15 quick vegan meals you can make in 30 minutes or less

Author: Victoria Smith

Need dinner in a hurry? Here are 15 delicious and quick vegan meals that you can make in just 30 minutes or less.

Are you tired of spending hours in the kitchen cooking fully plant-based meals? We’ve got you covered.

These 15 vegan meals are on the table in just 30 minutes or less, meaning you’ve got more time to spend with your friends and family, and less time hovering over the stove.

With everything from a lentil bolognese to a butter tofu curry and even homemade burger patties, there’s something for everyone.

So keep reading for some easy and quick vegan meals that will improve your weeknight and weekend dinners.

1. Butter Tofu Curry

The traditionally animal-based British curry house staple has been veganised here to create an indulgent weeknight dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes.

With crispy high-protein tofu in a rich and creamy tomato-based sauce, it’s the perfect easy meal for a night-in on the sofa after a long day at work.

 Butter Tofu Curry - 30 minute vegan meals

2. Lentil Bolognese

This plant-based version of the British classic spaghetti bolognese is packed with hearty lentils and mushrooms for a satiating weeknight dinner.

It’s full of rich Italian flavours and definitely pairs well with vegan parmesan and a wedge of buttery garlic bread.

What’s more, it just so happens to be gluten-free, so serve on a bed of your favourite rice, corn or pea-based pasta for a completely free-from meal!

 Lentil Bolognese - 30 minute vegan meals

3. Tofu Pad Thai

This vegan version of the Thai classic uses scrambled tofu to replicate eggs and features fresh and colourful veggies.

It’s a great way to use up any stir fry vegetables lurking in the back of your fridge and makes an easy weeknight dinner after a tiring day in the office.

Top with a wedge of lime, fresh coriander and crushed roasted peanuts for a truly authentic feel.

Tofu Pad Thai - 30 minute vegan meals

4. Vegan Mac n Cheese 

A classic dish that never fails to please, this quick and easy vegan mac and cheese recipe is great for when you want something deliciously simple for dinner.

With a creamy sauce made from a blend of almond milk, pumpkin puree and garlic, it’s every winter-lovers dream come true.

Vegan Mac n Cheese - 30 minute vegan meals

5. Tuscan Bean and Barley Stew

This winter warmer is packed with goodness from a variety of pulses and vegetables while also healing the soul. As it makes four portions, it’s the ideal recipe to have on hand for a quick work lunch or easy dinner.

Moreover, it works great with any kind of leafy greens so you can use up any sad-looking spinach, kale or cavolo nero in the back of the fridge.

Tuscan Bean and Barley Stew

6. Ginger Sesame Tempeh Stir Fry

This deceptively simple stir fry comes together in a matter of minutes – featuring high protein tempeh, crunchy vegetables and powerhouse aromatics.

Serve with hot jasmine rice for a filling weeknight dinner that will satisfy everyone’s tastebuds and stomachs.

Ginger Sesame Tempeh Stir Fry

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7. Mexican Chilli Non-Carne

This one-pot vegan chilli recipe makes a mess-free easy weeknight dinner for all the family. It’s completely meat-free yet packed with flavour from warming spices and hearty pulses.

Top with fresh avocado, sliced spring onions and vegan yoghurt, and serve with rice or tortilla chips.

Mexican Chilli Non-Carne - 30-minute vegan meals

8. BBQ Hawaiian Pizza

It’s the age-old question – does pineapple belong on pizza? It’s a massive yes from us, and after trying this recipe any pineapple pizza haters will be converted.

This easy homemade flatbread base skips all the faff of resting and kneading pizza dough with a simple flour and yoghurt combo instead.

It’s then topped with a layer of BBQ sauce, fresh veggies and finally drizzled with a homemade cashew cheese sauce. What else could you need for vegan pizza night?

 BBQ Hawaiian Pizza

9. Avocado Pasta with Smoky Pecans

This 20-minute creamy avocado basil sauce is delicious tossed through spaghetti or your favourite pasta shape. The smoky pecans add a contrasting flavour and crunchy texture for a different yet comforting easy meal.

Why not go green for dinner tonight?

 Avocado Pasta with Smoky Pecans

10. Tempeh Fried Rice

This sweet and savoury tempeh fried rice is the perfect recipe for using up leftover rice and any veggies lurking in the back of the fridge such as broccoli, peppers, mangetout, and Pak Choy.

Ready in just 20 minutes, it’ll become your new weeknight staple.

Tempeh Fried Rice

11. Spicy BBQ Lentil Quinoa Burgers

With so many mock meats on the market now, it’s hard to resist a pre-made burger patty. But these lentil and quinoa burgers are something else.

The combination of hearty lentils and firm quinoa creates a meaty patty that works perfectly with a slice of vegan cheese, creamy vegan mayo and fresh salad.

Spicy BBQ Lentil Quinoa Burgers

12. Smoky BBQ Bean Tacos

These sweet and smoky barbeque bean tacos are the perfect easy dinner, whether it’s just you and your partner or you’re hosting friends and family.

The mini tortillas are packed with smoky beans, guacamole and homemade slaw, but you could put your spin on it with any fillings you like!

Smoky BBQ Bean Tacos

13. Butternut Squash Miso Brussel Sprout Nourish Bowl

Thought nourish bowls were just for summer? Think again! This wintery bowl uses seasonal ingredients to create a hearty and satisfying meal even in the colder months.

And if you are a brussel sprout hater, give this recipe a go. It might just change your mind!

Butternut Squash Miso Brussel Sprout Nourish Bowl - 30-minute vegan meals

14. Spicy Peanut Noodles with Crispy Tofu

This incredibly tasty tofu recipe has been our go-to vegan meal in recent months.

The combination of the crispy tofu marinated in the most delicious sauce served with salty peanut butter noodles and fresh cucumber keeps us coming back for more!

Ready in just 20 minutes, this tasty vegan meal couldn’t be easier to make and is a hit with the whole family.

Spicy Peanut Noodles with Crispy Tofu - 30-minute vegan meals


15. Potato, Cauliflower and Red Lentil Curry

This hearty lentil curry is packed with a range of powerful spices and flavours, making it the ideal dinner for a cold, wintery night.

You could easily change the vegetables or add in some greens such as spinach or kale for added vitamins and goodness! Top with fresh coriander and serve with rice or warm flatbreads.

 Potato, Cauliflower and Red Lentil Curry - 30-minute vegan meals

Did you enjoy our round-up of 15 vegan meals that are ready in 30 minutes or less?

If so, check out these 30 easy vegan recipes anyone can make!

Written by

Victoria Smith

Vic is a freelance writer and content creator, passionate about ethical and environmental issues. When she’s not busy scribbling away she can be found visiting the best vegan restaurants in the UK and making delicious dairy-free coffees at a café in Essex. Her favourite animals are dogs, cows and pigs and her lifelong dream is to open an animal sanctuary with an onsite vegan café. You can find Vic on Instagram @vicsveganeats

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