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19 Hearty Vegan Dinners That Are Filling and Delicious


You’re trying to cook more plant-based meals, but you keep getting hungry an hour after eating. Or your apartment feels like an igloo and you’re craving a steaming bowl of spicy pad thai, not the raw veggie-stacked salads you swore you were going to eat more of.

There are plenty of reasons you may be longing for meat-free meals that are both belly-filling and belly-warming. So, we scanned some of our favorite healthy blogs and our own recipe database to find delicious, hearty vegan dinners that are actually good for you.

From multi-purpose “sloppy joes” to hot and spicy cauliflower poppers, we found something for every taste bud. Plus, to save you an extra trip to the grocery store, we included versatile recipes that work with different veggies and plant-based proteins you might already have on hand. (Yes, mushrooms really do go with everything.)

RELATED: The Essential Guide to Plant-Based Protein

So put on some fuzzy socks and give these recipes a try.

19 Hearty Vegan Dinners

Winter Miso Sweet Potato Chickpea Stew
Blogger Running on Veggies likes to pair this dish with brown rice or quinoa.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Emilie Eats swaps out ground beef in favor of mushrooms and lentils.

hearty vegan dinners (Photo: Emilie Eats)

Easy Three Bean Chilli
May we suggest making a big pot for game day?

Farro and Mushroom Soup
Using the dense, nutty grain as a base makes this soup extra filling.

Beet Bourguignon and Pilaf
Mckell Hill of Nutrition Stripped gives the classic French beef recipe a meatless makeover.

(Photo: Nutrition Stripped)

Stuffed Mushrooms with Broccoli Rabe and Farro
And it works in place of meaty stuffing, here, too.

General Tso’s Cauliflower
It’s totally worth picking up a few non-standard ingredients to make Olives for Dinner’s cleaner version of the take-out staple.

Vegan Sloppy Joes
Minimalist Baker says this is a great recipe to add to your weekly meal-prep line-up.

Smoky BBQ Tempeh Pizza
Vegan Richa says marinated jackfruit (yum!) works just as well as the tempeh, too.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Baked Tofu with Honey-Sesame Glaze
Broccoli is a great stand-in for the sprouts if they’re not your thing, suggests Cookie and Kate.

Vegan Jalapeňo Popper Mac and Cheese
Connoisseurus Veg’s twist on the bar-food dish is much healthier than it sounds.

Stuffed Acorn Squash Bowl
The star of this recipe doubles as dishware (meaning less cleanup for you!).

Vegan Eggplant “Parm”
Livlight skips the breadcrumbs too, making this dish easier and healthier than the traditional.

Butternut Squash Broccoli Rabe Soup
Add your favorite bean (or two) to the mix for more protein.

Vegan Butternut Squash & Mushroom Lasagna with Tofu Ricotta
There’s so much going on in this dish from Rainbow Plant Life, You won’t even notice the lack of dairy between the layers.

(Photo: Rainbow Plant Life)

Spaghetti and Lentil Balls
For a lighter take on Yup It’s Vegan’s recipe, try using your favorite spiralized veggies in place of the pasta.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy
Serving Realness says the key to a delicious cauli mash is fresh roasted garlic.

The Easiest Vegan Pad Thai
Get The Petite Cook’s dish on the table in 30 minutes.

Mushroom Paella
Be sure to follow Blissful Basil’s prep tips for paella perfection.

(Featured Photo: Shutterstock)


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