3 Simple & Affordable Vegan Dinners


I mentioned before that I'm working on showing more vegan meals with accessible ingredients.  I recorded a video featuring 3 vegan dinners using simple & affordable ingredients that can be found in any grocery store.

Here's the YouTube video :-) 

Dinner #1


*****Be sure to check the ingredient list on the bread to ensure it doesn't contain dairy and/or eggs.*****

Full recipe from Chloe Coscarelli (the ingredients and method are listed in the description box of Chloe's video) 

*Click here for the recipe video*

Dinner #2


Vegan Red Beans & Rice

by Brown Vegan

Prep Time: 8 hours

Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours

Ingredients (Serves 5)

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb dried red beans, soaked overnight
  • 8 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke (typically found in the same aisle as the BBQ sauce)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • To garnish: green onion, chopped
  • 4 cups of cooked rice


In a large stockpot, sauté onion, garlic and celery for 5 minutes on medium-high heat with oil. Add in cayenne pepper, all-purpose seasoning and salt.

Add in beans, vegetable broth (or water), liquid smoke and bay leaf

Reduce heat to med-lo, cover and simmer for 1 ½ hours, or until the liquid is thick or beans split open. If the water absorbs too quickly, add more ½ cup more at a time.

Remove bay leaf.

Adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Serve with rice.

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Dinner #3


Vegan Stuffed Shells

by Brown Vegan

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 8 oz jumbo shells
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 14 oz firm tofu, drained
  • Jar of spaghetti sauce


Preheat oven at 400º

Boil jumbo shells in water until al dente.

In a food processor, blend together garlic, basil, onion, salt, pepper and oregano. Scrap down the sides of the food processor with a fork.

Crumble tofu with your hands and blend until smooth in the food processor.

Fill each shell with the tofu filling.

Line the bottom of a casserole dish with ½ cup of spaghetti sauce.

Cover with the shells and spoon on additional spaghetti sauce.

Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes.

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