Preparing a meal that accommodates the dietary needs of all your guests can seem like a challenging task. But planning a gluten-free vegan dinner is easier than you might think. There is a surprisingly large number of fantastic and simple meals you can make while avoiding wheat and animal proteins, including dairy, and eggs. From Indian curries to Asian stir-fries—even chili and casserole, these recipes are perfect for any meal.
Thai curries are packed with flavor and offer an easy-to-prepare meal that everyone will love. The sauce in this red Thai curry with tofu recipe is made with store-bought curry paste, fresh basil and cilantro, and coconut milk, which is used to flavor the mix of tofu, carrots, peas, and baby corn. Serve it over rice or another gluten-free whole grain such as quinoa or kaniwa and you have a complete meal in one dish!
Lentils are great if you’re on a budget. They’re low in fat and high in fiber, and very versatile. They can be used in Indian dhal or curried with coconut, and they’re the star of this red lentil sambar, one of the best-known vegetarian Indian dishes. Sambar is a spicy mix of red lentils, mustard seed, green chiles, and much more. But don’t let the lengthy ingredient list scare you off. This one’s surprisingly easy to make and absolutely delicious!
Aloo gobi is a very popular Indian dish that is naturally vegetarian and gluten-free. This recipe features potatoes and cauliflower, which are spiced up in typical Indian fashion to create an amazing dish. Serve it alongside some curried chickpeas and palak “paneer,” and your gluten-free dinner is complete.
Rice can be the basis of a complete gluten-free vegan meal, and it doesn’t have to be boring. This Asian rice salad recipe, relying on leftover brown rice, is a fabulous example. Filled with snow peas, bell pepper, green onions, and carrots, it comes together quickly. Serve it hot if you like, but this one is also perfect served cold.
While it may not seem like the most exciting gluten-free vegan dinner idea, just about everyone likes this vegetarian black bean and sweet potato chili. Made with nothing but beans, sweet potatoes, and spices, this chili recipe is sure to become a new family favorite. Better yet, you can prepare it in under an hour.
Many Asian noodles are made from rice or gluten-free grains and are completely vegan. Keep Asian noodles as a staple in your pantry so you can whip up great dishes such as this super-easy vegan pad Thai with rice noodles. The key to making it gluten-free is to choose a wheat-free soy sauce substitute, such as tamari.
Tofu is gluten-free as long as you watch out for flavor additives. It is a great source of protein and calcium for gluten-free vegans, and this kung pao tofu recipe is a great way to use it. It’s a classic Chinese dish that everyone will love. Just be sure to use tamari and gluten-free vegetable broth.
Slices of pressed tofu slathered in a gluten-free barbecue sauce is one of the easiest dishes you can make—a recipe you can pull off on your busiest nights. The BBQ baked tofu can be served simply over lettuce or on gluten-free bread for a great sandwich. Add a side like a simple rice pilaf, and dinner is served
Stir-fries are a staple of vegetarian and vegan fare, and with good reason: They’re quick, easy meals you can make with simple ingredients you have on hand. For inspiration, try this simple Swiss chard, mushroom, and tofu stir-fry. It takes just 20 minutes and is perfect when served over rice or Asian noodles along with a simple homemade soup.
Casseroles are amazing meals for busy families, and millet makes a great base for this hearty offering. This baked millet gratin casserole is kid-friendly and can be whipped up and stuck in the oven to cook while you turn to other household duties. All that’s needed to make it gluten-free is to skip the soy sauce and breadcrumbs.