People think being vegan is hard, but here are some quick easy vegan meals – that are really tasty! The key is to find your go-to meals so that making dinner on a weeknight is a breeze.
I mentioned in another video talking about how to maintain healthy habits when you’re so busy you feel like you’re just surviving, not able to plan ahead, that I have 5 or so go-to meals. Ones that I can make without thinking, and pull together really quickly, with whatever I have on hand in my fridge. Someone left a comment on that video that they’d love to know what those meals are – so here we go!Watch the video
1: Quinoa Stir Fry
- start quinoa cooking (or brown rice if you have a pressure cooker)
- cut and stir fry (or water saute) vegetables (my fave is mushrooms, broccoli, and carrots)
- drizzle with tamari + toasted sesame oil (or peanut sauce or miso dressing)
2. Hummus Pita Pizza
- take a whole wheat pita or whole grain tortilla, and spread with hummus (or tomato sauce or pesto or whatever you like)
- thinly slice whatever vegetables you like, and lay on top (my fave is zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and olives)
- bake for 5-10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened a bit
3. Noodle Bowl
- cook some soba or brown rice noodles
- cut and saute some vegetables (I like to julienne cut them for this)
- stir some coconut milk and curry paste (or miso paste) together and stir in with the vegetables
- saute some onions, garlic and whatever other vegetables you want (carrots are nice) in a large soup pot
- once cooked, add some canned diced tomatoes and rinsed chickpeas
- chop some kale/chard/spinach and stir into the soup to wilt, then serve
5. Big Salad
- tear up some lettuce, or steam/saute/massage some chopped kale/chard/spinach if you want a warm salad
- top with chopped vegetables (raw or lightly steamed/sauteed), chickpeas or white beans or barley or quinoa
- drizzle with dressing of choice (tahini is my fave)
The key to sticking with healthy eating is building habits – and making it so easy and delicious that you WANT to keep eating this stuff.
Start with just one meal that you really enjoy, figure out how to make it, and then make it so often that you can do it without a recipe. Then it becomes your new go-to, maybe even easier than ordering take out? Yours might be one of the ones I listed here, or it might be something else you enjoy. Start with one, and you can expand your repertoire from there.
There are more ideas for go-tos if you want to make quick & easy vegan breakfasts, lunches, dinners and even a healthy dessert in the veganook quick-start guide, which you can download for free right here: veganook quick-start guide