Keep It Simple: 20 Delicious Vegan Meals that Use 7 Ingredients or Less

By Lisa Esile, MS,

Not in the mood for a long list of ingredients? Need a nosh that satisfies your taste buds and is simple to prepare? We’ve got you covered with this collection of vegan recipes that call for seven ingredients or less (not counting salt and pepper). From pasta to salad, soup, wraps, elevated toasts, and even a savory tart, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for straightforward and affordable plant-based meals the whole family will want to devour. As a bonus, all recipes are extra healthy and free of added oil.

Vegan White Bean Fettuccine Alfredo with Peas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

White Bean Fettuccine Alfredo with Peas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This delicious vegan fettuccine Alredo has the creamy flavor of traditional versions but a lot less fat. A cheesy blended white bean sauce featuring almond butter, garlic, and nutritional yeast coats every inch of the earthy fettuccine noodles, while sun-dried tomatoes add tang and sugar snap peas lend a fresh crunch. Writes a fan, “This is one of those FOK recipes I make over and over again, because it’s so simple and yummy.”
20-Minute Black Bean Tacos in a white bowl

20-Minute Black Bean Tacos

These tasty vegan tacos can be made using a microwave or a hot plate and are perfect for whipping up in a hotel room, office kitchen, or college dorm. The filling is just black beans and sweet corn seasoned with taco seasoning. Serve in warmed corn tortillas with crunchy lettuce and tangy pico de gallo salsa. Note: The recipe calls for fresh or frozen corn, but you could also use canned corn if that’s more convenient.
Zucchini Fritters with a dollop of vegan sour cream and chives on a white plate

Zucchini Fritters

Light, tasty, and free of oil and egg, these convenient vegan zucchini fritters by Dreena Burton are great when you want a quick, family-friendly meal. The subtle nutty flavor of chickpea flour pairs well with the mild taste of zucchini, and a spoonful of tahini provides rich undertones. Note: While the recipe suggests cooking in a nonstick skillet, readers note in the comments that they also cooked them in an air fryer or oven with good results. "These were a hit with the whole family," raves one commenter.
Soba Noodle Salad in a light blue bowl being tossed by a wooden fork and spoon

Vegan Soba Noodle Salad

This tasty Japanese-inspired dish uses a bright dressing made with yuzu ponzu, rice vinegar, and grated fresh ginger to achieve full flavor with minimal effort. Veggies cut into matchsticks add color and crunch, and the earthy buckwheat noodles drink up the tangy sauce. Note: If you don’t have yuzu ponzu sauce, you can substitute a mix of tamari, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Shares one commenter, “I really liked this recipe. I used spring onions instead of the chives and ginger powder instead of fresh because it was all I had, but it was great!”

Easy Vegan Pasta Salad

This deliciously simple kid-friendly pasta salad from Chef Del Sroufe combines tender frozen mixed veggies with whole grain fusilli pasta. Finely chopped red onion adds a pleasing sharpness to every bite, and fresh basil ties it all together, adding a peppery, herbaceous lift. Enjoy for dinner, or as a packed lunch.
Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque for Two in black ceramic bowls on black ceramic plates

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Bisque for Two

Jarred roasted red peppers and fire-roasted diced tomatoes form the base of this smooth, tangy soup. Onion and garlic round out the flavors, and a teaspoon of Spanish or Hungarian paprika adds a warm depth of flavor. Crisp up some whole-grain bread to serve on the side and enjoy. This serves-two recipe takes just 15 minutes of prep time and is easily doubled or tripled for a family meal or to serve to guests.

Sweet White Beans on Toast with Berries

Spread whole grain toast with our maple syrup-sweetened, vanilla- and cinnamon-infused white bean spread for a quick and tasty meal. It’s a cinch to prepare and tastes fantastic topped with juicy fruits such as kiwi and fresh berries. For other yummy toast recipes that use few ingredients, check out Potato-Edamame Hash on Toast and the tried-and-true favorite, Avocado Toast.

Egyptian Breakfast Beans (Ful Medames)

You’ll be amazed at the flavor and satiety of this simple, low-cost Egyptian classic. Just remember to soak the fava beans overnight; then, in the morning, while the fava beans are cooking, sauté onion and garlic with cumin and add to the beans with a little lemon zest and juice. “This is our favorite breakfast bean recipe,” writes one fan. “We like to put all of the ingredients into the Instant Pot, and we cook the beans between 35 to 40 minutes on high pressure.”
Israeli Breakfast Salad Wrap

Israeli Breakfast Salad Wrap

In these delectable wraps, the classic flavor combination of tangy tomato, fresh cucumber, and creamy hummus shines through, with chopped scallions lending a balancing sharpness and lemon juice adding a citrusy pep to every bite. These can be made the night before and stored in an airtight container or plastic wrap until you’re ready to enjoy. One reviewer writes, “Very nice, fresh and bright.”
Blueberry and Banana Wraps

Blueberry-Banana Wraps

These sweet-and-savory wraps balance the fruitiness of ripe bananas and fresh blueberries with crunchy celery, earthy walnuts, and fresh spinach. Serve these palate-pleasing beauties chilled, at room temperature, or lightly warmed in a skillet. Notes a fan, “Very good and easy to make. I’ve also made it using ripe avocado in place of the banana.”
rice and beans

Costa Rican Rice and Beans (Gallo Pinto)

Gallo Pinto, which translates to “painted rooster,” is a popular breakfast dish in Costa Rica. Still, you can enjoy it whenever you want a comforting and tasty meal. Plenty of red bell peppers add sweetness and color, sautéed onion and garlic add even more sweetness, and black beans add oomph and earthy flavor. Shares a reviewer, “This was delicious!”
This brown rice salad recipe has been my favorite for a long time. It is filling yet refreshing, especially in the summer, and doesn't even need a dressing!

Hollywood Bowl Brown Rice Salad

Keep a stash of brown rice in the fridge, and you’re minutes away from this hearty, healthy salad. The subtle nuttiness of brown rice pairs beautifully with the light, fresh flavors of tangy tomato, juicy cucumber, and earthy zucchini, while lemon juice and cilantro tie it all together. Prepare a large batch at the beginning of the week and scoop out as needed for grab-and-go weekday meals. Shares a reviewer, “Very easy and quick. Super yummy. I used parsley instead of cilantro (just my personal taste), and it was delicious!”
Chickpea Avocado Salad

Chickpea Avocado Salad

This fan-favorite salad perfectly balances the nutty flavor of chickpeas with creamy avocado, sharp red onion, and citrusy lime juice. For a bit of heat, add jalapeño pepper or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Serve over a bed of greens such as lettuce, arugula, spinach, or finely sliced cabbage. Notes a commenter, “Absolutely delicious! I have made this many times and we love it! I wouldn’t change a thing!”

Ponzu Noodle Salad

This perky veggie-forward pasta is ready in as much time as it takes to cook the noodles. Thinly sliced snow peas and carrots add color and crunch, green onions give every mouthful a welcome touch of sharpness, and the citrus flavor of ponzu sauce delivers sophisticated restaurant-quality flavor. Note: You can make Ponzu Sauce or buy it at many grocery stores. One gleeful fan writes, “Love, love, love this dish. So light and flavorful. I use Maifun brown rice noodles. They are thinner but make the dish so light.”
Tamale Bowls

Savory Tamale Breakfast Bowls

Ready in 15 minutes, instant polenta stands in for masa harina in these stick-to-your-ribs breakfast bowls. Top with chili-infused kidney beans, salsa, and avocado for a delicious Southwest flavor. Feel free to add any extra veggies that might be lurking in the back of your fridge. A fan writes, “Great for making multiple meals—I make a new packet of grits each day and warm up the kidney beans and add fresh avocado.”
Roasting vegetables is an easy way to add flavor to a dish, and, yes, you can absolutely make them for this roasted tomatoes pasta without oil!

Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes, Chickpeas, and Basil

In this simple five-ingredient pasta from Chef Del Sroufe, oven-roasted, garlic-infused cherry tomatoes are the secret to getting such rich flavor from so few ingredients. Chickpeas add heft and textural contrast, and fresh basil adds sweet, slightly spicy notes. Shares one commenter, “I give it 5 stars for simplicity. The roasted tomatoes are by far the highlight. Make sure you roast enough so that you get tomato in every bite, and you’ll be happy. I never thought about having chickpeas in pasta, but this was a welcome addition.”
Vegan Galette with Caramelized Onion and Vegetables on parchment paper

Vegan Galette with Caramelized Onion and Vegetables

This comforting savory tart looks finicky but is quite simple to make. Making the whole wheat crust is as easy as mixing whole wheat flour with tahini and water and rolling it out into a 10-inch square. Then it's just a matter of filling with thyme-scented mushrooms, butternut squash, cauliflower, and oven-roasted caramelized onions for a memorable dinner for one or two. They're meant to look rustic.
Summer Squash Soup with White Beans and Kale in a white bowl

Summer Squash Soup with White Beans and Kale

This light and satisfying soup calls for six summer squash and is a great way to use up all those zucchini from the garden. Leeks and garlic offer a sweet, oniony base, cannellini beans lend oomph, and kale adds earthiness. (Feel free to substitute spinach, Swiss chard, or collard greens for the kale.) Season with lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and enjoy the delicious simplicity of fresh summer produce. As one happy fan puts it, this is “Easy, quick and full of flavor.”
Vegan pasta dish with radish shown on a black plate on a wooden table

Root-to-Leaf Radish Pasta

Radishes are easy to grow and have a sharp flavor when raw. In this one-pot Italian-inspired pasta dish, cooked radishes become tender and mild and pair well with earthy whole wheat orecchiette pasta. In the spirit of not wasting good ingredients, the radish greens get thrown in for a lush infusion of color and flavor. A silky, no-fuss sauce made from the reserved pasta cooking water seasoned with nutritional yeast and garlic makes every bite a creamy one. Shares a reviewer, “Just love how the radishes lose their bite when cooked but retain all the flavor!”
Red lentil rotini pasta with silken leeks and cooked dried shiitake mushrooms

Red Lentil Rotini with Silken Leeks and Shiitakes

In this hearty one-pot meal, buttery leeks, umami-rich dried mushrooms, lemon zest, and dried rosemary create a flavorful broth for hearty red lentil pasta. Serve with lemon wedges and season with salt and pepper. Notes a reviewer, “I thought this dish was really delicious and a good light lunch option. It was flavorful from the lemon zest and rosemary, and filling from the pasta.”

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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. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.
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