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7 Best Vegan Quick Meals

Last Updated:
October 12, 2021

Best Vegan Quick Meals

Eating vegan doesn’t need to be time-consuming or difficult. So, whether you’re a new vegan or just looking for more simple meal options we’ve got it covered. All of the recommendations in this article contain simple ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to make! Start to expand your meals by utilizing pantry staples and create delicious, nutritious meals. Below are some of the best vegan quick meals with options for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between.

Loaded Avocado Toast

Craving something savory for breakfast? One of the most popular options for vegan breakfasts is avocado toast. However, take your avocado toast to the next level by adding extra toppings. Consider adding these toppings to create a delicious breakfast to start your day right;

  • Mushrooms and garlic fried in a little bit of coconut oil
  • Diced tomatoes and balsamic glaze
  • Everything but the bagel seasoning
  • Roasted Chickpeas
  • Red pepper flakes and nutritional yeast
  • Hot sauce
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber

Smoothie Bowls

These are a super-easy way to add extra fruit and vegetables to your day. You can easily use any fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand. Simply add a splash of plant-based milk, half a banana, and any greens you have lying around. Blend it all up then pour or scoop into a bowl. You want to ensure that the blended mixture is thicker than a normal smoothie. Then top with additional fruit and nuts. As an added bonus you can add spirulina, flaxseed, or chia seeds for additional health benefits.

Chickpea Salad

This is one of the easiest and most versatile lunch options and is the vegan version of chicken salad. Simply mix a can of drained chickpeas with vegan mayo, salt and pepper, diced pickles, and diced onion. You can also add additional spices to change the flavor or create a curried version like No Sweat Vegan. Use this mix on sandwiches, wraps, lettuce cups, or with quinoa as a salad. Chickpea salad keeps for 4-5 days in the fridge, allowing you to prepare it in advance and eat it all week.

Black Bean Salad

This salad option is a great option for a healthy and nutritious lunch and is perfect for a crowd. It uses Mexican-influenced flavors and is served on a bed of leafy greens. Simply mix corn, drained black beans, diced onion, diced red pepper, and cilantro together. Then add diced avocado and squeeze of lime juice and mix together. During the winter months you can use canned corn, or during summer follow this recipe by OnceUponAChef. This salad can also be used in wraps or a panini for a more substantial meal.

Snack Plate

This is a great option for a light lunch or a simple snack. Simply cut up vegetables and fruit, and serve alongside crackers and some dip options. Here are some items you could include on your delicious snack plate;

  • Pepper slices
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Pickles
  • Hummus
  • Vegan Pesto
  • Vegan Cream Cheese
  • Peanut or nut butter and apple
  • Grapes
  • Vegan cheese slices
  • Crackers
  • Potato chips
  • Rice cakes
  • Popcorn

Tomato and Basil Pasta

This simple pasta recipe requires only 6 ingredients to make. While boiling your pasta, sauté diced red onion and whole cherry tomatoes. Once the tomatoes are softened, mash them with a fork or potato masher. Then add a little bit of the pasta water to deglaze the pan. Mix in your pasta, then garnish with fresh basil, nutritional yeast, and balsamic glaze. To level up this dish you could add vegan ground beef or diced mushrooms and spinach.

Curry and Rice

Don’t be intimidated by making curry. In reality, it can be quite simple. By using frozen veggies, curry paste, and coconut milk you can have a delicious curry on the table in no time. However, if you prefer to use fresh veggies, cut and sauté them before making the sauce. Simply choose your favorite curry paste, whether that’s red, yellow, or green from the grocery store, sauté this in a pan until fragrant, then add coconut milk.  Then add your veggies and bring to boil for 5-10 minutes. You can also add tofu or other substitutes to increase your protein intake.

There you have it, 7 of the best quick vegan meals without any strange ingredients. Eating vegan or plant-based doesn’t need to be boring or a struggle. Use the ideas above to change up your meals and try something new!

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