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Green Thai Fish Curry in a Pan with Rice on the Side

20 dairy-free dinner recipes

Published: February 11, 2022 at 1:55 pm
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Cutting dairy from your diet shouldn't mean missing out on flavour. Enjoy our spicy curries, peanut butter chicken, lasagne, enchiladas and more

Looking for dairy-free dinner inspiration? Be inspired by our recipes below which exclude ingredients containing milk, butter or yogurt – don't worry, they're so packed with flavour, we know you won't miss them.

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Like what you see? Check out our more of our dairy-free recipes, easy vegan meal ideas, one-pot vegetarian meals and our best quick and healthy recipes. If you're looking to make your favourite meals healthier, take a look at our 15 healthy swaps.


Dairy-free dinner recipes

1. Creamy lamb, spinach and cashew curry

With hints of spice, our curry is a great way to liven up your week. Super creamy, nutty and low in calories, this recipe is perfect for a simple family dinner.

Lamb Curry Recipe with Spinach and Cashew

2. Vegan lasagne

This lasagne is full of warming flavours, but lower in calories and contains less saturated fat than the traditional dish. The white sauce, which is made with olive oil to skip the dairy, works brilliantly with the rich lentil filling.

A golden vegan lasagne in a baking tray with one square taken out of it

3. Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a classic for brunch, lunch or dinner. It's vegetarian and quick and easy to make. Spices, peppers, tomatoes and eggs cooked all in one pan, what's not to like? Ditch the butter but make sure you serve with toasted bread for mopping up the sauce!

Shakshuka Recipe

4. Healthy one-pan chicken and rice

Marinating the chicken in soy, hoisin, honey and garlic before cooking really ramps up the flavour in this healthy rice dish. It's a simple midweek dinner that's guaranteed to please.

A Large Pan of Brown Rice Topped with Chicken Breasts and Spring Onions

5. Vegan aubergine curry

Cook aubergine pieces with fragrant spices and red lentils for a hearty yet healthy vegan curry. This aubergine dhansak makes for a comforting family meal.

Vegan Aubergine Curry in a Large Dish with Naan Bread

6. Jerk cauliflower steaks with rice and peas

Check out our vegan cauli steak recipe with punchy jerk spice and soft red kidney beans. This easy dish serves two for a super simple low calorie meal.

Jerk Cauliflower Steaks with Coconut Rice and Beans

7. Vegan mac and cheese

Our vegan expert tells us the secret to perfecting this plant-based version of a comforting classic is white miso – it makes the sauce extra rich and indulgent.

Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe

8. Vegan chilli

A sweet 'n' smoky chilli non carne recipe (see what we did there?) with vegan mince, two types of beans and plenty of spices for added kick.

Vegan chilli recipe

9. Roasted tomato orzo

Impress your vegan friends with this vibrant vegan sharing pasta dish featuring roasted vine tomatoes, orzo and vermouth with a zesty herby salsa.

Baked Orzo Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Herb Salsa

10. Green Thai fish curry

Perk up your midweek meal with flaky chunks of fish cooked in creamy coconut milk and mild Thai green curry paste, ready in just 10 minutes.

Green Thai Fish Curry in a Pan with Rice on the Side

11. Prawn massaman curry

Massaman curry comes from southern Thailand and is not as fiery as green or red Thai curries. We love the fragrant flavours and the texture that the peanuts add.

Thai Prawn Massaman Curry Recipe

12. Chorizo and butter bean stew

Check out our quick and easy chorizo and butter bean stew. This warming recipe is a simple midweek dinner for two – ready in 20 minutes.

Chorizo and Bean Stew in a White Bowl

13. Vegan enchiladas

These sweet potato, corn and black bean enchiladas are less heavy than their cheese-laden counterpart but just as easy and delicious. Serve in the centre of the table and let everyone tuck in.

Baking Tray Filled with Enchiladas, Hot Sauce, Coriander and Fresh Lime

14. Cauliflower couscous salad

Check out our vibrant roast cauliflower salad recipe with giant couscous, crispy fried onions and a punchy zhoug dressing. This easy salad is vegan and low in calories, too.

Cauliflower Couscous Salad Recipe with Zhoug Dressing on a White Platter

15. Dairy-free mushroom risotto

Typically laden with butter and cheese, risotto is well known for its comforting and indulgent qualities. Here we've invented a much lighter (and totally vegan) option.

Vegan mushroom risotto

16. Saag aloo

An Indian classic of spiced potatoes and spinach, saag aloo comes flavoured with red chilli, cumin seeds, turmeric and fresh ginger.

Saag Aloo in a Serving Bowl

17. Spicy peanut butter chicken breast

A new way to serve chicken breast, this speedy dinner sees roasted chicken paired with vegetable-spiked rice and a crunchy peanut butter and sriracha dressing.

Roast chicken breast with spicy peanut sauce

18. Ham hock, pea and spring onion salad

Super-quick, simple and delicious, this ham hock, pea and spring onion salad is perfect for a midweek meal. It's ready in just 10 minutes and is well under 500 calories but doesn't feel like you're missing out.

Ham hock, pea and spring onion salad

19. Wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon

This vegan recipe for wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon is quick and easy to make and comes in at less than 500 calories.

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Wholewheat Spaghetti Recipe with Broccoli, Chilli and Lemon

20. Tofu katsu curry

A clever veggie version of a Japanese curry classic, made by coating slabs of tofu with breadcrumbs, baking them, and serving with a curried carrot, ginger and honey sauce.

Tofu katsu curry

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