Becoming a vegan can be a little scary for a newcomer. Coming up with unique ideas that will give you enough variety may be a challenge for most of us. Finding the right combination of foods that are substantial enough to make up a meal and being able to find the right ingredients can be hard in the beginning, but with the right menus using relatively common ingredients found in most supermarkets you can successfully simplify your new vegan lifestyle with no worries. Here are a few suggestions that can help you get started for creating vegan dinners.

1.) Three-Bean Chili With Spring Pesto

This dish uses 3 different kinds of beans – chickpeas, cannellini, and kidney. It can give you that full feeling you usually get when you're eating chili. Cook it the same way you would cook regular chili with onions, carrots, garlic, and your favorite spicy peppers and you'll have a memorable dinner that has just as much substance as any other hearty meal.

2.) The Asian Hot Pot

By using hearty mushrooms as your meat substitute you'll get a nice earthy flavor in this rich and flavorful soup for vegan dinners. The great thing about Asian hot pots is that you can prepare for all the vegetables on the side and add exactly what you want into the pot. So, this way you can enjoy the meal right alongside with those in your family who are not vegan. They can just add in any of the ingredients they want in their pot. Use fleshy shitake mushrooms, ginger, green beans, soy sauce, chili sauce and anything else you have a taste for.

3.) The Vegan Club

Make your favorite club sandwich for vegan dinners with some tasty substitutes. Instead of the traditional meaty ingredients, use avocado, alfalfa sprouts and zucchini, on a multigrain bread for a great flavor. If those preferences aren't your favorite, substitute any of your favorites to get a flavor that you'll be happy with. For the spread, use a mixture of beans, oil, salt and pepper; cook them together until the beans are soft. Mash them up together with salt and pepper and flavor it in any way you want to get your own personal taste.

4.) Swiss Chard With Chickpeas and Couscous

Add a few toasted pine nuts to the meal and you have a perfect blend of flavor and texture that makes this dish both sweet and savory. This can make one of those nice vegan dinners that will not feel like a substitute but the real deal.

Learning how to be a vegan may not be the easiest thing to do but once you've mastered the technique and you learn how to create great substitutes for all of your favorites it will not take long for you to fully embrace the new lifestyle. There are hundreds of options for the vegan but you have to learn how to search them out and use them in a way that will produce flavorful meals full of texture and your vegan experience will certainly be more than you could have possibly imagined.