If you’re in search for some new vegan dinner ideas, then look no further. These dishes are full of variety and flavour, and are perfect for vegans, those who are looking to cut out meat, and people who just want to try something new. Read on for some of my favourite vegan dinners.
Ratatouille is the ultimate comfort food. This classic French dish consists of chopped courgette, aubergine, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and garlic which are sauteed with fresh herbs. Ratatouille can be served with most grains or pasta and is delicious with slices of freshly baked baguette. If you really want to impress your friends, thinly slice the vegetables and arrange them in a spiral pattern. This variation of ratatouille is commonly referred to as “confit byaldi”.
Who doesn’t love burritos? You can stuff your burritos with anything you want. You can fill your tortilla with a meat alternative or roasted sweet potatoes, grilled peppers, corn, beans, rice, and lettuce. Top it with guacamole, pico de gallo or salsa, soured cream, cheese, and some lime juice. Carefully wrap your tortilla around the fillings and dig in! Make sure you don’t overfill it, or the fillings may fall out of the bottom of the wrap.
Meatloaf is a family favourite across America, though it is a variation of traditional German and Belgian dishes. For a vegan meatloaf, try this vegan meatloaf recipe. It contains brown rice, mushrooms, onions, and walnuts. This vegan meatloaf is topped with a barbeque sauce, but if you’re a fan of gravy, you can make that instead. Meatloaf is best served with side dishes such as mashed potatoes, roasted veg, mac and cheese, coleslaw, and either cornbread or dinner rolls.
Making your own curry sauce is easy. Fry up some shallots, garlic, ginger, and chilis. Next, add spices such as garam masala and curry powder, mix in some tomato paste and ground almonds, and add some coconut milk for an extra thick and creamy curry sauce. If you’re pressed for time, you can always buy a jar of curry sauce instead. Next, fry up your veggies. I recommend chickpeas, cauliflower, butternut squash, bell pepper, spinach and green beans. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread for the perfect meal.
Cornish pasties originated in Cornwall and are sold in bakeries all across the United Kingdom. This dish consists of vegan mince, onion, swede, potato, salt, and black pepper that is wrapped in vegan puff pastry. Fry the filling until the mince is cooked through, and the veggies are soft, then place the mix onto middle the pastry and fold it into a “D” shape. Fold over the edge of the rounded side to seal in the filling. Bake the pasties for twenty minutes or until the pastry is lovely golden brown.
Pumpkin and Sage Soup
Whenever I make pumpkin and sage soup, I always make a large batch so there are leftovers. Leftover pumpkin soup can be heated up on the stove or in the microwave, and it never goes to waste! The longer you let the soup sit, the more the flavours infuse. For this dish you can use baking pumpkins, but different kinds of quash will work just as well. Cut your large pumpkin into quarters, sprinkle over some olive oil, and roast it in the oven with a quartered onion and two large garlic cloves. When the pumpkin is soft, remove the peal and put everything into a blender with some fresh sage. Heat the blended mixture on the stove and slowly add some veggie stock to get it to your desired consistency. If you like creamy soup, add some crème fraiche. To elevate this dish, add some smoked paprika and black pepper.
Spicy Tomato Pasta
This is a quick and tasty vegan dinner with a tomato sauce that is similar to puttanesca sauce. Fry some onions, garlic, basil, capers, olives, and artichoke hearts in a pan. Add some chili flakes and passata and let it simmer. This can be served with any kind of pasta, but is especially good with capellini, spaghetti, or linguine. Finish the dish by topping it with vegan parmesan and a sprig of basil.
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