12 Plant Based Recipes Perfect for Dinner

Did you know that what you eat may prevent or reverse disease? Here are 10 of our favorite plant based diet recipes (WFPB) to eat more vegetables at dinnertime.

Did you know the way you eat could save your life? Or at least make it way better. Research is showing that eating fresh food and a mostly whole food plant based diet (WFPB) can be life changing. A hospital in Pennsylvania has even started fresh food by prescription to treat and prevent disease. This is the exact why behind this website. Because we believe eating fresh food and plant based recipes can save lives. 

The reason Alex and I created this website is that we think cooking and eating lots of plant based meals can prevent and even reverse disease. But we’re not doctors or nutritionists: we’re recipe developers. That means that on A Couple Cooks, we’ve got lots of recipes using the foods doctors and nutritionist say are good for you.

How to make plant based recipes filling

Here is a list of our 10 favorite filling plant based recipes that are perfect for dinner. Plant based meals here means vegan: no meat or dairy. 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.

Want plant based recipes as part of a meal plan? Try our 28-Day Vegan Meal Plan or Plant Based Diet Meal Plan.

And now…some favorite plant based recipes!

Looking for more plant based recipes?

If you’re craving even more plant based recipes, here are more of our faves:

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Cauliflower curry

Cauliflower Curry Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

Everybody loves this cauliflower curry recipe! This easy whole food plant based recipe (WFPB) is warm-spiced, nutrient packed, and ready in just over 30 minutes.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 pound sweet potato (4 cups chopped)
  • 1 head cauliflower (5 cups chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder*
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, San Marzano if possible
  • 15-ounce can full-fat coconut milk*
  • 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • 4 cups spinach leaves
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • Brown or white rice, for serving

Instructions

  1. Make the rice according to How to Cook White RiceHow to Cook Brown Rice, or Instant Pot Rice.
  2. Dice the onion. Chop the sweet potato into bite-sized chunks (do not peel). Chop the cauliflower into florets.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 2 minutes, then add the sweet potato and saute 3 minutes. Add cauliflower and ½ teaspoon kosher salt and saute another 5 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons curry powder, 1 tablespoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon cumin, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne. Add the Muir Glen tomatoes and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the cauliflower and sweet potato are tender.
  4. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. When the vegetables are tender, add the chickpeas and 4 cups spinach and stir for 2 minutes until the spinach is wilted. Add another ½ teaspoon kosher salt to taste, adding additional salt if necessary.
  5. Garnish with chopped cilantro, and serve with brown rice.

Notes

*Using a high-quality curry powder is key to a complex taste in this curry. Using a full-fat coconut milk is also recommended versus light coconut milk, as it imparts a satisfying richness.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian Inspired

Keywords: Plant Based Recipes, WFPB

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

3 Comments

  • Reply
    Deb Hatton
    May 11, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby
    May 12, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I’d love to eat more plant based but I don’t like beans so that can post a challenge! That pizza recipe looks to die for though!

  • Reply
    Sherry
    January 25, 2020 at 6:13 am

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

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