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The Best Vegan Garbage Plate

  • Author: Mimi Ace
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan garbage plate is the ultimate plant-based comfort food that is best eaten when drunk or absolutely ravenous. Perfect for parties and picnics.



Home Fries

  • 4 large russet potatoes 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

Lentil Meat Sauce 

  • 1 white onion, diced 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry green lentils, rinsed 
  • 14oz canned crushed tomatoes 
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (sub water) 
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flake (if you like spice) 

Macaroni Salad 

  • 6 oz elbow noodles 
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 large stalks celery, diced 
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced 
  • 6 tablespoons vegan mayo
  • 1/2 cup silken tofu (or sub 1/2 more vegan mayo) 
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish 
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard 
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 

Garbage Plate

  • 6 veggie burgers or hot dogs 
  • Chopped raw onions (optional) 
  • Ketchup, mustard, hot sauce (optional) 
  • Italian bread + vegan butter 


  1. Make the home fries. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees. Wash the potatoes and cut into 1 inch chunks. Lightly drizzle with olive oil (optional) and salt, then spread on a greased or lined baking tray. Bake for 45 minutes, or until crispy. 
  2. Make the lentil sauce.
    1. In a medium pot over medium heat, add a little oil or water. Once hot, sauté onions and garlic about 3 minutes or until translucent.
    2. Add in lentils, crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, and all the spices. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Then reduce to low and simmer uncovered 25-30 minutes until the sauce is thick and creamy. 
  3. Make the macaroni salad.
    1. In salted water, cook elbow noodles al dente according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. 
    2. Chop the celery, red onion, and bell pepper. 
    3. Blend the vegan mayo, silken tofu, and the remaining ingredients until totally smooth. 
    4. In a large mixing bowl, add the noodles, veggies, and sauce. Mix together. 
  4. Cook your veggie burgers or hot dogs according to package instructions. 
  5. Assemble your garbage plate. 
    1. To a large plate, add the vegan macaroni salad and home fries.
    2. Next add veggie burger or vegan hot dog. 
    3. Then add a generous scoop of lentil meat sauce.
    4. Garnish with chopped raw onions, ketchup, mustard, and hot sauce. Serve with a side of Italian bread and vegan butter.


Prep and cook time is estimated assuming you are multi-tasking! While the home fries are baking, make the lentil sauce. While the lentil sauce is simmering, make the macaroni salad. Fry up the veggie burgers and hot dogs at the end. You can prep ingredients beforehand to save time. 

Nutrition facts are roughly estimated using the Wegmans Don’t Have a Cow Meatless Beef Style Burgers. If you use a different veggie burger or hot dog, calories will vary. Nutrition facts do not account for condiments or the side of bread and butter.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 668 cals
  • Sugar: 12.64g
  • Sodium: 1600mg
  • Fat: 15.47g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.35g
  • Carbohydrates: 102.87g
  • Fiber: 13.21g
  • Protein: 34.57g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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