Vegan food has exploded in the last five years, and if you’re looking to get involved, you’ve come to the right place. Raising a vegan six-year-old, we have tried plenty of vegan dinner recipes over the years, and here are our top picks.
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Whether you are already vegan, want to give Veganuary a go, or are just curious about new family dinner ideas, there are vegan dinner recipes to suit all families.
Tasty, nutritious and budget-friendly, get ready to cook up a storm that will have the kids asking for seconds.
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Vegan Dinner Recipes to Try
Fantastic Fish Pie
If fish is a popular dinner amongst your family, you’ll adore this vegan fish pie dish from Bosh. Creamy, delicious and with a real fishy taste, this take on a classic fish pie will fill your kids full of veggies without them even noticing.
It is one of the most requested dinners in my house, and it’s a fantastic one to make on a Sunday, leaving plenty of leftovers for the week.
Luscious Lentil Curry
Lentils are cheap, cheerful, and an excellent source of healthy protein. Most families will have curries on their dinner menu, so this lentil curry from Simple Vegan Blog is a really simple swap for the traditional one made with meat.
This recipe does include coconut milk which can always be replaced for a single cream (I use Alpro) if you don’t like coconut flavours.
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Seasonal Shepherd’s Pie
We love this vegan shepherd’s pie from The Simple Veganista because of the 10 minute prep time. This winter warmer is bursting with a variety of vegetables to keep immune systems fighting fit. It is a versatile dish which allows you to throw whatever veggies you have in the fridge, or even swap the white potatoes for sweet potatoes instead.
Indulgent Vegan Lasagna
Lasagna is the ultimate comfort food, and making it vegan is easy. You won’t miss the meat in this dish as it is packed full of flavour.
This recipe from BBC Food needs a little bit more preparation than the others, but it is definitely worth the wait. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making the white sauce, there are vegan white sauces you can find in the supermarkets. For gluten-free family members, there are gluten-free and vegan-friendly pasta sheets available too.
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Tickle their tastebuds with this healthy, wholesome and filling dish. Risotto is usually a challenging dish to make when you have a house full of kids requiring your full attention. Thankfully, this butternut squash risotto is family-friendly. The rice spends most of its time in the oven, freeing you to get on with your evening.
Tasty Vegan Tacos
Vegan tacos, like these ones from Bosh, are a great way to introduce a plant-based meal into your weekly menu. The kids can get involved in making the side dishes such as guacamole and salsa. It is also an ideal opportunity to help your fussy eaters to try new foods, creating their own tacos will gently encourage them to add new flavours and textures they have never had before.
If black beans are a no-go in your house, dice up mushrooms instead as they will provide a similar taco filling texture.
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15 Minute Mexican Quesadillas
These Mexican quesadillas from The Happy Pear are packed full of healthy vegan fats and ooze with flavour. Quick and easy, throw them together in just 15 minutes.
Homemade fries are a great accompaniment, simply chop up potatoes into fry shapes and pop them in the oven with rosemary, oil and any seasoning of choice. Let them cook as you get on with the quesadillas.
This recipe will show you how to make an easy-peasy cashew cheese, which comes from whole foods, making it cheaper and healthier than buying vegan cheese in the supermarket.
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Have your say! Are you planning to make more vegan dinner recipes? Leave your comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!