Vegan Dinner Recipes
Posole is a Mexican long-simmered stew chock full of history, endless variations of ingredients, and the common thread of hominy. And sometimes you need hot posole stew and you need it . . . almost now! Posole loves to be topped with lots of salad like ingredients—crunchy cabbage, radishes, avocado—that coolly contrast with the soothing, warm tomato stew below. I’m a fan of canned hominy for fast and easy posole making. The canned stuff just requires a brief rinse to use, is cheap, and is ready for whenever you need this quick cooking posole. When you have a bit more time, try making Homemade Soft Corn Tortillas to go with this. Recipe from Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers by Terry Hope Romero. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books. Photos by Angie Gaul.
Pureed silken tofu is a superb base for creamy soups, such as this vegan creamy corn chowder. It provides substance without the need for thickening. The mild, familiar flavors will entice kids of all ages to enjoy a soothing bowl of soup. Photos by Lori Maffei. more→
Easy and tasty are the names of the game here, and these tacos are both (even if using bottled BBQ sauce and dressing and pre-made corn tortillas) and incredibly versatile. You can dress them up fancy or just take them as is and dig in. Oh, and did I mention they’re mad economical? If you have some of these ingredients on hand, this whole meal will cost you around $12 bucks, which is about the going rate for a top-shelf margarita in Chicago. Recipe and photos contributed by Ashlee Piper from her blog The Little Foxes.
This quinoa burger is loaded with nutritious ingredients, making it a powerhouse meal that’s delicious, too. Recipe from Vegan Diner: Classic Comfort Food for the Body and Soul* by Julie Hasson, published by Running Press, © 2011, reprinted by permission. Photo by Steve Legato.
Vegan pizzadillas, a fast and fun dinner idea, are a mash-up of pizza and quesadillas. Basically, you’re filling soft taco-size tortillas with the kinds of ingredients you’d use for making pizza — marinara sauce, vegan cheese, and lots of veggies. And you can just wing it as far as measurements, too.
For a one-person meal, cut the recipe in half. All you need to complete this meal is a substantial salad with some cooked quinoa, beans or chickpeas, and/or sunflower seeds for a protein boost. This serves 2 hungry people or 4 moderately (1 or 2 pizzadillas per serving). Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
This combination of refried beans, corn, and vegan cheddar cheese in a soft tacos makes for a sensuous experience, meant to be eaten with knife and fork rather than picked up as you would crisp tacos. Serve with baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries and a big salad for an easy meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Grilled mushrooms make a great filling for any number of wraps or tacos, and they’re so flavorful that you don’t need a lot to accompany them. Recipe from Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant Based Eating All Through the Year *, copyright © Del Sroufe, 2012. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Photos by Cara Howe. more→
Making hash is a great way to use whatever vegetables you have left over from the night before. But in the case of this delicious recipe, it seems unfair to consider it just a dish of leftovers. Recipe from Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant Based Eating All Through the Year * copyright © Del Sroufe, 2012. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Photos by Cara Howe.
The grilled, marinated Portobellos make a delicious fajita filling, and the creamy sauce makes any cheese or sour cream superfluous. If you don’t have a grill pan, use your broiler, an electric grill pan, or even a skillet. This recipe is from Everyday Vegan Eats* by Zsu Dever © 2014, Vegan Heritage Press. more→
Earthy and hearty, this combination of quinoa, tender squashed and mushrooms can be served any time of year. Serve with Avocado and Pinto Bean Salad or a big colorful salad to which you add your favorite beans. and some stone-ground tortilla chips. Photos by Rachael Braun.
This simplified version of a popular Indian dish, chana masala, is a delightful way to showcase tasty chickpeas. The traditional version doesn’t usually contain green beans, but they do add color and texture to the dish. If you prefer, you can substitute a few ounces of fresh spinach or other leafy greens for the green beans. In addition to hot cooked grains, serve with fresh flatbread and a simple salad of tomatoes and cucumbers in a generous dollop of coconut yogurt. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
I learned something new recently — chow mein refers not so much to the specific types of noodles used (though it sometimes does use wider and sometimes shorter noodles than lo mein), but that the noodles are stir-fried along with the veggies. The amount and varieties of vegetables can be varied. Why call for take out when it’s so easy (and less greasy) to make this at home? Serve with a simple tofu dish and a salad or slaw dressed in sesame-ginger dressing for a great meal. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→