20 Protein-Packed Veganuary Recipes

Thinking of eating plant-based this January? Here are 20 protein-packed Veganuary recipes to get you started! 

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Maybe you’ve heard of Veganuary before? Or maybe you haven’t. Either way, it’s cool.

Although I’ve been vegetarian for well over 25 years, I’m not vegan and probably never will be. Because: cheese. But I do like to try out new ways of eating, even if for a little while.

I do this primarily because I want to be able to answer questions about different ways of eating in an informed way when someone asks me about them, but also because you never know how you’ll feel until you try. Case in point: I lasted approximately 5 minutes on a low-carb diet. But I tried!

What is Veganuary?

If you’ve been thinking of shifting towards more of a plant-based way of eating, Veganuary is a perfect time to try it out. Basically, you eat plant-based for the month of January, and see how you like it.

There are plenty of good reasons to eat more plants – they’re packed with important nutrients, loaded with dietary fiber, and you won’t find that many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds anywhere else. Related: 9 Ways to Get More Vegetables in Your Diet (And Why You Should).

Eating more plant-based is also kinder to our planet (if it’s done right – it’s not a black and white issue by any means) and can be a really affordable way to eat.

If you’re worried you’ll be hungry all the time or are wondering where your protein will come from, worry not. I’ve got a Guide to Protein for Vegetarians and Vegans you can check out, and a couple of High Protein Vegetarian Meal Plans to get you started. 

Do you have any tasty Veganuary recipes?

If you’re worried you’ll end up eating weird hippy food, bland tofu, and buckets full of quinoa, fear not! I’ve put together a list of drool-worthy and protein-packed Veganuary Recipes to get your plant-based mojo flowing. Let’s get into it! 

1. Red Lentil Stew

This Red Lentil Stew Recipe is my go-to for getting a hearty plant-based meal on the table in under 30 minutes. It’s easy, delicious, and my kids love it. 

two bowls of red lentil stew on a grey background with a plate of lemon wedges and cilantro

Red Lentil Stew
This easy Red Lentil Stew recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner when you want something healthy, quick, and delicious. It's completely vegan, loaded with veggies, and comes together in under 30 minutes. Make Instant Pot Lentil Stew or cook it on your stove top, and serve with rice or pasta. Top with chili flakes if you want to bring the heat, or leave it as is for the kids.
Check out this recipe
red lentil stew in a ceramic bowl

2. Air Fryer Tofu 

Crispy and easy Air Fryer Tofu from Sustainable Cooks is a speedy weeknight dinner. Made in the air fryer or in a skillet, this is the most delicious vegan recipe you can make in under 30 minutes.

crispy fried tofu with rice in a white bowl

Crispy Fried Tofu
Crispy and easy Air Fryer Tofu is a speedy weeknight dinner. Packed with flavor this crispy fried tofu is the most delicious vegan or vegetarian recipe you can make in under 30 minutes.
Check out this recipe
crispy fried tofu with rice in a white bowl

3. Tempeh Tacos

Level up your Taco Tuesday the plant-based way! These Tempeh Tacos are packed with flavour and plant-based protein, and are sure to become a family favourite. 

tempeh tacos with red cabbage and jalapenos on top

Tempeh Tacos
Tempeh Tacos!!! These vegetarian tacos are made with an easy vegan taco filling made from tempeh. They're super fast to make, healthy, and delicious, and the vegan taco meat is full of plant-based protein. 
Check out this recipe
a platter of tempeh tacos on a grey background

4. Vegan Green Lentil Bolognese

This tasty vegetarian and Vegan Green Lentil Bolognese from Happy Veggie Kitchen is the perfect weeknight dinner, packed with veggies and green lentils in a rich tomato sauce. This bolognese sauce is kid friendly and sure to win over anyone who tries it.

green lentil spaghetti bolognese in a white bowl for veganuary recipes

Vegan Green Lentil Bolognese
This tasty vegetarian and vegan green lentil bolognese is the perfect weeknight dinner, packed with veggies and green lentils in a rich tomato sauce. This bolognese sauce is kid friendly and sure to win over anyone who tries it.
Check out this recipe
green lentil spaghetti bolognese in a white bowl for veganuary recipes

5. Vegan Chickpea Noodle Soup

Worried you’ll miss out on comfort food classics like chicken noodle soup? Fear not! This Vegan Chickpea Noodle Soup is here to get you through the dark and dreary winter months. 

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Vegan Chickpea Noodle Soup
Imagine a delicious vegan chicken noodle soup, and that's what we've got here! This simple Chickpea Noodle Soup is loaded with veggies, fragrant chickpea broth, and a handful of pasta tossed in at the end. Made in the Instant Pot for super fast and easy cooking, but stovetop instructions are also included.
Check out this recipe
two white and blue bowls of vegan noodle soup with some kale leaves and scones in the background

6. Vegan Curry Ramen Noodles

Sippable, slurpable, Vegan Curry Ramen Noodles from Midwest Foodie can be yours in just 20 minutes! Add a handful of fried tofu for extra protein, or just enjoy the ramen as is!

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Vegan Curry Ramen Noodles
20 minutes is all it takes to get this healthy curry ramen noodle dinner on the table! Loaded with fresh veggies and rich curry flavors, you’ll feel good about serving this meal to your family!
Check out this recipe
overhead photo of vegan curry ramen noodles on a white background

7. Vegan Sheet Pan Fajita Bowls

These easy Vegan Sheet-Pan Fajita Fowls are sure to be a crowd pleaser. With zucchini, peppers, cauliflower, spicy roasted chickpeas, and a zippy chipotle-lime cashew cream, they’re a healthy, satisfying, and delicious meal.

a fajita bowl made with chickpeas and vegetables on a grey background with rice, cashews, avocado, and lime

Vegan Sheet-Pan Fajita Bowls
These easy Vegan Sheet-pan Fajita Bowls are sure to be a crowd pleaser! With zucchini, peppers, cauliflower, spicy chickpeas roasted on a sheet pan, and served with a zippy chipotle-lime cashew cream and quick fajita rice, these vegan fajita bowls are a healthy, satisfying, and delicious meal. 
Check out this recipe
a fajita bowl made with chickpeas and vegetables on a grey background with rice, cashews, avocado, and lime

8. Roasted Red Pepper Soup

This gorgeous Roasted Red Pepper Soup from The Cook Report is rich and comforting thanks to the coconut milk and smoked paprika. It’s a delicious winter warmer that’s suitable for vegans.

red pepper white bean soup in a white bowl

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with White Beans
This roasted red pepper soup is rich and comforting thanks to the coconut milk and smoked paprika. It’s a delicious winter warmer that’s suitable for vegans.
Check out this recipe
red pepper white bean soup in a white bowl

9. Veggie Burger In A Bowl

Craving a burger but also in the mood for something a light, fresh, and crunchy? Check out the Veggie Burger In A Bowl! It uses my favourite homemade Chipotle Black Bean Burgers and a kick ass vegan burger sauce. 

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Veggie Burger in a Bowl
Can't decide between a burger and a salad? This Veggie Burger in a Bowl Recipe is the best of both worlds! Made with homemade vegan black bean burgers and layered into a bowl with burger toppings, salad, and a vegan burger sauce, it's the perfect light meal while still packed with plant-based protein.
Check out this recipe
veggie burger bowl drizzled with vegan burger sauce

10. Chickpea Tacos

These delicious Chickpea Tacos from Recipes From A Pantry are flavourful, colourful and quick to whip up. It’s an easy vegetarian dinner that uses everyday pantry ingredients and is perfect for weeknight dinners!

chickpea tacos on a white plate

Chickpea Tacos
These delicious Air Fryer Chickpea Tacos are flavourful and colourful and quick to whip up. It’s an easy vegetarian dinner that uses everyday pantry ingredients and is perfect for weeknight dinners!
Check out this recipe
chickpea tacos on a white plate

11. Tempeh Bolognese

This easy vegan Tempeh Bolognese sauce is made with crumbled tempeh, nutritional yeast, and flavourful spices. Done in under 30 minutes but with all-day flavour and packed with plant-based protein, this vegetarian bolognese sauce is the perfect quick and healthy weeknight dinner.

tempeh bolognese over pasta in a blue bowl with basil and nutritional yeast in the background

Tempeh Bolognese
This easy vegetarian bolognese sauce is made with crumbled tempeh, nutritional yeast, and flavourful spices. Done in under 30 minutes but with all-day flavour and packed with plant-based protein, this vegetarian pasta sauce is the perfect quick and healthy weeknight dinner. 
Check out this recipe
A bowl of tempeh bolognese over pasta with a grey tea towel in the background

12. Vegan Sweet and Sour Tofu

Skip the takeout and whip up a batch of this easy Vegan Sweet and Sour Tofu from Rhubarbarians instead! 

vegan sweet and sour tofu in a white bowl with chopsticks to the side

Vegan Sweet and Sour Tofu
Easy vegan sweet and sour tofu recipe! Skip the take out and make this simple weeknight comfort food instead. A bit healthier, a bit lighter, a lot more fun.
Check out this recipe
vegan sweet and sour tofu in a white bowl with chopsticks to the side

13. Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps

Try these Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Sesame Tempeh! These crunchy vegan wraps are a healthy twist on a classic recipe, with tempeh for protein, a spicy sesame sauce for bold Asian flavours, and lots of crunch from fresh vegetables. 

vegetarian lettuce wraps on a white plate topped with green onions and red peppers

Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps
Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Sesame Tempeh! These crunchy vegan wraps are a healthy twist on a classic recipe, with tempeh for protein, a spicy sesame sauce for bold Asian flavours, and lots of crunch from fresh vegetables. 
Check out this recipe
vegetarian lettuce wraps with tempeh on a metal tray with a white tea towel in the background

14. Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Spinach Curry

For a cozy, stick-to-yer-ribs veganuary recipe, give this Sweet Potato, Chickpea, And Spinach Curry from Cook It Real Good a try!

chickpea curry with rice in a white bowl

Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Spinach Curry
This easy and healthy Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry is an easy 30 minute one pot wonder! This vegan and gluten-free dish uses yellow curry paste and coconut milk as a base to make a seriously delicious and creamy curry.
Check out this recipe
chickpea curry with rice in a white bowl

15. Spicy Vegan Wraps

If you’re worried about what to pack for lunch this Veganuary, give these Spicy Vegan Wraps a try! Made with chipotle hummus and sticks of fried tofu, they’ll keep you satisfied through the afternoon. 

a plate of shredded vegetables to make vegan wraps with one complete wrap and a tortilla about to be made into another

Spicy Vegan Wraps
These Spicy Vegan Wraps are one of my favourite things to make for packed lunch. They're super easy to make, are packed with healthy fillings like tofu, spicy hummus, quinoa, and lots of vegetables. You can make a big batch on the weekend and eat these hummus wraps all week long!
Check out this recipe
a spicy vegan wrap on a blue plate

16. Kung Pao Broccoli with Cashews

If you’re looking for Veganuary recipes without tofu or beans, give Kung Pao Broccoli with Cashews from Food To Glow a try. It’s packed with flavour, fiber, and a good amount of protein from the cashews. 

a platter of kung pao broccoli with cashews

Kung Pao Broccoli with Cashews
Kung Pao Broccoli has the tongue-tingling, sweet, salty and tangy taste of the original Sichuan chicken dish, but is vegan and full of fiber. A great, silky-sauced side dish, or light main meal with rice.
Check out this recipe
a platter of kung pao broccoli with cashews

17. Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps

These Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps are a healthy, spicy make-ahead meal! Easily vegan and gluten-free, made with warming Indian spices, these wraps are freezer-friendly to boot! 

A metal bowl with chickpea wraps on a grey background

Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps
These Curried Cauliflower Chickpea Wraps are a healthy, spicy make-ahead meal! Easily vegan and gluten-free, made with warming Indian spices, these wraps are freezer-friendly to boot! 
Check out this recipe
curried cauliflower chickpea wraps cut in half with a bowl of filling in the background

18. Vegan Cheese Sauce

This silky smooth, lusciously creamy, Vegan Cheese Sauce from A Virtual Vegan is nut free, gluten free and really low in fat. Whip it up in minutes in your blender!

vegan cheese sauce being poured on top of pasta

Easy Vegan Cheese Sauce
A silky smooth, lusciously creamy, Vegan Cheese Sauce that is nut free, gluten free and really low in fat. Whip it up in minutes in your blender!
Check out this recipe
vegan cheese sauce being poured on top of pasta

19. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

No shepherds were harmed in the making of this Lentil Shepherd’s Pie. The lentil filling comes together quickly on the stovetop or in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. Top with mashed potatoes and you’re good to go!

a plate of lentil shepherd's pie with a white casserole dish in the background

Lentil Shepherd's Pie
Lentil Shepherd's Pie! This vegan shepherd's pie recipe is easy to make in your Instant Pot, slow cooker, or on the stove top. Simply top with mashed potatoes for a healthy gluten-free vegetarian dinner! 
Check out this recipe
lentil shepherd's pie on a blue plate topped with chives

20. Chickpea Fries

If you’re looking for a high-protein vegan snack or game day appy for Veganuary, give these Chickpea Fries a try! They’re easy to make, and delicious to eat.

Chickpea fries on a baking sheet scattered with fresh herbs

Chickpea Fries (Chickpea Panisse)
Have you ever made Chickpea Fries? Also called Chickpea Panisse, these healthy oven baked fries are vegan, gluten-free, and packed with protein. A street food style recipe that's an amazing appetizer or snack, these chickpea fries are simple to make and delicious.
Check out this recipe
baked panisse chickpea fries on a cookie sheet

 

This recipe collection was originally published January 4, 2019. It was edited and updated on January 3, 2019.



 

Comments

  1. Cassie says

    I have so many new recipe ideas now – trying to eat as many meatless meals as I can this year! Thanks for including my curry 🙂

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