One of the most common questions I get when people find out that I’m vegan is, “What do you eat for dinner?”
This might sound odd, but people ask me all the time. I get this question most often when I have a friend who is attempting to make the switch to a plant-based diet. After a few days or weeks, they get bored with eating veggie burgers every day and try to figure out what is supposed to replace the traditional chicken or pizza dinner.
My usual answer?
But that makes no sense to anyone. It means that I look in my fridge and throw together any vegetable I have on hand, raw or cooked, into a huge bowl with some kind of protein and some kind of sauce. Occasionally I’ll also add some kind of rice, quinoa, etc.
I first learned this trick from the old vegan adage: if you don’t know what to eat for dinner, just think a grain, a green, a bean.
Now, this takes practice. Don’t get discouraged if you are trying to start a plant-based diet and feel completely lost every time you open your refrigerator to look for a meal. It will come!
In the meantime, here are some dinners that I have throw together in 20 minutes or less in the past few weeks.
Roasted sweet potato topped with black beans, grape tomatoes, and yellow bell pepper. The sauce is a combination of hummus, nutritional yeast, taco seasoning, and water with a side of guacamole.
Spinach brown rice pasta topped with spaghetti sauce with added onion, mushroom, and bell pepper and Trader Joes’ Meatless Meatballs with a dash of vegan parmesan.
Brown rice pasta with tons of green peas (frozen) topped with a mixture of Trader Joes Thai Green Curry Sauce, nutritional yeast, and water.
Trader Joes Quinoa Duo (frozen), tempeh (heated til crispy on a pan for 5 minutes) with a side of hummus and all natural BBQ sauce.
Homemade white bean and kale soup (onion, garlic, kale, cabbage, canned tomatoes, white beans, veggie broth, and spices) with a side of Ezekiel english muffin topped with hummus.
HUGE salad: spring mix, bell pepper, tomatoes, carrots, roasted green beans, avocado, and lite italian dressing topped with hummus and a Trader Joes Veggie Masala burger.
Powerbowl: roasted sweet potato and squash, bell pepper, and tomatoes topped with a Dr. Praeger’s burger and a sauce made of hummus, nutritional yeast, creamy sesame dressing, and water.
Roasted kabocha squash, sweet potato, and green beans topped with coconut oil and a side of crispy tempeh.
Amy’s California Veggie Burger with lettuce, tomato, and ketchup inside a pita pocket with a side of avocado.
Last, but not least, sometimes I just eat a cookie for dinner.
Check out these recipes for healthy cookies from Powercakes!
Personally, I like to make these cookies without any chocolate in them. If I’m in the mood for something sweet, then I’ll melt some chocolate on top. Otherwise, I usually just do my signature mixture of almond butter, vanilla protein powder, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk :)
I promise these cookies are HUGE and are really almost like a meal in themselves. They are hearty, not too sweet, and super filling. I love the chewy texture and perfect balance of carbs, protein, and fat.
And then sometimes I do half and half because I just can’t decide…
Do you ever struggle with what to eat for meals? Run out of ideas or need some inspiration? What gets you out of your food rut? Any great new dinner finds? Share a link below!
(ps) Don’t forget to check out other What I Ate Wednesday posts for some great meal inspiration!