Tired of all the recipe research and dinnertime confusion? Instead, make vegan entrees that you can pull together using the ingredients you have on hand. You'll get a meal on the table quickly and easily.
If you're like most people, you spend one day every week to find recipes you want to make for the week ahead, then carefully make your shopping list, and then head to your favorite grocery store(s) to pick up your ingredients.
But we all know what happens next, don't we?
One thing or another throws you off track during the week and you find yourself once again reaching for the same boring recipe you always make, or calling for take-out, or heading to the nearest restaurant (which is starting to really add up — and causing you to gain weight too).
Pretty frustrating, isn't it?
What you need is a plan that works for the everyday. It's far better to learn how to cook vegan entrees without recipes so you can simply head into your kitchen after a long day, see what ingredients you have on hand to play with and then pull together a meal quickly and easily.
And you'll LOVE the meals you make because they're based on the flavors and foods that you love — no more cooking with strange ingredients!
Home cooking has many benefits, but cooking without any recipe at all saves time, saves you money, and is an incredibly satisfying and fun experience.
For years I've been cooking my vegan entrees without recipes...
...and I promise you it's the fastest way to get in and out of the kitchen and on with life.
All the main dishes below were created with plant-based whole foods without a recipe in sight. Think of them as mini cooking lessons with some helpful tips and advice along with a tasty and good-for-you home-style recipe to illustrate how it all came together in the end. Hope they inspire you to get your own recipe-free wheels turning.
Ready? Click any dish below and let's get cookin'. :)
p.s. If you want to learn more about recipe-free cooking, click here to check out our helpful and fun online courses. They'll teach you everything from stocking your kitchen to cooking to menu planning — all based on our recipe-free and custom-made vegan lifestyle motto.
Swiss Chard Rollups
These are super easy to create, with just a few simple steps that anyone can do. You'll be so impressed with your masterpiece that you'll likely want to scarf it down, but try to savor each and every bite.
Mexican Fiesta Smothered Polenta
Don't you love it when one of your vegan meals accidentally becomes a new favorite? That's what happened when I made this dish. It's a very delicious, fun, and balanced dish both in taste and nutrition.
Swiss Chard and Potato Panini
This vegan panini will make your heart sing and quickly become one of your favorite vegan entrees. It's stuffed with mashed potatoes and Swiss chard, and topped with salsa. A must try!
Vegan Mexican Pizzettes
The flavors of Mexico on a crispy gluten-free tortilla crust. Super delicious and fun. Olé!
Quinoa Spinach w/Vegan Sour Cream Drizzle
Wow, this is so easy and so darn tasty! Plus, it's stuffed to the gills with some really important nutrients you need.
Garlic Date Tempeh
Perfect for a busy night. The sweet and savory pairing of the garlic and dates means big flavor!
Tempeh and Broccoli Stir-Fry
A fun take on an old favorite. A quick and easy dish you can throw together in about 10 minutes. Try this tasty tempeh vegetarian stir fry mixed with broccoli, peanut butter, maple syrup, and more!
Tempeh Sandwich w/Wilted Spinach
Quick, easy, healthy, and delish! Grab some tempeh and add the flavors of potato salad for a winning combo.
Quinoa and Kale Rollups
Tasty protein-packed quinoa is rolled up in a steamed kale leaf and topped with a luscious cashew tahini sauce. Yum!
Open-Faced Tempeh Reuben
What's NOT to love about these seriously good Reuben sandwiches with caramelized onions, tasty sauerkraut, and a tangy Thousand Island Dressing.
Tempeh Taco Bowls
These taco bowls are crispy, yummy, and the perfect vessel to hold your favorite Mexican-flavored taco filling.
Buckwheat Asparagus Wraps
OMG! One of my favorite vegan entrees that you can have for any meal of the day. You're going to love these because they're easy to make, light yet filling, and absolutely scrumptious thanks to the tender in-season asparagus and the chewy buckwheat.
Italian Polenta Rounds
Easy to prepare and quite delicious, these come together in a snap.
Smoky Vegan Pizza Sauce
Pizza crust topped with a nutritious and delicious white sauce that will help to satisfy your pizza craving -- and can actually be quite addicting!
Easy Vegan Greens and Beans
Just one example of a dish that's so simple to whip up, yet really packs a nutritional punch.
Brussels Sprouts Risotto
Melt in your mouth Brussels are like buttah! Oh-so-sinful tasting and quite delicious!
I'm Italian. I love Italian food. I love cheese. This fabulous and super simple dish is made without any processed cheeses.
Pesto Lasagna Rollups
These vegan lasagna cuties contain no cheese, vegan or not, and they are really tasty. Sure, they use processed lasagna noodles, but you don't expect me to make THAT from scratch do you? Sheesh! ;)
Peanut Butter Coconut Rice
A divine mix of rice, spinach, garbanzos, and green onions served with a divine creamy sauce. Yum!
Pre-made vegan cheeses (meaning no casein) can be hit or miss. And vegan cheese is made with preservative and can be high in fat and calories. This is delish.
Quinoa and Kale Burrito w/Creamy Sesame Sauce
This makes a perfect dinner, but also breakfast or lunch! But then, when can you NOT have a burrito? It's yummy and healthy all rolled into one delicious burrito.
Tempeh Burrito w/Creamy Almond Sauce
The name says it all! Brown rice and tempeh chunks, rolled into a tender tortilla, and drizzled with a creamy dreamy almond sauce. Then topped with salsa and avocado. Super delish.
Grilled Asparagus Wraps
These delectable wraps are filled with quinoa -- which you're going to flavor to perfection -- grilled or roasted asparagus and onions, and a lettuce leaf of your choosing. And please hear me now when I say these wraps are SENSATIONAL.
"I've noticed a "free-er" approach to my cooking. I'm getting away from using recipes and am cooking food that I want to cook."
-- Lynne Devaney, Geneva, Illinois