Vegan Cooking Ideas

Having a vegan over for dinner and stressed about what to make for dinner and dessert? Fear not — we have tips and ideas on feeding a vegan!

Vegan party foods

Vegans do not eat animals or any type of animal products, including eggs and dairy. Since non-vegans' diets consist mostly of meat and dairy products, it can be tough to know what to make if a vegan is coming over for dinner.

Tip: Before deciding on what meal to make, ask your vegan friend if there are any specific dietary requirements you should know about. For example, some vegans avoid certain wines, don't eat refined sugar and/or avoid honey. It's best to know all the details before preparing your meal.

What do vegans eat?

Vegans eat foods that come from the earth, for the most part. These foods include fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, legumes, whole grains and seeds. Some grocers now carry foods that are "vegan-friendly," including cookies, ice cream and cheese.

Vegan recipe ideas

Surprisingly, there are thousands and thousands of delicious vegan recipes out there, so if you thought you'd be stuck eating a fruit platter and a handful of nuts for dinner, think again! Check out our five favorite vegan recipes for dinner!

  • Banana lentil salad. Bananas, lentils, red peppers and other fresh veggies combine to form this fantastic, South African-inspired salad. It's the perfect start to a delicious meal.
  • Easy herby quinoa burger. Quinoa is the new, trendy food for vegans and non-vegans alike. It's packed with protein and fiber and loaded with magnesium. Your guest is certain to love this vegan-friendly burger!
  • Homemade refried black beans. Black beans are a favorite of vegans. Surprise your guest with homemade refried black beans to serve alongside the quinoa burgers.
  • Cauliflower croquettes. Make your meal a bit more filling with cauliflower croquettes. Healthier and tastier than potatoes, cauliflower is just what you need to kick your meal up a notch!
  • Vegan cashew brownies. You can't serve dinner without serving dessert! Try these nutty, chocolaty brownies with a scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream to complete your meal.
Make a note: The brownies contain white sugar. Check with your vegan friend on whether or not they will eat it.

A few final tips…


  • Don't make a big deal out of the dinner. In other words, talk to your vegan friend about allergies or additional foods they may not eat and go from there. No need to talk about how difficult it was to find a recipe or ask a bunch of questions as to why they're vegan.
  • Leave a few vegan goodies out on the table to snack on. A fruit or veggie tray, vegan cookies or trail mix are some suggestions.
  • Ask them to bring the wine. Since vegans may not drink certain wines, simply ask them to bring a bottle of their choice to enjoy!

And some vegan statistics…

According to Statistic Brain,

  • 1 million Americans are vegan.
  • 7.3 million Americans are vegetarian.
  • Top vegan/vegetarian city is Portland, Oregon.

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