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20+ Healthy Plant Based Recipes I Ate For Weight Loss

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This healthy plant-based recipes can help you reach your weight goals by being both tasty and satisfying. Keep in mind, many of these recipes are very versatile. If your dietary restrictions or personal tastes are different, you can swap ingredients out. I have included substitutions to help you make these tasty recipes all while following your own diet.

If you like these recipes, you’ll also like these healthy vegan buddha bowl recipes, as well as these lazy vegan recipes for quick weeknight meals.

1. Vegan black bean chili from scratch

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Homemade vegan chili soup with black beans
Vegan Black Bean Chili From Scratch (Smoky & Tasty)
This vegan black bean chili is vegan, tasty, and easy to make. Sauté the vegetables with a splash of water instead of olive oil to make it whole food plant-based. Experiment with your favorite veggies and spices and make a batch for the week ahead!
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2. Quinoa Veggie Power Bowls

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Quinoa and veggie power bowl
Quinoa And Veggie Power Bowl
These quinoa and veggie power bowls are full of flavor and hearty ingredients to keep you full for a long time.
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3. 10-Minute Vegan Mango Salsa

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Vegan mango summer salsa
10-Minute Vegan Mango Summer Salsa
Salsa is a great way to dress up other plant-based dishes. I use this summery salsa to dress up vegan tacos or lettuce wraps. It's fruity and full of flavor!
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4. Vegan Cabbage Soup

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Recipe for cabbage soup diet
Cabbage Soup Recipe (Vegan)
This vegan cabbage soup has always been one of my go-to recipes. I've made in the crockpot, as well as the stovetop. If you're avoiding oil, sauté the veggies with a splash of water and watch them closely. This recipe is so tasty and satisfying, and it's perfect for a chilly winter night!
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5. Vegan Pumpkin Soup with Homemade Coconut Milk

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Vegan pumpkin soup with coconut milk
Vegan Pumpkin Soup With Coconut Milk
This vegan pumpkin soup is perfect for a night in the fall when pumpkins are in season. If you're avoiding oil, sauté the onion in a splash of water. You can use store-bought coconut milk, or make your own from scratch (it's easy!)
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6. Healthy Carrot Cake Protein Bars

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Healthy carrot protein bars
Healthy Carrot Cake Protein Bars
When the sweet tooth strikes, these carrot cake bars come to the rescue. Naturally sweetened with dates, there is no added sugar to these satisfying bars. It is recommended to add a small amount of oil to help the ingredients process, but I have made these many times without oil and they were just as good.
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7. Air Fryer Lentil Burgers

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Air fryer lentil burger
Vegan Air Fryer Lentil Sliders Recipe
Throw these lentil burgers on a lettuce wrap instead of a bun, and you have a satisfying weeknight meal. I've also used the "lentil meat" in this recipe to make tacos and they were delicious.
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8. Healthy Black Bean Soup

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Healthy vegan black bean tortilla soup
Healthy Black Bean and Tortilla Soup (Vegan)
This recipe is delicious and easy to make WFPB. Simply skip the homemade tortilla chips (as they require oil to crisp up). You can dress this soup up with any toppings you like.
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9. Easiest Ever Black Bean Soup

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Vegan black bean soup
Easiest Ever Black Bean Soup (Vegan & Healthy)
This easy vegan black bean soup is simple while also being versatile. Enjoy this smoky and comforting soup as is, or mix up the flavors as you wish.
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10. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

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Crockpot butternut squash soup
Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup
This creamy, tasty butternut squash soup is made in the slow-cooker for an easy weeknight meal.
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11. Vegan Roasted Beet Salad

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vegan beet salad
Vegan Roasted Beet Salad (With Fruity Dressing)
This vegan beet salad is fruity and "rooty". It's a healthy option as a side salad or it can be dressed up with protein for a complete meal.
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12. Baked Portobello Mushroom Burgers

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Easy Vegan Baked Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Baked Portobello Mushroom Burger (Easy & Vegan)
I love these mushroom burgers and make them anytime grilling season comes around. You can also bake them in the oven for a perfect texture. If you don't want to marinate them in oil & vinegar, try using hot sauce instead. You can also use rice vinegar and a variety of spices to mix up the flavor.
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13. Easy Tofu Stir-Fry

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Vegan tofu stir fry
Crispy, Tasty Vegan Tofu Stir Fry
If tofu is in your diet, this is a great starting point for a tasty stir-fry. If you want to omit the sesame oil or soy sauce, try using date syrup and balsamic vinegar instead. You'll get that sweet and salty flavor for the sauce with all the satisfying crunch from the veggies. You can also use chickpeas instead of tofu if you're soy-free.
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14. Healthy Vegan Chickpea Burgers

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healthy vegan chickpea veggie burgers
Healthy Vegan Chickpea Veggie Burgers
These heathy vegan chickpea veggie burgers are packed with comforting flavors and filling ingredients.
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15. Apple Cucumber Smoothie

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Apple Cucumber Smoothie – Through The Fibro Fog
This apple cucumber smoothie is light and hydrating, and perfect to make as a quick healthy breakfast or snack! Chia seeds will help you feel satisfied while apple and cucumber give a boost of flavor.
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16. Smoky Chickpea Tacos

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Smoky vegan chickpea tacos with avocado
Smoky Vegan Chickpea Tacos
Chickpeas are one of those magical, satisfying ingredients that work so well in a variety of recipes. I've even used them in baked goods several times! These smoky tacos are vegan and gluten-free. You can also leave out the oil or serve these on a bed of lettuce or a salad for an even leaner meal.
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17. Peaches and “Cream” Dessert Popsicles

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vegan frozen peaches and cream pops
Vegan Peaches and Cream Dessert Popsicles
There is nothing healthy about heavy cream, but these dessert popsicles use dairy-free milk to make a satisfying and creamy summer treat. Peaches are one of my favorite fruits, and these dessert popsicles are always a huge hit with vegans and non-vegans alike.
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18. Air Fryer Mexican Potatoes

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Spicy Air Fryer Mexican Potatoes with Jalapeño, Tomato and Onion (oil-free) – Very Veganish
Spicy and flavorful, these Mexican-style potatoes with jalapeño, onion, garlic, tomato and cilantro are delicious and low in calories. Try this healthy, easy vegan, plant-based potato recipe by itself, as a side or as a taco filling.
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19. Magic Cauliflower Cream Sauce

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Magic Cauliflower Cream Sauce
This magical cauliflower cream sauce puree is the perfect meal prep recipe for pasta, pizza, casserole, risotto, and soups all week long!
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20. Easy Oat Milk Chia Pudding

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Easy Oat Milk Chia Pudding (With 3 Flavors)
You will love this oat milk chia pudding that is an easy breakfast that is great for on-the-go. Top with your favorite fresh fruit or try out one of the three fun flavors including Chocolate
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21. Pound-O-Spinach Stir Fry

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One Pot “Pound-Of-Spinach” Stir Fry (Vegan)
One Pot “Pound-Of-Spinach” Stir Fry (Vegan)
This one pot meal uses an entire pound of spinach for a tasty and flavor-packed dish that’s perfect for feeding a crowd.
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22. Healing Broth Soup

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20 min Healing Broth Soup [+VIDEO] | MasalaHerb.com
A quick clear broth soup with healing ginger, turmeric, garlic, lemon, health-boosting spices & herbs. Oil free + one pot + low calorie
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23. Strawberry Blackberry Banana Smoothie

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Strawberry Blackberry Banana Smoothie | Savor The Spoonful
This strawberry blackberry banana smoothie is perfect for breakfast or after a workout. It is super healthy and easy to make at home! Yum!
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24. Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal With Turmeric | MomsWhoSave.com
What I love about this Pumpkin Oatmeal with Turmeric recipe is how easy it is to make and how good it is for you at the same time.
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Honorable mentions

These recipes are worth including on this round-up because they’re tasty, healthy and satisfying. I’ll keep this list updated as I go to include my favorites.

I hope you enjoyed this round up of healthy, plant-based recipes! Be sure to leave a comment with your favorite recipes below. I’m always looking to mix it up in the kitchen and experiment with new ideas.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Jessica,
    Your Cranberry Quinoa Pasta Salad recipe, posted April 2, 2020, sounds amazing. I would love to make it, but need to ask if the dried cranberries you call for are sweetened or unsweetened.
    Thank you much!
    Diane Cummings

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