Quick Vegan Meals

Quick Vegan Meals

Do you live a busy and hectic life which means you often don’t have time to cook elaborate meals

Even the most passionate and skilled cooks can sometimes find themselves without enough time to make a delicious meal, so it’s always wise to have a few recipes that are quick to prepare in the cookbook.

If you’re looking for something quick to make and are following a vegan diet, then there are plenty of options available to you.

With the recipes in this article, you’ll be able to prepare delicious vegan meals without taking hours.

1. Cherry Tomato & Basil Pasta

Pasta is always a great option for a quick and easy meal and this version with cherry tomatoes and basil is no exception.

  • Total Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. linguine
  • 5 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic glaze

Optional Seasonings

  • Dried oregano
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Sea salt/kosher salt

Instructions

  • Boil a pot of water and add a touch of salt. Once it reaches the boil, add the pasta. Cook until al dente.
  • Slice the onion and heat in a skillet with a touch of salt.
  • Once the onions become translucent, add the grated garlic. Stir so that the garlic doesn’t burn.
  • Pour ¼ cup of the hot pasta water on the onions and garlic. Add the tomatoes. Gently press the tomatoes down so that they release their juices.
  • If desired, add your seasonings of choice.
  • Add the basil leaves and balsamic glaze. Simmer for a further two to three minutes.
  • Adjust the pasta sauce as needed with additional water and seasonings.
  • Drain the pasta and serve with the sauce poured over.

2. Chili Sin Carne

Chili con carne is a great comfort dish that will keep you warm and full during colder months. This meal is made in a single pot and is easy to make.

  • Total Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 2 small onions
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup passata
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can brown lentils/chickpeas
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika ground
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp chili powder/flakes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • black pepper

Optional

  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 – 2 red chili

Instructions

  • Add the oil, garlic, capsicum, and onion to a pot. Cook and stir until they are soft.
  • Mix in your spices, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Stir the pot until the mixture becomes fragrant.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients. Bring the pot to a simmer and cook until fully heated through.
  • You also have the option of cooking this chili in a slow cooker or pressure cooker if you wish.
  • It can be served with a variety of other dishes such as rice, dairy-free cheese, or chopped avocado.

3. Ramen Stir Fry

Ramen stir fry is a quick and easy meal to make but that doesn’t mean that it is lacking in flavor.

It’s a great dish for keeping you warm and works as a more unusual comfort food.

  • Total Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 ½ cups mushrooms
  • 1 ½ cups broccoli
  • 2 packs ramen
  • Salt

Sauce

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tbsp ginger
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chili sauce
  • 1 red chili
  • 1 tsp vegan peanut butter

Instructions

  • Prepare the broccoli and slice the mushrooms. Add some oil to a wok and allow it to heat. Once the oil begins to smoke, add your broccoli and mushrooms to the wok.
  • Season with some salt and stir constantly. Cook for around 4 minutes. Remove from the wok.
  • Prepare your ramen noodles as instructed by the packet instructions but don’t cook them fully. They will finish cooking later on in the recipe.
  • In your wok, add the sesame oil, garlic, and ginger and cook.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
  • Add your ramen noodles and the broccoli and mushrooms.
  • Mix together well and then remove from the heat to serve.

4. Simple Vegan Pita Pizzas

Having a delicious vegan pizza recipe at your disposal is a great idea because all it takes is a change of toppings to make each pizza taste different.

  • Total Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Base

  • 6 pitas

Tomato Sauce

  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 4 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp maple syrup
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large handful of fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp dried thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Toppings

  • ½ cup of smoked tofu
  • 10–12 pickled peperoncino
  • 1 cup of olives
  • ½ zucchini
  • 3 tbsp vegan parmesan
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take all of your tomato sauce ingredients and blend them together until smooth.
  • Prepare your toppings.
  • Spread your tomato sauce over the pitas and scatter your prepared toppings.
  • Bake for around 15-20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with vegan parmesan and fresh basil to serve.

5. Vegan Black Bean Soup

Everyone loves a filling and warm soup. This soup is not only delicious, but it’s vegan and can be quickly prepared in around 30 minutes.

  • Total Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 cup carrot
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 cup celery
  • ½ a jalapeno
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 3 – 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 can black beans
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lime juice

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients from the onion to jalapeno to a large sauce pot and mix with two tablespoons of vegetable broth. Cook over medium heat until softened. This will take around 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Add cumin, oregano, and chili powder. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable broth, tomato sauce, and black beans. Bring to a simmer and cook for around 15 minutes.
  • Blend half of the soup until smooth. Once smooth, pour back into the pot.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and serve.

6. Vegan Thai Curry

Curries are always a great choice for a vegan dish. They’re full of flavor and can be easily adjusted to suit your specific tastes.

  • Total Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups rice
  • 15 oz reduced-fat coconut milk
  • 14 oz extra firm tofu
  • 5 to 6 tbsp Thai curry paste
  • 4 to 5 cups frozen vegetables
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 tbsp curry powder/spices (optional)

Instructions

  • Quick cooking rice such as jasmine or basmati is the best choice if you’re aiming for a quick dish but you can use other types of rice
  • You can use yellow, green, or red Thai curry paste.
  • Extra-firm tofu will also save you time as it won’t need to be pressed before you start.
  • Slice the tofu into cubes and season with your curry powder or spices. Cook in a skillet for around three minutes on each side. When cooked, remove from the skillet.
  • While the tofu is cooking, begin cooking your quick-cooking rice.
  • Bring the rice to a boil and then reduce the heat. Allow the rice to simmer for around 10 minutes or until the excess water has evaporated.
  • Place your frozen vegetables into the skillet. Once they’re warmed through, add your curry paste and coconut milk. Stir together.
  • Cook for another four to five minutes.
  • Add the tofu to the skillet and then serve over the rice.

7. Vegetarian Quesadillas Vegan Style

Mexican food can be tricky if you’re vegan but this recipe will allow you to make some delicious vegan quesadillas.

  • Total Prep Time: 27 minutes

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • ½ cup red onion
  • 1 ½ cup avocado
  • Salt
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • ½ cup black beans
  • 1 ½ cup dairy-free cheese
  • 2 tbsp dairy free butter

Vegan Cream

  • ¼ cup dairy free sour cream
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley/cilantro

Instructions

  • Dice the tomatoes and onions. Mash the avocados and add some salt.
  • Take a tortilla and imagine it divided into quarters. In two opposite corners, place some dairy-free cheese. In one of these quarters place your diced onion and on the other, your diced tomatoes.
  • In the two empty quarters, place the avocado. Spoon some black beans onto one of the avocado triangles.
  • Slice from the edge of the tortilla to the center so that you can fold one quarter over the next. Keep working around the tortilla until it is folded into a triangle.
  • Cook the quesadilla in a skillet until done.
  • Prepare the crema by chopping your parsley or cilantro. Mix it with the sour cream and lime juice.

Final Thoughts

In this article, we shared some quick vegan meals.

Whether your life is too busy to spend hours in the kitchen or you’re just having one of those days where you don’t have the patience to cook, these recipes will be what you need.

They’re all quick, easy, and delicious!

Brandon White
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