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Want to eat more vegetables? These easy plant based recipes are hearty, irresistibly tasty, and please everyone around the table.

Plant based recipes

Eating fresh food and a plant based diet can be life changing! Health professionals are even finding it can treat and prevent disease. But even better: plant based recipes can be some of the most delicious recipes around!

What’s a plant based diet? Put simply, it’s choosing more of your foods from plant sources than from meat or dairy. For the purpose of this list, a plant based recipe is a vegan recipe: it contains no animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, and honey). Here’s a list of our top plant based recipes to add to your regular rotation.

Want to browse by type? Try Plant Based Dinner Recipes, Vegan Side Dishes, Vegan Salads, Plant Based Breakfasts, Vegan Desserts, and Plant Based Snacks.

And now…our top easy plant based recipes!

More plant based recipes

Looking for other types of plant based recipes, like breakfast, snacks, or desserts? Head to these posts:

Want a meal plan? Try our 28-Day Vegan Meal Plan or Plant Based Diet Meal Plan.

How to make vegetables filling

A misconception we hear is that plant based meals are just a pile of carrot and celery sticks and not filling. Au contraire: vegan main dishes need to be packed with plant-based protein! That means focusing on recipes with the following:

For more, see Guide to Plant Based Protein. Here are our favorites that are both filling and delicious. Let us know if you make them, and feel free to share with friends and family who are looking to eat more veg.

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Plant based recipes

40 Tasty Plant Based Recipes

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


A hummus bowl makes the best easy lunch or dinner: no cooking required! Layer a dollop with crunchy veggie toppings.


  • ⅓ cup hummus
  • 8 English cucumber slices (or standard cucumber, peeled)
  • 1 handful red onion slices (or shallot)
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 handful Kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese, to sprinkle (optional or use vegan feta for vegan)
  • 1 handful baby greens or chopped lettuce (optional)
  • ½ cup cooked rice or packaged pre-cooked rice (optional)
  • 1 pita bread, pita chips, or gluten free crackers
  • Optional toppings: Roasted red peppers, caper berries, fresh herbs, frozen or homemade falafel, etc.


  1. Place greens and rice in the bowl, if using (try packaged pre-cooked rice for a quick shortcut). If using rice, season it with salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Top with hummus, sliced cucumber, sliced red onions, sliced tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. Eat with pita wedges, using the hummus as a dip / dressing for the veggies.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Plant Based Recipes, Plant Based Diet Recipes, Easy Plant Based Recipes, plant based dinner recipes, whole food plant based recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. These are awesome! I recently decided to try going vegetarian for a month and have started to work through these recipes. They’re really softening the blow of dropping the meat!

  2. Thank you for the wonderful Cauliflower Curry recipe. It was amazing! Looking forward to trying the pizza recipes.

  3. The best on promoting healthy eating is trying new ideas. How about plant based meat in addition. Your website is scrumptious and I want to get all needy about Live Animal Exports, feeding more and more people, particularly our islander neighbours (don’t we all have them) and the poor mums stuck with halal methods and young impressionable kids.