One of the hardest aspects of being vegan is the inconvenience during the day to day meals. If you do not organize your eating schedule, then it can be easy to find yourself without a viable meal option for the day. Luckily, with a bit of foresight, you can create a good repertoire of easy meal plans. In this article, we give you eight different vegan meal plan ideas. Try each of them and feel free to mix up meals for each separate day. 

How We Chose the Vegan Meal Plans on this List

One of the biggest complaints we hear from people trying to switch to an entirely vegan diet is a lack a substantial meal. While tasty salads and light snacks are great, we wanted to include some meals that help scratch that hunger itch. Luckily, there are tons of fantastic filling meals you can choose from when searching. As such, we decided a lot of meals that are reminiscent of some non-vegan favorites. Hopefully, these vegan meal plan concepts can help satisfy your hunger (and give you plenty of tasty leftovers).

- Top Eight Vegan Meal Plans -

Here are our picks for the best eight vegan meal plan ideas you can find out there. We will start with our favorite: mac and cheese. 

First Meal Plan — Delicious Spicy Hot Vegan Mac and Cheese

baked mac on round black ceramic plate

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What will you need?

  • Eight ounces of whole grain macaroni pasta
  • Two jalapenos 
  • One in half tablespoons of olive oil
  • One small, chopped yellow onion
  • One russet potato — peeled
  • Three minced cloves of garlic
  • A half a teaspoon of salt
  • A half a teaspoon of dried mustard seed
  • A teaspoon of garlic powder
  • A half a teaspoon of onion powder
  • A sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • Two-thirds cup of cashew nuts
  • At least one cup of water
  • One-fourth cup of nutritional yeast
  • Three tablespoons of white vinegar 

Cook your pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water. Once you cook it drain and transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Next, in a saucepan, warm the olive oil and fry the onion, along with some salt, for five minutes. Once you complete this step, add the grated potatoes, garlic, jalapenos and all of the spices and stir thoroughly for one minute. 

After that add the water and cashew nuts and bring the mixture down to a simmer and stir until you cook the potatoes all the way through. Next, add this sauce mixture into the blender and add the nutritional yeast and water. Add more salt and then pour the mixture into the cooked macaroni. Enjoy!

Second Meal Plan — Vegan and Gluten Free Veggie Burgers

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What will you need?

  • One in half pounds of sweet potatoes
  • One-third cup of millet
  • One fifteen ounce can of black beans
  • One cup of gluten-free oats
  • One half of a red onion
  • One half a cup of chopped cilantro leaves
  • Two teaspoons of cumin powder
  • One teaspoon of chili powder
  • One teaspoon hot paprika
  • One half teaspoon cayenne
  • One half teaspoon salt
  • Eight whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Vegetable oil
  • Veggie burger toppings (lettuce, tomato, onion, etc.)

Preheat the oven to four hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the sweet potatoes down the middle lengthwise face down on a tray in the oven. Once they cooked for thirty remove the skin and chop up the insides. Next, boil one cup of water, stir in the millet and then bring to a simmer. Let the millet simmer for twenty-five minutes, or until it is tender. Once you finish this, drain the remaining liquid. Grind the oats in a food processor or blender until they are fine as powder. 

In a large mixing bowl combine the sweet potatoes and millet, black beans and all of the spices. Gradually, while you stir with a wooden spoon, add the grounded oats. Now, take the mixtures, form them into paddies and place them in the fridge. Once you have enough paddies, put some vegetable oil of a pan or skillet. Fry both sides of the veggie burgers for three to four minutes on medium heat. Once you cook the paddies, place them on the buns and add your toppings. 

Third Meal Plan — Thai Peanut Sauce Over Rice and Roasted Yams

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What will you need?

  • One half a cup of peanut butter
  • One fourth a cup of soy sauce
  • Three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Two tablespoons of honey
  • One teaspoon of ginger
  • Two cloves of minced garlic
  • One fourth a teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • Two tablespoons of water
  • One sweet potato
  • One red pepper
  • Two tablespoons of coconut oil
  • One fourth a teaspoon of cumin
  • One and a fourth cup of jasmine rice
  • Three green onions

First, bring a pot of water to a bowl and set the over for four hundred and fifty degrees. Next, cut up the sweet potato, cover it in coconut oil, and sprinkle it with salt and cumin. Roast the sweet potatoes for thirty-five minutes (make sure you turn them over). Do the same thing to the bell peppers, but leave out the cumin. Cook the peppers for twenty minutes. 

While the vegetable roast put the rice in the boiling water and leave it there for thirty minutes, once you finish this step, drain the rice, return it to the pot, cover it and let it steam for ten minutes. Combine the remaining ingredients to make the peanut sauce and serve it over the rice and roasted vegetables. 

Fourth Meal Plan — Fantastic Vegan Curry with Chickpeas

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What will you need?

  • One teaspoon of salt
  • A three-fourths teaspoon of coriander
  • A three-fourths teaspoon of cumin
  • One half a teaspoon of turmeric
  • One-fourth teaspoon of cinnamon
  • One large diced eggplant
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • Three cloves of garlic
  • One inch piece of grated ginger
  • One medium sized onion
  • One fourth a cup of tomato paste
  • Two fifteen ounce cans of chickpeas
  • Two cups of vegetable broth
  • One cup chopped cilantro

Add the eggplant to a large skillet and cook it for roughly eleven minutes and medium-high heat. Once you cook the eggplant, then set it aside and add olive oil, garlic, and ginger to the same skillet. Cook for two minutes on medium high heat. 

Then add the onion and spice mixture and cook for another five minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for three minutes, then add the chickpeas (drained) and cook for another two minutes. Once you finish this step, add the grilled eggplant and the vegetable broth to the mixture and bring to a simmer for forty minutes. Serve with cilantro. 

Fifth Meal Plan — Pasta with Simple Tomato Sauce

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What will you need?

  • Ten ounces of gluten-free pasta (any kind will do, pick your favorite)
  • Three ounces of tomatoes
  • One fourth a cup of olive oil
  • One cup of basil
  • Four cloves of garlic
  • Vegan parmesan cheese

Boil some water in a large bot, add a right amount of salt and add your pasta. Add your tomatoes, olive oil, basil, vegan parmesan and garlic to a blender or food processor. While it is blending, add about two to three tablespoons of water. Once it turns into a puree like consistency, then drain the cooked pasta, return it to the pot and add the sauce. Add a little more olive oil and vegan parmesan and then serve — hot or cold.

Sixth Meal Plan — Plant Pizza with Portobello Mushrooms

portobello pizza

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What will you need?

  • Three portobello mushrooms
  • Olive oil
  • One fourth a teaspoons of garlic powder
  • One fourth a teaspoons of basil 
  • One fourth a teaspoons of oregano
  • One cup of pizza sauce
  • One half a cup of onions, peppers, and tomatoes
  • Vegan parmesan cheese

First, preheat your oven to four hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Then, place the cleaned and chopped portobello mushrooms on a baking sheet after covering both sides of them with olive oil sprinkle the garlic powder, basil, and oregano on the fungus and cook it for five minutes. 

Once the plant pizza cooked for five minutes to remove it and add all the vegetables, cheese and sauce you want to the mushroom. After that cook the pizza for another fifteen minutes. Once you cook it all the way through, then remove it and add fresh basil or chili flakes.

Seventh Meal Plan — Simple Vegan Pancakes

baked pancake with blueberry and slice of banan

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What will you need?

  • One cup of flour
  • Two tablespoons of sugar
  • One teaspoon of vanilla
  • One tablespoon of baking powder
  • One half a teaspoon of salt
  • One cup vanilla almond milk
  • One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • Syrup of your choice

Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Then measure in the almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract and whisk the mixture until it becomes smooth. Put the batter aside and let it rest for five minutes before using it. Then, pour one half of a cup on a pan or girdle made slick with non-stick spray. Cook over medium heat. When you notice bubbles forming on the front side, then flip the pancake over and cook the other side until golden. Eat warm with syrup or blueberries. 

Eighth Meal Plan — Barbeque Sandwiches with Jackfruit

pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw

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What will you need?

  • Two twenty ounce cans of green jackfruit in water
  • Two tablespoons of brown sugar
  • One teaspoon of paprika
  • One teaspoon of garlic powder
  • One half a teaspoon of salt
  • One half a teaspoon of pepper
  • One half a teaspoon chili powder
  • Three-fourths cup of barbeque sauce
  • Two cups of shredded cabbage
  • Olive oil
  • One half of an avocado
  • One tablespoon of maple syrup
  • One lime
  • Vegan hamburger buns

Drain the jackfruit of any water, then cut out the middle portion and discard it. Now, mix the barbeque spices and combine them with the jackfruit. Next, heat a skillet to medium-high heat and cook the jackfruit in the olive oil for two to three minutes. Then, add the barbecue sauce and some water — this step will thin out the whole mixture. Put the heat on low, cover the skillet and cook for another thirty minutes. Remove the lid occasionally to stir the mix.

While the barbecue cooks, you can make the coleslaw. Add the maple syrup, salt, pepper, avocado, and water to a small bowl. Whisk together until it turns into a thick sauce. Then, add it to the shredded cabbage. Once the jackfruit has cooked for thirty minutes, turn the heat up to high for another two minutes and then take it off the stove. Place all your prepared ingredients on a bun and enjoy!

Buyer’s Guide: Vegan Meal Plans

One of the hard things about being vegan is that fresh produce and ingredients can go bad very quickly. Here are some tips for getting around this speed bump, as well as some more good advice for shopping and eating vegan:

  • Buy frozen food
  • Do not buy too much food
  • Plan out your meals on a calendar
  • Use what you have before buying more
  • Freeze or refrigerate leftovers

We hope this article helped you during the meal planning stage of your week. It is very commendable to eat entirely vegan meals, but it can be hard to stick to — especially if you only have a few recipes you can rely on in a pinch. But, if you have four or five dishes you can make easily, then you can cycle through these “safe dishes” and try something new when you feel adventurous. With any luck, something on this list caught your eye. Good luck on any of the recipes you try