25 Best Vegan Recipes

These easy vegan recipes for beginners make eating a whole food plant-based diet fun, healthy, and most importantly: delicious!

Vegan recipes

When Alex and I started eating lots of vegan recipes, at first it seemed daunting. How would we feed ourselves? But we quickly realized they can be some of the most creative, delicious and beautiful recipes out there!

Fast forward to today, and we’ve devoted our lives to inspiring people–you–how to eat lots of vegetables in delicious ways. Our forte? Veggie-packed recipes that are tasty, healthy, and pretty simple to make. You have 3 chances per day to eat a whole foods plant based (WFPB) diet. Why not start now?

Want more on how to get started? Go to How to Go Vegan and Plant Based Diet Guide.

And now…our best easy vegan recipes!

Vegan protein: making recipes to stay full!

Lastly, one important part to eating vegan recipes. Make sure you get enough plant based protein to stay satiated and full! Getting protein from legumes, nuts, seeds, and soy is important for balancing a diet that has no meat or dairy. And it will keep you full for hours! All of the recipes above focus on making sure there is a good amount of vegan protein. Here are the best sources of vegan protein in your diet:

Between meals: vegan snack recipes!

And between meals to make sure you’re staying full: focus on vegan snack recipes! We have lots of ideas for vegan snacking:

  • Best Plant Based & Vegan Snacks Here’s a collection of all of our favorite vegan snack recipes, from bars to dips.
  • Vegan Snack Bars This homemade energy bar recipe is the perfect wholesome snack! It’s naturally vegan, featuring oats, chia seeds, and pecans.
  • Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Like a healthy potato chip! The chickpeas are mixed with cumin, garlic powder, and black pepper and roasted until crispy.
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Cauliflower Tacos | Easy Cauliflower Tacos

Vegan Cauliflower Tacos

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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (8 tacos total) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These cauliflower tacos with breaded cauliflower, refried beans and silky Yum Yum sauce are all about one thing: big flavor!




  1. Make the Crispy Breaded Cauliflower (about 40 minutes total; use the remaining time to complete the steps below.)
  2. If using purchased refried beans, mix with 1/2 teaspoon cumin and a pinch or two kosher salt to taste. (Or, you can make our Refried Black Beans but for this recipe we preferred using storebought so we could focus on the cauliflower!)
  3. Thinly slice the cabbage, enough for 2 cups. Mix it with 2 tablespoons lime juice and a pinch or two of salt. Allow it to stand at room temperature until serving.
  4. Make the Yum Yum Sauce.
  5. Warm the tortillas, or char them by placing them on grates above an open gas flame on medium heat for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm.
  6. Chop the cilantro for a garnish.
  7. To serve, place refried beans in a tortilla, top with cabbage, breaded cauliflower, Yum Yum sauce, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges to spritz prior to serving. (If you have leftover cauliflower, you can reheat them in a 350F oven for 10 minutes, flipping once.)

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Vegan Recipes, Easy Vegan Recipes for Beginners

Looking for more recipes?

Outside of these easy vegan recipes, here are a few more collections of dinner recipes:

Last Updated: March 2020

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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.


  • Reply
    June 10, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Loaded Quinoa Tacos shouldn’t have feta cheese on them if it is a vegan recipe.
    Everything else was really inspiring, thank you.

  • Reply
    Esther L Bergling
    July 12, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    oh my goodnes…I’m getting on the vegan train and found this list of recipes…I believe I can get my husband to eat 80% of them! thank you!

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