One Week of Vegan Dinners – No Processed Foods

Now that the end of January is almost upon us some of you might be experiencing some Veganuary fatigue. Coming up with vegan dishes every day is not easy, especially when trying it out for the first time. This is supposed to give you some inspiration for some delicious meals, that happen to be vegan. They incorporate a lot of vegetables and flavour without any processed fake meats. Some are healthier than others, but we cannot win the macro lottery every night.

Boy, are they shoving all those fake meat products down our throats this time of year. I think that Veganuary movement started as something noble and took one huge marketing turn. Incorporating more plant-based meals is absolutely not a bad thing for our health and the environment, but all those fake meat products are not the way. I would prefer to think of them as an occasional treat and not an everyday food. Not only are they expensive but they also have a lot of additives and sodium. The only “fake meat product” I enjoy on occasion is seitan and I make that myself, more on that some other time. All this fake meat advertising inspired me to make this meal plan for vegan dinners, that incorporate whole foods only. That means no fake meats or cheeses. I don’t even use tofu because I don’t know enough about it nutrition wise. My motto is the best vegan dish is a dish that tastes great and happens to be vegan.

One Week of Vegan Dinners

Red Lentil Coconut Curry

One more the most popular recipes on this blog, but you don’t have to use my recipe. You can use any Daal recipe you already have or would like to try. It is delicious as well as nutritious. Make sure to serve it with some vegan naan bread or this flatbread out of leftover pizza dough. You can also serve some rice cooked with some quinoa, so you get the nutritious benefits without the soft texture.

Garbanzo and Spinach Bowl

A delicious and nutritious soup that is especially comforting now that it is that cold and wet. It is very hearty with garbanzo beans and potatoes. The dish also freezes very well so you can make more and put leftovers away for a busy or lazy day.

Aloo Gobi

This Indian one pot dish is quick and easy to make, whilst being very satisfying and filling. It has a lot of flavour and the spices are very warming. Traditionally you make it with potatoes but for a quicker you can throw some wok noodles in instead. Serve it with a plant-based yogurt and vegan naan bread.

Lentil Burrito Bowl with Pico de Gallo

Burrito bowls are filling and delicious. This can be made with lentils or a can of beans. You can chop fresh veggies or use a Mexican vegetable mix out of the freezer section as I often do. A little fresh pico de gallo and some avocado really bring the dish to life. It is easy yet has a complex flavour, so nothing boring on this plate.

Spaghetti Aglio et Olio

Here is our classic Italian dish made with spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, chili flakes and some veggies. I usually use broccoli, spinach or mushrooms to add something nutritious to this comfort pasta dish. It doesn’t have a lot going on yet it is a flavour sensation. It is a bit low in protein, which why we don’t eat this every day.

Pisto – A More or Less Traditional Spanish Ratatouille

This Spanish ratatouille is easy to make and super delicious. It is a great way to use up any leftover veggies that have accumulated over the week and need to go. You can eat it with some bread, potato wedges, patatas bravas or some rice. This can literally be three meals if you pair it right. Leftovers also make a great salsa with some tortilla chips. It is a dish and a snack with vegetables- how great is that?

Fiesta Filled Sweet Potato

This “twice” baked sweet potato, first round was done in the microwave, is a great way to end this week of vegan meals. It is an easy meal that tastes fantastic. A little corn salsa and some vegan sour cream or yogurt really elevate this simple dish into a flavour sensation whilst also adding different textures and temperature. It doesn’t have to be complicated to taste good.

Well, there you have seven days of delicious vegan recipes to liven up your meal plan. You don’t have to use my recipes, this is just supposed to be some inspiration. Sometimes you just hit that brick wall when it comes to planning your meals, especially when trying something new or having eaten the same dishes over and over again. My vegan meals are usually quite simple and quick. Sometimes you want to spend hours cooking and sometimes you have other stuff to do. Anyway, I hope you found this helpful or inspiring. What are some of your favourite vegan dishes? I always try to broaden my recipe repertoire. Keep warm!

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