Are you going vegan in January or maybe just interested in a 31 day challenge for Veganuary? Whether you’re new to plant based foods, or have been at this a while, I’ve got 31 days worth of healthy vegan dinner recipes! BONUS! These veganuary recipes are nutrient dense meals to help you live your best healthy self! DOUBLE BONUS!! I’m including a FREE printable veganuary meal plan.
This post was originally published in December 2019. It’s been updated to include even better recipes!
If you currently eat a whole food plant based diet but have been getting tired of the same ole’ recipes, this collection of incredible veganuary recipes may be just what you need!
If it’s time to change up your routine, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find 31 nutrient dense, filling meals that are flavourful and satisfying. A great way to change up your dinner schedule, meet your January healthy eating goals, or complete a veganuary challenge.
Eating a plant based diet does not have to be boring! And neither does eating healthy. And that’s what this veganuary meal plan is all about.
What you’ll find
- 31 mouth watering veganuary recipes that are perfect for dinner.
- Dishes that are actually nutrient dense, and not at all boring.
- Veganuary recipes that are, of course, vegan. But also oil free (or easily made oil free). All are refined sugar free and many are wheat and gluten free.
- Filling, hearty meals from casseroles, to burgers, to meatballs, tacos, buddha bowls, soups and stews.
- Recipe servings are all UNDER 400 calories per serving. So if your goals are weight loss, these veganuary recipes will definitely aid with that. (If weight loss is not your goal, enjoy a larger serving.)
- And most importantly, FLAVOUR filled, tried and true, tested recipes that work the FIRST time you try them. That is all you’ll get on this veganuary meal plan.
What you won’t find
Not one salad.
Now there’s nothing wrong with a hearty, delicious salad, but I’m here to change your mind about plant based eating. To show you that a vegan diet goes FAR beyond salad. These veganuary recipes will definitely change your perspective.
That said, if a salad is what you’re craving, check out all my salads here. And of course, feel free to add a green salad to any of the meal options below. 🙂
About the calendar
I’m including a FREE printable calendar for your veganuary meal plan with clickable links for each dinner recipe. The calendar takes care of all your dinners for the entire month of January.
I did not include breakfasts or lunches, as these dishes usually provide leftovers. And leftovers make the best lunches right?
For vegan breakfast ideas, check out these.
Once you’re done scrolling through the delicious veganuary recipes here, grab your free calendar below, and put your mind at ease.
Why Meal Plan?
My top 3 reasons:
- Reduce Stress: With a planned menu for the week or month, you don’t need to worry about what you’re cooking for dinner every night.
- Encourage Healthier Eating: When you have a plan in place, you won’t make impulse decisions, to let’s say, order a pizza. 😉
- Save Money: With the menu planned out for you, you know exactly what you need to purchase from the supermarket. That means less impulse purchases and/or wasted produce.
If you’re interested, read up more on why I meal plan here.
Alright friends, are you ready for this??
31 Healthy Veganuary Recipes
Scroll through for all the 31 veganuary recipes and don’t forget to get my free veganuary meal plan calendar at the end!
Broccoli Potato Soup
A healthy twist on broccoli potato soup, made using nutrient dense ingredients. Chunks of potato, carrot, broccoli and white beans together with a rich and creamy broth. Tasty, guilt free, low calorie deliciousness that will fill you up and leave you completely satisfied.
Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
This lentil shepherd’s pie is lightened up from traditional versions, but still absolutely mouthwatering. A layer of lentils and veggies, topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. Healthy food has never tasted this good. Veganuary recipes don’t get better than this!
Vegan Enchilada Casserole
Loaded with big, bold flavour, this veggie packed enchilada casserole is the perfect Mexican dish to switch up your taco routine. It’s beautiful, colourful, and utterly delicious. Plus, everything cooks together in the oven, even the quinoa! So simple! Don’t miss this one on your veganuary meal plan freebie!
Pasta e Fagioli
Pasta e fagioli (literally translated to pasta and beans) is a traditional Italian dish made using pantry staples for a hearty, nourishing bowl of nutritious comfort food. Also commonly referred to as pasta fazool, this veganuary dish is perfect for chilly nights. Beans are the star of the show here, using very little pasta to keep this as nutritious as possible.
Veggie Ground Tacos
Incredibly versatile and seriously crave-worthy veggie grounds make the absolute perfect taco. Using cauliflower, carrots, pepitas and more, together with the perfect homemade blend of taco seasoning. If you’re avoiding gluten, just grab your favourite gluten free shells. Either way, you’ll want this in your collection of veganuary recipes.
Rich potatoes, kale and mushrooms, together with toasted fennel seeds, and a silky, garlicky, slightly spicy broth makes this vegan zuppa Toscana an unforgettable one! Also commonly referred to as Tuscan soup, this flavour bomb of a dish is one you won’t want to miss! Complete with a vegan bacon crumble topping.
This Instant Pot Mexican casserole is a combination of rice and beans with all your favourite toppings. It’s filling, flavourful, and incredibly satisfying. Even if you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can easily make this one on stove top. No matter how you cook it, this is a winning dish for your veganuary recipes collection.
Asian Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry
Cauliflower rice stir fry is loaded with chickpeas and veggies, then dressed in a savoury, peanutty sauce. It’s wholesome, flavour packed and seriously mouth-watering! As an added bonues, this veganuary recipe is naturally low carb and low in calories, despite being super satisfying!
Vegan “Chicken” Burgers
Seasoned with poultry flavours like oregano, thyme, sage and rosemary, and then baked to perfect, crispy, golden perfection. This vegan chicken burger is packed with flavour, completely wholesome and it’s veggie and omnivore approved! Crispy without the fried, delicious without the meat. Top with some homemade vegan mayo for the ultimate treat.
Lasagna Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Portobello mushrooms stuffed with vegan ricotta cheese and topped with a hearty bolognese sauce is absolute perfection! So rich and flavourful for a truly phenomenal vegan dinner you’ll definitely want on your veganuary meal plan. Don’t like mushrooms? Stuff some zucchini or eggplant instead. Veganuary recipes don’t come better than this!
Spiced Sweet Potato Soup
Delicious, creamy, and actually SPICY! This spiced sweet potato soup is filling and flavourful, incredibly warming, and perfect for chilly nights. Made with wholesome veggies and jalapenos to deliver a little kick for the perfect combo of sweet and spicy. A fabulous option for your veganuary meal plan.
Mexican Stuffed Zucchini Boats
A low calorie spin on your favourite Mexican food. These zucchini boats are a must try! Skip the tortilla and shells and give these vegan zucchini boats a go. All the delicious burrito flavour, minus the wrap. Filled with wholesome ingredients, for a satisfying, guilt free veganuary dinner.
Vegan Unstuffed Peppers
These unstuffed peppers (or stuffed pepper casserole) offer all the great flavours of stuffed peppers, without the stuffing part! Less prep makes this super simple to prepare. This hearty, comforting and totally satisfying dish has the added bonus of Instant Pot directions, too. Don’t have an Instant Pot? No problem! This tastes just as great on stove top.
Mushroom Barley Soup
Simply delicious mushroom barley soup is low in fat, but rich in flavour. Just 6 ingredients required this earthy, unami soup that tastes like comfort food. But it’s healthy! For gluten free, sub the barley for brown rice. Either way, you want this in your veganuary recipes collection.
Chickpea “Meatloaf” w/ Smoked Maple Glaze
Not your traditional meatloaf, of course. But an absolutely flavourful loaf that is jam packed with nutrients. This loaf is so hearty, satisfying and unbelievably “meaty”. Topped with a smoky, maple glaze that will have you salivating. Serve with a side of mashed potatoes, for the ultimate comfort meal. An absolute must on your veganuary meal plan.
Sneaky Zucchini Meatballs
Sneaky sneaky! These vegan meatballs are made using chickpeas, zucchini, carrots and oats. Perfect for hiding veggies from picky eaters, and pair beautifully with pasta or rice noodles. Choose chickpea or lentil pasta for a nutrient dense choice. Or splurge with wheat pasta once in a while.
Mushroom Risotto Burgers
This mushroom risotto burger is hearty and rich, with a “meaty” bite. It’s bursting with umami flavour, loaded with nutrients, and wont fall apart like many other veggie burgers. Bonus, they make great leftovers and freeze well too! You need this one on your veganuary meal plan.
Veggie Pot Pie Stew
All the great flavours of your favourite vegetable pot pie, with a low calorie twist. This stew version of a pot pie is perfect for busy days and weeknights. You can toss everything in your slow cooker in the morning, and dinner will practically cook itself. It’s rich, creamy, velvety, and seriously drool-worthy!
Crispy Potato Tacos
Feast your eyes on these gorgeous, flavourful, seriously mouth watering potato tacos! Crispy, delicious potatoes, combined with hearty black beans and a fresh, creamy slaw for some serious taco perfection! So many great flavours and textures for a dish that will forever make your collection of veganuary recipes.
Thai Red Curry
An easy, one pot, homemade Thai curry that’s layered with tons of incredible flavours! It’s nutritious and healthy but tastes like comfort food! This Instant Pot Thai curry is a restaurant quality dish, but super simple to make! Serve with rice, noodles or naan.
Mexican Buddha Bowl
Brown rice, sweet corn, smoky, hearty black beans, a beautiful tomato salad, rich avocado and fresh cilantro and lime juice come together in this alluring Mexican Buddha bowl. So many flavours, wonderful texture, and perfectly wholesome. Don’t worry cilantro haters, you can sub for parsley, or omit. 😉
Baked Falafel Wraps
Lightened up baked falafel wraps are just as great as its traditionally fried version, at a reduction of the calories and fat. All of the delicious, with zero of the guilt! Easy to make, easy to eat! Make sure this one makes your veganuary meal plan.
Healthy Cauliflower Bolognese
Hearty, loaded with veggies and seasoned with Italian flavours, this cauliflower Bolognese will make your vegan Bolognese sauce dreams come true. Ready in under an hour and served with your favourite noodles for a delicious, wholesome dinner the entire family will love.
Cheesy Broccoli Casserole w/ Rice
A “cheesy” vegan broccoli casserole dish that’s oozing with absolute deliciousness. Rice and broccoli florets are smothered in a rich and velvety vegan cheese sauce and baked to bubbly perfection. Hello comfort food!
Thai Peanut Chickpea Soup
Thai Peanut Chickpea Soup is peanutty, savoury, and packed with big bold flavour! This chunky, brothy soup tastes like comfort food but it’s nutrient dense and good for you! It’s filled with delicious flavours and colours. A treat for your eyes and taste buds.
Mexican Stuffed Peppers
Mouth watering, super flavourful, Mexican stuffed peppers with quinoa, corn and black beans, and then topped with delicious walnut cheese sauce. This dish is so jam packed with flavour and immensely comforting, all the while being a nutritious and low calorie vegan dinner option.
Vegan Orange “Chicken”
Bursting with fresh flavour, and incredibly simple to prepare, this vegan orange chicken will have your taste buds doing a happy dance! It’s protein packed, pairs perfectly with noodles or rice, and it’s wonderfully wholesome and delicious.
Jalapeno Popper Soup
An incredible chowder that’s spicy and flavourful, combined with a delicious vegan cheddar sauce. This jalapeno popper soup is hearty, delicious and completely wholesome. Not to mention, filling and satisfying! Another winner for your veganuary recipes.
Black Bean Pumpkin Burgers
Black bean pumpkin burgers are jam packed with nutrients, perfectly moist, and incredibly flavourful! These delicious patties offer a smoky-sweet, hearty bite with lovely texture. Plus, with only 7 ingredients required, and little to no prep work, you really have to try this one!
Vegan “Chicken” Soup
Jackfruit, potatoes, brown rice and tons of veggies in a hearty bowl of vegan chicken soup! I don’t always claim things taste like chicken, but in this case, it really tastes like chicken soup! Trust me, try it! You won’t be disappointed, and your family will thank you. You’re welcome. 🙂
Mushroom Chickpea Curry w/ Rapini
A one pot curry dish that’s packed with big, bold flavour! This chickpea and mushroom curry is fresh and tasty, rich and filling, and completely and utterly delicious. Tastes like comfort food, but it’s nutrient dense and healthy. Another winner for your veganuary recipes collection.
Now as promised! Your FREE Veganuary Meal Plan featuring veganuary recipes that are perfect for dinner! Click below to get your copy.
Feel free to switch things around to suit your schedule, or repeat any of your favourites. You don’t have to follow the veganuary meal plan exactly as scheduled. Make it work for you.
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Buon appetito & Happy Veganuary!