You have to try all 7 of these Vegan Spring Dinner Ideas your whole family will enjoy! They are guaranteed winners!
Spring calls for something light, possibly a little less hearty than the hot dishes that sustained your family through the winter. These vegan meals are great for families that have been vegan for years or those just seeking to diversify their kitchen routine. Try these recipes next time you’re at a loss for what to make for dinner.
1. Vegan Pizza
Pizza is nearly everyone’s favorite treat. The combination of bread, sauce and cheese drives everyone wild. It’s typically not part of a vegan diet, but many pizza parlors have begun offering menu items specifically tailored to special dietary needs. You can also make a fabulous vegan pizza at home.
This vegan pizza recipe adds plenty of delicious vegetables for a “supreme” pizza lookalike. With features like broccoli and corn that’ll burst with every bite, you won’t realize you aren’t missing the cheese or meat. This pizza also boasts cashew cream, which is every bit as delicious as the dairy kind.
These burritos, also called “Frankies,” are super healthy and can be a delicious treat for your family that teaches them more about the cuisine from other cultures. The original recipe isn’t entirely vegan, but it’s been modified to fit your dietary needs. You’ll still find plenty of veggies packed inside the burritos, and you won’t even realize you’re eating a vegan version of this popular dish.
Meat-eaters in the house can add ground beef or sausage on the side to make this dish a little more traditional and more all-diet-friendly. Whatever you happen to substitute, leave the curry mashed potatoes in the recipe — as they are the glue that holds the rest of the filling together.
This recipe can be eaten as an entree or as a side dish. Cucumber salads often feature vinegar-heavy dressings, so this version is an excellent option for the family who loves bitter things more than sweet. You can eat it as-is or add it to something else, like pieces of bread, to have something a little heavier alongside it.
The dill cucumber salad relies on many intense flavors like onion, garlic and vinegar to pack a punch while eating something nutritious and delicious. Consider adding more or fewer spices to taste. You’ll figure out the best cucumber salad mixture for your family after you fiddle with this recipe a couple of times.
Tofu is the perfect meat substitute that packs a lot of protein. This recipe includes plenty of flavorful elements, such as chili garlic sauce, making it a delicious choice for dinner on a weeknight. Even if most of your family isn’t vegan, they’ll enjoy this meal and the rich flavors within it. They’ll get their vegetables in a tasty, fuss-free way.
Consider adding more vegetables to pack even more of a nutritional punch. Similarly, if someone in your household doesn’t like green beans, you can swap them out for something like onions or snap peas. Either way, your family will still be eating a nutritious dinner.
One central element of this recipe is the seeds. They add texture and taste to this recipe, helping flavors blend seamlessly. Arepas can be tricky to make from scratch if you have no experience, but the reward is a delightful meal you can say that you made by hand. One recipe makes four arepas, so you may have to consider doubling or even tripling it depending on how many hungry people are in your household.
Once you make your arepas, you’re ready to add the ingredients and seasonings. This traditional Colombian and Venezuelan dish might become a favorite in your household. Once you start making arepas, you’ll feel more comfortable with the process and soon be able to make them in an instant for a regular meal.
This delicious-looking recipe is perfect all around — you can upload it to your social media feeds before digging in, and it’s excellent and simple to make for a crowd. It might take you some time to perfect this recipe, mostly to get the caramelization of the onions just right, but in the end, it’s so worth it.
The potato crust on the shepherd’s pie is a cauliflower and potato mash you can create from scratch. This part of the recipe may take time, but the mash brings everything together, especially when it crusts into a golden brown. This dish is packed with nutrition from top to bottom, including vegetables your entire family will enjoy.
Pasta is a favorite comfort food of so many people — and creamy pasta dishes are that much more satisfying. Dairy cream isn’t a part of the vegan menu, but you can still have creamy pasta. The base of this cream is almond milk or another milk substitute. It tastes absolutely divine when mixed with the garlic.
This recipe only takes around half an hour to make, so it’s a great choice for a busy weeknight. The great thing about pasta is that it’s easy to make in large batches, so you can have plenty of leftovers later. However, with this delicious recipe, there might not be any.
Spice up Your Meals With Vegan Suggestions
Whether your family strictly follows the vegan diet or is just interested in trying new recipes, you’ll find that these delicious meals have a home in your cookbook. They boast various flavors that will keep your family excited for the next dish they get to try, and if there’s anything not to your liking, you can always make substitutions. The great thing about vegan meals is that you can always be sure you’re getting the proper nutrition.
Ava Roman (she/her) (Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest) is the Managing Editor of Revivalist, a women’s lifestyle magazine that empowers women to live their most authentic life. When Ava is not writing you’ll find her in a yoga class, advocating for body positivity, whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, or smashing the patriarchy.
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