Vegan Recipes for Beginners

Image collage of several easy vegan recipes, like nachos, cookies, sandwiches and soup

It’s the start of a new year, and I know lots of you out there are trying to up your veggie intake! Here’s a helpful list of vegan recipes for beginners, so that you can dip your toes in for a test. Don’t worry, I made sure they’re convenient, easy-to-make and delicious, just for you!

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Many of these recipes use simple ingredients and/or are done in 30 minutes and under. Otherwise, many of them are just easy to make and can be prepped ahead of time, whether that means for weekly prep, or just taking lunch to school or work. Here, you have many options for low-effort recipes to choose from! And speaking of, you must check out my round up of low-effort recipes by Black creators!

Vegan Recipes for Beginners

In this list of plant-based recipes that are easy-to-make, I've made sure to label each recipe title with allergy designations (GF=gluten-free, SF=soy-free, and NF=nut-free). There are many allergy friendly dishes here, that can be made with accessible ingredients and in no time at all!

Easy Vegan Breakfast Recipes

I can’t have a list of vegan recipes for beginners without starting out with the first meal of the day! Here are some easy, quickly-made, or make-ahead recipes to get your morning going.

Simple Vegan Lunches

These lunch ideas come together in minutes or are easy to make ahead for a work or school meal!

Tasty Vegan Dinners

For this section I made sure to pick recipes that either had simple ingredients, didn't take long to make, or could be prepped in advance!

Divine Vegan Desserts

Sweets are some of my favorite things to eat, but also what you’ll find the least of when you eat out at non-vegan restaurants. Know that you won’t be missing out on the occasional indulgence once switching to a more plant-based lifestyle! Here are some dessert recipes that aren’t too labor intensive, have accessible ingredients, and a couple that can be made ahead.

Other resources/suggested items for beginners (click picture for link):

Vegan Yack Attack's Plant Based Meal Prep
The Meatless Monday Family Cookbook on a cutting board with dried pasta, celery and onion.
Cover of 30 minute vegan dinners by Megan Sadd

And there you have it! A wonderful and diverse list of vegan recipes for beginners that with satiate your appetite. For more recipes or advice on how to go vegan, check out!

11 Comments on “Vegan Recipes for Beginners

  1. Thanks, Jackie for these awesome recipes. It’s really helpful for vegan beginners. Super easy to make. The good vegan meal plan also. ?

  2. Thanks, Jackie for these awesome and delicious recipes. Grilled Tofu Miso Noodle Soup is one of my favorites. It has a very refreshing taste. After switching to veganism, I have faced many problems like what to eat or what to not. Especially some foods taste are not satisfactory. I have made Grilled Tofu Miso Noodle Soup by following your recipe. It tastes awesome.

    Thanks for sharing!!

    • This makes me so happy! I’m glad that I can provide you with tasty favorites. 😀

  3. Hey, Jackie. I really love the vegan Chipotle Tofu Rainbow Wraps of yours.

    I have made it by following your recipe. I wish I could send you the pic. It looks amazing. It was delicious.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, dear!!! All the best to you!!

  4. Hi, Jackie. At fast, Thanks for these awesome tasty recipes. I am doing a vegan diet and facing a lot of problems. I am being confused about what to cook cause I don’t want to compromise with my taste bud.

    Your recipes are fantastic. I am bookmarking the article.

    Thanks, dear!

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  6. Oh my goodness. These are all slam dunk recipes! I cant wait to whip up a few of them this weekend. I went plant based this month in honor of my sweet partner and honestly just wanting to continue my journey of feeling better. Im a sucker for quick easy recipes and everything on here looks (for the most part) super easy!

    I cant wait to see where I am in the next few months. Do I go full plant based, do I miss cheese pizza, the possibilities are endless!

    • Why thank you, Erin! And so exciting that you’re trying out plant-based meals this month. If you even have any questions, I respond pretty quickly on instagram and twitter. As for pizza, Daiya and Sweet Earth Foods have some great freezer options. But, more and more pizza spots are carrying vegan cheese!

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