December 30, 2017

15 Easy Vegan Weeknight Meals!

The best (quick & easy) healthy plant-based weeknight dinners! Most are 30 minutes or less with minimal ingredients and effort but loaded with flavor!

Our favorite quick and easy plant-based weeknight dinners! Most are 30 minutes or less with minimal ingredients and effort (but loaded with flavor!) Let's get to it 🎉

THIS SOUP. It's one of my favorite recipes on the blog! I love that black beans and lentils combine to join forces, making this a satisfying meal packed with delicious fiesta flavors. Great for family weeknight dinner - everyone can have fun loading it up with their own favorite toppings!

Another family-friendly meal that everyone can personalize their own with their favorite toppings. Bring it together even quicker by making the taco seasoning in advance and prepping the veggies (slice onion, pepper, and mushrooms and place in a covered container in the fridge.) SUPER easy to throw together come dinner time!

Spaghetti... with an awesome Asian twist. Only 7 ingredients and super versatile. Toss in some tofu, tempeh, or edamame for an extra protein boost.

Just 1 pot, 10 ingredients, and 30 minutes between you and this easy, delicious orzo-filled goodness! We love this quick soup filled with pantry staples - a great meal when you're low on fresh produce. (It's similar to this easy Minestrone Soup that also takes just 30 minutes.)

Gotta love a warm, cozy chili on a brisk, winter day - even better when you only have to wait 30 minutes. Note: it takes slightly longer, but this Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili (topped with creamy avocado chunks) is one of my all-time favorites too.

TEN. MINUTES. and you can be happily chowing down on some awesome tacos. Who doesn't love that? Note: these Black Bean Lentil Tacos are a fave as well. (And can be made faster with pre-cooked or canned lentils. Tip: spoon this mixture over tortilla chips and make some rockstar nachos too.)

Breakfast for dinner. (Always a winner.) 😉 Serve with some Roasted Homestyle Breakfast Potatoes, or put it in a bagel, sandwich, or wrap... yum.

8. Corn & Potato Chowder
Classic corn chowder gone vegan. This is one of my husband's favorites, and I think you'll LOVE this creamy, cheesy, smoky corn & potato chowder. Just 8 ingredients and super easy to assemble.

9. Vegan Chili Mac
Easy 30 minute dinner with 8 simple ingredients (but tons of flavor.) It's got it all - pasta, beans, & veggies in a tomatoey-cheesy sauce. Loved by kids and adults alike.

10. Italian Chopped Salad with Zesty Vinaigrette
Sometimes I'm just in the mood for a giant salad for dinner and this is one of my personal favorites. SO MUCH FLAVOR that'll definitely rock your taste buds.

11. Vegetable Lo Mein
"Secret ingredient" hoisin sauce adds an unexpected, flavorful punch to this tasty make-at-home Asian-style takeout dish.

12. Burrito Bowls with Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Not much beats an easy burrito bowl with all the fixings. Plus I love adding a punch of flavor to the rice by mixing it with salsa.

13. Vegetable Curry Soup
One of the easiest soups ever. Dice a few veggies, throw everything into a pot, and simmer. Silky, golden goodness packed with flavor... with only 7 ingredients and 30 minutes!

14. Tempeh & Mushroom Pasta
Take jarred pasta sauce to the next level with some fun add-ins - plus it's super easy to customize. (If you've never tried tempeh this is a great place to start. It adds such a nice, healthy "meatiness" to the sauce.)

15. Quinoa Fajita Burritos
Some of my very favorite things combined. Fajita-style veggies wrapped up in a burrito with a flavorful black bean quinoa mixture. (Tip: these make a great freezer meal too.)

Come join The Garden Grazer on Instagram 🍓 and share a pic if you make any of these! I love seeing what you guys cook up.

I also share TONS of recipes on my Pinterest page if you want to check it out for more plant-based inspiration:


  1. These sound really good!!! Maybe I will quit eating out and cook again!

    1. Yay Connie! Happy to hear you're inspired :) Wishing you a beautiful new year! -Kaitlin