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6 Easy Vegan Dinners in 15 Minutes

What do vegans eat every day?

I’m vegan and I’m fat. That means I love to eat, and I’m trying to eat healthy. These past weeks I’ve been balancing the last month at my old job, freelance writing, blogging, moving into a new place and cleaning my old apartment. I haven’t had a lot of time to prepare meals. And when I have, half of my kitchen stuff is either packed up in boxes or already moved.

That doesn’t mean I can’t eat healthy though. And it doesn’t mean I don’t eat tasty delicious food every night. Here’s a few quick and dirty vegan meals I’ve been eating the past few weeks.

1. Taco Salad with Black Beans

taco_saladRip, cut and tear up your favorite veggies into a giant mound. I prefer romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, avocado and bell peppers. Then top with a taco flavored black bean mix–onions, cumin, cayenne pepper and a can of black beans mashed together works well. Want it more decadent? Top it with crunchy chips, fresh cilantro, Daiya cheese, guacamole, vegan sour cream or salsa.

Time from sitting on the couch to stuffing your face: <15 minutes

Want to eat faster? Try tossing your favorite veggie burger (I prefer the Organic Sunshine Black Bean South West Veggie Burger) on a bed of bagged lettuce and store bought pico de gallo.

2. Veggie Burrito

burrito_veganYou can put anything inside a burrito. The secret? Getting a good mix of flavors and textures. I like chewy portabello mushrooms, creamy avacodo, crisp vegetables and juicy tomatoes. Oh, and I put pico de gallo in everything. Burritos are also a great way to use up extra veggies in your fridge. Or rice. Or beans. Or chili. Seriously, try anything.

Time from sitting on the couch to stuffing your face: <10 minutes

Want to eat faster? Something hot and gooey + something cold and fresh + something crunchy = delicious.

3. Veggie Stir Fry

vegan_general_tsos_chicken_2Buy some veggies. Buy some sauce. Mix together. Eat. Bonus points are awarded for rice, noodles or tofu. Roasting vegetables in the oven is the tastiest option, but who has time for that? A quick saute in olive oil, salt and pepper is an delicious way to eat peppers, zucchini  asparagus, broccoli and squash. I usually put it on brown rice. Be smart and cook some ahead and use it for a day or two at a time.

Time from sitting on the couch to stuffing your face: <15 minutes

Want to eat faster? Heat up a bag of frozen stir fry veggies and mix in some store bought sauce. General Tso’s sauce is awesome. And vegan.

4. Meatless Pasta

spaghetti_vegan_veggieNoodles, vegetables and sauce. It’s so simple but has endless possibilities. I like classic spaghetti. Load up some tomato sauce with mushrooms, onion and garlic while the noodles boil. Or try angel hair seasoned with fresh garlic and basil, chunks of tomatoes, mushrooms and peppers.

Time from sitting on the couch to stuffing your face: <15 minutes

Want to eat faster? Boil noodles, heat up jar of sauce and enjoy.

5. Vegan Pizza

tomato basilAny self-respecting, pizza-loving vegan has to eat pizza at least once a week. That’s a good thing, since you’re bound to have a stockpile of frozen dough in the fridge. Set a frozen ball on the counter in the morning. At night you’re just 15 minutes away from a hot, steaming mess of pizza. Want some ideas? Check out the The Vegan Pizza Cook-Off for an amazing tomato basil pizza or spicy barbecue fajita pizza.

Time from sitting on the couch to stuffing your face: <15 minutes

Want to eat faster? Roll out the dough in the morning, stuff it full of veggies and wrap it up. Homemade calzones can sit in your fridge ready for the oven whenever your heart desires.

6. Sandwiches or Veggie Burgers

sandwich_veganWho doesn’t love sandwiches? Toast some  bread in a pan with hummus, lettuce, tomato and onion. Or you can go all out and try some vegan lunch meat and mayonnaise  It’s pretty tasty. Or have your favorite veggie burger and a side of potato wedges. I’ve even got a recipe for a delicious chickpea salad sandwich I’ve been dying to try. There’s so many options! You can eat different sandwiches every night of the week.

Time from sitting on the couch to stuffing your face: <5 minutes

Want to eat faster? Peanut butter and jelly is still the tastiest 60 second dinner ever invented.

Besides a weekly crock pots full of soup and a never-ending supply of fruit and hummus, this is all I need to be a happy vegan.

What’s your quick go-to meal?

7 Comments

  1. I like to make a large batch of lentils on a Sunday (stir fry onion, garlic, and cumin in olive oil, add lentils and water in 2:1 ratio, bring to a boil, and let simmer for 20ish minutes, or until lentils are soft; cooking time will vary depending what kind of lentils you use). Then it is so easy to make yummy soups (lentil soup with veggies!), salads (arugula with lentils, apple, avocado and almonds!), and wraps (lentils with baby spinach, peppers, and balsamic!) all week. Lentils are also really cheap if you buy them in bulk at Whole Foods, and are super healthy and filling!

    • Sounds tasty! I usually use Sunday’s as my throw all my leftover veggies in a pot and make soup day. I think cooking up ahead of time is the key to eating healthy. I’ll have to get some lentils once I get moved!

  2. You’ve certainly had a full plate (in more ways than one).

  3. I got a Magic Bullet a couple of months ago and am completely sold on smoothies. dump a mixture of frozen fruit, greens (spinach and kale are the sweetest, I’ve found so far), almond milk and blend. For true decadence, blend frozen bananas (I slice them up fresh and bag them in the freezer), peanut or almond butter, and almond milk. It is better than ice cream!

  4. I want to try every single one of these!! They sound SO good!

  5. tasty & veru easy recipes indeed! 🙂

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