This epic collection contains over seventy 30-minute vegan recipes from stews to burgers to bowls, noodles, pizzas and more! No matter what you’re craving, you’re sure to find it here!
We all know that veganism has a reputation for being complicated and expensive.
Sure, it absolutely can be expensive if you’re relying on packaged meat analogues and vegan cheeses.
It’s also true that a lot of recipes out there require a trip to a specialty grocer, long soaking or marinating times, or a fancy kitchen gadget that you don’t have.
But most of us don’t have time for that during the week and to avoid relying on pricy prepackaged vegan meals, we need a repertoire of satisfying 100% plant-based recipes that can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less.
Lucky for you I literally wrote the book on the subject! 30-Minute Frugal Vegan Recipes is a collection of 75 recipes all made with basic staple ingredients that you can find in any supermarket and are ready and on the table in no time.
I chose to write a book about 30-minute vegan recipes because those are the recipes that are the most popular on this blog! After years of blogging, I’ve learned that what vegans new and experienced are most looking for are quick and easy vegan meals that won’t break the bank.
The internet is also full of amazing quick and easy vegan recipes if you can get through all the cashew-soaking, tofu-marinating, start-the-night-before or use-your-Instant-Pot recipes to find those gems that can actually be made in 30 minutes or less from start to finish.
So I’ve scoured the Interwebs to bring you the best 30-minute vegan recipes that are perfect for a weeknight lunch or dinner and compiled them all in one place!
Because I love to organize, I’ve divided the recipes below into the following categories: Filling Mains; Pasta and Noodles; Bowls; Soups and Stews; Pizzas; Sandwiches, Wraps and Burgers; and Hearty Salads.
So scroll on down and pin your favourites for later, or bookmark this page and come back to it whenever you need a quick and easy vegan meal!
Vegan Enchiladas with Pumpkin and Black Beans
Enchiladas makes for a fun and easy weeknight meal. Just mix the pumpkin and black bean filling in one big bowl, roll the enchiladas and bake. You can even prep these ahead of time and pop them in the oven when you’re ready for dinner. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
This vegan jambalaya is quick and easy to make, full of spice and flavour and a great one-pot meal. Beans and mushrooms stand in for shrimp and sausage for a totally plant-based, gluten-free and oil-free version of Southern comfort food that’s just as good as the original!
This skillet is so warm and comforting, with just enough variation in flavor and texture to keep every bite interesting. My very favorite thing about this bean dish is that it is made from stuff I (almost always) have lying around the house.
This coconut butter cauliflower is the perfect healthy, but still delicious, alternative to the traditional heavier version. It has a quick 30 minute cooking time and uses pantry staple ingredients. Making this recipe perfect for any night of the week.
Soft fluffy pillows of gnocchi & tender, sautéed kale, tossed in a creamy, garlic infused sauce. This Creamy Vegan Gnocchi with Garlic & Kale is dinner party worthy but incredibly easy to make, taking less than 15 minutes from start to finish and that includes prep time too!
This vegan alfredo sauce is creamy and delicious, easy to make and much lighter and healthier than the original! You’ll only need six ingredients, no frying or added oils and less than 30 minutes to have this hearty and satisfying pasta dish on the table!
No, it isn’t cheese…even though it kind of looks like it. Instead, it’s a creamy, flavorful alternative to the dairy stuff that will leave you richly satisfied in your decision to leave the cows alone.
These almond butter noodles are deliciously creamy, quick and easy to make, and packed with a rainbow of veggies. I used soba noodles for this vegan recipe but it works equally well with udon, rice noodles, zoodles or even simple spaghetti.
This Chipotle inspired vegan Burrito Bowl features black beans, cilantro lime rice, and fajitas with fresh homemade salsa, romaine lettuce and avocado for a deliciously healthy lunch, dinner or meal prep idea!
This Thai Buddha bowl is quick and easy to put together with heaps of fresh vegetables and crispy fried tofu served over coconut rice and topped off with a simple Thai peanut sauce with spicy red curry. Great for a weeknight dinner, these bowls come together in just 15 minutes!
Nourishing Garden Veggie Vegan Buddha Bowl! This wholesome and healthy Buddha bowl recipe, (aka hippie bowls) is filled with superfood ingredients and a delicious way to get a variety of nutrients into your diet! Gluten free, easy, Buddha approved!
This vegan Mexican rice fajita bowl is full of flavour with a base of tomato rice, grilled vegetables and a dollop of guacamole. Easy to make and hearty, these bowls can be made ahead to pack for lunch and cost just $1.80 a serving!
Looking for a quick, healthy and flavorful dinner or meal prep recipe? Try these easy vegan Spring Roll Bowls with crispy tofu, avocado and sesame miso dressing! Dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free and on the table (or prepped for the next day’s lunch) in just 30 minutes.
This vegan ramen will be the most delicious bowl of ramen you’ve ever tasted. A vegan version of tantanmen ramen, this soup features a creamy and spicy sesame broth, fresh bok choy, crispy fried tofu and frizzled scallions. Not only that, it’s quick and easy to make!
This vegan mushroom barley soup is easy to make, deliciously simple and flavourful. All you’ll need is a couple of root vegetables, your choice of mushroom, barley and dill for this hearty and comforting vegetarian soup!
This easy vegan tomato soup recipe is the richest and creamiest tomato soup recipe out there. Made with three tomato products from your pantry for ultimate depth of flavour, this vegan soup is nut-free, soy-free and can be made oil-free!
This Tuscan White Bean Soup is an easy vegetable soup made with sautéed veggies, tomatoes, white beans, in a hearty tomato & vegetable broth! It has so much flavorful, is easy to throw together, and is a soup you will make on repeat once you try it.
This soup really is great for those cold winter days where you just want to curl up under a warm blanket and not leave the house the entire day. Another great thing about it is that it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.
This creamy vegan lasagna soup is flavorful, hearty, comforting, and tasty! The pasta soup recipe is easy to make and can be prepared in one pot! It’s a delicious weeknight dinner and perfect for the whole family.
West African Peanut Stew – Made in one pot this easy vegan soup recipe is a warm and comforting meal that’s quick and healthy. It’s well-balanced, full of vitamins and minerals and gluten-free with an option to be oil-free!
An easy, everyday recipe for lentil soup with potatoes, carrots, kale, and simple herbs and seasonings. The perfect plant-based main or side that requires just 10 ingredients, 1 pot, and about 30 minutes to make.
This vegan buffalo chickpea pizza is the definitive vegan pizza recipe for spice lovers. It starts by smothering chickpeas with a spicy buffalo tomato sauce and baking them on your favourite pizza crust. Cool it down by drizzling over a homemade vegan yogurt-based ranch dressing. For the buffalo chickpea pizza
This vegan pizza recipe is packed with flavour but without the grease and looks beautiful on the plate with fresh baby greens, steamed asparagus, creamy avocado all sitting atop a delicious cashew cheese flavoured with cilantro, mint and lime. Best of all it comes together in just 20 minutes!
This vegan pizza is the BEST I’ve ever had. It’s topped with simple ingredients like marinara, garlic and oregano, plus a little vegan mozzarella cheese which takes this pizza from good to amazing. It’s made with your favorite store-bought pizza dough, and it comes together in just 30 minutes!
These vegan Mediterranean wraps feature smashed chickpeas, colourful veggies and a tangy herby tzatziki sauce. These fast and easy vegan wraps can be made ahead for a packed lunch or quick snack when you’re on the go.
These Spicy BBQ Lentil Quinoa Vegan Burgers are certainly the new way to enjoy a nice hearty meal without the meat. They’re just as good as they look and the hint of spice adds a great balance to the sweetness of the BBQ sauce.
These veggie sandwiches are perfect for a Meatless Monday meal, and are quite light, with the peanut butter providing most of the protein and fat. But if you want to “beef” them up, add your favorite baked tofu or tempeh.
This vegan avocado pasta salad is a quick 15-minute recipe that can be prepped ahead and great to take along to a picnic, barbecue, potluck or as an easy weeknight dinner. This no-mayo pasta salad is deliciously creamy and packed full of fresh veggies.
This pesto quinoa salad is quick and easy to make, packed with flavour and a rainbow of Mediterranean veggies. The perfect weeknight dinner when you don’t feel like cooking or a great picnic, potluck or barbecue side dish!
The beauty of this salad is that it isn’t at all fussy. In fact, its ingredients vary enormously from place to place and season to season as the idea is to simply use what is available at any given time.
A healthy, protein packed, super tasty lunch doesn’t get any easier than this Peanut Crunch Salad in a Jar. Make up a bunch of them while meal prepping on Sunday and you will have grab-and-go lunches all ready in the fridge for your week ahead!