40 Lazy Vegan Recipes | Quick Meals

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A common misconception is that preparing healthy plant-based meals requires a lot of time and effort spent in the kitchen, but the following Lazy Vegan Recipes completely bust that myth!

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If you’re wondering what in the world to make when you get home from work that is both vegan and healthy, then take a look at the easy vegan recipes below that can be made in under 30 minutes. We have included everything from banana oat pancakes for breakfast to vegetable barley soup for dinner. Also, be sure to check out these 30-Minute or Less Easy Vegan Recipes.

With only about 15 minutes, you can even meal-prep these easy Asian Mason Jar Soups or Mexican Jar Soup to have on hand for grab-and-go meals where you only need to add water.

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These are not strange meals that no one will like. They are meals like veggie pizza that is dairy-free and gluten-free, vegan miso soup, salads, and even a few plant-based breakfast recipes that will delight your taste buds.

What to cook on a lazy day

There are two different scenarios for not wanting to spend time in the kitchen, and I think most of us find ourselves in one or both of them from time to time. I know I sure do!

Can’t you relate? You’ve had a crazy busy day at work or you’re still in your pajamas at 2 p.m. on a lazy Saturday or Sunday and just have no desire to be in the kitchen. The problem is that you still get hungry and need to eat.

#1 Too tired to cook

There is a surefire way to avoid getting trapped in the pitfall of running through a drive-through window because you think making a meal will take too long after an exhausting day at work.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s NOT too time-consuming or expensive to eat vegan/plant-based. The simple vegan recipes below don’t require any fancy ingredients and most–if not all–can be found in your average grocery store.

#2 Lazy vegan

I mean no disrespect here because goodness knows there are days that I too fall into this category of being a lazy vegan.

It’s not always about not having time, sometimes I’m just not in a cooking mood. Oftentimes, I would rather be outside taking a walk, reading a good book, or binge-watching a great show.

That’s completely okay, especially when there are healthy vegan meals I can pull together in only a few minutes to get me back to the things I’d rather be doing.

Keeping ingredients on hand

The key here is to try a few of these recipes to find the ones your family really likes, and then keep the ingredients on hand so that you can pull it all together quickly and be sitting with your family at the table enjoying dinner in minutes.

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I’m all about fast and convenient, and these recipes are a great example of how my family keeps it simple and quick. You will find a bunch of new recipes here for your family to fall in love with that will keep you all healthy and feeling great!

While you’re at it, be sure to take a peek at these Easy Vegan Sandwich Ideas that are great for lazy days and even picnics!

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For those of you new to the whole food plant-based lifestyle, we’ve created a FREE 7-Day Plant-Based Menu Planner to help you get started!

Lazy Vegan Recipes

No time to cook? No problem! With these lazy vegan recipes, there's no need to be in the kitchen for more than a few minutes. Click on each of the photos, recipe titles, or 'Get the Recipe' buttons to see full recipes with ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button.

About Terri Edwards

Hi guys! I am the content creator behind EatPlant-Based and a licensed Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. I am passionate about sharing healthy recipes and tips to empower others to get healthy.  I’m so glad you’re here! Read More…

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