A collage of vegan weeknight dinners.

30+ Easy Vegan Weeknight Dinners

When your day has been too busy to cook these easy vegan weeknight dinners are here to rescue dinnertime! Quick to make with simple ingredients, these flavor filled menus feature delicious pastas, veggie filled burgers and many oil-free or gluten-free ideas that will appeal to the whole family!

A collage of vegan weeknight dinners.

When life gets too busy these easy vegan weeknight dinners come to the rescue! Whether you have had a hard day at the office, a busy day at school or just feel too lazy to cook, these meal ideas are simple and quick!


Many of these vegan weeknight meals can be on the table in 30 minutes and are anything but bland and boring! Flavorful and delicious, these are ideas the whole family will approve! Choose from pasta dishes made with pantry staples or veggie filled dishes with lentils and beans.

These easy vegan dinners are perfect when you are short on time, low in energy or just because!

Easy Vegan Weeknight Dinners

One-Pot Spaghetti and Vegan Meatballs
Refreshing and nutty falafel-based vegan meatballs, full of protein and nutrients, served over one-pot whole grain spaghetti with rich marinara sauce.
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One-Pot Spaghetti and Vegan Meatballs
Tomato Pasta Bake with Garlicky Crumb Topping
This Tomato Pasta Bake with Garlicky Crumb Topping is a budget friendly, hearty & delicious meal that the whole family will love!
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Tomato Pasta Bake with Garlicky Crumb Topping
Sweet Potato Lentil Fritters
Customize these Sweet Potato Lentil Fritters for an easy kid-friendly dinner!
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Sweet Potato Lentil Fritters
Vegan & Gluten Free Casserole: Broccoli, Kale & Rice Medley
Mmm, casseroles. As far as warming and satisfying dishes go, vegan & gluten free casseroles are right up
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Vegan & Gluten Free Casserole: Broccoli, Kale & Rice Medley
Vegan Black Bean Burgers (5-Ingredients!)
These Easy Vegan Black Bean Burgers are made with only 5 pantry staple ingredients, yet are guaranteed to satisfy any burger craving.
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Vegan Black Bean Burgers (5-Ingredients!)
Homemade Spaghetti O’s (Allergy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Kick the can and make this healthy recipe for the kids instead! Homemade Spaghetti O’s that are allergy-free, gluten-free, and vegan! A super easy lunch
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Homemade Spaghetti O’s (Allergy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Summer Corn + Lentil Sloppy Joes
Raise your hand if you love super easy, family-friendly dinner recipes during these fun and feisty summer months? Well then. Me too. These healthy, vegan, super-delicious Summer Veggie Lentil Sloppy Joes are just for you. Packed with protein, fiber and flavor, you can have these sassy sandwiches on…
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Summer Corn + Lentil Sloppy Joes
Easy Dairy-free Alfredo
20 Minute Easy Vegan Dairy-free Alfredo that will blow away your guests that it’s dairy-free & healthy! Just 7 ingredients, no butter or oil!
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Easy Dairy-free Alfredo
Broccoli Turmeric Fritters – Gluten Free, Vegan — Tasting Page
These gluten free and vegan broccoli turmeric fritters are packed full of bold flavors, as well as loads of health benefits. Best of all, you can make them in advance, and eat them all week.
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Broccoli Turmeric Fritters - Gluten Free, Vegan — Tasting Page
Pasta with Cauliflower and Peas
Gluten free vegan pasta dinner recipe is light and savory and topped with a toasted panko topping!
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gluten free pasta with cauliflower and peas
Hash Brown Shepherd’s Pie
Meet your new go to casserole for fall! Crispy potatoes and hearty chunks of seitan and veggies baked together into a perfect one pot meal!
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Hash Brown Shepherd’s Pie
Vegan Barbecue Quinoa Ball Sliders
Baked until crispy on the outside and topped with your favorite barbecue sauce, these BBQ Quinoa Ball Sliders are vegan and naturally gluten free.
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Vegan Barbecue Quinoa Ball Sliders
BBQ Cauliflower Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free)
Sticky, crunchy, yielding, Vegan Bbq Cauliflower Bites are Gluten Free and oh so addictive. Feeling low? Trying to resist that bag of bbq potato chips on the shelf? Reach for a head of cauliflower instead. Toss it in my easy peasy punched up store bought Bbq sauce, and bake until you have little gol…
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BBQ Cauliflower Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free)
Sweet Potato Ranch Chickpea Burgers
Good for you ingredients including a ranch seasoning make this veggie burger a great weeknight dinner idea!
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ranch chickpea burger
Vegan Buddha Bowls
Whole grains, vegan protein, and veggies come together with a tasty dressing and satisfying sprinkles to create these vegan buddha bowls. With the suggested dressings, they’re oil-free, too.
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Vegan Mac and Cheese
The ultimate Vegan Mac and Cheese! Cheesy, saucy macaroni topped with an irresistible buttery & golden crispy crumb topping. No dairy, no nuts & easily made gluten-free. Prepare to get saucy!
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Vegan Mac and Cheese
Vegan No-Chicken Nuggets
Chickpeas and artichokes are whipped up, coated in panko breadcrumbs and cornmeal, and pan-fried until golden to create these crispy vegan chicken nuggets.
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Vegan No-Chicken Nuggets
Lion Pasta – Fork and Beans
Looking for a fun way to serve up your gluten free pasta? Put a smile of your kids’ faces with this super easy and totally fun Lion Pasta dinner option
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Lion Pasta - Fork and Beans
Roasted Vegetable Pizza with Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
Bite into this delicious Roasted Vegetable Pizza. It’s made with roasted butternut squash, beets, carrots atop a creamy vegan cauliflower Alfredo Sauce and served on a cornmeal pizza crust.
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Roasted Vegetable Pizza with Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
Brussels Sprout, Sweet Potato and Chickpea Sheet Pan Dinner
One pan dinner makes mealtime a breeze!
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brussels sprouts and sweet potato sheet pan dinner-7
Dairy-Free Vegan Beef Lasagna Rolls
These vegan lasagna rolls are my latest pasta obsession. I am not sure why, but I have been craving pasta like crazy this past month. It is probably my ultimate comfort food, (next to chips and salsa), but I eat it sparingly because of the carbs.
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Dairy-Free Vegan Beef Lasagna Rolls
Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup – easy, healthy, nostalgic, and awesome
The most comforting and delicious vegan chicken noodle soup that is easy to make and the perfect recipe for those winter colds.
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Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup - easy, healthy, nostalgic, and awesome
Easy Vegan Chili Pizza – Quick & Tasty Mexican Pizza!
Looking for a tasty weeknight dinner? This easy vegan chili pizza ticks all the right boxes. It’s spicy, fresh, delicious & hearty!
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Easy Vegan Chili Pizza - Quick & Tasty Mexican Pizza!
Vegan Taco Lettuce Wraps
You will love this healthy way to enjoy taco Tuesday! These vegan taco lettuce wraps are made with quinoa cooked with spices and peppers and then wrapped in a lettuce shell! It's nutritious and filling for lunch or a weeknight dinner all while staying lower carb.
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Three vegan taco lettuce wraps in a taco stand.
One Pot Vegan Chickpea Pasta
This vegan one pot chickpea pasta dish is made with a rich, smoky tomato sauce, chewy oyster mushrooms and chickpeas! Ready in 20 minutes.
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Teriyaki Tofu
The first time I had teriyaki almost didn’t happen. It was 16 years ago, right after graduating college, when I first moved to Seattle. My co-workers invited me to go out to lunch with them, and told me they were going to this great teriyaki spot. I told them that I didn’t think I liked…Read Mo…
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Teriyaki Tofu
Crispy Potato Tacos Recipe
This crispy potato tacos makes simple, light vegetarian/ vegan weeknight dinner. They require only 6 ingredients and only 30 minutes to make.
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Crispy Potato Tacos Recipe
Quinoa Fried Rice
Veggies loaded quinoa fried rice for a low-carb alternative to regular fried rice. This is vegan, gluten-free, healthy, delicious, and quick.
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Quinoa Fried Rice
Easy Vegan Loaded Home Fries
Loaded home fries are vegan, gluten free and oil free; perfect for brunch or brinner!
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30 Easy Vegan Weeknight Dinners

These easy vegan red lentil sloppy joes are a favorite kid friendly main dish that comes together quickly in the skillet! One of the best easy vegan weeknight dinners!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Main
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 300kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups red lentils , soaked for 1 hours or more
  • 12 ounces meatless crumbles
  • 1 cup sweet onion , diced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper , diced
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3-4 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 Tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke

Instructions

  • Soak red lentils for 30 minutes or overnight. Rinse.
  • In large skillet on medium heat, water sauté your diced onion, green pepper and minced garlic for 3 – 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  • Add meatless crumbles and cook for another 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Add lentils, spices and tomato paste. Stir well.
  • Stir in vegetable stock, ketchup, liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Serve with buns, vegan cheese and pickles!
  • Store in fridge or freezer.

Notes

  • *I soak my red lentils overnight, you might not need to do this. Please rinse well though.
  • My go to brand is Morningstar Meatless Crumbles. Most supermarkets carry these in the freezer section.
  • For vegan Worcestershire you could sub equal parts balsamic vinegar and molasses (1 Tablespoon of each)
  • Liquid smoke can be found this in the BBQ sauce / ketchup aisle

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal

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