The best vegan family dinners

Try our comforting vegan family recipes to dish up a plant-based feast even fussy eaters will enjoy. They're bursting with nutrients and big flavours.

Vegan chilli on two plates with avocado slices

Not all family meals revolve around meaty mains. We've devised vibrant, plant-based dinners that are ideal for feeding a crowd of hungry vegans – even those who don't have any special dietary requirements will be keen to tuck in. All the following recipes are simple, healthy and sure to satisfy, but if you're looking for even more vegan dinner inspiration then check out our highest-rated curries, pies, burgers and chillies or take a look at our vegan kids' recipes.

1. Shepherd's pie

Shepherd's pie with ketchup in small pie dishes
A true British staple, this vegan shepherd's pie is stuffed with mushrooms, leeks, carrots, butternut squash and topped with irresistibly crispy potatoes. This healthy, low-calorie dish will convert the staunchest meat-eaters. We recommend serving with a squirt of homemade ketchup for the final flourish.

2. Vegan mac 'n' cheese

Vegan mac n cheese in a dish
Quick to make, this comforting vegan mac ‘n’ cheese is a great midweek meal the whole family will love. The secret is using nutritional yeast to replicate the cheesy flavour and keeping a crispy top by using panko breadcrumbs.

3. Satay sweet potato curry

Satay sweet potato curry on plate
Rich in iron and vitamins, our satay sweet potato curry is a lifesaver when you need an easy one-pot dinner. It’s mild enough for little ones to enjoy, too.

4. Vegan meatballs

vegan meatballs in pan and on plate
Missing meat? Whether you're catering for a new vegan or just want to include everyone at dinnertime, these vegan meatballs have a substantial texture yet are completely plant-based. Most dried pasta is vegan, so you can easily serve up a hearty meal with little fuss.

5. Easy Singapore noodles

Easy Singapore noodles
Cater for the whole family with a stir-fried supper featuring vegan-friendly rice noodles and plenty of flavour. You can rustle up a batch of easy Singapore noodles in just 30 minutes.

6. Chickpea curry jacket potato 

Curry jacket potatoes on plate with fork
Turn a standard tattie into the perfect jacket potato with storecupboard ingredients and a delicious mix of spices. Our chickpea curry jackets pack in the protein and are low in fat, too. Serve with a zesty lemon wedge and a scattering of coriander leaves. 

7. Vegan chilli

Vegan chilli
Boasting smoky flavours and nutrient-rich vegetables, this vegan chilli is always a winner. It can be made on the hob or in the slow cooker – serve with fluffy rice or piled high on a baked sweet potato.

8. Beetroot burgers

Beetroot burgers
Perfect for a summer barbecue or just when you need a fakeaway fix, our beetroot burgers will keep everyone satisfied. If you want to make them ahead of time, they freeze well too.

9. Kidney bean curry

kidney bean curry in bowl with saucepan and bowl of rice
This really easy kidney bean curry is not only a storecupboard saviour but with just five minutes prep time, it's a midweek godsend. No need for expensive substitutes or unusual ingredients, this genius budget supper is perfect for feeding a family of curry fans. 

10. Vegan lasagne

Vegan lasagne
Although it takes a little longer to prepare, this satisfying vegan lasagne is sure to go down a storm after a busy day at work or school. It uses a plant-based ragu base which you can double and use in vegan Bolognese or moussaka, if you like.

11. 5-ingredient falafel

5-ingredient falafel wrap
Use storecupboard ingredients to make a batch of delicious 5-ingredient falafel, then mix and match your fillings at the table. Any leftovers can be happily packed into lunchboxes for the next day.

12. Artichoke & aubergine rice

Rice in pan with lemon wedges and bowl
Cook up a batch of this veg-filled turmeric rice dish with hearty chunks of artichoke and aubergine. A take on paella, this meal needs just 15 minutes to prepare and makes a great, dig-in, sharing-style supper for the whole family. It even tastes fantastic cold the next day for lunch. 

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Ника Стадник's picture
Ника Стадник
6th Jul, 2020
Amazing list of recipes, really want to try to cook Beetroot burgers and Singapore noodles. Thanks for sharing!
17th Jan, 2018
All these meal are practically the same, also sorry but roasted veg is hardly creative. Where's the recipes using seitan or other fake meat products. A jacket potato with chickpeas on it is not getting me very excited
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Jun, 2020
Hi Hannah, We have updated this guide with a wider variety of recipes. Thanks for your feedback.
Patti's picture
14th Jan, 2018
Arent there any recipes without beans or rice?
13th Jan, 2018
Ditto on Sharon's comment!
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Jun, 2020
We have updated the image with a recipe that is included in our round-up. Thanks for flagging.
Sharon Breshears's picture
Sharon Breshears
13th Jan, 2018
Where is the recipe for the dish at the top of the page? It looks like roast vegetables with some other additions? I find it really annoying when photos are NOT related to the information in the following article.
goodfoodteam's picture
22nd Jun, 2020
Hi Sharon, We have updated the image with a recipe that is included in our round-up. Thanks for flagging.
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Jan, 2018
Hi there, the recipe featured at the top of the article is our roasted root traybake,, for an easy vegan family meal simply leave out the sprinkling of feta. We hope you enjoy making these recipes. Best wishes, BBC Good Food Web Team.
14th Jan, 2018
Hi Sharon, I think the photo at the top of the page is this recipe it's vegetarian rather than vegan - agree its annoying when the photo doesn't relate to the article !!


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