10 Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners


These easy vegan recipes for beginners are great to try whether you’re going full vegan or transitioning to more plant-based meals.

Years ago, I drastically transformed my diet to include more nutrient-dense foods (which are naturally plant-based), and ever since, I’ve continue to see improvements in my energy levels and I have more radiant skin and an overall lighter feeling. You’ve probably noticed most of my recipes are plant-based or vegan, with meat-based options added for those who aren’t on a plant-based lifestyle.

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But transitioning to a vegan or plant-based lifestyle doesn’t have to be done overnight and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. That’s why I’ve rounded up my favorite easy vegan recipes for beginners.

10 Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners

A roundup featuring easy vegan recipes for beginners – breakfast, snack, mains and dessert recipes

The recipe roundup includes a mixture of easy vegan breakfast recipes, vegan soups, pastas, snacks, and, of course, vegan dessert recipes. These recipes will get you started on your journey to eating vegan or plant-based recipes.

Meal Prep Friendly Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups


This meal prep friendly version of a classic oatmeal flavor pairing needs to be on next week’s menu plan: Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups. They are slightly sweet, filling, and with a smear of nut butter, the perfect no-cook breakfast. View the recipe.

Roasted Carrot Butternut Squash Soup

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Soothe your body and get your skin glowing with this warming and detoxifying roasted carrot and butternut squash soup recipe. View the recipe.

Easy Asian Cabbage Slaw

10 Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners

Tired of your same salad, but still craving something light and flavorful? This Easy Asian Cabbage Slaw is full of color, crunch and is a burst of flavor with every bite. The ginger dressing has a little bit of tang and a little bit of sweetness that brings life to all of the vegetables in the bowl. Serve it family style or make it into mason jar salads for a healthy meal on the go. View the recipe.

Easy Protein-Packed Pasta Salad

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This protein-packed pasta salad is made with seasonal summer veggies, dressed in a creamy balsamic dressing, and has a few secret ingredients to sneak protein into the bowl. View the recipe.

Veggie Thai Curry


Craving a hearty meal like veggie Thai curry, but also looking for something quick and easy you can throw together using what you have on hand? This recipe for veggie Thai curry is a great way to clean out the fridge and use up any produce that needs to be cooked. Combined with a few pantry staples, you’ve got a creamy, flavorful and nutritious meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make. View the recipe.

Gluten-Free Black Bean and Spinach Enchiladas

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Try these Gluten-Free Black Bean and Spinach Enchiladas if you love Mexican food but struggle to make it healthy. This recipe is your ticket to satisfying your craving while also sticking to healthy habits. View the recipe.

Maple Cinnamon Cashew Dip


If you’re looking for a decadent fruit dip recipe that isn’t loaded with sugar and is dairy free, this one is it. Inspired by the fruit dip my mom made when I was a kid, this Maple Cinnamon Cashew Dip tastes like a cinnamon roll in healthier form. It’s creamy, decadent, yet light and the perfect addition to a summer fruit board if you’re feeling a little fancy. View the recipe.

Double Chocolate Sweet Potato Brownie Muffin

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Imagine a decadent, fudgy brownie that is deceptively indulgent, but secretly filled with nutritious ingredients. Yes, my friends, you can have your cake and eat it, too, with this recipe for double chocolate sweet potato brownie muffins. View the recipe.

Vegan Cookie Dough Energy Bites

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Do you love to lick the cookie dough bowl? If yes, then I’ve got a treat for you. These vegan cookie dough energy bites are everything you love about chocolate chip cookies, minus the baking part. Get the recipe below with a secret ingredient that you won’t want to miss. View the recipe.

Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


These vegan almond butter chocolate chip cookies are made with simple swaps for a healthier bite, without sacrificing the decadence of the real thing. View the recipe.

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