Trying to bulk up or maintain your weight on a plant-based diet? These high-calorie vegan meals are made with accessible and healthy ingredients and are truly crowd-pleasing. Find 10-minute tacos, creamy pasta, colorful bowls and more!
If you’ve been unintentionally losing weight on a vegan diet, it’s not because animal products contain anything magical that plants don’t.
Naturally, many plant-based foods are high in fiber and lower in calories, which may result in you eating the same volume of food that you’re used to, but falling short on energy from your meals.
During busy weeknights, nothing is more convenient and comforting than a creamy one-pot coconut curry! This high-calorie vegan dinner requires only basic ingredients like potatoes, peas, chickpeas, chopped veggies of your choice, curry paste and coconut milk. It’s bursting with protein and flavor!
This colorful vegan pasta salad is made with gluten-free macaroni, protein-packed quinoa and chickpeas, fresh veggies, briny artichokes and a creamy higher-calorie yogurt and tahini dressing! Make it even richer by adding oily sun-dried tomatoes or an extra dollop of tahini.
Do you like sheet-pan dinners? This flavorful vegetable shawarma is a 40-minute vegan recipe that works either as a colorful bowl or when served in some pita bread — which would be the higher calorie version, of course. Load up on veggies without feeling hungry again soon!
If you want to make a filling high-calorie vegan meal for your whole family, try this cheesy pasta bake! It’s the ultimate crowd-pleaser, great for weeknights and super easy to make. Loaded with flavor from Italian herbs, roasted tomatoes and fresh garlic, this dinner turns out really creamy thanks to the vegan mozzarella and vegan parmesan!
This vegan taco salad features delicious lentil taco meat, tortilla chips, avocado, tomato, corn, beans and a quick and easy vegan sour cream. It’s easily customizable to whatever you have available and can be meal prepped for a quick lunch or dinner! It doesn’t skimp on protein, healthy fats, essential nutrients or calories.
In a hurry? Make this 30-minute one-pot hummus pasta with fresh basil! It’s an easy-to-clean, scrumptious and higher calorie meal that requires only super basic ingredients. Simply use any veggies of your choice to add to your pasta and store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days!
Brimming with flavor and calorie-dense vegan foods, this creamy korma is a wonderful 30-minute weeknight meal. With high-protein tofu, peas and a deliciously spiced sauce, this curry is rich and totally family-approved!
If you love meatballs and curry, try this flavorful high-calorie soup! Combining the best of two worlds, it’s a match made in heaven with chewy protein-packed balls floating in creamy coconut sauce and served over rice. Try this filling plant-based meal!
Not only packed with protein but also high in calories, this simple vegan bolognese is ready in only 20 minutes and so delicious! Full of flavor, essential nutrients and even freezable, it’s a great go-to family-friendly meal you can create from basic pantry ingredients.
This creamy vegan beef stroganoff recipe is thick, filling and ready in 30 minutes! High-fat coconut cream turns into stroganoff-flavored goodness thanks to spices like soy sauce, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and mustard. This recipe packs over 600 calories in a small serving!
Want to bring some high-calorie vegan food to work or school? Make this baked tofu sandwich with roasted red peppers and creamy avocado! Pack everything between two slices of sourdough bread, add a handful of greens and enjoy your perfectly balanced and filling lunch.
This delicious pasta dish is made with caramelized sweet peppers, flavorful sauce, accented with sharp capers and smokey vegan chorizo. When you encounter some intense comfort food cravings, this crowd-pleasing recipe will surely hit the spot!
Vegan steak served over rice is one of those recipes everyone loves! It has all the right flavors, is undetectably plant-based and super satisfying. Just use your favorite vegan beef replacement and cook it on the stove in a flavorful sauce for around 40 minutes total.
This scrumptious vegan buffalo pizza is loaded with spicy soy curls, cooling vegan ranch and an extra hot sauce for the most fiery pizza there is! Customizable to your preferred level of hotness, you can either use soy curls, marinated tofu, chickpeas or buffalo cauliflower for the topping. Sprinkle with some vegan cheese shreds for added calories!
Get your Mexican food fix with these beautiful sweet potato and black bean burrito bowls! If you can’t be bothered to make a proper vegan bean burrito, just throw all of your fillings in a large bowl, top with delicious creamy tahini sauce and call it a day. Be sure to add a good amount of avocado, protein-packed chickpeas and perhaps some cheese shreds!
This flavorful high-calorie vegan dinner is made with tempeh, lentils, potatoes and cooked with spices in a hearty tomato base. We love the delicious add-ins from olives to capers, raisins, garlic, smoked paprika and fresh herbs! Serve over rice or use as a taco filling.
Who doesn’t love some comforting baked vegan mac and cheese? This take on a classic dish comes with delicious salty “bacon” bits, a super creamy cashew sauce and a handful of broccoli florets for added nutrients. Use soy milk in the sauce for more protein and don’t skimp on your favorite vegan cheese for the topping!
Speaking of vegan cheese, these 30-minute cheeseburger wraps are probably our favorite high-calorie and protein-packed dinner idea! With a whopping 566 calories and 28 grams of protein, this filling family-friendly recipe is truly crowd-pleasing and perfect for those looking to gain some weight.
Pesto pasta is a classic and super easy dinner idea that will never go out of style! While our protein-packed vegan pesto pasta is completely oil-free and not super calorie-dense, traditional olive oil pesto packs a whole lot of calories into a small portion. This flavorful homemade vegan pesto is made with ripe avocados, garlic, basil, pistachios and olive oil — serve over pasta for the perfect quick vegan dinner.
Another creamy and flavorful one-pot vegan dinner is this healthy African peanut stew loaded with meaty soy curls! Calling for basic ingredients such as garlic, ginger, potatoes, tomatoes, coconut milk and peanut butter, it’s incredibly delicious, accessible and family-friendly. Add any veggies of your liking and finish with a spritz of lime juice and fresh herbs!
If you need vegan dinner on the table like now, make these super quick no-cook walnut meat tacos! They are a great alternative to beef and pack a punch of protein and healthy fats. Topped with creamy cashew sour cream, this easy recipe is suitable for vegans and meat-eaters alike!
Not just perfect during the holiday season, this creamy casserole dish made with whole foods is one of our favorite filling dinner ideas! Potatoes baked in creamy cashew cheese sauce is the perfect comfort food for cozy weeknights and can be served with a side salad or vegan lentil loaf.
You can never have too much pasta, right? This 30-minute vegan fettuccine Alfredo dish is perfectly creamy, cheesy and rich. Made with a cauliflower cashew sauce, it hides a serving of vegetables while still offering a good amount of calories!
More Healthy Vegan Recipes
If you enjoyed this list of high-calorie vegan meals, why not try some of the following recipes next?
20+ High-Calorie Vegan Meals + Weight Gain Smoothie
Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Trying to bulk up or maintain your weight on a plant-based diet? These high-calorie vegan meals are made with accessible and healthy ingredients and are truly crowd-pleasing. Find 10-minute tacos, creamy pasta, colorful bowls and more! The following snickers weight grain smoothie is great for breakfast or as a high-calorie snack.
Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.