Eating wholesome, healthy meals sounds more like a dream than a reality, as we have visions of spending hours in the kitchen following a complex set of instructions that never turn out the way you want. Many of us don’t have the time to set aside hours of the day to dedicate to dinner, and healthy eating can take lots of time and practice to perfect.
Well, we’re about to change that perception for you. We’ve put together 10 easy vegan recipes for you to try at home, and the best part is that they only take 30 minutes or less, so you won’t have to worry about rushing home to spend the evening stressed in the kitchen.
These recipes are extremely simple to follow and contain ingredients that most of us have stored at home already, or ingredients that can be picked up from any supermarket near you. No complications, only recipes that aim to make your lives easier.
As a vegan, it can be difficult to get all the right nutrients, but these recipes are all packed full of vital proteins and nutrients for your body that only takes minutes to throw together. There are 10 recipes to choose from, and ingredients can be changed based on your preferences.
These recipes may seem too good to be true, but they are super easy to make, fresh, healthy, and most importantly, delicious!
Chickpeas and Spinach Skillet
This recipe is the perfect beginner dish for those looking for healthy, warming, wholesome meals. This recipe only takes roughly 15 minutes, and it’s handy to put together any time of the day.
All you need are chickpeas, spinach, eggplant, tomato paste, and green beans, and then any herbs and seasonings of your choice. The staple seasonings to add are garlic, black pepper, and salt, and spices turmeric, cilantro, cumin, and chili will add a nice kick to the dish.
Once you’ve chopped your ingredients, you just need to sautee the vegetables until they are soft and add all of your chosen spices.
There you have it! Garish with lemon juice and cilantro and serve!
Mediterranean Salad Bowl
On those hot summer days, the last thing you want to be doing is spending it in the sweaty kitchen. This Mediterranean salad bowl is perfect for a quick healthy lunch or dinner that will be sure to keep you cool and refreshed in the heat.
Firstly, you need to prepare your salad. Again, it’s up to you what ingredients you would like in your salad, such as cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, and spring onion, and whatever garnish you would like, such as mint, parsley, or cilantro.
Next, add condiments of your choice. As it’s a Mediterranean bowl, we recommend tzatziki and hummus, with olives and either quinoa, pasta, or lentils.
That’s it! A quick and refreshing salad bowl to get you through those sweltering days.
These quesadillas are a true Mexican classic and are super easy to make. These make for a great snack as well as a dinner, so you can always find an excuse to tuck into them!
You’re going to need a blender or a food processor to make the filling, but if you don’t have one then a single fork will do the trick. It may take slightly longer, but it will be worth it. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, and your favorite seasonings and blitz or mash until you reach your desired consistency.
These wraps are a great way of introducing tofu into your diet and getting all the protein you need. They are quick and easy to make and only include ingredients you can easily grab at the supermarket.
Once you’ve fried your tofu and it’s turned a lovely golden color, add onion and any spices of your choice to the pan so that the tofu is covered in your spice mixture. Once you’re happy with your tofu, start prepping your wraps with your chosen salad.
Once you’ve added your salad, add the tofu to the wraps. If your tofu is spicy, a cooling agent like avocado or sour cream will pair together nicely.
Curried Lentil and Coconut Soup
This soup recipe will be sure to do the trick in warming you up in those cold winter months to come. A simple soup recipe will get you sorted in no time and instantly warm you up. This recipe is essentially a curry in a soup, so feel free to add rice or naan bread on the side.
Start by lightly frying your onions, and then add the coconut cream, rice, lentils, chili flakes, spices of your choice, and water, and leave to simmer until the rice and lentils have softened. Add the spinach and peas about 10 minutes before the rice and lentils are done. Once they’ve softened, you’re ready to serve.
Similar to the tofu wraps, these lentil wraps are an equally delicious alternative if you aren’t a fan of tofu. You can make these wraps as spicy or as mild as you like, just add either fresh chilies or chili powder to the recipe.
After you’ve boiled your lentils, soften your onion, garlic, and chilies in the pan and add your herbs and spices. Add the lentils to the mixture. Then prepare your salad for your wraps, and it can be any salad you want. Cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, olives, and red onion go perfectly with these wraps but feel free to add more.
All that’s left to do is fill up your tortillas and eat!
As you can see, chickpeas are very versatile! If you haven’t been feeling the tofu or the lentil wraps, hopefully, these chickpea wraps will be more your taste.
Add your chickpeas to a pan and lightly fry them in garlic and then spices of your choice. Again, it’s up to you how spicy you want your chickpeas, so add as much or as little as you want.
These wraps go perfectly with a lemon and tahini dressing, which is exactly what it says! Buy tahini from any store and add lemon juice, garlic, and water.
Next, assemble your wraps with your desired salad, add the chickpeas, and tahini sauce, and they’re ready to go!
These curry noodles are a great healthy meal to slot into your day, especially if you’re looking for a new way to add some spice to your meals. The best part about this recipe is that you can tailor it to your tastebuds.
You can use any noodles and any vegetables you fancy. You can use broccoli, cabbage, carrots, sugar snap peas, or any vegetables you would normally use in a curry. You can add spinach, chickpeas, or tofu for protein if you wish.
Chop all of your vegetables and fry lightly to soften them slightly. Add your coconut milk and curry paste to the pan and mix well, and then add the lime. Once it’s cooked to your perfection, serve with the garnish of your choice.
High in protein and fiber, lentils contain good sources of nutrients that you can easily incorporate into your diet. The key to making lentils more interesting is the spices you add to them, which are your choice.
Lightly fry onion, garlic, tomato, and spinach in a pan and add lentils, water, and olive oil. Add spices of your choice such as cumin, mint, coriander, paprika, and turmeric.
A garlic tahini sauce goes well with this salad, which you can easily make by mixing garlic, tahini, lime juice, salt, and water in a bowl. Prepare the salad bowls, add your lentils, and add as much sauce on top as you fancy.
Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup
This recipe is extremely warming for those up and coming winter months, and it is very simple and quick to make, making it the perfect recipe for a busy schedule.
Lightly fry cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and onion in coconut oil, and then add your butternut squash and lentils, add stock to the pan, and cover. Add your coconut cream and simmer until the lentil and butternut squash have softened. You can add any other seasonings and spices that you like, and can even add chili to give the dish hints of spice.
This healthy, delicious soup is really easy to make and is packed full of nutrients keeping you warm on those winter evenings.