Try these delicious vegan recipes that you can make in 30 minutes

Whether you’re a vegetarian or vegan wanting to try pure vegan recipes, we’ve got you covered.

People often think that vegetarians have limited options when it comes to cooking or eating, or that dishes can be made with only coconut milk or roasted vegetables, but this is not the case. Many interesting vegetarian recipes can be prepared quickly using other readily available ingredients and are delicious too.

And just because your vegan diet is meat-free doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with your cooking. Here are some easy vegan recipes that you can prepare within 30 minutes that are not only nutritious but delicious as well.

A look at some easy vegetarian recipes to add to your diet

Avocado toast

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Avocado toast is a classic breakfast ingredient. It’s easy, quick and delicious and can be eaten as a snack as well. There are many variations of this recipe.

Well-toasted slices of bread (whole wheat preferred), ripe avocado (crushed well), chili flakes, minced garlic, onion, lemon juice, fresh herbs, pepper, and salt are the only ingredients you need to make crunchy avocado toast.

Mix to make a spread. You can add some fresh cherry tomatoes, radishes or roasted chickpeas to your spread to up your cooking game and amaze your Instagram followers with colorful photos of your meal.

Spaghetti with red sauce

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Spaghetti is part of everyone’s favorite vegetarian dinner recipes list. Although spaghetti recipes can be extensive and challenging, these red sauce spaghetti takes less than 30 minutes and is truly surprising. Even beginners can do it and impress their friends and family.

All you need is extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, onions, oregano, fresh herbs, tomato puree, chili powder, chili flakes, salt and sugar to taste.

Take a frying pan and heat some oil. Then add the chopped onion and garlic and saute until golden brown, followed by the tomato and spice mixture. When the spaghetti sauce is ready, add the cooked spaghetti (you can choose whole wheat for a healthier option) and mix well.

Prepare it for dinner on a lazy weekend and savor this sweet and spicy meal.

Creamy vegan mushroom pasta

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What could be a better way to consume protein than a creamy pasta dish? You can also use gluten-free pasta to make a healthy version.

Start by putting some olive oil in the pan and add the chopped onions, garlic and mushrooms. Fry them well and add salt and pepper followed by some quinoa flour for a gluten-free option. After a while, add the vegetable broth and let it boil.

After that we put some nutritional yeast and coconut yogurt and add the boiled pasta to the sauce and mix well. The recipe works with any type of pasta and tastes amazing. Even kids love this delicious vegetarian meal.

Tofu fried rice

Tofu fried rice
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If you like Asian cuisine, you can definitely try this recipe. Although it is a one-pot meal, you can make some side dishes as well. This is also a delicious way to use up leftover rice and make it healthy and delicious. It’s an easy vegetarian dinner recipe, too.

You need some white rice (you can also choose brown rice as a healthier option), tofu, oil, green onions, garlic, carrots, peas, mushrooms, and other fresh vegetables of your choice, tamari sauce, and salt and pepper. First, slice the tofu, fry it and set it aside.

Fry all vegetables in oil with salt and pepper and add rice and tamari sauce. Mix everything well and add the fried tofu at the end. Serve it up for lunch and wow your family with an easy and delicious vegetarian meal.

vegetable pepper

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To spice things up a bit, make yourself a mouth-watering bowl of vegan peppers, which are rich in flavor and that you’ll absolutely love. It’s also an easy dish to try when you have guests coming in, because preparing a large batch doesn’t require a lot of time or effort. Moreover, it is one of the most healthy vegetarian meals that does not require any side dishes except for some toasted garlic bread.

Start by frying red onions and red peppers in olive oil. Add some minced garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and your favorite beans. Although beans are traditionally used in the recipe, you can use a combination of kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans to improve the flavor, followed by some ground beef and vegetable broth. For seasoning, you need chili powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, basil, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin powder, and some salt and pepper.

Let it cook on high heat for a while before serving. Many expert chefs prefer to make their own chili powder using different types of peppers and dried peppers. You can also add corn if you wish.

Garnish with vegan sour cream and jalapeno pickles to add even more zing.

Hummus sandwich

Hummus sandwich
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Hummus sandwiches are a healthy and delicious breakfast option. It is an easy and appetizing vegan recipe that is rich in protein and an oil-free dish that helps in weight loss as well. It’s a great addition to your vegan diet menu and a perfect post-workout meal as well.

To make the sandwich, chop some fresh veggies of your choice along with onions, coriander leaves, capsicum, fresh corn, tomatoes, and green peppers. Mash the boiled chickpeas in a bowl and add the vegetables, cumin powder, black pepper powder and dry mango powder. Sprinkle salt, squeeze lemon and mix well. Add some vegan mayonnaise or vegan yogurt to the mix and the filling is ready.

Toast a few slices of bread (whole wheat or multigrain can be picked) and top with fresh lettuce or spinach. Add the nutritious filling on top and your sandwiches are ready to be enjoyed.

guacamole

Gaucamole
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Guacamole is one of the most popular ways to eat avocados. It is easy to prepare and can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. You can eat guacamole with tortilla chips whenever you feel hungry or use it as a taco filling. It’s delicious and versatile, and you can prepare it within 20 minutes.

Add lemon juice, chopped onion, chopped tomato, jalapeno, fresh cilantro, green pepper, garlic, and salt to the mashed avocado and your guacamole is ready.

vegetable juice bowl

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Smoothie bowls are one of the most useful vegetarian recipes that you can make in minutes and eat at any time. This is a very popular and Instagram worthy recipe nowadays.

You can choose acai as your hero ingredient for this recipe. It is a type of berry that grows on the acai palm tree in the South American rainforests. The preparation is not only easy and healthy but also rich in fiber and antioxidants.

Usually, people prefer to use frozen acai for the recipe. You can make it with your choice of fruit, too. For this recipe, you need frozen bananas, strawberries, blueberries, nuts, vegan granola, coconut water, any non-dairy milk (cream coconut milk can also be used) and vegan yogurt.

Mix them all except the nuts to make a thick smoothie. Now pour it into a bowl and add the freshly cut fruit, nuts and seeds as a topping. The bowl of natural sweet juice with fresh fruits is ready in a matter of minutes.

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