20 Delicious Dairy-Free Dinner Ideas

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No dairy products are needed for these delicious and family-friendly dinner ideas! They are packed with flavor and nutrient, and can be made on busy weeknights.

Whether you want to reduce your animal product intake or are lactose intolerant, this selection of dairy-free dinner ideas is full of easy recipes you need to check out!

Cozy soups, freezer-friendly casseroles, creamy pasta, hearty burgers, and more await you.

Ditching dairy has never been so easy and tasty! Enjoy our list.

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Delicious Dairy-Free Dinner Ideas

Creamy Mac and Cheese
A bowl of creamy pasta is a dish that excites every cheese lover. Milky cashews and nutritional yeast come together to create a perfect cheese sauce. This dairy-free and low-fat recipe creates cheesy satisfaction that is 100% vegan!
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Sweet Potato Curry
This satay-inspired curry is delightful, made from a rich peanut butter and tomato base that is brightened with zesty lime and sweet onion. The vibrant red lentil and sweet potato curry goes great with rice and fresh coriander!
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Healthy Protein-Packed Lasagna
Fresh out of the oven and bubbling with delicious almond ricotta and vegan cheese sauce, this protein-packed lasagna is a family favorite. Made with multiple layers of delightful filling, this dish is perfect for meal prep!
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Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo
A good alfredo sauce is creamy, garlicky, and understated. Yet, it's the subtleness that makes the dish so divine. This low-calorie vegan alfredo is a sauce that goes harmoniously with noodles and spiralized zucchini!
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White Sauce Pasta
Who doesn't love buttery, creamy dairy-free pasta? This white sauce pasta is exploding with colorful vegetables, a kid-approved recipe that makes for a fantastic weeknight dinner!
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Kidney Bean Burger
A burger that's ready to be BBQ'd and paraded at your next party! This foolproof and hearty patty recipe is loaded with plant-based protein. It goes great with classic condiments and is the ideal foundation for creating your own sandwich masterpiece!
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Easy Pesto Pasta
This pesto pasta is high in protein and loaded with vegetables! Picture perfect, these adorable spiral noodles lock in the creamy pesto into every bite. Paired with blanched asparagus and broccoli, each bowl has an added level of freshness and great texture!
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Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
Tacos are always a great idea! These dairy-free buffalo cauliflower tacos are so satisfying and packed with flavor. From the double battered and seasoned cauliflower to the crispy chickpeas, soft avocado, and fresh salsa, it's a mouth-watering combination wrapped up in a loving tortilla.
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Quick Hummus Pasta
This hummus pasta is creamy, satiating, and packed with vegan protein. A vibrant sauce is made from blended hummus, nuts, greens, and nutritional yeast, giving it an ultra-creamy and heavenly consistency.
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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
A tray of stuffed peppers hot out of the oven is a welcome sight in any home. This recipe combines hearty quinoa, beans, and corn with a cumin-spiced tomato sauce that perfectly fills each pepper. Enjoy garnished with fresh avocado!
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Mushroom Chow Mein
This chow mein is a great dinner recipe that's easily customizable. Use any vegetables you'd like with classic wheat noodles and a generous serving of homemade sauce. A flavor bomb of zesty, savory, and spicy – so delicious!
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Mushroom Pea Risotto
A versatile dish that can be made quickly or slowly; either way, the mushroom pea risotto is always delicious! Made with stirred rice in a savory broth and earthy mushrooms that are brightened with soft peas and fresh leek, it's a flavorful one-bowl dinner you will love.
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Potato Broccoli Casserole
A dairy-free casserole that's ultra creamy and comforting! This beloved baked dish incites nostalgia with the smell alone. Broccoli, potato, and a creamy vegan cheese sauce bubbles and bakes until golden brown, creating a heartwarming meal!
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Coconut Curry Soup
A dreamy soup that balances bright and bold flavors with a touch of coconut cream. Loaded with vegetables and warm spices, including ginger, garam masala, chili flakes, and curry, each bowl is nourishing and satisfying!
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Sweet Potato Quesadillas
A quesadilla cooked until golden brown on the outside and stuffed with sweet and spicy potato and black bean filling. This recipe kicks it up a notch with a dangerously delicious vegan queso!
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Gnocchi Bake with Bolognese Sauce
Try this vegan gnocchi bake for your next Italian-inspired dinner. Made with dairy-free bechamel sauce and lentil bolognese, it's a perfect comfort dish you will love to sink your fork into!
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Butternut Squash Sage Stuffed Shells
An elegant dinner that is even better the next day! These beautiful stuffed shells are plumped with a rustic filling of vegan sausage, butternut squash, garlic, fresh spinach, and sage tofu ricotta. The shells are bathed in a subtle cream sauce allowing the filling flavors to shine!
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Dairy-Free Broccoli Cheese Soup
This dairy-free broccoli cheese soup is made from an assortment of vegan cheeses, broccoli, and spices that stew together until thick and creamy. A decadent soup that goes great served with crusty bread or in a fun bread bowl!
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Biscuit Topped Chickpea Pot Pie
A one-pan dairy-free recipe that's homey and nurturing. This savory chickpea gravy is topped with flaky soft cheddar biscuits and is so comforting! Each serving perfectly pairs savory stew and fluffy, cheesy bread.
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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
Enjoy these loaded sweet potato skins as an appetizer or main meal. Each skin is stuffed to the max with an assortment of vegetables enhanced with Mexican-inspired seasonings that explode with flavor. A crave-worthy dish you will enjoy guilt-free!
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20 Delicious Dairy-Free Dinner Ideas

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
No dairy products are needed for these delicious and family-friendly dinner ideas! They are packed with flavor and nutrients and are great for weeknights. The following easy veggie ramen couldn’t be easier to make and is so flavorful!
Serves 2

Ingredients

Easy Veggie Ramen

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 1 oz dried mushrooms 28 g
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 720 ml
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 8 oz uncooked noodles 225 g
  • 8 oz soft tofu cubed (225 g)
  • ½ cup coconut milk optional
  • Cilantro to garnish

Instructions

  • Heat the sesame oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, green onion, and ginger and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add the dried mushrooms and sautße for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the vegetable broth, vinegar, soy sauce, miso paste, and agave and mix until well combined.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the ramen noodles and tofu and raise the heat to medium again. Let everything cook for 3 minutes or until the noodles are soft. Stir in some coconut milk for a creamier soup if wanted.
  • Adjust to taste preferences and divide between serving bowls, then garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Optional add-ins include fresh baby spinach, bok choy, mung bean sprouts, and other veggies.
  • Top with sesame seeds and lime juice if wanted!
  • Store broth and noodles separately if you have any leftovers.
  • Find 18 more easy dairy-free dinner recipes in the article above!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Nutrition Facts
20 Delicious Dairy-Free Dinner Ideas
Amount per Serving
Calories
581
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
27
g
42
%
Saturated Fat
 
13
g
81
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
12
g
Sodium
 
2218
mg
96
%
Carbohydrates
 
66
g
22
%
Fiber
 
6
g
25
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
25
g
50
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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