50+ Best Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes

by Alena

Try these delectable whole food plant-based recipes if you’re new to this way of eating! Our beginner-friendly ideas include quick, easy, nutritious and crowd-pleasing goodness — from breakfast to dinner.

Preparing healthy plant-based meals on a daily basis can be easy and delicious with our selection of recipes!

No matter if you’re a seasoned vegan looking for new healthy ideas or want to dabble in a whole food plant-based diet, this article is for you.

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Our list of recipes covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts and condiments that are not only 100% vegan but also sugar-free and oil-free, made with whole-grain products and fresh produce.

Sounds great? Find more oil-free vegan recipes, healthy dressings and colorful vegan bowls on our website. 

We also have a healthy 1-week meal plan and a plant-based transition guide you’ll love!

Breakfast Recipes

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Easy Vegan Granola Recipe

Breakfast is our favorite meal of the day! You get to eat delicious sweet food like breakfast cookies or fruity chia pudding alongside a good cup of coffee or tea.

Preparing whole food plant-based breakfast is really easy and satiating if you go for a combination of complex carbs, plant-based protein and healthy fats!

From creamy oatmeal to quick smoothies, savory tofu scrambles, pancakes with fruit or peanut butter sandwiches, so much deliciousness is waiting for you!

Check out our breakfast guide for more tips and try the following recipes.

Lunch ideas

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Vegan Grilled Cheese Recipe

Make your own portable lunch instead of relying on restaurants to save money and ensure that your meal is whole food plant-based!

We love working with leftovers for lunch, but you can also make quick-to-assemble recipes like hummus wraps, sandwiches or bowls.

Check out our top tips and favorite packable lunches here and try some of the recipes below!

Easy snacks

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Baked Tortilla Chips Recipe

Do you love snacking as much as we do? 

Swap the greasy bag of chips for whole food plant-based-approved snacks like apple slices with peanut butter, trail mix, roasted beans or whole wheat crackers with some hummus.

Check out our selection of protein-packed snacks, kid-friendly snacks and homemade bliss balls for more ideas!

If you’re looking for store-bought whole food plant-based snacks, find our 25 favorite supermarket choices and 10 great snack boxes here!

Dinner recipes

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Tofu Veggie Bowl Recipe

Filling, colorful and family-friendly: whole food plant-based dinners are plentiful and totally suitable for those on a budget or feeding non-vegans.

In fact, many common dinner recipes can be recreated to fit this diet by using a few healthy food swaps! Choose whole-grain pasta, add protein-packed beans or lentils, a serving or two of seasonal veggies and top with a flavorful vegan sauce.

Find an array of protein-packed, kid-friendly, budget-friendly, lazy and light dinners around our website! Start with the recipes below.

Healthy desserts

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Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe

Do you want to stay for dessert? Great, because we have scrumptious whole food plant-based treats that are nourishing and so morish.

Nobody will believe that these recipes are fully vegan — let alone oil-free and sugar-free!

Common components for healthy plant-based recipes are oat flour, almond flour, whole wheat flour, mashed beans (yes!), silken tofu, fruits, coconut, dark chocolate and nut butter.

By the way, our favorite whole food plant-based sweetener is dates! You’ll find them in many of our desserts below. Check out no-bake vegan desserts here!

Easy condiments

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Garlic Yogurt Sauce Recipe

Flavorful condiments are what bring all the different components of a meal together beautifully! 

While you can totally go for store-bought vegan dips, dressings and sauces, they are often cheaper and healthier when made at home.

There are so many ways to eat hummus, one of the most classic vegan dips, and we love drowning our veggies or pasta in creamy sauces!

Whole food plant-based condiments are often based on nuts, seeds, beans or vegetables and flavored with a wide range of herbs and spices.

More healthy recipes

Our website is full of delicious, healthy and easy plant-based recipes! Check out these collections next.

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50+ Best Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Try these delectable whole food plant-based recipes if you’re new to this way of eating! Our beginner-friendly ideas include quick, easy, nutritious and crowd-pleasing goodness. The following easy corn chowder is a comforting one-pot dinner idea the whole family will love!

Ingredients

Easy Corn Chowder

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets (220 g)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (880 ml), divided
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 14 oz potatoes (400 g), peeled and diced
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups corn kernels (330 g), divided
  • 1 cup cooked cannellini beans (260 g), drained

Instructions

  1. Sauté onion, garlic and cauliflower in a few tablespoons of vegetable broth for 5 minutes while stirring frequently in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the rest of the vegetable broth, celery, potatoes, spices and half of the corn kernels. Cover the pot and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  3. Add the cannellini beans, then take the pot off the stove and blend everything using an immersion blender or regular blender. 
  4. Add the remaining corn kernels to the corn chowder in the pot, then adjust to your taste preferences. 
  5. Serve warm!

Notes

  • Any leftovers can be stored in a lidded container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat at your convenience.
  • Add some canned coconut milk for added fat and creaminess!
  • Find 50+ more easy whole food plant-based recipes in the article above.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: ⅓ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 607mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 12gSugar: 11gProtein: 16g

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.

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