On busy weeknights, 30-minute meals are all that many of us have time to make. But it can be a challenge to come up with enough quick and tasty dishes to keep from getting bored. To expand your repertoire of speedy, satisfying recipes, here are some of our most popular 30-minute meals. An added bonus: All these lunch and dinner recipes are totally free of cholesterol and oil, meaning they’re as health-boosting as they are time-saving. Whip one up today!
Even more pressed for time? Check out our roundup of 20-Minute Vegan Recipes!
This luscious curry has a robust flavor profile; it’s hard to believe that curry powder, garlic powder, and a dash of cayenne are the only spices you need.View Recipe
One pot, many noodles, and basic veggies such as carrot and celery create a comforting and super-quick noodle soup. Expect to make this again and again.View Recipe
This five-ingredient pasta dish calls for two large bunches of radishes and uses both the leaves and roots. Not only does it taste amazing but using the whole plant is wonderfully satisfying. As one reviewer says, “Doesn’t get easier than this when it comes to healthy cooking.”View Recipe
Grilled portobello mushrooms are a great, quick option for a veggie burger as there’s no need to muck about making patties. Add a creamy cashew-tarragon sauce, spinach, and tomatoes, and your diners won’t know what hit them.View Recipe
This hearty soup, featuring pantry stapes such as white beans, veggies, canned tomatoes, and dried herbs, is deliciously convenient.View Recipe
In this Filipino-style dish, rice noodles are combined with veggies such as mushrooms, cabbage, and carrot (or whatever you have on hand) and topped with a savory broth-based sauce.View Recipe
Pureed potato with kale and red beans form the heart of this popular Portuguese soup. Pro tip: Cube the potato before cooking for even speedier results.View Recipe
There are loads of great-tasting plant-based chili recipes, but most rely on long simmering times. Not this one. Using tomatoes and beans from a can makes for a quick and hearty chili à la busy weeknights.View Recipe
This sweet, fragrantly spiced butternut squash stew is ready in 30 minutes, but it really only takes a few minutes of active prep time. Chop and simmer away!View Recipe
This butternut squash mac and cheese is wonderfully quick to make and uses plant milk, nutritional yeast, and fresh thyme to get cheesy pasta flavors. Make plenty!View Recipe
Cooked in plant milk and vegetable broth with mushrooms, garlic, and onion, this one-pot pasta dish has extra hearty flavors, while tarragon, lemon zest, and juice take it to the next level.View Recipe
An Instant Pot (or other pressure cooker) is a great time-saver in the kitchen, allowing you to cook most beans and legumes from dried in record time. (This is also helpful for saving money, as dried beans are cheaper than canned).View Recipe
Lentils give delectable heft to this simple tomato sauce. Serve with a generous helping of fresh greens and finish with avocado, nutritional yeast, and paprika.View Recipe
Comforting and fun to eat, these mouthwatering Mediterranean-inspired pita pizzas are a great option for busy weeknights. See also: Tex-Mex Pita Pizzas.View Recipe
Our Oil-Free Homemade Pizza Dough and a smear of mashed sweet potato form the fluffy, luscious base for these fruity flatbreads.View Recipe
Sick of the same old dinnertime entrees? Change things up by enjoying these crispy, oil-free, garlicky hash browns for dinner. Serve with steamed kale or a green salad and salsa.View Recipe
Sautéed frozen cauliflower, carrot, and chickpeas get a spicy makeover in these loaded pita pockets. Use the liquid from the can of chickpeas (aquafaba) for extra-silky texture. For a gluten-free option, serve in lettuce wraps.View Recipe
A homemade barbecue sauce packed with jackfruit chunks and tender cooked farro pairs perfectly with a broccoli-avocado slaw. Serve in a whole grain bun for a finger-licking good meal.View Recipe
Fill rice paper rolls with fresh crunchy veggies and vermicelli noodles for a light and satisfying supper. Don’t hold back; get creative! Leftover salads can make a good filling, too.View Recipe
Ready in just 20 minutes, these nutritious California-style burritos are a smorgasbord of texture and flavor with crunchy lettuce, soft avocado, salsa, and a well-seasoned corn and pinto bean mix.View Recipe
These zesty orange and black bean taquitos are a family favorite. Serve with cooked brown rice or quinoa and a green salad.View Recipe
With a texture similar to that of ground meat, lentils work perfectly in vegan tacos. Serve with shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, and salsa, and you’ve got your own taco bar.View Recipe
Whether you’re new to grits or you’re a longtime fan, this simple tomato, kale, and pinto bean topping served over creamy grits has everything you need for a superb family meal.View Recipe
This dish comes together quickly when you use leftover grains and whatever beans you have on hand. Top with avocado, tomato, fresh herbs, and serve.View Recipe
Garlic, lime, avocado, and cilantro combine beautifully with the nutty flavor of chickpeas. Serve over salad greens such as spinach, arugula, or mixed baby lettuce leaves.View Recipe
A mix of mushrooms, green onions, and ginger have just the right amount of spice in this melt-in-your-mouth hot rice and tofu dish.View Recipe
The quick-cooking nature of couscous makes it ideal for an evening meal or a hearty lunch. Just add salad vegetables, chickpeas, and a drizzle of tahini sauce!View Recipe
The mild flavor of leeks sits comfortably with asparagus and millet in this luscious plant-based coconut curry, while lime juice and fresh ginger add a pleasant tang.View Recipe
The magic of this stunning salad is the zesty orange vinaigrette that ties together a medley of tasty ingredients: sweet potatoes roasted with orange juice and spices, juicy fresh blueberries, baby spinach, cooked wheat berries, and avocado.View Recipe
This nourishing, comforting bowl features warming spices, creamy polenta, and black beans for extra heartiness.View Recipe
Citrus-pickled shallots provide a tasty pop of flavor to complement this simple quinoa dish loaded with practical ingredients.View Recipe
Never underestimate the power of potato salad to be a meal on its own! Add beans, veggies, and a drizzle of hot sauce for a robust salad packed with crunch and flavor.View Recipe
More Vegan Recipes
Looking for more convenient vegan recipes? Check out 29 Easy Plant-Based Recipes You’ll Make Again and Again, which features our favorite low-effort dishes.
And if it’s healthy breakfast inspiration that you’re after, look no further than our roundup of Boredom-Busting Breakfasts.
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