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10 Vegan Meals That'll Leave You Feeling FULL

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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!

Check out Ahead of Thyme’s Easy Vegan Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe.

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:

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Creamy Kale Pasta

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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

5. Prep-Burritos

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:

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Rabbits & Wolves

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

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Perfect Oven Baked Fries by High Heels & Grills

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:

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!

10 of My Favorite Recipes

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Something that I get asked often is, “What do you eat?” Well first off, we cook… a LOT. We also wash a lot of dishes, but that’s besides the point.

One thing I’ve had to learn to do well when making this lifestyle transition is to cook new foods that had never crossed my mind before. Over the last three years, I’ve collected over 700 vegan recipes and wanted to share the favorites that make a regular appearance on our vegan meal plan.

Photo from  Minimalist Baker

Photo from Minimalist Baker

1. Vegan Eggplant Parmesan by Minimalist Baker

This was one of the first meals that Brandon and I ever cooked in our tiny kitchen back in Louisiana. There are a few time sucking steps involved, but the process is simple and the delivery is impeccable if you take your time to make this. Minimalist Baker created a timeless “date-night” classic with this recipe.

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Photo from Euphoric Vegan

2. Ultimate Vegan Carbonara by Euphoric Vegan

Another pasta dish, but oh so yummy. Back before I became vegan, my favorite dish to get at Olive Garden was their Carbonara and this takes me right back to that place without all the animal products & inflammation. It’s also pretty simple to make and sneaks its way onto our meal plans pretty frequently.

Vegan Hack: Use Banza Pasta for this one. Not only is it grain free, but your getting lots of fiber and protein!

3. Vegetable Bean Casserole by V Nutrition and Wellness

This was something I thought was going to taste boring by the sound of it, but WOW were we surprised! It brought me right back to little-town-Texas Sunday luncheons after church where all the little old ladies (and young ladies) would carry in dish-after-dish of casserole pans in different varieties. This one is SO perfect for easy eating later too. It fed us through the next day!

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4. Sticky Sesame Cauliflower by Connoisseurus Veg

If you love Chinese Food Takeout then you’ll love this recipe. It’s everything it sounds like, and it only takes 30 minutes to make. Make it a meal by pairing it with rice and steamed veggies which are also very simple to make. This makes great leftovers for lunches the next day.

Vegan Hack: Make DOUBLE the recipe if your a big family and/or need non-hassle lunches for a few days.

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5. Make-Ahead Kale and Sweet Potato Burritos by Ceara’s Kitchen

I discovered these back when I helped a friend make/take some food to the local homeless population in Denver, and they were a hit. Naturally because of my love of burritos, they started to make a regular appearance in our kitchen. We have since learned NEW versions of this recipe as burritos are very versatile.

Vegan Hack: Swap new kids of veggies, beans, and starches for different varieties of flavors. They can be great on-the-go lunches for the week.

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6. Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos by This Savory Vegan

We’ve shared this meal with other people and they loved it just as much as we did. Crowd-pleaser meals are always good to have on hand, especially if you ever plan to share your food. The flavor you ask? It’s just as it promises and has a the healthy kick of cauliflower, which is great for disguising something you wouldn’t normally choose to eat on it’s own.

Bonus Recipe: Easy Vegan Ranch with Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

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7. Vegan Chickpea Curry by HurryTheFoodUp

My sister brought this into our lives when she lived with us last year and we made it often! First, the flavor and nutrition density is what you want for a meal, second the ingredients are relatively cheap. Making double of this recipes is a great crowd pleaser and you could pair it with some vegan naan to take the experience even further. This is definitely one you should try and have often!

Photo from  BrandNewVegan

Photo from BrandNewVegan

8. Best Damn Instant Pot Vegan Chili by BrandNewVegan

This award-winning recipe is exactly that. Chili was a crowd pleaser we had often growing up, especially when cold weather hit our area. The leftovers are even better as the flavors sit overnight together. I highly recommend investing in an Instant Pot if you don’t have one. It’s definitely worth making this recipe!

Photo from  Minimalist Baker

Photo from Minimalist Baker

9. The World’s Easiest Sticky Buns by Minimalist Baker

If you haven’t caught on already, we love using Minimalist Baker recipes. She makes “sticky buns’ possible for the vegan looking for the traditional taste of home-cooked favorites. These buns are sure to make anyone blush, especially because they are easy to make and taste just as good as they look.

Photo from  The Baker Chick

Photo from The Baker Chick

10. Vegan Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes by The Baker Chick

Brandon and I have been in love with this flavor combination since the day we got married. Ever since then, we’ve been on a mission to recreate that moment we bite into our favorite cake flavor, and we finally found the recipe! It’s also another crowd pleaser, and will surprise any non-vegan with how tasty life can actually be.

Vegan Hack: Buy chocolate boxed cake mix and use plant-based milk, vegan butter or oil of choice, with 1 tablespoons ground flax per 3 tablespoons of water (that equals an egg). You can also find store-bought chocolate vegan icing to save time & dishes.


Want more plant-based recipe ideas? Download my FREE 6 Week Vegan Meal Plan and follow my VEGAN board on Pinterest for new recipes I’m trying in my own personal kitchen. Need help? Send me a message and we can chat.

Qrunch Buffalo Burger Salad

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One misconception people have when they talk to me about what I eat as a vegan is that my diet is rich in… sticks & grass. Insert Eye Roll Here

“So, what do you eat…?”

While a ‘sticks & grass’ diet is far from the truth, and salads are NOT my first food choice (nor have they ever been), I have found a way to make a simple salad this is sure to please any salad-hating individual. It’s called: the Buffalo Burger Salad, and I have my web designer to thank for this one.

Since Callie kindly shared with me her burger salad recipe, I have found my own way of making it with a particular burger patty that will bring plenty and “qrunch” and flavor to your palette. This lunch & dinner friendly food combo is:

Fresh

Warm

Crunchy

Rich

a little Spicy

Gluten-Free

Nutrient Dense

and it’s actually HEALTHY.

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Qrunch Buffalo Burger Salad

Ingredients:

- 1-2 buffalo-style Qrunch Saucy Buffalo Burgers

- Handful of halved Grape Tomatoes

- ¼ of a cucumber, thinly sliced

- Half of an Avocado, sliced

- Couple of handfuls of Mixed Greens or Spinach

- Vegan Ranch

- Opt. Buffalo Sauce

Instructions:

1. Cook the Qrunch Patties as instructed (baked or skillet)

2. While patties are cooking, create your salad bed using spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, and grape tomatoes

3. Once Qrunch patties are thoroughly cooked, slide them on top of your salad bed

4. Top with Vegan Ranch and a drizzle of Buffalo Sauce for extra kick

5. Eat & Enjoy!

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These patties are sure to please the palate as they absorb all the flavor of the ranch and buffalo sauce! My mouth is watering just writing this.

Want to know more about Qrunch and here from the inspiration herself? Take a listen to our time with Corey, the brand manager of Qrunch Organics when we had her on our LA Talk Radio show, State of the Oceans.

Trying this recipe for yourself? Post a picture of your dish and tag @ThatVeganWife and @QrunchOrganics so we can see!

How to Make the Qrunch Buffalo Burger Salad: