How to Make Easy 30-Minute Vegan Meals

Learn how to make easy 30-minute vegan meals with these expert tips and three recipes.

Sometimes, when you’re busy at the end of the day, it may seem easier to order and pick up takeout than it is easy to cook up a delicious, plant-powered meal. But some of the tastiest one-dish recipes can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less. That means no Styrofoam clogging up your trashcan, and more time in the kitchen cooking up delicious, plant-based meals. Studies show that when you eat out more often, the meals are higher in calories, saturated fat, sodium, and sugar, and you are more likely to be overweight. Why? That’s because when you make food at home, you can control the ingredients and your portion size. So, instead of dialing that chain restaurant, why not try cooking up one of my three favorite, go-to, plant-powered, one-dish meals? And try these 3 tips for getting healthy, vegan meals on the table in half and hour or less.

Sharon’s Time-Savvy Plant-Powered Cooking Tips

Tips for 3 Easy 30-Minute Vegan Meals

1. Stock Your Pantry. When you take your weekly shopping trips, make sure you keep your inventory stocked with these shelf-stable, plant basics, which are the foundation for all of your meals:

  • Whole Grains, such as brown rice, quinoa, farro, barley, and steel cut oats. Look for pouches of precooked grains for really quick meals.
  • Dried and Canned Beans, like kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, cannellini beans, and black beans. Soak them the night before and pop them in the slow cooker so you have dinner waiting for you when you get home from work. Or open a can of beans to stir into casseroles, salads, and stews.
  • Nuts and Seeds/Butters, such as peanuts, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia and hemp seeds (whole or in butters), which are great to spread on a sandwich, toss in a salad, or add to a stir-fry for protein.
  • The Basics. Keep a good olive oil, assortment of spices and herbs, canned fruits and veggies (i.e., tomatoes, peaches), coconut milk, and pasta on hand, too.
  • Plant-Based Pantry Toolkit: Get my free plant-based toolkit here for more resources for planning a healthy pantry.

Tips for 3 Easy 30-Minute Vegan Meals

2. Fresh Fridge Splurge.

  • Seasonal Produce. Once a week, stock up on seasonal produce to turn your meals into magic, such as greens, cauliflower, broccoli, squash, and tomatoes.
  • Plant Proteins. Try to keep tofu, seitan, tempeh, and soymilk in the frig, too.
Tips for 3 Easy 30-Minute Vegan Meals
Chipotle Tomato Rice Power Bowl

3. One, Two, Three Magic. Now that you have a well stocked kitchen, the magic can happen with this basic formula:

  • Grain + Vegetable + Protein. That’s all it takes! Turn brown rice, tofu, and green beans into a Szechuan stir-fry. Simmer lentils and peas together into a curry to serve over quinoa. Cook kidney beans, tomatoes, and zucchini into a chili to serve with cornbread.

Try one of my 3 favorite, quick and easy vegan meal recipes for starters.

Top Three 30-minute Vegan Meals

Tips for 3 Easy 30-Minute Vegan Meals
Quinoa Risotto with Kale and Pistachios
Tips for 3 Easy 30-Minute Vegan Meals
Thai Tofu Veggie Noodle Bowl
Tips for 3 Easy 30-Minute Vegan Meals
Easy Vegetable Tofu Bibimbap Skillet

For other plant-based 30-minute meals, check out the following:

Edamame Bok Choy Rice Bowl
Easy Vegetable Fajitas
Rustic Vegan Corn Potato Sausage Skillet

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