We’re all familiar with long work days and feeling super tired once it’s dinner time.
No need to fall back on takeout each time — this list of lazy meal ideas mainly made from pantry or freezer items is here to help you out!
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Your next week of eating is planned out with these quick and delicious vegan bowls, meal prepping steps & full grocery list.
Especially for those who are beginner cooks or don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen, the following collection of family-approved dishes are perfect.
Enjoy the colorful bowls, pasta recipes, and other meal prep-friendly ideas! Be sure to try our favorite soups next!
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Easy Vegan 30-Minute Meals
Chili Sin Carne
Open some canned beans and get your pantry spices; this vegan chili is the perfect low-effort 30-minute meal! Protein- and fiber-rich, this savory and comforting recipe is secretly made with finely chopped veggies and can be enjoyed on its own, with bread, rice or potatoes.
Vegan One-Pot Pasta
You can make this one-pot pasta either on the stove or in an Instant Pot! With a flavorful marinara sauce and finely chopped veggies,it is a great family-friendly weeknight dinner. Use your favorite vegetables and top with vegan cheese!
Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
Savory, smoky, and crowd-pleasing, these tacos will have your family licking their plates! With double-battered cauliflower bites, crispy chickpeas, pico de gallo, and vegan ranch, this recipe ticks all the boxes.
Hummus Pasta with Veggies
Hummus pasta is one of the best inventions ever! The simplest version of this meal combines hummus with freshly cooked pasta. Our healthy version of the recipe uses a blender to create a herbed hummus sauce and is served with a bunch of cooked veggies on the side.
Fall Harvest Bowl
Make use of beautiful fall produce with this colorful harvest bowl! Cooked quinoa is served with juicy blueberries, figs, blueberry dressing, butternut squash, spinach, and red cabbage. Super healthy and delicious!
Thai Vegetable Stir-Fry
Stir-fries are the perfect vegan 30-minute meals! They can be made with any veggies and plant-based protein you have on hand. Serve over rice or noodles!
Quick Bean Burritos
If you have pre-cooked rice, make these filling bean burritos in less than 15 minutes! This recipe requires readily available and inexpensive ingredients like canned beans, leafy greens, avocado, corn, and tomatoes.
Flavorful Mexican Bowl
Speaking of pre-cooked rice, if you love Mexican food as much as we do, this colorful bowl is just for you! The combination of fresh mango salsa, creamy guacamole, veggies, and spicy cooked beans, makes this meal super tasty and satisfying.
Healthy Vegan Mac and Cheese
Do you have some leftover cooked potatoes? Put them in a blender alongside cashews and spices to make a healthy vegan cheese sauce! Delicious when served with cooked pasta or veggies.
Creamy Potato Salad
Do you love potato salad so much that you can eat it as a full meal? Heck, yes! This creamy, crunchy and satisfying potato salad is made with cashew mayo, green bell pepper, cooked potatoes and a handful of herbs.
High-Protein Pesto Pasta
This protein-packed pesto pasta is completely oil-free and uses homemade bean pesto along with cooked veggies instead of traditional pesto. It’s super healthy and so easy to make!
Pumpkin Spinach Feta Salad
Whether you’re looking for a lighter weeknight dinner or want to add something easy yet delicious to a holiday spread, make this roast pumpkin, spinach, and feta salad! Everyone will love the textures and flavors of this meal.
Easy Quinoa Veggie Bowl
If you have some leftover cooked grains like quinoa or farro, make this simple veggie bowl! With ingredients like canned chickpeas, healthy green veggies, creamy avocado, nuts, and fruit, this recipe is very versatile and easy to put together.
Vegan White Sauce Pasta
Nothing could be easier than whipping up this vegan white sauce pasta with colorful veggies! This recipe is super beginner-friendly, allows you to “clean out the fridge,” and calls for accessible staple ingredients.
Crunchy Pad Thai Salad
Do you have a spiralizer at home? If so, use up fresh produce by making this quick and easy Pad Thai salad with a creamy peanut sauce and edamame beans or baked tofu!
Mushroom Chow Mein
No need for takeout if you can make flavorful Chow Mein noodles with veggies in less than 30 minutes! Try this flavorful and nutritious dinner idea.
Lentil Kale Winter Salad
This hearty winter salad combines green lentils, kale, bulgur, pomegranate seeds, and a simple homemade dressing. Enjoy it warm, and store any leftovers for a quick lunch the next day!
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15+ Easy Vegan 30-Minute Meals
In a hurry? These weeknight-approved vegan 30-minute meals are perfect for families, meal prep, and different culinary or dietary preferences. The following bean soup is really budget-friendly and great for busy weeknights!
White Bean Soup
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 stalks leeks, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons Italian herbs
- 4 zucchini, chopped
- 2 15-oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (500 g)
- 2 cups kale, chopped (40 g)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Place a large pot over medium heat on the stove and add olive oil, leek, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add the chopped zucchini, beans, and kale. Cover everything with water or veggie broth and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, then let your soup simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the veggies are tender.
- Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper and adjust to taste preferences.
- Serve warm on its own or with some crusty bread!
- This recipe is great for batch-cooking and can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat at your convenience.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: ¼ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 17gSugar: 6gProtein: 25g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!
In a hurry? These weeknight-approved vegan 30-minute meals are perfect for families, meal prep, and different culinary or dietary preferences.