I spent the last few days at a Plant-Based Nutrition Leadership conference and wow, my mind is racing with so many facts, figures and emotions. My friend and colleague Kate Geagen presented on plant-based diets and sustainability, a pressing conversation that all of us need to listen to. Eating a more sustainable diet has the power to decrease global mortality, shrink the global food gap, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nourish the projected 10 billion people on a healthy, resilient planet.
This is why I promote a predominantly plant-based diet. I know that not everyone is willing to go vegan (hi, I’m not vegan), but if we can get more people to eat less animal-based foods and more plant-based foods we can make huge strides in overall human health and the planets health. Amazing, right?
Healthy eating should be simple and accessible. At least, that’s my goal. It’s why I’ve put together this round-up of my favorite easy and healthy plant-based meals and beverages.
Plant-Based Breakfast Recipes
Start your day the right way!
These breakfast scones are made with fresh strawberries and topped with a lemonade drizzle.
Make ahead the night before and pop in the oven in the morning. Incredible on it’s own or topped with fresh berries and cold almond milk. This recipe doubles or even triples really well, so make it for the weekend and enjoy leftovers during the week! I make this one at least weekly.
These cookies are lightly sweetened, packed with fiber and nutrients and perfect for breakfast or on-the-go snacking. Vegan and easily gluten-free.
4.) Raspberry Oatmeal Bake via Whitney E. RD
Oh my, this raspberry oatmeal bake is too delicious to make just once. If you like my oatmeal bake, then you’ll want to try this one.
5.) Fluffy Vegan Pancakes with Blueberry Topping via Hummusapien
This one had me at vegan pancakes, but Hummusapien seals the deal with a blueberry topping.
Plant-Based Lunch & Dinner Recipes
Best part? Most of these recipes can be ready to serve in 30 minutes or less!
Save this one when you need a quick, healthy meal. Crispy tofu, brown rice noodles, spinach, peanuts and a simple pad thai sauce.
These veggie fajitas are such a simple meal. Throw everything in the oven and dinner is ready in just 30 minutes. Customize them however you like ’em.
Sheet pan dinner! We’re taking the easy stir-fry and making it… even easier.
Love Chinese Chicken Salad? Then you will LOVE this lighter, vegan version! Cabbage, lettuce, carrots, edamame, almonds, chow mein noodles, and crispy seitan chunks covered in a sesame ginger dressing.
Thick, hearty and packed with plant-based protein. You’re going to love this Instant Pot vegan lentil chili.
These are the best vegan and gluten-free tacos. Spicy soyrizo with crispy potatoes and pico de gallo, served with corn tortillas.
This sandwich is layered with flavor and packed with vegetables! Homemade green-goddess dressing, tomatoes, sprouts, avocado, radish and carrots.
These vegan bowls are perfect for busy weeknights. Super flavorful Mexican rice with avocados, lettuce, tomatoes and more!
Healthy vegan sandwich! Smashed chickpea and avocado salad on poppyseed bagels.
Creamy shells with steamed broccoli, a plant-based meal for both adults and kids.
These vegan burgers are super meaty! Perfect for summer cookouts.
You’ve gotta try this one-skillet meal, vegan and gluten-free. Spiralized zucchini, snow peas, carrots and herbs in a spicy peanut sauce. Enjoy as is or add your favorite protein.
Need a quick, vegan pantry meal? Try this simple pasta with penne and a creamy, cheesy roasted red pepper sauce.
20.) Spicy Vegan Black Bean Enchiladas via Whitney E. RD
Enchiladas are the perfect way to incorporate some Mexican flare into your diet! Whitney’s black bean enchiladas don’t disappoint either.
21.) Vegan Mediterranean Meal Prep Bowls via Hummusapien
A simple and delicious way to meal prep your lunch for the week!
22.) Curried Chickpea Wraps via Emilie Eats
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you may know about my love for chickpeas.
Plant-Based Dessert Recipes
Fruity desserts are some of my favorites.
Vegan and gluten-free apple crisp with a walnut oat crust. This dessert is so easy and delicious, perfect for fall!
Fresh peaches topped with yummy cobbler topping and baked until bubbly. Perfect for summer and amazing with ice cream.
Looking for a healthy pumpkin treat? This is it! Rolled oats, dried cranberries, pepitas, pumpkin spice in a granola bar bite form. Gluten-Free and easily vegan.
Creamy, chocolatey and perfect for Summer. Yes, I said summer. Because the best thing to pair with overly humid, Midwestern evenings is a homemade fudgesicle. Obviously.
Cinnamon and apples! Besides peanut butter and jelly, this might be one of my favorite flavor combinations.
This summer dessert is so easy, perfect for an easy entertaining dessert. Gluten-free and easily vegan.
29. No Bake Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars via Emilie Eats
30. Vegan Berry Yogurt Bark via Whitney E. RD
Refreshing, lightly sweetened, the perfect beverage for hot summer days! Watermelon puree, fresh lemon juice, and sparkling water.
A refreshing drink, perfect for summer! It’s my favorite thing to sip on a hot, humid day.
Somewhere between a smoothie and a juice. It’s thinner than a smoothie, with more body than a juice. It’s a green drink! And, it’s delicious.
This superfood smoothie is perfect, nutrient dense snack.
Super refreshing and low-sugar drink mocktail. Try it this summer!
This was just a teeny-tiny collection of plant-based meals that my family and I enjoy frequently. Follow this board on Pinterest for more meals and recipes.
Any plant-based recipes that you want to see? I’m working on Spring and Summer recipes and would love to know what you want to see more of.