10 Filling Plant-Based Dinner Recipes

Did you know that what you eat may prevent or reverse disease? Here are 10 of our favorite plant-based dinner recipes to get more veg on your plate.

BBQ Bean Tacos with Pineapple Salsa | A Couple Cooks

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 lots of vegetables is life changing. A hospital in Pennsylvania has even started fresh food by prescription to treat and prevent disease.

Our thoughts? This is the why behind this website. Because we believe eating fresh food can save lives. The reason we do what we do is that we think cooking and eating lots of vegetables can prevent and even reverse disease. However, we’re not doctors or nutritionists: we’re recipe developers. That means we’ve got lots of recipes using the foods doctors and nutritionist say are good for you.

Here is a list of our 10 favorite filling plant-based dinner recipes. Plant-based here means vegan: no meat or dairy. A misconception we hear is that plant-based main dishes are just a pile of carrot and celery sticks and not filling. Au contraire: vegan main dishes need to be packed with whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds to make them a lasting meal. 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.

1. BBQ Bean Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

These zesty tacos take about 20 minutes to make and are the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and tart. {Also gluten-free}

10 Filling Plant-Based Dinner Recipes | A Couple Cooks

2. “Get Your Greens” Naan Pizzas

Instead of making pizza dough, using naan bread cuts the time significantly! These naan pizzas are quick and easy, and use hummus as the pizza sauce and a tahini miso drizzle to bring big flavor in place of cheese. {For gluten-free, use GF naan or pita}

10 Filling Plant-Based Dinner Recipes | A Couple Cooks

3. Thai Salad with Peanut Sauce

This main dish salad showcases Thai flavors, featuring colorful vegetables, pan-fried tofu, and a tangy peanut sauce. {Also gluten-free}

10 Filling Plant-Based Dinner Recipes | A Couple Cooks

4. Chickpea Fattoush Nourish Bowl

This one is a Lebanese salad-turned nourish bowl! Fresh Mediterranean flavors abound, featuring crispy pita, spiced chickpeas, and a zesty lemon dressing. {For gluten-free, use GF pita}

10 Filling Plant-Based Dinner Recipes | A Couple Cooks

5. Cauliflower and Tomato Coconut Curry

A tried and true favorite, this curry is incredibly flavorful and filling, packed with super foods sweet potatoes, cauliflower, chickpeas, and spinach. Serve it with brown rice or quinoa. {Also gluten-free}

10 Filling Plant-Based Dinner Recipes | A Couple Cooks

6. Tasty Teriyaki Veggie Burger

Veggie burgers are infamously tricky to make tasty. While it’s not made of beef, this one is hearty and full of flavor, topped with shiitakes and sriracha mayo. {For gluten-free, use a GF bun}

10 Filling Plant-Based Dinner Recipes | A Couple Cooks

7. Thai Baked Sweet Potatoes

Imagine a baked sweet potato with Thai-spiced chickpeas, green onion, hot sauce, and a creamy peanuty drizzle. Hungry? {Also gluten-free}

10 Filling Plant-Based Dinner Recipes | A Couple Cooks

8. Moroccan Chickpea and Sweet Potato Stew

This one’s a favorite: Moroccan-spiced chickpeas and sweet potatoes, spritzed with lemon and served with cilantro and quinoa. (Omit the Greek yogurt to keep it vegan.) {Also gluten-free}

10 Filling Plant-Based Dinner Recipes | A Couple Cooks

9. Red Beans and Rice

We’re surprised by how many people have told us they love this one: humble Cajun-spiced red beans and brown rice. It’s super flavorful and budget-friendly too. {Also gluten-free}

10 Filling Plant-Based Dinner Recipes | A Couple Cooks

10. Roasted Nourish Bowl with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Last but not least, our favorite nourish bowl (or Buddha bowl) featuring roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower and a creamy lemon tahini dressing. Here we’ve used black rice (forbidden rice) as an interesting addition. {Also gluten-free}

10 Filling Plant-Based Dinner Recipes | A Couple Cooks

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If you make any of these filling plant-based main dish recipes, we’d love to hear how they turned out. Leave a comment below or share a picture on Instagram and mention @acouplecooks.

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free (see above).

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website 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 food 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.

2 Comments

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    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!

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    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!

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