40 Best Plant-Based Recipes — Easy Plant-Based Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Ideas

The term “plant-based” is one that’s been slowly trending over the past handful of years. If you’re unfamiliar with it, this style of eating is one that unabashedly celebrates vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and plant-based proteins like beans and lentils. While it’s similar to vegetarianism and veganism in many ways, it’s less of a strict diet and more of an approach to eating. Although some who follow a plant-based diet avoid meat and things like eggs and dairy completely, others take a more moderate approach and still enjoy these foods while putting produce and other plant-based foods at the center of their plate.

Read more: What Exactly Is a Plant-Based Diet?

All in all, it’s really just a totally feel-good, colorful way of eating. Whether you’re curious or you’re already well-seasoned in this style of eating but looking for new ideas, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up our very favorite plant-based recipes, from breakfast through dinner, to inspire you.

Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas

Starting your morning off right is easy when you focus on filling your bowl or plate with fruits and veggies, whether that means loading your oatmeal with berries or digging into a breakfast salad.

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Quinoa-Oatmeal Cereal

Made with coconut milk, maple syrup, quinoa, and gluten-free oats, the warming dish is topped with fresh fruit for a delicious and quick first meal of the day.

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Farmers Market Frittata

This veggie-packed frittata is studded with the rich, creamy tang of goat cheese and whatever you happen to tote home from the farmers market. It’s easy to omit the cheese if you’re not eating dairy.

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Raspberry and Almond Butter Smoothie

Almond butter supplies the protein needed to give this smoothie staying power, but the real secret here is the addition of frozen zucchini, which makes it incredibly creamy and thick.

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The Easiest Chia Pudding

We promise no fuss and no slimy texture in this classic dairy-free chia seed pudding.

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The Best Breakfast Salad

You’ll never regret starting your day with a feel-good breakfast salad. Swap any berries you have on hand, and feel free to skip the bacon and fried egg if it doesn’t fit with your plant-based approach.

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Plant-Based Lunch Ideas

Lunch is a golden opportunity to eat plant-based since so many favorites like salads and soups center around the wholesome things this way of eating embraces. Don’t be afraid to get creative, though, and try things like stuffed sweet potatoes and veggie fritters, too.

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Farro and Broccoli Salad

This hearty make-ahead salad has farro, broccoli, smoked almonds, aged cheddar, golden raisins, and dried cranberries, and is served with a quick pickled shallot viniagrette.

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Marinated White Beans

Enjoy these garlicky marinated white beans on toast, tossed with grains, or eaten on their own.

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This easy, make-ahead recipe for quinoa salad is filled with fresh vegetables, herbs, and cheese. It’s perfect for a packable lunch.

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Easy Cabbage & White Bean Soup

If you have a large enough pot, it’s well worth making a double batch of this soup. Freeze half and you’ll have an easy meal to reach for another day.

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3-Ingredient Pesto Zoodle Bowl

This three-ingredient lunch is so quick and satisfying that you just might find yourself making it again for dinner.

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Plant-Based Dinner Ideas

Make things like veggies, beans, and whole grains the stars of your dinner table and you won’t be disappointed. These colorful recipes are easy, tasty, and totally satisfying.

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Brussels Sprout Melts

If you think the magic of the patty melt feels out of reach for vegetarians, this gooey Brussels sprouts sandwich will make you reconsider.

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Roasted Mushroom and Poblano Tacos

These quick and easy tacos are filled with roasted portobello mushrooms and poblano peppers and topped with creamy goat cheese.

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Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili

One bite into this ultra-hearty slow cooker chili and you just might question if it’s really meatless after all.

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Curried Veggie Galette

This savory pie is filled with roasted eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers, spiced with curry, and topped with a tangy yogurt sauce. If you’re keeping dairy-free use a yogurt that follows suit, or sub green tahini sauce.

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Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

These roasted portobello mushrooms are stuffed with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese. Prefer to skip the cheese? No problem, you’ve still got a satisfying supper.

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Farmers Market Pizza

This veggie-filled pizza is cheesy and indulgent, thanks to a layer of herby ricotta and stringy mozzarella, and balanced with a mess of fresh toppings. Use your choice of regular or dairy-free cheese.

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Slow Cooker Veggie Burrito Bowls

Veggie burrito bowls are a one-stop shop, delivering the best part of a burrito — the filling! — with tender brown rice, smoky pinto beans, and fresh veggies, all topped with a dollop of citrusy sour cream.

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Cheesy Chickpea Melts

A stewy mixture of tomato-y chickpeas and greens are piled onto garlicky toast, then topped with cheese and broiled until browned and bubbly.

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Weeknight Vegetable Stir-Fry

This easy weeknight veggie stir-fry is more template than recipe. Make it once a week to clear out the crisper and ensure you’re eating your veggies!

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One-Pot Pasta Primavera

This light and buttery pasta primavera is the best way to bring the fresh flavors of colorful produce to your table.

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Caramelized Cabbage Butter Pasta

This buttery caramelized cabbage isn’t just perfect with pasta — try it piled onto toast, with eggs, or in sandwiches and wraps.

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Za’atar Tofu Naan Wraps

These vegan sandwiches are packed with za’atar-seasoned tofu, creamy hummus, and plenty of veggies.

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Ratatouille Stir-Fry

This quick-cooking version of this classic French dish features crisp-tender eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers.

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Vegetarian Mushroom Stew

A hearty mix of mushrooms, nutty chickpeas, and greens in a thick and creamy coconut and tomato broth.

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