33 Easy Plant-Based Recipes Even Carnivores Will Love
Switching to a plant-based diet has many benefits, including lowering your chances of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In fact, by decreasing your intake of animal protein by just three percent and replacing it with plant protein, you can actually lower your risk of death by 19 percent, according to a 2017 JAMA study cited by the Harvard Medical School. However, for someone who has been a meat-eater their whole life, switching to a diet that is primarily made up of fruits, vegetables, and grains may be intimidating. Thankfully, we have an easy fix for this!
If you are looking to adopt a more plant-based diet or just want to eat less meat, then look no further. From creative plant-based takes on sandwich classics to vegetable-filled dinner options that will have you coming back for seconds, we rounded up 33 of the easiest plant-based recipes out there.
Oatmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples
Make mornings a bit sweeter with this delicious oatmeal pancakes and cinnamon apples recipe. This healthier take on a fun breakfast classic is a perfect dish to whip up during weekend brunches at home.
Oatmeal with Peanut Butter and Banana
Oatmeal, peanut butter, and a dash of almonds—what more could your mornings need? If you like your oats a bit sweeter, you can add a touch of agave, too.
Pecans, coconut, dried cherries, and honey come together to create crunchy, irresistible granola that your whole family will love. Be sure to make a batch ahead of time, as the granola can be stored up to two weeks in an airtight container.
You’re just minutes away from a deliciously satisfying breakfast with this Maple-Cashew-Apple Toast recipe. Just stir cashew butter and maple syrup in a bowl, spread over two pieces of toast, top with thinly sliced apples, and sprinkle with some cinnamon. That’s all there is to it!
Mango Ginger Overnight Oats
If you are tired of traditional oats with cinnamon, then we have the perfect recipe for you to try. All you need to do is combine oats, water, coconut milk, honey, and ginger with mango and refrigerate overnight in a Mason jar.
Not only is this breakfast bowl easy to make, but it is also jam-packed with tons of healthy ingredients. Acai, banana slices, honey, blueberries, kiwi, almonds, and coconut all come together to create a breakfast dish you will definitely look forward to eating.
Paleo Cashew Blackberry Chia Pudding
Throw together this simple paleo chia pudding recipe when you would like to give yourself a health boost. Chia seeds are not only delicious (and easy to prepare) but they also are packed with vitamins and nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Plant-Based, Grain-Free Breakfast Burrito
These plant-based, grain-free breakfast burritos pair perfectly with cozy mornings in. Just sauté plant-based ground "meat" with some diced onion and pepper, and serve it with scrambled eggs and shredded cheese. You’ll definitely want to make a few extra—they’re that good!
Crisp Breakfast Salad
Salads just aren’t for lunch or dinner—they can be eaten for breakfast, too! This refreshing morning meal features hard-boiled eggs, snap peas, and sliced cucumbers over a bed of crisp butter lettuce. We also love the mouthwatering vinaigrette it's served with; it boasts a combination of balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard.
Breakfast Veggie Burger
Veggie burgers get a morning makeover with this breakfast burger recipe. Topped with a fried egg, a bit of onion, and sliced tomato, this morning dish will keep you satisfied for hours.
This avocado crispbread recipe is so easy to put together, whether you're at home or you're looking for a quick lunch fix while sitting at your desk. Just stack sliced avocado on thin rye crispbread and garnish with fresh herbs, radish, and a squeeze of lemon. The secret ingredient? Everything bagel seasoning, which has the ability to elevate any dish it comes across.
Mixed Greens Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette
No more boring store-bought lunch salads here! As long as you have some pumpkin vinaigrette on-hand, your salads will be dressed to the nines.
Quick and Easy Vegetarian Rice Bowl
This vegetarian rice bowl, which has mixed vegetables, soy sauce, a fried egg, and sriracha, makes a fantastic lunch or dinner. Our favorite part? It only takes 10 minutes to prepare.
Grilled Vegetable Wrap
The balsamic mayo in this grilled vegetable wrap gives it a tangy edge that keeps up coming back for more. No grill? No problem! You can roast vegetables in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes instead. Be sure to prepare vegetables ahead of time and store them in the fridge for quick prepping when hunger strikes.
This delicious mushroom cheesesteak recipe will have even meat-eaters coming back for more. Portobello mushrooms, bell peppers, and Provolone cheese come together to create a truly memorable mid-day meal.
Lentils are a must-have staple for those following a plant-based diet. They're rich in fiber, folate, and iron, as well as protein.
The secret ingredients to this quinoa pilaf recipe? Roasted pine nuts and golden raisins. Quinoa is also packed with many must-have nutrients, such as manganese and magnesium, making it a healthy addition to any meal.
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
We love not only how nutrient-rich sweet potatoes are, but also how versatile they can be. From being served as a sought-after side dish during the holidays to taking on the role of a go-to snack for those looking to eat healthier, sweet potatoes never let us down. In this particular recipe, sweet potatoes are roasted with cinnamon and served with seasoned wild rice. Omit the chicken the recipe calls for to create a simple vegetarian dish.
Vegan Portobello Pizza
If you are looking for a healthier way to enjoy pizza, then look no further! This vegan pizza recipe takes portobello mushrooms and tops them with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and vegan Parmesan to offer a fun, nutrient-packed twist on an old classic.
Pecan Apple Chickpea Wraps
These tasty wraps not only require zero cooking, but they also can be thrown together in just 15 minutes. For an even healthier version, swap out the tortilla wraps for lettuce cups.
Vegan "BLT" Sandwich
This mouthwatering vegan recipe uses crispy, smoky eggplant "bacon" to achieve the same tasty crunch as a traditional BLT sandwich.
Green Goddess Sandwich
This vegan sandwich takes just minutes to throw together, making it the perfect lunchtime meal to put together when you are short on time.
Cauliflower Banh Mi Sandwich
This creative take on an already-delicious sandwich is a must-try for anyone who may be trying to eat less meat or soy. Cauliflower, which is first marinated and then sauteed, is piled high on toasted bread along with cilantro, cucumber, and jalapeño peppers and then doused with a vegan aioli.
Italian Chopped Salad
Want to make a meal that's healthy and easy to put together? Give this Italian Chopped Salad a try.
Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
This colorful dish, which makes a great lunch or dinner, features sweet potatoes drizzled with a garlic herb sauce and topped high with cherry tomatoes and chopped parsley. This could easily become a go-to meal for those busy weekdays.
Easy Grilled Ratatouille Salad
This easy-to-make ratatouille recipe has loads of delicious vegetables, including zucchini, squash, bell pepper, and asparagus. The added pesto, toasted pine nuts, and parmesan really seal the deal.
Curry with Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Stirfry
This flavorful cauliflower and butternut squash curry is a quick meal that's perfect for those chilly nights inside while you're reading a book or catching up on Netflix.
Pumpkin Pad Thai
Pumpkin, which may be most associated with pies and Halloween decorations, makes a welcome appearance in this hearty pumpkin pad thai recipe. It is so good it will have you asking yourself, "Why didn’t I think of this?"
Crockpot Vegetarian Chili
If you need a simple dinner recipe that can be prepped in no time, then try out this tasty crockpot vegetarian chili. Just throw your ingredients into your crockpot to cook, and by dinner time, you’ll be all set!
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
Sub out typical taco meats, such as ground beef, pork, and chicken, for sweet potatoes and black beans in this hearty plant-based taco recipe.
Mushroom Teriyaki Tacos
Mushrooms simmered in teriyaki sauce take center stage in this must-make, plant-focused recipe.
Deep Green Lentil Stew
If you love lentils but are tired of lentil soup, you definitely have to try this deep green lentil stew. Featuring baby spinach, diced potatoes, lemon juice, garlic, and tahini, this will surely become a fan favorite in no time.
This spaghetti recipe, which is loaded with tons of vegetables like zucchini and yellow squash, will totally change the way you prepare pasta going forward.