Meals and main dishes

Vegan meals for various occasions. I've aimed to group the recipes according to how much effort they take to prepare, but please note that less effort does not equal less tasty!

Most of these dishes can be served as a complete meal on their own, but I've also included a few 'instead of the meat' recipes which can be served instead of a piece of meat at a meat-potatoes-vegetables meal such as a Sunday dinner or Christmas dinner.

Easy and tasty

Tasty, real meals that are simple to prepare. Also see 10-minute meals and vegan ready meals for when you have little or no time to cook.

Baked sweet potato with spicy peanut butter

Leek and potato soup

Lentil and butternut squash curry

Rocket and cherry tomato spaghetti

Sausage, walnut and spinach fusilli

Smoked tofu, red pepper and avocado wraps

Spicy bean and vegemince chilli

Spicy couscous, chickpea and tomato stew


Medium effort, maximum impression

Impress your guests without spending hours in the kitchen.

Butterbean bubble and squeak

Chestnut, leek and mushroom pancakes with a tomato sauce

Chinese tofu hot and sour

Chunky lentil, courgette and red onion soup

Ciabatta pizza

Couscous and roasted vegetables

Creamy mushroom tagliatelle with courgette, tarragon and pine nuts


Gnocchi al forno

Lentil bolognese

Mixed vegetable dhansak

Mushroom stroganoff

Quinoa and chickpea chilli

Red curry tofu chowder

Spicy potato and cauliflour curry

Tofu, broccoli and almond stir fry

"Tuna" mayonnaise and sweetcorn jacket potato


"Instead of the meat"

Main dishes to serve vegan or vegetarian guests as an alternative to a piece of meat, for meals such as a Sunday roast where they will be able to share the same potatoes and vegetables or other side dishes as everyone else.

Also see how to veganise a meat/potatoes/vegetables meal to make sure the side dishes are also vegan-friendly.

Chestnut, leek and mushroom pancakes with a tomato sauce

"Meat" and potato pasties

Portobello mushrooms in puff pastry with red onion and tomato sauce

Roasted squash, cranberry, walnut and mango puff pastry parcels

Stuffed butternut squash with walnuts, cannellini beans and thyme



A bit more time-comsuming to make, but well worth the effort.

Deep pan pizza and various vegan toppings

Green risotto

Hawaiian stuffed crust pizza

Indian-style "chicken" curry

Indonesian hot and sour curry

Spinach, tofu and tomato stuffed pasta shells

Thai green curry

For more recipe ideas, have a look at my recommended recipe books and websites.