21 easy and healthy Veganuary meals to make for dinner this January

Author: Rachel Smith

Going vegan has never been so simple as we share our favourite healthy Veganuary meals to make your dinner meal prepping as simple as can be.

If you’re taking part in Veganuary this January and are looking for inspiration for Veganuary meals, you’ve come to the right place.

We know that going vegan can seem like a daunting prospect to many when it comes to deciding what to eat. So, we’ve done the hard work to bring you a tempting selection of Veganuary meal ideas the whole family will enjoy.

Whether you’re looking for healthy meals for vegans or ideas for Veganuary meal prep to take the pressure off, there’s something for everyone.

Plus, we know that the best way to stay on track is to eat foods you enjoy, that’s why these Veganuary recipes are all vegan versions of classic dishes everyone loves.

There’s no weird stuff here, these are all typical vegan meals we eat all the time and adore. From mac and cheese to burgers and burritos, these Veganuary recipes are so good we guarantee you’ll still be making them long after Veganuary ends.

Ready to get started on your vegan journey? Let’s dive into the mouth-watering Veganuary recipes…

1. Quick & Easy Vegan Biryani

Need dinner in a hurry but you’re short on time? This vegan biryani recipe is ready in 30 minutes so it’s ideal for a wholesome and filling Veganuary meal.

Traditionally made with meat, this veggie biryani is studded with an array of vegetables such as aubergine, peas, and tomatoes. Not to mention the warming blend of spices that elevate this dish and make it a taste sensation.

Quick & Easy Vegan Biryani with Aubergine

2. Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese

When it comes to comfort food, a big bowl of mac and cheese is hard to beat. It’s easy, cheesy, and takes us straight back to our childhood.

This vegan mac and cheese recipe is no different. It swaps cheese for cashews to make the cheese sauce and is topped with herby breadcrumbs for added crunch.

If you want to add some extra veggies to it, we recommend serving it with some steamed broccoli or a fresh green salad.

This Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe with Cashews is perfect for Veganuary meals

3. Vegan Bao Buns

These soft pillows of dough are stuffed with the most delicious filling of crispy tempeh and peanuts. A little red cabbage slaw adds a kick of zesty flavour which pairs well with the fresh ingredients.

They’re both soft, crunchy, and chewy all at the same time. That’s why it’s one of our favourite Veganuary meals because it ticks the box on both flavour and texture.

Vegan Bao Buns with Tempeh, Peanuts and Zingy Red Cabbage Slaw

4. Vegan Lasagne

With layer upon layer of luscious flavours, there’s a reason why lasagne is loved by many around the world. It’s got it all – pasta, veggies, cheese and a meaty element, all of which are easy to recreate with this vegan lasagne recipe.

This Veganuary recipe is filled to the brim with veggies and a medley of spices ensuring it’s packed with flavour. Plus, we’ll show you how to make your own vegan mozzarella that’s tastier than store-bought vegan cheese alternatives.

The best vegan lasagne recipe that's is perfect for Veganuary meals

5. Tempeh Burger

If you’re yet to experience the delights of tempeh, this vegan tempeh burger is a must-make meal this Veganuary.

A cross between a meat burger and a bean burger in texture, this vegan burger holds its shape beautifully when cooked. The tempeh helps give the texture a bit of bite while the beans ensure it’s packed with vegan protein. Then we’ve added mushrooms and sweetcorn to the mix so that eat bite is bursting with flavour and goodness.

Top it off with avocado, lettuce, red onion, and tomato relish and enjoy.

A Smoky Tempeh Burger Recipe that is perfect for Veganuary meals

6. Vegan Breakfast Burrito

This Veganuary, start your day in style with this epic Mexican-inspired vegan breakfast burrito. This fully loaded wrap is bursting at the seams with sausages, baked beans, scrambled tofu, and hash browns.

A dash of guacamole brings in a creamy, cooling element to give it a Mexican-twist. If you’ve been out celebrating and need something to soak up the booze, this is guaranteed to do the trick.

Mexican-Style Vegan Breakfast Burrito with Tofu Scramble

7. Mushroom Bourguignon

This vegan mushroom bourguignon is one of our reader’s favourite recipes for a good reason.

A hearty blend of vegetables, chestnuts and mushrooms are gently simmered in a red wine gravy to make a healthy meal for vegans and non-vegans alike.

Not to mention it’s packed with mushrooms which are a great source of vitamin D in the colder months.

We love serving it up on a bed of creamy mash that lets the rich flavours of the dish take centre stage.

Mushroom Bourguignon

8. Vegan Chickpea, Spinach and Peanut Butter Curry

When it comes to making a vegan curry, this chickpea, spinach and peanut butter recipe is one we make time and time again.

The peanut butter gives not only makes it creamier, it also adds a wonderful salty note that makes each bite beautiful.

The addition of chickpeas and spinach ensure it’s packed with nutrients while warming spices and chilli help bring the heat.

What’s more, it’s ready to eat in just 30 minutes making it ideal for easy Veganuary meals.

Vegan Chickpea, Spinach and Peanut Butter Curry Recipe

9. Ginger & Miso Vegan Stir-Fry

When you see ginger and miso in the ingredients, you know it’s guaranteed to be a tasty recipe!

That combination of mild heat from the ginger paired with the rich, salty umani miso flavour and crunchy cashews make this simple vegan stir-fry a must-make Veganuary recipe.

Not to mention the fact this easy Veganuary dinner takes just 20 minutes to make. That means it will be ready to eat faster than you can have a takeaway delivered!

Quick & Easy Ginger & Miso Vegan Stir-Fry

10. Vegan Chimichangas with Smoky Beans

Bring a little fire to your Veganuary dinner time with this superbly smoky recipe that takes just 30 minutes to make.

Similar to a burrito, the fried tortilla parcel is filled to the brim with smoky chipotle black beans, peppers and onions.

We like to serve it with rice, salad or salsa for a healthy dinner for vegans that doesn’t compromise on taste.

Vegan Chimichangas Recipe with Smoky Beans

11. Vegan One-Pot Burrito Rice

Hate washing up? We do too! That’s why we love this easy Veganuary meal idea that comes together in a single pot.

Packed will all of the best flavours from Mexican cuisine, it’s loaded with beans, veggies, spices and vegan cheese.

This healthy one-pot burrito rice recipe is great for Vegan meal prep too as you can make it at the weekend and enjoy for the next 3-4 days.

Vegan One-Pot Burrito Rice

12. Vegan Katsu Curry

We vegans can’t get enough of Wagamama’s Vegatsu curry, and you can make your own at home with this vegan katsu curry recipe.

We’ve swapped out the meat for aubergine to make it lighter and coated that in breadcrumbs to give it a tempting crunchy bite.

Served on a bed of fluffy rice, this aromatic vegan meal will be a firm family favourite.

Looking for Veganuary meals? Try this Vegan katsu curry with aubergine

13. Vegan Korean Aubergine & Sesame Spinach

Bring some of the best flavours of Korean cuisine to your dinner table this January with this must-make Veganuary recipe.

It’s one of the hottest Veganuary meals in this round-up thanks to the inclusion of Korean chilli powder which has a hot but slightly fruity, smoky flavour.

We’ve paired it with sesame-infused spinach to help you make sure you’re eating your greens after the festive season.

Vegan Korean Aubergine & Sesame Spinach Recipe

14. Vegan Potato Bake with Broccoli & Peanut Sauce

When it comes to comfort food, we can’t think of many recipes that hit the spot like this vegan potato bake.

With layer-upon-layer of potatoes baked until crispy with salty peanut butter sauce and broccoli, this is a great dish for the weekend when you want something a little bit indulgent.

Vegan Potato Bake with Broccoli & Peanut Sauce

15. Vegan Moussaka

You’d be hard pressed finding anyone who doesn’t enjoy the delights of a good moussaka.

With tomato, mushroom and lentil ragu layered up with slices of aubergine and potato, it’s topped with a creamy bechamel and baked until golden and bubbling. Just the thought of it makes our mouths water!

This Veganuary dinner takes a little time to prepare as it needs time in the oven for the flavours to really marinate, but we promise it’s worth the effort.

Vegan Moussaka Recipe

16. Cheesy Baked Potato & BBQ Black Beans

Veganuary dinner recipes don’t get better than this if you ask us!

The not-so humble baked potato is elevated with lashings of vegan cheese sauce and BBQ beans for a salty, smoky, and carbalicious Veganuary meal.

If you have any leftover cheese sauce, it’s also great for making vegan nachos.

Cheesy Baked Potato & BBQ Black Beans are great for Veganuary meals in the winter

17. Vegan Lentil Bolognese

Planning a spot of Veganuary meal prep to make going vegan easy this January? This super-simple vegan lentil bolognese is a great healthy meal for vegans that you can make ahead.

It also freezes well so all you have to do is defrost it, heat it up and serve it with some spaghetti when you need a speedy vegan dinner.

Vegan lentil bolognese is ideal for Veganuary meals

18. Vegan Smoky Sausage & White Bean Casserole

Casseroles are a dish that go hand-in-hand with cold weather. There’s just something about a warming stew gently simmering on the stove that makes us feel all warm and cosy.

We like to serve this wonderfully smoky sausage and white bean stew with roast potatoes for a hearty bowl of goodness that soothes the soul.

Vegan Smoky Sausage & White Bean Casserole

19. Vegan Minted No-Lamb Hot Pot

Hot pots were made for winter weather! This meaty stew is easily made meat-free by swapping lamb for vegan lamb pieces that are widely available in UK supermarkets.

It’s slow cooked with veggies in stock with a dash of soy sauce to give it an umami kick. Finally, it’s finished off with slices of potato that get deliciously crispy when baked.

Serve it up with a side of steamed greens for a classic Veganuary recipe that’s both healthy and delicious.

Vegan Minted No-Lamb Hot Pot

20. Vegan Butter Tofu Curry

Veganuary is the perfect time to try something new such as tofu. If you’ve not cooked with tofu before, this vegan butter tofu curry is the perfect recipe to start with.

A vegan take on this classic butter curry recipe, it beats any takeaway curry with its creamy sauce and warming blend of spices.

Looking for Veganuary meals? Try this Vegan Butter Tofu Curry

21. Vegan Duck Pancakes

Bring the delights of a Chinese restaurant menu to your home this Veganuary with this vegan take on the classic duck pancake recipe.

You may have heard about jackfruit before, and now is your chance to give it a try with this easy jackfruit recipe. Perfect for replacing meat in vegan recipes, jackfruit is a great replacement for shredded duck thanks to its stringy texture.

It’s one of our favourite Veganuary meals to make because both the texture and flavour is spot on. In fact, we think it’s every bit as good as the original, if not more so.

Looking for Veganuary meals? Try these Vegan Duck Pancakes with Jackfruit

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Written by

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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