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Need a delicious meal in 20 minutes or less? From hearty salads to pastas, tacos, sandwiches, wraps, and more, these tasty vegan meals can be prepared faster than the speed of takeout and are perfect for busy weeknights—or any time you need a satisfying meal, pronto. They also happen to be extremely healthy! For more quick-fix lunch and dinner ideas, check out these 30-Minute Meals and 29 Easy Plant-Based Recipes You’ll Make Again and Again.

Dan Dan Mian Noodles

With pickled greens, green onions, toasted sesame seeds, and chili-vinegar soy sauce, this 15-minute noodle dish bursts with the intense flavors of Szechwan cooking.

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Mango and Black Bean Tacos

Ready in just 10 minutes, these colorful, hearty tacos—filled with a lime-infused mix of mango, avocado, and black beans— are as scrumptious as they are speedy. Note: The recipe calls for fresh mango, but frozen will also work.

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Quick Chickpea Bolognese

Using pantry staples such as canned chickpeas and tomatoes, this rustic plant-based bolognese is seriously satisfying, without leaving you feeling stuffed. Pro tip: Make sure to get the pasta cooking first; then prepare the sauce.

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Greens and Things Sandwiches

In this mouthwatering gourmet sandwich, creamy (and colorful!) carrot hummus perfectly complements crisp lettuce, crunchy cucumber slices, and the sweet-spicy bite of pickled pepperoncini peppers.

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PLT (Green Pea, Lettuce & Tomato) Sandwich

Looking for a tasty oil-free alternative to hummus? Try this vibrant green pea spread. Peas give it a bright green color, and sunflower butter adds a subtly sweet depth of flavor. As one reader writes, “This is a go-to quick and easy meal for me. I make it all the time!”

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Chickpea Avocado Salad

Transform a can of chickpeas into a delectable meal with a few prime ingredients such as lime juice, cilantro, avocado, jalapeño, and red onion.

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Vegan Penne with Artichokes, Leeks, and Lentils

The rich flavor of this scrumptious pasta comes from cooking the pasta with lemon rind, leek, green lentils, and artichoke hearts. Note: Canned brown lentils would work, too.

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Quick Hummus and Quinoa Wraps

Sink your teeth into these soft whole wheat tortillas stuffed with creamy hummus, tender quinoa, and crunchy salad ingredients. Note: This recipe calls for oil-free hummus and cooked quinoa, so make sure you’ve got those on hand.

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Black Bean, Corn, and Roasted Red Pepper Lettuce Cups

Lettuce cups are a fantastic vehicle for a satisfying, quick, and fun family meal. Their fresh crunch and mild flavor tastes great alongside a luscious filling of black beans, corn, jarred roasted red peppers, cherry tomatoes, and mango. 

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Kimchi Noodle Salad

Let your taste buds savor this cool noodle salad that pops with spicy kimchi flavor, crunchy mung bean sprouts, refreshing cucumber, and soft noodles. The recipe calls for cold noodles, but you don’t need to wait for them to cool; just rinse them in cold water once they’re cooked.

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15-Minute Watermelon Gazpacho

Beat the heat with a bowl of sweet-and-spicy watermelon gazpacho, loaded with cubed jicama and cucumber for extra crunch. Make plenty: It’ll last in the fridge for a few days and tastes even better the second day.

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White Bean Fettuccine Alfredo with Peas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This secret to this dairy-free fettuccine alfredo is the creamy sauce made from cannellini beans and almond butter, with sun-dried tomatoes and sugar snap peas lending tang and crunch. Note: If you don’t have fettuccine, any pasta shape will do.

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Mint Lemonade Chickpea Salad

The only salad dressing you need to turn this simple chickpea, cherry tomato, and spinach salad into a masterpiece is fresh mint, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

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Tartines with Wasabi-Ginger Beet and Avocado

Up your avocado toast game with a mix of grated beet, fresh ginger, and wasabi-infused avocado. Who needs butter when you’ve got toast toppers like this?

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"No-Tuna" Salad Sandwich

Ready in 10 minutes, this finger-licking good chickpea salad sandwich filling is loaded with palate-pleasers including capers, red onion, tahini, pickle, and mustard. It has consistently been one of our most well-loved recipes. As one fan writes, “This is unbelievably delicious.”

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Fresca Bean Salad

If you’ve got a can of beans, you’re halfway to whipping up a quick and wholesome meal, as this scrumptious bean salad proves!

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Easy Black Bean Salad

Dressed with cilantro, lime juice and zest, and balsamic vinegar, this easy black bean, tomato, and corn salad will keep you powered up for hours. As co-creators Ann and Jane Esselstyn write, “We could eat this black bean salad for every meal in summer, even breakfast.”

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Savory Tamale Breakfast Bowls

Southwest flavors work beautifully to transform instant grits into a comforting savory bowl the whole family will enjoy.

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Summer's Best Avocado Toast

The fresh flavors of tomato and cucumber perfectly marry with creamy avocado and the earthy goodness of whole grain toast. For more butter-free toast topping ideas, check out Beyond Butter: 8 Healthy Ways to Top Your Morning Toast.

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Quinoa Curry Bowl

Pre-cut frozen veggies are a life-saver when you’re in a hurry. Here, fresh ginger and garlic add sweet-tangy flavor while curry-infused quinoa adds heartiness. Note: Quinoa is gluten-free and cooks quickly, making it an ideal whole grain when time is short.

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Savory Oatmeal

This tasty oatmeal from Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine features carrot, marinara, kale, and pumpkin seeds and is ready in just 15 minutes. Once you get used to the idea of oatmeal being an anytime food, a world of easy meal options opens up!

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Red Lentil Rotini with Silken Leeks and Shiitakes

In this satisfying one-pot meal, red lentil pasta, mushrooms, fresh rosemary, and leek are the perfect companions—and it’s ready in 15 minutes.

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Karen3 days ago
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So excited to try these quick and easy recipes!! I’m inspired!

Alison5 days ago
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I should have learnt by now not to read recipes when I’m hungry
I want to make them all, right now as they ALL look absolutely delicious.
Thank you

Andi1 week ago
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Excited to try these recipes!

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. Lisa is the author of Reach your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?.

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