegan Pizza
While there are many different options for Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought), there are more ways to make a vegan pizza. Making your own homemade batch of dough is pretty simple, if you know how to follow instructions, and ingredients aren’t super complicated & tend to be inexpensive. You can add vegan cheese, or you can do without. You can add vegan sausage or vegan pepperoni’s to make it feel like the real thing, or you can go straight veggie. The choice is up to you!
Use this Vegan Crazy Dough Recipe from Kitchen Nostalgia
Check out this collection of 50 Awesome Pizza Ideas from KeepinItKind.com
8. Vegan Chili
Pair this dish with some Jiffy Cornbread and you’ve got a meal that will last for days! This is a meal the hubby & I frequent back to when we’re feeling lazy because our Instant Pot does most of the work. You can also make chili in a crock-pot if you’re not that fancy. Slow-cookin is good-cookin.
Try this Vegan Chili Mac from The Garden Grazer
Try our favorite Instant Pot Vegan Chili recipe by Brand New Vegan
9. Vegan Sloppy Joes with Baked Fries
Sloppy Joes are basically chili on bread. What’s not to like? These are not only filling, but great for on-the-go lunches for the next day as well. Something that goes well with this meal is a side of fries. Bake fries are easier to make than you think, and aren’t full of all the extra oil and chemicals that regular freezer fries are made of.
Try these Sloppy Joe’s with Quinoa that’s Vegan AND Gluten Free
Take it up a notch with these Mushroom & Eggplant Sloppy Joes
Bonus: Perfect Oven Baked Fries by High Heels & Grills
10. Stir-fry with Tofu with added cashews or peanuts
This is a meal that we like to mix-up often because of how many different veggie-combinations you can make. Some of the veggies we use often are: Snap Peas, Bell Pepper, Onion, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Green Onion, Carrots, and Peas. Don’t let the tofu part scare you, consider that your blank canvas for flavor. Add this with rice or quinoa and you’ve got that full feeling you’ve been looking for.
Different ways to make your Tofu:
Sesame Ginger Tofu & Veggies by Little Spice Jar
Asian Garlic Tofu by Spicy Southern Kitchen
Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Tofu by It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken
Bonus Read: How to Cook Crispy Tofu Worth Eating on SeriousEats.com
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Tell me what your favorite filling plant-based recipes are in the comments!