Plant-based cooking doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You can whip up these vegetarian dinner recipes in 30 minutes or less (prep and cook time included!).
I love cooking, but sometimes even I need to get in and out of the kitchen fast.
In order to stay sane through the weekday madness, I started keeping a running list of healthy 30-minute meals I can turn to whenever I'm short on time.
As a result, tacos, bowls, pasta, and salads have become my go-to's.
It's easy to understand why. These vegetarian dinner recipes don't require a lot of cooking, but they're still ultra flavorful and nutritious.
Plus, they're made with a mix of pantry staples and fresh vegetables. This means you can always find something good to eat without making another trip to the store.
Do you need more quick and healthy meal ideas in your arsenal? Let's get to it.
Vegetarian Dinner Recipes You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less
15-minute Easy Peanut Noodles by Grateful Grazer
Asian-inspired noodles are tossed with edamame, greens, and a simple, homemade peanut sauce in this quick and easy dinner recipe. This is my go-to meal when I'm short on time and ingredients.
Cannellini Bean Salad With Basil And Sun-dried Tomatoes by Food, Pleasure, and Health
With only 7 ingredients and no cooking required, this protein-packed bean salad comes together in a few minutes flat. Enjoy it on its own, over lettuce cups, or smash it together in a sandwich.
Vegan Peanut Curry With Chickpeas And Sweet Potato by Dietitian Debbie
This recipe uses healthy pantry staples like chickpeas, coconut milk, canned tomatoes, and peanut butter. Simmer with fresh kale and sweet potatoes for a fast and flavorful curry dish that's equal parts convenient and nourishing.
Black Lentil Collard Wraps with Almond Sauce by Grateful Grazer
These collard green wraps are packed with a colorful mix of sauteed vegetables and black lentils. I like to drizzle a creamy, plant-based almond sauce on top! Leave your vegetable peeler in the drawer to make this hassle-free, low-waste meal.
Vegan Mediterranean Prune Salad with Beets, Almonds, and Edamame by Amy Gorin Nutrition
You’ll fall in love with the fruity and flavorful dressing on this vegan Mediterranean prune salad. The best part? You can serve up the veggie-packed dish in 10 minutes or less.
Creamy Spring Vegetable Pasta Primavera by Hummusapien
I love this easy pasta meal because it mixes whole grains, veggies, beans, and healthy fats all together in one pot. (Yay for easy cleanup!) Creamy pasta primavera with whole grain spaghetti, white bean dip, peas, tomatoes, and asparagus—a satisfying meal for any time-strapped cook!
Radish and Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Crema by It’s a Veg World After All
Having a go-to taco recipe is a must for weeknight cooking. These vegan tacos are loaded with crunchy radishes, protein-packed black beans, and homemade avocado crema. No need to wait until Tuesday!
Veggie Shakshuka by Triad to Wellness
This customizable Veggie Shakshuka is made with tomatoes, onions and Mediterranean-inspired spices. The jammy eggs on top are the best part! Serve with protein-packed skyr and crusty bread or pita for dipping.
30 Minute Black Pepper Tofu by Dishing Out Health
It’s no secret that tofu is one of my most loved plant-based ingredients. This quick black pepper tofu has the fiery, umami-qualities of classic takeout without all the extra time and cash. Serve over rice for a flavorful weeknight meal that satisfies on every level.
Penne With White Beans And Greens by Sharon Palmer
Pasta pairs perfectly with greens and white beans in this easy penne dish. It's a convenient way to try out any new-to-you dark leafy's you pick up at the farmers market!
Zucchini Pizza Boats by Champagne and Paper Planes
Looking for a supper that's quick, easy, and kid-friendly? Little ones will love helping you assemble these zucchini pizza boats. You’ll only need 4 ingredients and about 20 minutes to make them happen!
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili by Liz’s Healthy Table
Black Bean Chili is a hearty dish you can throw together in no time. This satisfying chili recipe combines a variety of nourishing vegetables and black beans with customizable toppings like greek yogurt, avocado, and cilantro.
Lemon Garlic Tahini Power Bowl by Eat Real Live Well
Meal prepping doesn’t have to be a mind-boggling task. You can mix salad greens, quinoa, chickpeas, and a creamy tahini dressing to put this make-ahead power bowl together in no time.
Vegan Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers by How To Eat
Make these plant-based burgers with a mix of black beans, sweet potatoes, and almond butter for ultra-satisfying texture and flavor. What's not to love about a veggie burger that has the power to make even the biggest meat-eater swoon?