35 Easy Vegan Recipes For Beginners (Family-Friendly)

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Just started a plant-based diet? Try these 30+ easy vegan recipes for beginners full of family-friendly meals made from everyday ingredients.

Whether you just went vegan or are looking for family-friendly dinner ideas, this hand-selected list of recipes will be all you need!

From pasta to bowls, pizza, cozy stews, and quick stir-fries: these dinner ideas feature all our favorite dishes.

Check out our 30-minute meals, lazy vegan recipes, cheap vegan meals, and kid-friendly recipes next, and enjoy this list!

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30+ Easy Vegan Beginner Recipes (Lunch & Dinner)

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Try these delicious vegan beginner recipes that are perfect to feed your whole family (vegan or not!). Most of these meals are put together in 30 minutes or less, just like this tasty vegan burrito bowl which features rice, homemade refried beans, fresh veggies and delicious toppings! It’s an exclusive recipe from our popular Live Lightly eBook which you can find here.


Tasty Burrito Bowl


  1. Cook rice according to package instructions.
  2. Make refried beans by placing the cooked pinto beans into a small saucepan and add water until they are almost covered. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, then drain the beans.
  3. Add cumin, oregano, cayenne, salt and pepper, then puree with an immersion blender.
  4. Once the rice is cooked and your veggies prepared, assemble the easy vegan burrito bowls!
  5. Divide rice between two serving bowls, top with lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, salsa and refried beans.
  6. Serve with tortilla chips, cashew sour cream and anything else you like!


  • If you can find vegan refried beans at the store, this recipe will be even easier and quicker to make!
  • You can also add bell pepper to this burrito bowl and top it with sliced avocado.
  • This recipe is super meal prep-friendly since you can pre-cook the rice and refried beans, then just assemble your bowl in a heartbeat.
  • Nutrition information has automatically been calculated without tortilla chips or vegan sour cream.
  • Find 30+ more easy vegan beginner recipes in the article above!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: ½ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1732mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 18gSugar: 12gProtein: 17g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena 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.

13 thoughts on “35 Easy Vegan Recipes For Beginners (Family-Friendly)”

  1. Oh wow, I just noticed that you have training in Music Therapy! I am reading this, having nearly finished my day, at my job as a Music Therapist in a Special School in the UK! Thank you for your wonderful recipes, my husband and I have quite similar ones on rotation, though I have a naughty “cheesy” pasta one for when we’re feeling decadent!

    • Hey Heather,
      what a lovely coincidence! My training dates back 9 years now and I never really worked in this field, unfortunately – I chose to go back to university to study Social Work because it’s so closely related. And now I’m running a plant-based website, haha! Funny how things go in life. But this music therapy training was very valuable for my personal life and development, for sure. Do you love your work?
      Glad you like our recipes, we really enjoy vegan mac and cheese (sauce made from potatoes, carrot, cashews, nutritional yeast) every once in a while, too :)
      Warm wishes,

  2. A great list of vegan recipes for beginners. I would like to add another recipes as sweet and salted corn, fried French beans and teriyaki mushrooms. The recipe takes only 20 minutes and won’t consume any time.

  3. Great & easy ways to cook vegan recipes. As a traveler I always looking for easy way to cook hopefully I have got your ideas this will save my time also. Thanks for your valuable tips.

  4. I’m starting my vegan journey this month! Very excited and this information just made me feel even more confident in my decision. I have a one year old and he has been drinking soy milk since after breastfeeding for two months. He had cow’s whole milk for a week after turning one and developed eczema so I switched him back to soy. That experience really opened my eyes to a plant based lifestyle for me and my baby. Thank you for your guidance and I can’t wait to try these mouth-watering meals!!

  5. Delicious & lovely recipe idea. I’m so much pleased to find your article. I love this. I haven’t think I can make it at home so much easily. Thank you so much. God bless.

  6. OMG, you are a lifesaver! After reading Dr. Greger’s, How Not to Die, and listening to his many video talks, I’ve been trying to move away from meat/dairy/seafood and it has been a real challenge. I’ve been cooking for more years than you have been alive, and I’ve always leaned towards whole foods and been careful about the amount of meat on my plate, but I can see now that that was not cautious enough. But revising decades of cooking techniques and food choices has been tough — and never more than when I’m hungry and I’ve not planned ahead. Now I have a blueprint! I cannot thank you enough.

    • thanks so much for your feedback, we’re honored to have had such a positive impact on your life! kudos to you for changing your ways after 30+ years of cooking (apparently?) — please let us know if there’s anything in particular we can help you with :)

  7. Looking for vegan beginner recipes on most of the websites. found most of the vegan recipes especially vegan ramen with vegetables recipe is my favourite among all of them. Defintely try most of the vegan recipes you mentioned


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