5 Quick and Healthy Plant-Based Dinner Recipes to Try This Week

Emmy Schneider-Green
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There’s nothing like a good home-cooked dinner. But thinking of new dinner ideas is not always the easiest task.

If you’re coming up empty on healthy dinner recipe ideas, we’ve got you covered. No need to have yet another bowl of cereal or a boring salad because it’s somehow evening already and you haven’t been able to come up with anything that sounds good. (We’ve all been there!)

And what’s even better is that they’re easy and quick dinner recipes too!

No need to have yet another bowl of cereal or a boring salad.

None of these healthy dinner recipes require a lot of time, and as an added perk, they are all plant-based. Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or simply wouldn’t mind adding more plants to your diet (never a bad idea!), these dinner ideas pack in the veggies, healthy fiber, and plenty of protein.

Looking for more ways to replace meat in your diet? Here are 7 Plant-Based Meat Alternatives to Try for Your Next Meatless Meal

Whether you’re craving a robust comfort classic, lighter fare, Asian flavors, or Italian night, now’s the time to try some (or all!) of these delicious dinner ideas.

We hope you’re hungry!


Try These 5 Quick and Healthy Dinner Recipe Ideas:

Here are five healthy and quick dinner recipes that are totally delicious and nutrient-packed, so no matter what you’re craving or who you’re feeding, you’ll find something that gets you excited to get in the kitchen.

1. Spicy Any-Veggie Soup

spicy veggie soup

Oh She Glows

Who couldn’t use a little comfort in a bowl? This delicious and simple soup recipe from Oh She Glows comes together in a snap!

The recipe includes the option of using a slow cooker so you can literally add all the ingredients and walk away. No matter the season or what you have in your fridge, make this quick dinner recipe work for you by adding basically any veggie you have around.

Serve with a side salad or some bread and enjoy this hearty yet light veggie soup recipe.

Need a good salad recipe? Try this Kale Caesar Salad With Spicy Chickpeas (Easy Vegan Recipe)

2. Vegan Mexican Jackfruit Tostados

vegan jackfruit

Fueled Naturally

Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need meat (or tons of skill or time in the kitchen) to create authentic Mexican culinary flavors like in this jackfruit tostada recipe from Fueled Naturally.

Yes, jackfruit is a fruit, but cooks down into a delightfully pulled pork texture. With simple ingredients and optional “shortcuts” like canned salsa and beans, this healthy dinner recipe comes together in a lot less time than you’d think based on the impressive finished product.

Want more jackfruit recipe inspo? Try These Drool-Worthy BBQ Jackfruit Tacos (Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipe)

3. Vegan Quiche

vegan quiche

Ela Vegan

A quiche recipe for a weeknight dinner at home? Yes! Because it’s easier than you might think to make your own quiche from scratch, and this version is healthy, protein and veggie-packed, and soy-free (no tofu or eggs as the base!).

This healthy dinner recipe from Ela Vegan stars chickpea flour as the filling, tons of spices, and tons of veggies. You can also slice this up and enjoy for days as the perfect meal prep dish.


4. Takeout Style Orange Tempeh

orange tempeh

Emilie Eats

Before you reach for that takeout menu again, try whipping up your own takeout-style orange tempeh recipe from Emilie Eats.

Think of it as a (protein-packed) cousin of tofu, with a nuttier flavor and chewy texture. Dish it up with a side of quinoa and broccoli or, if you’d prefer, rice and basically any veggie you’d like will go well with this healthy dinner recipe.

5. Zucchini Lasagna

zucchini lasagna roll ups

Create Mindfully

A delicious way to sneak a lot more veggies into a comfort food classic is a zucchini lasagna recipe where thinly sliced zucchini serve as the “noodles.”

Layers of vegan tofu ricotta (amazingly creamy and delish!), spinach, and marinara sauce all get rolled up in the zucchini for an impressive looking and delicious dinner from Create Mindfully.

Enjoy These Healthy Dinner Recipes – Because Life’s Too Short to Make the Same Old Dishes on Repeat

While it’s good to have some quick dinner recipe staples to fall back on, don’t get stuck in a boring dinner rut! And remember: healthy does not have to mean boring, bland, or basic.

Mix it up, find some new flavors you love, and add some new soon-to-be regulars into your lineup of healthy dinner recipes. Enjoy!

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Emmy Schneider-Green

Emmy is a passionate vegan foodie and fitness nut with a wanderlust spirit. When she’s not coaching her fitness and health clients or traveling around in her old renovated RV, she’s writing content on food, environmentalism, holistic health, and travel, or lifting weights, to show through bodybuilding the power of a plant-based diet and lifestyle.


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