One Full Week of Dinner Ideas

It’s officially September, which means that school is now back in session and schedules are getting a whole lot busier (as if you weren’t already busy enough all summer long)! 

If you’re new to plant based, vegan food and meal planning, or if you’re looking for some help with planning your dinners, then I’ve got you covered! Here are seven days of dinner ideas. 

Monday

Veggie and tofu stir fry with cooked farro 

I take a yoga class with my mom on Monday evenings, so I try to plan meals that are fairly quick and easy to make. Veggie stir fry is always a great choice and it’s light enough where it doesn’t weigh me down for yoga! This recipe doesn’t call for tofu, but I always love to add tofu for the extra protein.  You could also use brown rice in place of the farro, but I felt like switching it up this week. To make the tofu,

To make the tofu, follow this recipe to learn how to stir fry tofu. To make the stir fry, all you need is tamari, nutritional yeast, dijon mustard, spices, cornstarch, 2 bell peppers, and broccoli. The recipe calls for vegan Worcestershire sauce but I just leave it out to simplify things. Yum! 

Tuesday

Falafel wraps with hummus, cucumber, spinach, and tomato

I LOVE these falafels! They are so delicious and easy to make. I served them in a tortilla with hummus, romaine, diced tomato, and sliced cucumber. To make the falafels, you just need one can of chickpeas, 4 cups of chopped greens (I used spinach), chopped garlic, tahini, lemon juice, oat flour, oil, and spices. 

Wednesday

Black bean quinoa veggie burgers with roasted corn on the cob

Mmmm…I love homemade veggie burgers! To make this recipe, you need one can of black beans, flax meal, uncooked quinoa, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno (I left it out), minced garlic, spinach, oat flour, and spices. Then, of course you need buns/bread and toppings! My favorite toppings are Just Mayo, ketchup (preferably sweetened with agave or no sugars), yellow mustard, sliced onion, tomato, and romaine. To make the roasted corn on the cob, you basically just need olive oil and sea salt. 

Thursday

Popcorn tofu chick’n with roasted red potatoes

This recipe was incredibly easy and delicious. You just need a block of firm tofu, chickpea flour, mustard, nutritional yeast, spices, and oil. I dipped my tofu chick’n in barbecue sauce. So good! To make the roasted red potatoes, you’ll just need red potatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt, thyme, black pepper, oregano basil, and parsley. Just omit the cheese from the recipe and you’ll be good to go! 

Friday

Grilled Beast Burgers with corn on the cob and a garden salad

We spent the day on the lake at my dad and stepmom’s house, and they found the Beast Burgers at their local Walmart which is pretty awesome! 

Saturday

Gardein Chick’n Sliders with Just Mayo and romaine lettuce with Alexia french fries 

We had a pretty busy day, so it was the perfect opportunity for a quick meal. Gardein Chick’n Sliders are always a delicious choice!

Sunday

Pesto and roasted tomato pizza

We ended up going out for pizza on Sunday night, but have no fear. Plant based pizzas are just as easy to make at home! To make this pizza, you’ll just need pizza dough (try the dough from Trader Joe’s or look for vegan/plant based brands at your grocery store), shelled pumpkin seeds, basil leaves, garlic, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, olive oil, and sliced tomatoes. To make the vegan “cheese”, you’ll need cashews, slivered almonds, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and salt. Mmmm…enjoy! 

Alex Beane

Alex is a freelance writer who holds a BA in Professional and Creative Writing. She has a strong interest in veganism, holistic health, and emotional and physical wellbeing. When she isn’t reading and writing about health and wellness, Alex is trying new plant based recipes in the kitchen or can be found volunteering with a Minneapolis-based animal rights organization or local rabbit rescue. Find Alex on LinkedIn or view her writing portfolio.