31 vegan dinner recipes for a perfectly plant-based Veganuary

So you’ve committed to doing Veganuary, but now you’re feeling overwhelmed at the thought of coming up with a whole month’s worth of vegan dinners. Don’t fret – we’ve done the hard work for you and have selected 31 of our most popular vegan dinner recipes, one for every day of the month, to inspire you on your plant-based journey (and who knows, it may leave you ditching the meat for good).

There’s everything from comforting curries to tasty traybakes, simple pasta dishes to hearty winter stews. Have a scroll and you’ll be sure to find something to tempt you…

31 vegan dinner recipes for a perfectly plant-based Veganuary

1.  Roasted cauliflower dhal

This colourful cauliflower dhal is packed full of flavour with fresh ginger, black mustard seeds and cumin seeds.  The perfect meat-free dish to kickstart Veganuary, this recipe serves four, or can be frozen so you can enjoy it again later in the month.

roasted cauliflower dhal

2. Vegan coconut curry

Staples in a traditional vegan diet, this recipe uses tofu and coconut milk as the basis for a creamy curry, layered with tamarind paste and red chillies to put some fire in your belly.

thai tofu curry

3. Root vegetable and lentil tagine

Our take on a Moroccan tagine uses hearty winter vegetables and fibre-rich lentils – offering so much flavour that you’ll forget all about the absence of meat. It’s also a one-pot wonder, making it perfect for a midweek meal.

root vegetable and lentil tagine

4. Spelt, chicory and mushroom one-pot

Ideal on a cold wintery evening, this recipe combines a variety of mushrooms with spelt and chicory to make a vegan one-pot that’s full of texture and earthy flavours. The cranberries and cherries add a welcomed sweet touch, too.

Spelt, chicory and mushroom one pot

5. Beetroot pithiviers

Wave goodbye to meaty roast dinners and say hello to our beetroot pithiviers; the perfect vegan alternative for a Sunday roast. The vibrant pink beetroot adds a pop of colour to your plate, served alongside baby carrots and sprouts. Just make sure the puff pastry doesn’t use butter, and you’re good to go!

Beetroot pithiviers

6. Chickpeas with winter vegetables and saffron

This recipe is for turlu turlu, an Eastern-take on ratatouille which uses chickpeas and seasonal root vegetables. It’s just what you need to survive January and warm up on those colder evenings.

Chickpeas with winter vegetables and saffron

7. Baked falafel in tomato sauce

It’s no secret that falafel is a vegan’s best friend. Take your love for Middle Eastern cuisine further by making our speedy vegan take on shakshuka, served with fluffy and warm flatbreads or sweet potato wedges for a full-blown feast.

baked falafel in tomato sauce

8. Spicy potato and cauliflower burger

January blues getting you down? We’ve got just the recipe to change that. Spice up your life with this fiery vegetable burger made from cauliflower and potatoes, served with tamarind paste, yoghurt and a fruity mango chutney. If you’re going to serve them on buns, make sure to check they’re vegan.

Spicy potato and cauliflower burger

9. Butterbean and vegetable stew

Just because you’re short on time doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavour. This wholesome one-pot requires minimal effort and only takes 30 minutes before it’s ready for you to dip in a crusty baguette. Sounds like a recipe for success, if you ask us…

Butterbean and vegetable stew

10. Vegetable gyoza dumpling stir-fry

If we could, we’d be tucking into hot gyoza dumplings every day – they’re that good! This vegetable gyoza stir-fry only takes 15 minutes and can be cooked straight from the freezer; it doesn’t get much quicker or easier than this Japanese gem.

Vegetable gyoza dumpling stir-fry

11. Aubergine, tomato and chickpea traybake

This simple but flavourful traybake freezes and reheats well, making it a great dish to make at the weekend in prep for the week ahead. Alternatively, you could take the leftovers for your lunch the following day and feel über proud of your organisational skills.

Aubergine, tomato and chickpea traybake

12. Super green pasta

Houmous and pasta – an unlikely combination you never knew you needed in your life… until now. This unconventional take on a pasta sauce uses houmous, avocado, frozen peas and coconut milk. Trust us, the results are life-changing.

super green pasta

13. Dhal with spinach and tomatoes

Dhal has a special place in our hearts; it’s simple, reliable and will always leave a feeling of satisfaction. In this healthy dhal, garam masala, red chilli and mustards seeds make for an aromatic trio, plus it’s full of vegetables and lentils and comes served with rice.

Dhal with spinach and tomatoes

14. Pasta with wild mushroom sauce

You won’t believe this creamy wild mushroom sauce is dairy-free. Made from oyster and chestnut mushrooms, the sauce can be served over pasta with wilted baby spinach leaves. Perfect for when you’re in a hurry and are looking for something which is both rich and filling.

Pasta with wild mushroom sauce

15. Aubergine and tofu stir-fry

Craving Chinese food? Instead of breaking the bank by ordering a full-blown takeaway, have a go at making this simple vegan stir-fry. This dish really brings the heat with fiery red chillies and chilli bean paste and is sure to satisfy even the most committed of carnivores.

Aubergine and tofu stir-fry

16. Roasted squash and pepper salad

A sweet and savoury salad which is packed with wintery vegetables and served a sharp dressing for extra zing, this salad makes a substantial supper or make-ahead lunch for any day of the week.

Roasted squash and pepper salad

17. Paella-style dirty rice

Transport yourself to New Orleans with our fragrant and filling ‘dirty rice’. This recipe proves just how easy it can be to turn any dish into a meat-free meal by replacing liver with kidney beans. Skip the boiled eggs to keep it vegan.

Paella-style dirty rice

18. Black rice paella with artichokes, peppers and spinach

We’ve upped the ante on a traditional paella by using black venus rice and swapping the seafood and chorizo for fresh artichokes, peppers and spinach. It’s a good-looking dish which is bound to impress if you’re hosting guests, too.

Black rice paella with artichokes, peppers and spinach

19. Butternut squash and sage macaroni

Macaroni cheese is the ultimate comfort food and although you might be sceptical, only gets better with this vegan twist on a classic. Butternut squash, sage and garlic are blended to create a thick and creamy sauce, making one impressive dairy-free alternative. It’s real comfort food and surprisingly good for you, too.

Butternut squash and sage macaroni

20. Italian vegetable salad

Bring the flavours of Italy straight to your table with this sweet and sour salad, featuring every colour of the rainbow including red onions, celery sticks, aubergines, capers and green olives. It’s super fresh, healthy and of course, delicious.

Italian vegetable salad

21. Ratatouille with fennel

Tick off your five-a-day with this French stewed vegetable dish, packed with aubergines, peppers, courgettes, onions, garlic and more. A classic dish made meat-free; we have no doubt you’ll return to this well-rounded recipe time and time again. Bon appétit!

Ratatouille with fennel

22. Vegan Turkish kebabs with chilli sweet potato mash and roasted veg

Just when you thought kebabs couldn’t get any better, our meat-free makeover uses vegan mince and just the right seasoning of za’atar, baharat and chilli flakes. Thanks to this, you’ll never look at kebabs the same way again.

Vegan Turkish kebabs with chilli sweet potato mash and roasted veg

23. Five-spice smoked tofu nuggets

Going vegan doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself. Indulge in some vegan nuggets made from smoked tofu, delightfully seasoned with Chinese five-spice powder and smoked paprika. We promise they taste just as good, if not better, than your average chicken nuggets.

Five-spice smoked tofu nuggets

24. Spicy leek and white bean stew

Loaded with warmed up onions, leeks, tomatoes and cannellini beans, this recipe has everything you need for an icy winter’s night. This spicy vegetable stew is so tasty and filling that you may start to wonder why you ever ate meat…

Spicy leek and white bean stew

25. Quinoa risotto with pumpkin and spinach

Not only is this dish vegan, but it’s also gluten free! Roast pumpkin and butternut squash are served with lots of fresh herbs, ready to combat any signs of dreary weather.

Quinoa risotto with pumpkin and spinach

26. Aubergine and chestnut tagine with couscous

Another staple in the vegan diet, the versatile aubergine acts as the perfect foundation to accompany pumpkin and chestnuts in this tagine, served on a bed of fluffy herb couscous.

Aubergine and chestnut tagine with couscous

27. Cauliflower, swede and turnip curry

Looking for a dish with a health kick? This is your guy. Teeming with hearty root vegetables and an alluring array of herbs and spices, this is veganism at its most impressive.

Cauliflower, swede and turnip curry

28. Soba noodles with aubergine and mango

Sweet and savoury have never tasted so good together. This Ottolenghi-inspired recipe combines fresh mango and aubergine with soba noodles in a feast for the senses.

Soba noodles with aubergine and mango

29. Pizzette with vegan mozzarella and onion relish

Just because you’re doing Veganuary, doesn’t mean you can’t have cheese on your pizza. Let this gorgeous pizzette topped with onion and non-dairy mozzarella be your beacon of hope in the cold and dark January nights. Comfort food at its finest!

Pizzette with vegan mozzarella and onion relish

30. Herb-crusted cauliflower and leek ‘cheese’

We know what you’re thinking: cauliflower cheese, without the cheese?! No need to panic… This crafty recipe opts for coconut milk, miso paste and cashew nuts to make a sauce which is just as creamy and ‘cheesy’ as what you’ve come to expect. Topped with leeks and a crunchy herb crust, you’ll want to keep this one all for yourself.

Herb-crusted cauliflower and leek ‘cheese’

31. Vegan katsu curry

Is a katsu curry calling your name? This vegan-take-on-a-Japanese-classic swaps chicken for crispy, crunchy tofu, giving you a meat-free dish packed full of flavour. It’s a curry made for the weekend, and is sure to impress meat-eaters, veggies and vegans alike.

Vegan katsu curry

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