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12 Delicious, Easy Vegan Recipes That’ll Be Your New Week Night Faves

They're healthy and quick — what more can you ask for?

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While ordering delivery often sounds a lot more appealing after a long day of work, meetings, workouts, coffee dates — and the list goes on — it’s a whole lot easier on your bank account when you make dinner for yourself. But let’s be honest, the recipes you see on Pinterest, beautiful as they may be, aren’t always the quick and easy recipes that you want (okay, need) after a long workday.

Enter these 12 recipes that are supremely quick and easy to make, plus they’re all 100-percent vegan. So, whether you’re vegan yourself or trying to lighten your meat and dairy intake, this collection of recipes will do right by you in terms of time efficiency and nutrient density. Bookmark this page for a collection of over two weeks of quick and easy vegan weeknight dinners.

Ten-Minute Pasta

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Total time: 10 minutes
Main ingredients: Rotini (or fusili) pasta, hummus, marinara sauce, hemp hearts

Hummus kicks the creaminess of this quick and easy pasta dish up a notch, without adding the fat and calories of dairy. All you have to do is boil the pasta and mix together the marina sauce and hummus and — voila — dinner is ready. Recipe via Oh She Glows. 

Vibrant Coconut Green Curry

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Total time: 30 minutes
Main ingredients: Garlic, shallots, ginger, curry powder, coconut milk, frozen spinach

Queen of the quick and easy vegan dinner, Minimalist Baker is known for her sub 30-minute and ten-ingredient delights. This bright and easy-to-make curry sauce is perfect over just about anything, but tofu, rice and veggies will do. Recipe via Minimalist Baker.

15-Minute Mongolian Noodle Stir Fry

Total time: 15 minutes
Main ingredients: Noodles, corn, carrots, bell pepper, cabbage, ginger, soy sauce, chili sauce

Stir-fry is basically code for a quick and easy dinner, as you just throw everything into a pan together with some sauce and — voila — you have a meal. The vibrant colors of this dish, paired with its noodle-y goodness and quick timeframe, results in an awesome vegan dinner. Recipe via Carve Your Craving.

Better-Than-Restaurant Falafel

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Total time: 20 minutes
Main Ingredients: Collard greens (or swiss chard), chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, flour, cumin

I can attest that these falafels truly are better than restaurants — mostly because, in my humble opinion, most restaurant falafel is too crispy and fried. But not these fluffy falafel bites, they are yum, yum, yum! You basically just throw all the ingredients in your food processor (or blender) and plop them in a pan and they’re ready to go in minutes — how easy is that? Plus, the creamy tahini sauce drizzled over top gives them a restaurant-quality taste and composition, without the price tag. Recipe via Minimalist Baker.

Four-Ingredient Veggie Burgers

Total time: 10 minutes
Main ingredients: Zucchini, flax seeds, black beans

In ten minutes, all you have to do is shred some zucchini, smash some black beans, fold in some flax seeds and seasonings and throw a burger-shaped patty on a pan and you’ll be ready to eat in a no time. These are perfect toppings for a salad, a great addition to a wrap or eaten more burger-style on a slice or two of sprouted grain bread. Recipe via Girl Makes Food. 

Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

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Total time: 20 minutes
Main ingredients: Rice, carrots, cucumber, avocado, edamame

You might recognize this beauty from the cover of this summer’s Be Well Philly print issue and, trust us, you weren’t the only one that drooled all over the cover. The sushi bowl is a perfect everything-under-the-kitchen-sink kind of meal, just top some rice with veggies and avocado and badda-bing, you have yourself a delicious and nutritious vegan meal. Recipe via plantbasedblonde. 

Super-Green Flatbread with Kale and Pistachio Pesto

Total time: 20 minutes
Main ingredients: flatbread, kale, pistachios, lemon, onion, broccoli, chickpeas

This recipe is perfect for when you’re craving pizza, but you want to treat your body better than that. Smother a store-bought flatbread with a kale and pistachio pesto, layer on the veggies, top it off with some olive oil and pop that bad guy in the oven. After about ten minutes, this protein-packed flatbread will be ready to grace your plate. Recipe via Kale Me Maybe. 

Spicy Chipotle Tacos

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Total time: 10 minutes
Main ingredients: Tofu (firm AND silken), lime juice, mango, cilantro, tortillas

Where I sit, anything can be thrown into a tortilla and make a delicious taco. But this recipe is definitely a superior taco option — it’s filled with protein from the tofu “meat” as well as in the chipotle crema, which uses silken tofu to create the creaminess that we all desire on a taco. Make this vegan recipe for yourself on a weeknight or whip it up for your friends on a weekend, either way, it’s one to impress. Recipe via Chef Chloe Coscarelli.

Sweet Potato Pad Thai

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Total time: 40 minutes
Main ingredients: Peanut butter, tamari, ginger, garlic, lime, veggie stock, onion, bell pepper, sweet potato noodles

Okay, who doesn’t love pad Thai? It’s a veggie-packed noodle dish with an awesome sauce, but it can be hefty in calories and not to mention the cost of delivery to fulfill your cravings. But this version, featuring sweet potato noodles, instead of the traditional rice noodle, gives you an extra serving of veggies that will go almost completely unnoticed, and that’s what it’s all about. Recipe via Foolproof Living.

Veggie Dumpling Soup

Total time: 50 minutes
Main ingredients: Flour, onions, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves, dill, garlic

This soup is a staple in my repertoire. It’s hearty, healthy and I never knew that dumplings were so easy to make! For a little extra protein boost, I’ll often add some tempeh or chickpeas and, of course, a dash of hot sauce for a little extra kick. Plus, you can throw this delicious soup together in one pot (and a small bowl for the dumpling batter) so in addition to the recipe being quick and easy, post-dinner dishes will be too! Recipe via Vegan Sandra. 

Healthy Butter Chickpeas

Total time: 35 minutes
Main ingredients: Onion, garlic, tomato sauce, veggie stock, curry powder, chickpeas, almond butter, coconut milk

This recipe may sound a little crazy if you’re used to the traditional Indian Butter Chicken — but stay with us here. This lightened up version is just as creamy and hearty as it’s poultry-filled counter part, and it comes together quickly and easily to boot! Recipe via Nourished.

Burrito Bowl Stuffed Peppers

Total time: 25 minutes
Main ingredients: Bell peppers, vegan cheese, black beans, corn, rice

Because the burrito bowl is the epitome of a quick and easy vegan dinner, this version combining the classic with the similarly classic stuffed pepper is about to become one of your weeknight staples. Finish these colorful and nutritious bowls off with some avocado and all that’s left to do is devour. Recipe via B.Britnell.

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