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5 Plant Core Dinner Ideas to Feed The Whole Family With One Meal

dinner main meals meal ideas non vegan family Jan 22, 2022
Collage of 4 plant-based dinners

Not knowing how to add more plant-based meals to the family’s menu while still accommodating non-plant based family members can be a challenge. It doesn't have to be a struggle to make ONE meal to feed the whole family (vegans and non vegans included). 


The answer is Plant Core meals - a single-meal dinner solution that puts plant-based foods at the core of each meal while adding options for non-vegan family members. To get you started, I've rounded up 5 plant focused dinner ideas that offer choices for the whole family.




1. Individual Salad Pizzas

Flatbread or naan bread is perfect for serving personal "pizzas" that everyone can DIY. I simplify dinner prep by batch cooking a sauce on the weekend, such as our Kale Pesto or Creamy Vegan Ranch Dressing and tossing a robust and hearty salad with it. Spread more of the sauce or dressing on the flatbread and top it with the salad. Include sliced prosciutto, salami or chicken for the non vegans and chickpeas or marinated and cubed tofu for the vegans. 


Some ideas to try:

Buffalo Chicken / Chickpea Salad Pizzas

Green Goddess Artichoke Pizzas

BBQ Chicken / Tofu Pizzas



2. Chili Bowls

Batch cook a pot of your favorite chili (this is mine) on the weekend and just reheat and serve during the week. Make sure to set out a variety of toppings to please everyone: tater tots or fries, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, salsa, tortilla chips, chopped tomato or pico de gallo and sour cream are some of my favorites.


Try one of these toppings:

Chipotle Lime Crema

Roasted Garlic Chipotle Salsa

Smoky Avocado Crema







3. Tacos

My parents (non vegans) join us for tacos every Tuesday and it's fiesta! Make two fillings (batch cook them on the weekend for quick and easy weeknight meal) and set out a buffet with shredded lettuce, guacamole, chopped onions, diced tomatoes, fresh cilantro and lime wedges.


Try one of these fillings:

Salsa Verde Jackfruit

Tempeh Picadillo

Fiesta Cauliflower & Chickpeas



4. Sheet Pan Stir Fry

Start with a huge sheet pan of veggies, such as quartered cremini mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower florets, and sliced onion. Toss it all together with your favorite teriyaki sauce and roast for 30 minutes. While that's baking, prepare two other sheets pans - one with cubed tofu and the other with cubed chicken also tossed in the same sauce. Bake with the vegetables and serve with your favorite rice.



5. Burger Bar

I love a food bar and this is one of my favorites! Make a batch of veggie burgers on the weekend and cook them up during the week along with a batch of regular burgers. Offer an array of traditional toppings or go thematic with pineapple and teriyaki sauce for a Hawaiian night or chili and onion rings for a Western night, for example.


If you’ve been wanting to eat more plant-based meals but don’t know how to make it work for your family, then I’d love to invite you to try out Batch Cooking Club! 


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