Dinner is usually a pretty big struggle for newbie healthy eaters, and even for those of you who have been eating healthy, whole food plant based for a while but are getting bored with their meals.
This meal is traditionally meant to be the most filling of all, and the heartiest. It’s a comforting meal before bedtime, when the whole family gets together and enjoys conversation and delicious, satisfying food.
However, many vegan dinner options are not very filling or delicious. And unfortunately, many vegan dinner recipes call for a lot of processed foods that end up making this vegan meal unhealthy.
So today, I present you with these healthy dinner ideas, to help you finally find meals you’ll enjoy with the whole family, every day of the week. At the bottom, you will find a list of ingredients required for these recipes, aka a grocery list.
Please note that I always encourage you to get your pantry items online, because that removes the struggle of running around at the store and looking for them. You can purchase produce at the farmers market or grocery store. (For grocery shopping tips, check out this great post)
Please also note that if you want to take a day off of cooking and enjoy a meal out, I highly encourage that, too.
Healthy Dinner Idea #1: Vegan Smoky Tempeh Feta Buddha Bowl Recipe
This Buddha bowl is extremely quick and easy to throw together, yet it provides you with a mix of fresh and comforting flavors, all in one. The smoky tempeh is absolutely delicious, and packed with plant based nutrients from the soy. Tempeh is actually the healthiest form of soy, as it is made from fermented soy beans.
Full recipe > https://www.soulintheraw.com/buddha-bowl-recipe/
Healthy Dinner Idea #2: Vegan Lasagna
Who doesn’t love a good lasagna? Today, you get to go over to Italy and enjoy a beautiful meal with the whole family. This vegan lasagna is absolutely packed with flavor, and is extremely hearty. The green lentil lasagna noodles give it a lot more nutrition than the regular wheat noodles.
Full recipe > https://www.soulintheraw.com/vegan-lasagna/
Healthy Dinner Idea #3: Mediterranean Farro Salad
Whole grains are essential to consume every single day, and farro happens to be a unique, and super delicious whole grain you may not have tried. In this refreshing, spring-perfect salad, it makes for a perfect base, and goes really well with the 3-ingredient vegan feta. For those who are gluten intolerant, you can easily replace farro with any other whole grain of choice, such as brown rice or quinoa.
Healthy Dinner Idea #4: Cauliflower Lentil Stew with Tzatziki
This cauliflower lentil stew happens to be my favorite meal of them all. It is absolutely packed with flavor, and when paired with the vegan tzatziki, it’s true heaven! The heartiness of the stew is so well balanced with the cooling and refreshing tzatziki. You must try this one!
Full recipe > https://www.soulintheraw.com/easy-one-pot-meals/
Healthy Dinner Idea #5: Mediterranean Jackfruit Bowl
This healthy dinner idea is a recipe that uses jackfruit as a “meat replacement”. Its texture makes for a perfect mock meat, without any weird and processed ingredients. This bowl is nourishing, and all ingredients combined together are incredibly satisfying.
Healthy Dinner Idea #6: Creamy Cauliflower Soup
While I encourage you to stay away from oils as much as you can, please do use nuts and seeds as well as their butters to fulfill your daily fat intake. This soup contains just a little coconut butter, which makes it rich and creamy. This dinner is also very easy and quick to make, and has very few ingredients.
Healthy Dinner Idea #7: Raw Vegan Taco Salad
Lastly, we have a refreshing and satisfying raw vegan taco salad that has several delicious elements, making it a perfect raw vegan, yet hearty meal, and a very easy way to fulfill your leafy green intake for the day.
Healthy Dinner Ideas Grocery List
Here is what you will need for 7 days of delicious vegan dinners (note that this is for 1 serving-size portion of all recipes, if you’d like bigger portions than just double or triple this list, as necessary).
Whole grains and legumes:
Spices and seasonings:
Chipotle powder or for less spicy Smoked paprika
Nutritional yeast, non-fortified
Salt-free garlic and herb seasoning
Crushed red pepper optional
Himalayan pink salt
Nuts and seeds:
1 Medjoul date, pitted
1 tbsp capers, rinsed and drained (optional)
5 kalamata olives
Organic, low-sodium veggie broth
Tomato paste (200 grams)
Apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
About 200 grams of young jackfruit young
3-4 medium zucchinis
3 medium tomatoes
4 cups cherry tomatoes
1 small bunch basil
2 medium lemons
3 sweet or red onions
1 green onion
1 jalapeno pepper
1 bunch cilantro
1.25 cups mushrooms, chopped
1 cups broccoli, roughly chopped
2 large handfuls of arugula, or your favorite baby greens
5 Persian cucumbers, or 3 English cucumbers
1 small red cabbage
2 medium cauliflowers
1 container spring mix
1 bell peppers of any color but green
5 garlic cloves