21 Quick & Easy Plant-Based Family Meals

A Month’s Worth Of Budget Family Friendly Plant-Based Meals

I love eating healthy. Even better if it’s quick and cheap! What I don’t like is sifting through thousands of recipes only to find out the recipe is complicated or takes a lot longer than I wanted.

Even worse is when I find a recipe that sounds delicious but my family ends up hating it.

Don’t worry:

I’ve done the sifting for you!

You’ll have enough plant-based family meal recipes to last an entire month’s worth of weekday dinners. Probably even a few lunches with leftovers. YUM!

Bonus:

They’re all entirely vegan, plant-based, easy to make, budget-friendly, and family-friendly.

Once you find some recipes below that you want to try, check out my post on how to successfully meal plan so that you aren’t tempted to order take-out mid-week. The struggle is real, y’all!

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1) Roasted Pumpkin Coconut Curry

Alicia at Eat Your Way Clean created this recipe involving fresh roasted pumpkin and Thai red curry paste. Zucchini adds extra veggies and coconut milk makes it creamy.

vegan plant based pumpkin coconut curry
Photo Credit: Eat Your Way Clean

2) Ratatouille

Nora from A Clean Bake did her take on this French staple. While it may look complicated, it is actually really easy since you’re basically slicing tomato, eggplant, zucchini, and onion into rounds then covering with tomato sauce. Check out her recipe here.

This is my favorite way to cook this recipe! So authentically French.

budget ratatouille
Photo Credit: A Clean Bake

3) Pot Pie

Melissa from Vegan Huggs recipe makes pot pies easy and accessible. Pre-made pie crusts and frozen vegetables equal a quick weekday meal.

Baking in individual ramekins gives everyone their personalized pot pie. This is a plant-based family meal favorite for the fall.

For a more modern aesthetic, you’ll love these.

vegan healthy pot pie
Photo Credit: Vegan Huggs

4) Eggplant Meatballs Spaghetti

Emese and Nandy from My Pure Plants have a unique take on meatless meatballs using eggplant and marjoram. Their recipe can be baked oil-free to keep calories down.

If you plan ahead, you can roast the eggplant a day ahead of time to really cut down on dinner prep. Meal planners can make a batch of these ahead of time and freeze them to use later.

eggplant meatless meatballs spaghetti
Photo Credit: My Pure Plants

5) Soba Noodle Salad with Creamy Peanut Dressing

Tilly from TillyEats whips up a fast and healthy cold noodle salad. Perfect for the hot weather and packed full of veggies.

Her recipe uses quick-cooking soba noodles and fresh veggies. The peanut butter dressing contains ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

cold soba noodle salad with peanut dressing
Photo Credit: TillyEats

6) Slow Cooker Chili

Elena from Happy Kitchen.Rocks keeps prep work to the minimum. Combine everything into a slow cooker and you have a delicious dinner 8 hrs later. Her recipe is high in protein, vegetables, and…..oh yeah…..flavor!

I use this secret weapon multi-purpose kitchen gadget to save me oodles of time cooking.

slow cooker vegan chili
Photo Credit: Happy Kitchen.Rocks

7) Aloo Gobi

Jamie and Laura from I Believe I Can Fry recreate dishes they come across during their travels and life. This recipe is lots of potatoes and cauliflower covered in a healthy tomato spiced curry.

Do you think curry can’t be a family meal? Think again! Curry’s spiciness can easily be adjusted to suit families who prefer less heat.

As you delve more into Indian spices, I recommend getting one of these to keep everything fresh.

aloo gobi potato cauliflower curry
Photo Credit: I Believe I Can Fry

8) Creamy Tomato Soup

Bintu from From A Pantry has created a creamy tomato soup recipe that is nice and flavorful. It can be made via a regular stovetop or pressure cooker for extra speed.

Using canned tomatoes keeps prep time drastically down. You basically combine all the ingredients, cook, and blend.

This electric version is the biggest time saver!

vegan creamy tomato soup
Photo Credit: From A Pantry

9) Mediterranean Rice

Courtney and Chris from Know Your Produce have a simple rice recipe that can be made in 20 minutes. Have leftover rice (or quinoa) from last night’s dinner? Sauté it with veggies in a skillet for a delicious family meal.

Mediterranean rice with chickpeas and tomatoes
Photo Credit: Know Your Produce

10) Creamy Garlic Pasta

Gwen from Delightful Adventures created a creamy vegan garlic sauce using silken tofu. Her sauce recipe can be made ahead of time so the only thing you need to prepare is pasta.

silken tofu garlic fettuccini
Photo Credit: Delightful Adventures

11) 30 Minute Curry

Stacey from Stacey Homemaker has a curry recipe that can be completed in 30 minutes flat!

Add in whatever veggies you like. It’ll go great with the Thai red curry paste and coconut milk that’s in the sauce.

chickpea thai curry
Photo Credit: Stacey Homemaker

12) Tangy Slow Cooker Stew

Camilla from Fab Food 4 All uses chestnut mushrooms instead of beef for that hearty earthy flavor.

Her recipe uses balsamic vinegar and soy sauce to give that tangy Worcestershire taste. Aside from chopping up some vegetables, the slow cooker does most of the work.

Cooking the stew in this will make sure you have more than enough for leftovers.

tangy mushroom stew
Photo Credit: Fab Food 4 All

13) Baked Manicotti

Rebecca from Strength & Sunshine does her take to veganize this comfort food. Her recipe is soy-free and uses storebought ingredients to keep assembly time to slightly longer than it takes to boil noodles.

vegan almond manicotti
Photo Credit: Strength & Sunshine

14) Eggplant and Zucchini Curry

María from The Cookware Geek has a curry recipe that takes 30 minutes from prep to serve. Turmeric gives it that lovely yellow hue. A comforting curry using fresh from the garden produce.

This is another recipe that utilizes Thai red curry paste so it’s perfect to use up any leftover.

zucchini eggplant turmeric curry
Photo Credit: The Cookware Geek

15) Lazy Falafel

Rhian from Rhian’s Recipes deconstructs the falafel sandwich. Her recipe uses the ingredients of the falafel without all the fuss.

It’s all cooked in a single skillet so even cleanup is a breeze. Tuck the filling into your choice of pita, and take it on the go.

deconstructed falafel chickpeas
Photo Credit: Rhian’s Recipes

16) Spanish Beans with Tomatoes

Kate from Veggie Desserts creates far more than just desserts. Her recipe is a low-calorie Spanish bean stew that’s ready in 20 minutes.

*Note, lima beans are the same as butter beans used in the recipe.

spanish white bean stew with tomatoes
Photo Credit: Veggie Desserts

17) Busy Person Fried Rice

Throwing in one of my own budget recipes. I use leftover rice and frozen vegetables to make this as easy and quick as possible. Although simple, my family requests it frequently.

This is my favorite rice cooker that does so much more.

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Photo Credit: Plantsonify

18) Nut-Free Mac & Cheese

Emese and Nandi from My Pure Plants made a cheese sauce without the typical cashews. Their recipe uses sunflower seeds and vegetables to create the sauce.

Optional mushroom eggplant topping for an extra dose of veggies. Another plant-based family meal favorite!

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Photo Credit: My Pure Plants

19) Hearty Mushroom Stew

Gwen from Delightful Adventures has a stew recipe that can easily be made via a stovetop or pressure cooker. This stew is full of comforting veggies.

This recipe uses my favorite cooker to get the meal ready fast.

hearty vegan mushroom stew
Photo Credit: Delightful Adventures

20) Creamy Coconut Korma

Diana from Little Sunny Kitchen has a healthy take on the usually cream-filled korma.

Her recipe uses coconut milk, tomatoes, and butter beans as the main ingredients. You could also add other vegetables like potatoes.

I recommend using this traditional storage to keep all of your Indian spices fresh.

vegan coconut bean korma
Photo Credit: Creamy Coconut Korma

21) Shepherd’s Pie

Kate from Veggie Desserts has a vegan take on shepherd’s pie that only takes 30 minutes. The base of her recipe is mushrooms and lentils with smashed new potatoes on top.

I love to cook in these to match the rustic cooler weather feel this comfort food invokes.

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Photo Credit: Veggie Desserts

More Plant-Based Family Meal Tips

With all of these recipes, you now have over a month’s worth of easy plant-based family meals. If you want to save even more time, I suggest trying to cook food in batches and freezing the extra.

By planning out your meals at the beginning of the week and advance preparation, you’re more likely to stick to your plan. This will save you a lot of money by not eating out or buying impulse grocery purchases.

Let me know your favorite recipes in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “21 Quick & Easy Plant-Based Family Meals”

    1. My husband can’t wait to eat the eggplant “meatballs.” I love that it isn’t super time-intensive.

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