You're here to read about vegan dinner recipes...
But not just any old vegan dinner recipes, hugely popular ones from around the world on Instagram...
So, to our international visitors:
G'day, How ya goi
One of the many things I love about food is the fact that it’s a universal communicator of offering, safety, love, and gratitude.
Since the dawn of time, even cave dwellers traded food as gifts or to display care for one another.
Food brings families and friends together. It sends a message. It fills us up.
And best of all?
It's a 💣 to eat (my slang for its fun to eat). 😋
It’s funny because I wasn’t always a foodie. Up until I was about 10 years old, all I ever consumed was smooth peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches with a small box carton of my favourite Hershey’s chocolate milk. Delicious! But pure sugar. And ALWAYS the same damn thing.
As I aged, I found that my dinners became predictable and bland when ordering from the kid’s menu at a restaurant, so I finally decided to branch out and order something different and try the adult menu. I found that the more combinations and flavours I consumed, the more interested I became in the wide world of food and cooking.
Having travelled to Europe twice now, eating foods in different countries has become one of my favourite parts of travel all together! And now being vegan and doing the same, I love seeing how creative all regions can get in whipping up some impressively tasty (and sometimes traditional) vegan food creations.
But why wait to travel to try some of these creative alternatives?
The following is a list of vegan weeknight dinners created by top Instagram influencers from around the world! So, sit back, read up, and get ready to try things you might otherwise never would!
HOW TO BE A WEEKNIGHT VEGAN DINNER PROFESSIONAL
Real quick. But the truth. We all need it.
We’re all busy.
But that doesn’t mean we are limited to relying on fast food, and corn snacks we’re convinced are meals for the sake of time! NO!
Our bodies need nourishment! Fibre! Protein! Phytonutrients and love!
Haha, so didn't mean to preach that, but it’s a subject I am passionate about.
I used to be a master meal prepper. I’ve gotten a little loose about it more recently and haven’t been as on the ball (my bad!), But I aim to make conscious steps towards changing that every day!
And if you’re making efforts to be fit on top of being busy as well (@me ESPECIALLY when I was half marathon training), this is especially convenient. While at my fitness peak (just last year actually), I prepped all my week’s meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) including snacks. I would prep smoothie jars in the freezer as well and throw that into a blender with some water, protein powder, and nut butter of choice and, I kid you not, gained 12 pounds from a purely vegan diet for my half marathon a year ago. Having been a full-time student with a part-time job at the same time, being a meal prep master was essential to making this possible.
With that being said, a lot of these internationally inspired recipes featured below could use some tender love and meal prepping. Especially for chopping, mincing, etc. That way, when you get down to it after a long day of working, exercising, and/or possibly taking care of children, pets, etc.
Cooking up these meals will be super simple and easy to do.
Which is IDEAL. Right?
But of course, all the power to you because many people do find cooking after a long day to be quite the cathartic experience.
Refer to my earlier blog, 5 Easy and Delicious Vegan Lunch Ideas for Busy Mums for more information regarding this genius practice.
Now for some fun reading and learning some new vegan dinner recipes.
Top Vegan Instagram Influencers’:
1. Sassy Gregson-Williams
From: the UK 🇬🇧
Followers: Currently over 65,000
Story: ballet dancer who also owns a global online workout studio
Recipe: Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie Burgers
2. Minimalist Baker
From: the USA 🇺🇸
Followers: Currently over 1.3 million!
Story: shares recipes that are ten ingredients or less, take 30 mins or less to prepare, or that use just one bowl! (She’s super convenient)
Recipe: Socca Pizza with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Pesto
3. Nagalakshmi Viswanathan (nags)
From: India 🇮🇳
Followers: More than 20,000
Story: makes recipes for the busy and sometimes lazy vegan cook!
Recipe: Chana Capsicum Curry - Easy Chickpeas Capsicum Curry Recipe
From: Germany 🇩🇪
Followers: More than 56,000
Story: full-time student, loves being active, and has been vegan for 4 years
Recipe: Lentil-Chickpea-Stew with Baked Eggplant
Recipe Source: https://sheloveseating.de/en/linsen-kichererbsen-eintopf
From: Japan 🇯🇵
Followers: Nearly 4,000
Story: shares all the best places to get delicious vegan food in Japan!
Recipe: Super Spicy Tofu with Sauteed Mushrooms over Udon. Yum. I want.
Recipe Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/voMlmCnt9y/?taken-by=veganjapan
From: Brazil 🇧🇷
Followers: Over 8,000
Story: enjoys living a plant-based, health conscious, cruelty-free, and gratitude-based lifestyle in Brazil.
Recipe: Roasted Peppers Stuffed with Soy Protein
Recipe Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfQ0WipA_xn/?taken-by=lisivegan
7. Bonny Rebecca
From: Australia 🇦🇺
Followers: Almost 440,000
Story: The Previous dancer, overcame an eating disorder
Recipe: Bowl of Bonny Rebecca’s Favourite Things
Recipe Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hjhXDLyfyA
More on Those Vegan Dinner Recipes:
The selection of 7 top Instagram influencers will give you something new to try each night of the week! And with tons of variety, there’s something for everyone. :)
1. Mediterranean Chickpea Veggie Burgers by Sassy Gregson-Williams
Violife Product to Add: Sliced and melted vegan halloumi cheese
Although this isn’t a traditional English food, Mediterranean flavour has seen a burst in popularity throughout much of Europe and the world. For a good reason, too! The Mediterranean diet is rich in vitamins and minerals that help slow ageing and help fight disease. Its richness in plant-based options makes it the perfect fitness food too, providing high protein content that will help you build muscle while also staving off unnecessary saturated fat.
2. Socca Pizza with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Pesto by Minimalist Baker
Violife Product to Add: Vegan mozzarella flavour block
Keeping the high fibre and protein content alive, socca is a bread made from chickpea flour that will keep you feeling full and satisfied. Since the United States is a big mixing pot of cultures, it seemed appropriate to use a pizza recipe as it’s one of the most popular foods Americans consume-- but this is waaaaay healthier. Grate our vegan mozzarella on top and feel free to add the homemade Parmesan cheese Minimalist Baker links to for complete satisfaction.
3. Chana Capsicum Curry - Easy Chickpeas Capsicum Curry Recipe by Nags of Edible Garden
Violife Product to Add: Original Flavour Creamy BUT as a spread for a side of Naan...Check it out.
I wouldn’t add vegan cheese directly to this dish because the chickpea curry does not call for a heavy dairy-like ingredient. Cashews take care of the creaminess here. However, if you do decide to have a side of naan (which you can either buy at the store or make homemade...My absolute fave btw. Gluten-free alternatives like using the socca dough linked in the recipe above work well too!) Our Violife creamy original flavour spread would be a nice, cool and creamy topper (NOTE: this product is not included in our dinner-time bundle).
Dip that vegan cheese coated naan into your curry...
And damn. FOOD HEAVEN.
4. Lentil-Chickpea-Stew with Baked Eggplant by Tanith
Violife Product to Add: Mild prosociano vegan cheese wedge
A delicious and hearty vegan meal-- perfect for the upcoming winter season! Tanith is a great vegan blogger because as an athlete, she has a massive appetite. And we all know that on a vegan diet, filling up is key. Ain’t nobody got time for eating a tiny salad and getting hungry just 1 hour later. That is entirely beside the point! Adding some fresh grated vegan prociano cheese will do this dish right, adding a delectable savoury touch to this gourmet-style meal.
5. Super Spicy Tofu with Sautéed Mushrooms over Udon by veganjapan
Violife Product to Add: Original flavour creamy featured in your dessert of choice afterwards!
Since Asian cuisine does not typically use any dairy in their cooking, it seems wholly appropriate to not use a vegan cheese in this dish.
HOWEVER, if you want to finish off this meal on a sweet note, refer to our 12 Vegan Cupcakes (For Every Month of the Year) blog post for a tasty treat that uses our Violife vegan cheese original flavour creamy in a decadent vegan cream cheese frosting.
6. Roasted Peppers Stuffed with Soy Protein by @lisivegan
Violife Product to Add: Original flavour grated
This is a great, easy vegan dish that is quick to make and super simple to customise your stuffing ingredients. Instead of soy protein, perhaps but in a mixture of black beans and butternut squash alternately. Roasted red peppers are always great as well as orange, yellow, and green too! Grated Violife vegan cheese original flavour grated will seal the deal on this super easy and delicious vegan meal!
7. Bowl of Bonny Rebecca’s Favourite Things by Bonny Rebecca
Violife Product to Add: Mild prosociano vegan cheese wedge
Containing quinoa, black beans, sweet potato, tomato, Bok Choy, avocado, mustard, pepper, and lemon juice, this bowl is packed full of all the essential macro and micronutrients needed to get you through your day and thrive! This fantastic vegan meal sounds so dang good I’m inspired to make this tonight! A sprinkle of some grated mild prosociano vegan cheese would crank the umami on this to a whole new level!
These 7 dishes make enough servings for a family or are great for leftovers any night of the week! They would be great lunches to bring into work and make all your colleagues jealous or to bring to a potluck or party and make people start talking about how you’ve suddenly become a master chef overnight! You stunner, you.
What Will You Make?
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About the Author
Hello! My name is Rebecca, and I am a lifelong foodie. Now, VEGAN foodie, aiming to provide the best, most fun advice I can on all things plant-based. Join me on a quest always to bring you the best. Always vegan and always food related. Cheers. My Instagram & My Blog