Vegan Fridge Staples for Dinner NWR

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
3089 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@t_f_m_2point0:  You should look in to buying the Forks Over Knives cookbook.  There are a ton of awesome vegan recipes in there and they’re really not too difficult

Post # 4
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We do vegetarian dinners but most of the stuff we like would be terrible without dairy products so I really don’t know what to recommend.  Our favorite go-to’s are: spinach frittata with sauteed onions and portobello mushrooms, and quesadillas made with sauteed onions and peppers.  I am going to add in a vegetarian curry this week; curries are pretty easy to make.  Chopped veggies covered in a spicy sauce served over rice (which you can substitute with quinoa.)  Have you tried tempeh?  I think it tastes way better than tofu.

Here are some ideas I found in a simple search:

Post # 6
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Try tempeh and seitan!  Also, do you like beans?  I make a lot of mexican food because it’s so quick and easy, but can also provide protein, veggies, and carbs in one easy package.  I really recommend Appetite for Reduction (I’m not even trying to lose weight, I just find the recipes to be easy and nutritious; and 30 Minute Vegan (

Definitely try out these chickpea cutlets:

I bake them instead of trying them.


Also look into making your own seitan.  It’s wheat gluten, which is the protein part of wheat.  It turns into a dough that has a very meat-like texture when cooked.

Post # 7
1360 posts
Bumble bee

I highly recommend the recipe site. During my first months of veganism, I would look up the highest-rated (or most-rated) recipes in whatever category I was interested in and make that. Most were really delicious! And you don’t need to be a good cook since all you need is to follow simple directions. 


Nowadays we’re too busy to cook much, so we’ve just been making stir frys with whatever veggies are in the fridge, with beans and a grain for a complete protein, and some sort of sauce or spices. If you don’t like quinoa or rice, perhaps whole grain pasta or bread?


I don’t like tofu either, so I know what you mean! I really love tempeh though, you should try it. 

EDIT: be careful how you prepare tempeh. The first time I made it myself, I fried it and it was awful (although you can fry the pre-cooked ones just fine). Look it up for details, but I like it steamed. 


Also a +1 to the seitan idea. It’s easy to make and you can put anything you want in it for flavour. I made seitan indian balls the other day (just wheat gluten, water and store-bought indian sauce) and they were delicious!


Post # 8
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Have you tried some other healthy grains, like bulgur or farfel? Also I love this brand of grains called “Royal Blend” that mixes healthy/less healthy grains together, my fav being one that mixes “light brown” rice, whole wheat pearl couscous, flaxseed, and black lentil. I’ve seen it at more and more stores, including chain stores like Safeway, and it’s not too pricey. It makes your plates pretty and mixes things up, feels more interesting than normal rice.

Post # 9
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Have you tried TVP (texturized vegetable protein)? It can be sometimes hard to source in stores but you can definitely find it online. It looks like ground chicken/pork (light-colored and crumbly) but it doesn’t really taste like anything on its own. You can mix it with taco seasoning for ground taco “beef” or you can mix it with chili seasoning/beans to make vegan chili. I’ve seen online recipes where they make meatloaf with this but I’ve personally never tried it since I don’t like meatloaf.

I like seitan and it’s generally a good meat substitute without having a strong flavor. I personally can’t stand tempeh because I can taste the fermentation.

I like this blog “Just the Food“. She is a vegan cookbook author and has a lot of interesting recipes. I also like to check Pinterest for ideas and many vegetarian menu items can be made vegan by substituting almond milk, Vegenaise, Daiya cheese and Tofutti sour cream.

Post # 10
26 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

Chickpea and lentil tacos are both staples in our veg household- and pretty easy.  Plus lots of soba dishes. (though this does have honey in it)

2nding tempeh.  We also love soy curls too but they’re difficult to come by in stores but they can be purchased online.

Post # 11
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Hey there!  I dont eat meat or dairy (so pretty close to being vegan) and i find sooo many amazing recipes on pinterest!

In the pinterest search engine search vegan or bean or chickpea etc.
here are some favorites of mine

lunch: chickpea sandwich

(use veganaise instead of mayonaise obv :p)

and dinner: vegan mushroom soup

Post # 12
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015


Stir fry!  They’re easy and filling and use whatever seasonal vegetables are on hand. I like doing fajitas with refried black beans (or doing some kind of burrito with them).  There are some really delicious vegan soups that are easy to make and use tons of veggies, too.  Rice noodles are also super easy and delicious to make dishes with.

If you’re interested in eating rice or tofu read below.  If not, feel free to ignore this part:

I used to hate rice (it’s so boring) and tofu (funky texture, ew), but I have actually found a way to use both of these without being disgusted.  If you use a veg bullion cube in your rice it will actually have flavor and be edible.  The secret to tofu is marinating it overnight and then frying it – it’s the only way I’ll eat it.  Not the healthiest, but delicious.

Post # 13
550 posts
Busy bee

@t_f_m_2point0:  Have you heard of the Happy Herbivore? I love her. Her whole idea is plant based low fat easy food. It’s super delicous and super easy. (And I hate cooking, if I could have sandwiches for every meal, I would). is another good option. But give Happy Herbivore a try. You can find her at

Good luck!

Post # 14
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Old Stone House in Brookyn

I’ve had good luck with recipes on Oh She Glows.


How have you been cooking tofu? A lot of people don’t like the “smooshy” texture but you might like it cut thin and fried. My fiance who isn’t a big tofu fan likes it this way. I get extra firm tofu, slice into squares about 1/4 inch thick, press/drain it very well, and fry in a hot wok with a little oil, salt and pepper. Then you can add basically any sauce on top. 

Do you like mushrooms? That’s a good meat replacement for lots of recipes. Mushroom lasagna is a little time-consuming to make, but you can make like 10 servings and freeze the extras. 


Post # 15
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our go-to meal is a kitchen sink salad with whatever greens and raw veggies we have on hand with beans/tofu/tempeh, nuts/seeds and sprouts (so easy and cheap to make your own) topped with a simple dressing. We also add homemade pickled veggies or fresh fruit depending on the flavors, and we like to eat it with some bread.

My favorite way to make tempeh is to marinate in BBQ sauce and grill it! Baking it in the oven with BBQ sauce works too. To be honest, I didn’t really like tofu until I had it prepared well at an Asian all-vegan restaurant.

Veganomican and the Candle Cafe cookbooks have great recipes for everyday and The Millenium Cookbook has incredible weekend/special meals. I really prefer cookbooks over blogs because they have more in-depth tips about preparing ingredients, building menus, and shopping.

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