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12 Easy Vegetarian Meals – 30 Minute Magic!

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We present to you our top 12 quick and easy vegetarian meals that can be on your table in minutes, with few ingredients and minimal mess.

If you are new to being veggie, we get it, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. You’re used to focussing your meal around meat, so now the meat is gone, what do you do? You can’t live on potatoes!

These quick vegetarian dinners are chosen for their simplicity and healthiness – perfect for vegetarian newbies. You don’t need much time and you’ll probably already have most of the ingredients in the cupboard.

30 mins + 2 pots = easy vegetarian meals

So what is our criteria for easy vegetarian recipes (it’s similar to what we use for vegetarian recipes for beginners!)?

None of these recipes require any more than 2 pots, which means that washing up will be minimal.

We’ve tried to make sure that the main ingredients are simple staples. For example, the sauce for this peanut veggie stir fry is just peanut butter, soy sauce, sweet chili and maple syrup! Simple!

What’s more, these are all 30 minute vegetarian meals – they all take around 10 mins to prep and 20 mins to cook. Then you can put your feet up!

And finally, they’re as beginner friendly as it gets. You don’t need to be a culinary genius to whip up a healthy easy vegetarian dinner recipe like sweet potato and black bean tacos!

How to keep it simple AND healthy

Often we associate easy cooking with unhealthy cooking – processed veggie sausages and oven chips. But that’s not what we’re aiming for here.

Our super easy vegetarian meals never skimp on healthiness! They are all loaded with protein and use fresh, healthy ingredients.

For example, this lentil and potato salad: all you need are potatoes, lentils and a few spices for an easy vegetarian meal that is still high in protein, super filling and completely free of any processed food! You can save even more time and energy by cooking the potatoes in the microwave.

Now that it’s so easy and so quick to make healthy veggie dinners (and we’ve got cheap family veggie dinners this way), you’ve got plenty of time to get on with your other new year’s resolutions! So, get that book out, get your trainers on or even join a weight loss course!

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1. Easy Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

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4.59 from 120 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 258kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: filling and warming
258 calories per serving

Make the most out of your veg with this Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup – tasty, easy, healthy, full of vitamins and only five mins to prep!

2. Pizza Beans Skillet

Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: BucketListTummy
Bonus: protein packed, super speedy
250 calories per serving

This white bean skillet recipe boasts a combination of white beans, tomatoes, veggies and pizza spices giving it a true flavor like its name, Pizza Beans! It’s a delicious vegan cannellini bean recipe (which wouldn’t be out of place in our amazing vegan mediterranean recipes compilation!).

3. Scrambled Eggs with Cream Cheese

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5 from 6 votes
Protein: 23g
Calories: 361kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Abril Macías

Bonus: quick lunch, high protein
383 calories per serving

Level up your scrambled eggs with cream cheese, an easy way to pile on extra protein in a classic dish. A killer breakfast!

4. Vegan Couscous Tofu Salad

Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: TwoCityVegans
Bonus: simple, fresh veggies
295 calories per serving

This light and fluffy vegan couscous salad with tofu is loaded with fresh and flavorful salad ingredients and a simple lemon juice dressing – perfect as a refreshing side dish or light main meal.

5. Vegan Lentil and Potato Salad

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4.91 from 10 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 435kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: super speedy, super filling
420 calories per serving

This protein packed vegan lentil and potato salad is a perfect weight loss recipe. It’s filling, healthy and nutritious, while still tasting amazing!

6. Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: TwoCityVegans
Bonus: vegan, low fat
238 calories per serving

An easy vegan mushroom stroganoff recipe that’s creamy, delicious, and comforting! The perfect weeknight dinner, it takes less than 30 mins to throw together, and it’s guaranteed to please a crowd!

7. Heavenly Halloumi Salad

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4.75 from 27 votes
Protein: 26g
Calories: 504kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: fresh veggies, high protein
474 calories per serving

Full of protein, fiber and loads of other nutrients this halloumi salad will keep you feeling full for hours – and you’ll secretly be looking forward to more!

8. Red Pesto Pasta

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5 from 7 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 467kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: simple, filling
395 calories per serving

Red Pesto Pasta – The natural evolution of a classic dish. The pesto is all vegan and has received so much praise already you won’t believe it!

9. Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos

Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: SavvyHoney
Bonus: super simple, vegan
278 calories per serving

Loaded with tender sweet potatoes, tasty black beans, corn, fresh toppings, and garnished with lime, these tacos make a quick weeknight dinner.

10. Easy Vegetable Stir Fry with Creamy Peanut Sauce

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4.83 from 69 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 604kcal
Ready in:25 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: super simple, high protein
592 calories per serving

A delicious peanut sauce compliments this fantastic stir fry with simple to follow cooking tips. Beginner friendly and super quick to make!

11. Creamy Garlic Mushrooms

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4.80 from 59 votes
Protein: 7g
Calories: 326kcal
Ready in:20 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: vegan, versatile
326 calories per serving

There’s no better use for mushrooms than with garlic and cream – and if you want it, we know how to make it vegan without sacrificing taste. Your call.

12. Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

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4.64 from 109 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 327kcal
Ready in:5 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: high protein, super speedy
327 calories per serving

Make the best scrambled eggs you’ve ever had with our quick & easy but simple to follow recipe – so good you’ll never look elsewhere again! Try it now!

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Prep Time:2 minutes
Cook Time:3 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes
Servings:1 person



  • Put a frying pan onto a medium heat and put in the butter or oil.
  • Break the eggs into a bowl and beat quickly with a fork.
  • Grate the cheese and have it ready.
  • Tip the beaten eggs into the frying pan.
  • Layer the cheese on top.
  • The eggs will start to solidify almost straight away – as soon as they do use a spatula and ‘pull’ the eggs in from the side to the middle.
  • Repeat the pulling in several times.
  • It doesn’t take long, the idea behind this is you’ll have soft, lightly cooked fresh eggs. It’s hard to undercook an egg really, but very easy to overcook. 2 – 3 minutes cooking time is all you’ll need.
  • When the egg has no ‘watery’ bits left, you’re done! Quickly remove from heat and transfer to plate – preferably on top of some lovely, hot, unbuttered bread.
  • Add some salt and pepper to taste. Done!


Nutri info:
We’ve reduced the amount of cheese and butter for this recipe to stay a bit better within the recommended saturated fat ‘boundaries’. If this is not too important for you, by no means feel free to use 1 tbsp of butter and 1/2 cup of cheese for more indulgence.
If you enjoyed this recipe and want more eggy goodness, make sure you check out these delicious breakfast egg muffins. For a vegan breakfast, these authentic pancakes are the way to go 🙂


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And there you have it! Easy as pie (or pasta or quesadillas!) Let us know which easy vegetarian meal is your new weeknight favourite in the comments!


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