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Dinner is probably the trickiest of meals. If you’re struggling with what to make for dinner, and you want it to be both healthy and delicious, then you’re going to absolutely love these vegan dinner recipes.

In this post, you’ll get inspired by 7 delicious, simple and extremely nutrient-dense plant based dinner ideas. All of these are oil-free free, plant-based, sugar free, and made with entirely unprocessed foods. Not only are they so delicious, they will also flood your body with nutrients!

Included in these is a day of celebration for my mom’s birthday, so you’ll get ideas for delicious meals to make for a vegan party. 

However, this post is a little different than most recipes you’ll encounter. I want to show you that a plant-based diet is incredibly flexible. These is no need to measure or stress about specific quantities and ingredients. You’ll learn what is in each meal, but feel free to make each dish as you like. You can easily swap the vegetables for ones that you have on hand, and use a little more or a little less than the quantities I have chosen for these meals.

Experiment and have fun! Whole food, plant-based is easy, quick, and delicious, while also giving you the best energy, clarity of mind and body! 

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SUNDAY: Marinated Tempeh and Baba Gaoush Bowl

A Week of Vegan Dinners: Whole Food Plant Based Dinner Ideas

Buddha bowls are a recurring theme in this blog post. That’s because they are absolutely delicious, easy to make, and contain a variety of flavors and nutrients all in one. I also love including marinated tempeh in buddha bowls because there is no need to cook it, it’s fermented and contains incredible amounts of good-for-you nutrients.

In this buddha bowl, I’ve included:

Marinated tempeh
Baba ganoush
Sweet onion
Cherry tomatoes
Bell pepper
Persian cucumber
Greens

How to make:

Chop up the vegetables. Marinate the tempeh using this method. Prepare the baba ganoush (a Middle Eastern dip) using the recipe found here.

Tip: include tempeh in your buddha bowls for a quick and easy, nutrient-dense source of legumes that takes minutes to prepare. No cooking needed!

MONDAY: Vegan Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad | Soul in the Raw

Salads are a wonderful dinner meal.  A key is to always top them with a nutrient-dense, great for you dressing that is oil-free (who needs those empty calories?) yet really delicious and packed with flavor. This Caesar dressing is exactly that! It’s creamy, delicious, and full of food groups that you want to make sure to eat weekly.

Get the full recipe for this Caesar salad here: https://www.soulintheraw.com/caesar-salad/

Tip: add beans to your salad dressings to reduce fat, skip oil, and pack them with even more nutrition!

TUESDAY: Spicy Hummus Broccoli Bowl

A Week of Vegan Dinners: Whole Food Plant Based Dinner Ideas

While making buddha bowls over and over again means making the same meal type again and again, it doesn’t mean you’ll  get bored. Every buddha bowl is a template to have more fun with food! You can change up the whole grains and beans that you use, include new vegetables, and have fun with dressings.

In this buddha bowl, I’ve included:

Steamed broccoli
Spicy hummus + extra chickpeas
Wildbrine raw purple kraut
Sweet onion
Cherry tomatoes
Bell pepper
Persian cucumber
Arugula

How to make:

Chop up the vegetables. Steam the broccoli. Make your own kraut, or buy store-bought (making your own is very cheap). Make the hummus (use this recipe, and if you want a spicier version, include extra jalapeno, cilantro, and wildbrine sriracha).

Tip: include fermented foods in your meals. Fermented foods are amazing for developing good gut bacteria, but only when you eat them in their raw form. You can either buy raw, fermented sauerkraut, or make your own; here is how: https://www.soulintheraw.com/homemade-raw-vegan-sauerkraut/.

WEDNESDAY: Tofu Feta Greek Salad

A Week of Vegan Dinners: Whole Food Plant Based Dinner Ideas

Tofu feta makes for a perfect plant-based alternative to dairy feta. Adding the hummus from yesterday’s meal makes this meal quick and easy. That’s why you should always meal prep on weekends for the quickest meals on weekdays!

In this Greek salad, I’ve included:

Spicy hummus + extra chickpeas
Tofu feta
Sweet onion
Cherry tomatoes, roasted
Bell pepper
Persian cucumber
Spring mix
Olives
Capers

How to make:

Chop up the vegetables. Make the hummus (use this recipe, and if you want a spicier version, include extra jalapeno, cilantro, and wildbrine sriracha). Make the tofu feta and roast the cherry tomatoes at the same time, using a silicone mat. Add everything to a bowl of greens, and top with capers and olives.

Tip: use the same vegetables over and over again throughout the week, but switch up the ones you buy from week to week. This will allow you to include a variety of foods in your diet, but also to buy in bulk so you save money, too.

THURSDAY: Vegan Party Foods for Mom’s Birthday

Vegan Cheesecake: No-Bake Healthy Lemon Dessert | Soul in the Raw

My mom’s birthday celebration included: Caesar salad, spaghetti squash with Moroccan-inspired marinara, pumpkin cheese, veggies, and cheesecake.

It’s very easy to throw a vegan celebration while maintaining your health and eating delicious, exciting meals at the same time. Even the cheesecake is oil-free and date-sweetened, while being very rich and creamy.

For the pumpkin cheese: add soaked pumpkin seeds to a food processor and process for a while, until they turn into butter consistency. Then, add nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and salt, and process until creamy. Place in the dehydrator to get a hard “crust” on top.

Tip: always include a vegetable platter in your celebratory dinners; this will allow you to bulk up on fiber-rich, nutrient-dense foods among the other, fattier foods.

FRIDAY: Creamy Dilly Potatoes and Peas

A Week of Vegan Dinners: Whole Food Plant Based Dinner Ideas

A delicious, creamy dish that uses Caesar dressing combined with potatoes, mushrooms, dill and peas for a perfect vegan dinner meal.

In this potato dish, I’ve included:

Steamed Yukon gold potatoes
Mushrooms + onions cooked in tamari
Caesar dressing + extra tahini
Frozen peas
Dill + green onion
Arugula

How to make:

Steam potatoes until soft, adding frozen peas at the end to defrost. Blend up the Caesar dressing. Cook the mushrooms and onions with a bit of tamari until golden brown. Chop up the dill and green onion. Mix arugula, cooked potatoes, peas, dressing, and top with dill and green onions.

Tip: no matter what meal you’re preparing, always make sure to include leafy greens. They are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and so easy to incorporate into pretty much any recipe.

SATURDAY: Vegan Shakshuka

A Week of Vegan Dinners: Whole Food Plant Based Dinner Ideas

Shakshuka is a Moroccan-Jewish dish that is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. Traditionally, it contains eggs, but those are very easy to swap with a mix of chickpea flour, water, turmeric, black pepper, nutritional yeast and kala namak salt.

We make this dish almost every week, and differently every time. Mainly because it’s Tomer’s specialty, and he just can’t seem to make the same recipe using the same ingredients twice.

In this shakshuka, Tomer has included:

Arugula
Tahini
Vegan egg (chickpea flour, water, turmeric, black pepper, nutritional yeast and kala namak salt)
Bell pepper
Garlic
Onion
Tomatoes
Capers

How to make:

Check out my 1-month vegan meal plan,  Deliciously Planty, for the exact recipe. We love serving this amazing dish with sourdough bread bought at a local bakery, made with simple, unprocessed ingredients.

Tip: it’s easy to take charge of your health when you make food using whole ingredients. Always be sure to check ingredient labels on EVERYTHING you purchase. Although it might take a bit of extra time in the beginning, you’ll learn your favorite brands and products pretty quickly and will become aware of exactly what to purchase. It’s worth it for your health! Avoid preservatives, nasty chemicals, food dyes, oil, food coloring, etc. Eat whole, plant foods.

What is your favorite meal of the bunch that you’re excited to try?

Vegan Dinner Recipes: 1 Week of Delicious Vegan Dinners | Soul in the Raw
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Soul in the Raw is a high-raw vegan recipe + education blog. Marina creates quick, easy, and delicious high-raw vegan recipes and blogs about the health benefits of a high-raw plant-based diet. You can get more of Marina’s awesome recipes, tips, and lifestyle techniques on the free Facebook group: Raw Souls .