3 Vegan Dinner Options Your Family Will Love!

by | March 24, 2018

There is nothing quite like, cooking for three hours, and watching your toddler take one whiff and declare they hate it. We have rustled up some of the more delicious vegan dinner options, that will have everyone asking for seconds!

 

These falafel pitas are so easy and quick to make, they’re a perfect vegan dinner option that the whole family is sure to love!

Falafel Pitas (makes 4 pitas, approx 12 falafels)

  • 3/4 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley or 1/8 cup dried
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp bread crumbs or whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander Pinch salt
  • Pinch paprika
  • Canola oil for frying, optional
  • 2 whole pitas, halved
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 avocados, halved

Optional: tahini, vegan sour cream, or vegan plain yogurt for sauce

  1. Combine falafel ingredients in a food processor and blend until coarse but moldable.
  2. Transfer falafel mixture to a large bowl, cover and set in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Remove and form mixture into 12 falafel balls or patties with hands and set aside.
  4. In a large skillet or wok, add canola oil to cover approx 1/2 inch of the bottom and heat on medium.
  5. 2-4 at a time, add falafels and cook until each side is golden brown and flip.
  6. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove from oil and set on a plate lined with paper towel.
  7. When done, stuff pita pockets with lettuce, tomatoes, and mashed avocado.
  8. Add falafels and serve with dip of choice.
  9. Serve alongside zucchini fries and a mixed green salad.

Peanutty tofu bowls are an excellent way to sneak in some extra nutrients and vitamins!

Peanutty Tofu Bowls (makes 4 bowls)

peanut tofu bowl
For bowls:

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups spinach or kale leaves
    2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 (15oz) can chickpeas, drained
  • 14oz package firm tofu, drained, cubed
  • 2 tsp sesame oil or water

Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil or water
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  1. In a small bowl combine sauce.
  2. Set tofu cubes in a shallow dish and add sauce.
  3. Let marinate 20 minutes. Meanwhile steam broccoli florets until tender and add to bowls with cooked rice.
  4. Add raw veggies and chickpeas.
  5. In a small skillet, add sesame oil or water and add tofu cubes over medium heat.
  6. Cook until golden and crispy, flipping as needed.
  7. Add these to the bowls and drizzle remaining peanut sauce over each.
  8. Serve alongside mixed berries

 

Who doesn’t love a good curry? This vegan dinner option will have vegans and non vegans alike asking for seconds!

Curry Tofu and Rice (makes 4 bowls)

  • curry tofu and rice
    1 (14oz) package extra-firm tofu, drained and cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tbsp water or canola oil
    1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
    1 tsp curry Salt + pepper
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
    Optional: 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute tofu cubes with salt and water/oil until lightly browned and heated through.
  2. Add onion, garlic and cook 3-4 minutes until onions are softened.
  3. Add coconut milk, curry, salt + pepper and bring to a simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Serve over rice and add cilantro if using, alongside oranges and a salad.

 

What are your favorite vegan dinner options for the family? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

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