30 minute vegan meal ideas

18 Healthy 30 Minute Vegan Meal Ideas

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Whether you are eating plant based or not, sometimes dinner can become a messy affair when you are short on time! If running from activity to activity describes your life, then these healthy 30 minute vegan meal ideas will be your go to dinner time saver.

These dinner recipes are perfect for those that menu plan OR for those that grab groceries on the way home for dinner that night because they only take 30 minutes or less to prepare and get dinner on the table. Who else loves the sound of that? ME! Dinnertime can be a big hassle when you are hungry but still want to eat healthy. This plant based dinner recipe roundup takes care of both of those issues. All of these 30 minute meal ideas are healthy and plant based as well! Many of them can be meal prepped ahead of time as well, saving you even more time! I love to use reusable silicone bags to meal prep vegetables and then store them in my fridge until dinner ‘go’ time. Silicone bags are eco-friendly and can be washed in the dishwasher – saving you even more time.

We can’t wait to hear how these recipes save you time in the kitchen, tag @badtothebowl on social media if you make one!

Vegan Red Pepper Pesto Fettuccini from Glue and Glitter is ready in under 20 minutes! Make your pesto while your pasta boils and dinner will be ready and on the table in a flash.

Coconut Peanut Butter Chickpea and Broccoli Stir-Fry from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen is made with a spicy coconut milk peanut sauce and can be thrown together in 30 minutes or less.

One Pot Basil and Tomato Orzo from Vegan Huggs is quick and easy but doesn’t sacrifice taste! Using pantry spices and ingredients means dinner comes together fast and adding fresh basil makes this taste outstanding.

Easy Vegan Pad Thai from Strength and Sunshine is allergy friendly and contains no nuts or soy. It gets authentic taste from rice noodles, veggies, and a delicious Pad Thai sauce and can be on the dinner table pronto.

Vegan Jambalaya from The Stingy Vegan is not only budget friendly but full of spice and flavor that make it a great one-pot meal. Beans and mushrooms keep this dish 100% plant based.

Red Lentil Sloppy Joes use frozen meatless crumbles and red lentils which both cook quickly saving you time in the kitchen! These combined with tangy spices make them family friendly and freezer friendly.

One Pot Broccoli and Rice from My Plant Based Family is a family pleaser that uses rice, broccoli, plant based milk and spices and comes together quickly.

Chipotle Chickpea Tacos from Shane and Simple are ready in 15 minutes or less. Chickpeas cooked in chipotle chili powder, a little soy sauce, and pantry spices take Taco Tuesday to a new level.

Thai Peanut Chickpea Soup from This Healthy Kitchen is peanutty, savory and can be made on the stove or in the instant pot! Big bold flavor and on the table in 30 minutes or less!

Lazy Vegan Falafel from Rhian’s Recipes is ready in 30 minutes or less and requires no falafel patty shaping. Combine mash chickpeas, onion and spices in a pita and top with an easy tahini sauce!

Sloppy Pineapple Chickpea BBQ Sandwich from Veggie Inspired features an easy maple chipotle bbq sauce, quick and easy coleslaw and an easy pineapple chickpea mixture. Quick and easy and on the table in a hurry.

Sweet Potato Lentil Fritters come together quickly using leftover lentils and sweet potato! Shape into patties and cook on a griddle for a quick fritter that is kid friendly.

Chickpea Spinach Curry (Chana Palak Masala) from the Fiery Vegetarian features tender chickpeas in a tomato onion gravy with soft spinach and flavored with spices.

Hearty Bean Salad with Sun Dried Tomato Dressing from Very Vegan Val features 3 different bean varieties, corn and red pepper for both hearty protein, vegetables and color. Bonus, this recipe is budget friendly too.

Red Thai Curry with Vegetables from the Hidden Veggies is a one pot meal – saving you both time in prep work and clean up work! Vegetables, coconut milk and spices make this taste authentic.

Sesame Tofu with Broccoli from Veggie Society uses your air fryer or oven to obtain perfectly crispy tofu which is then tossed in a flavorful oil free sticky garlic ginger sesame sauce.

Veggie Loaded Black Beans and Rice from Veganosity makes a lot making this perfect for both dinner and leftover lunch! Brown rice, black beans, bell pepper, spinach, onion, and savory and spicy seasonings make this a mealtime winner.

Maple Mustard Roasted Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner is on the table quickly, healthy and saves time in the kitchen during clean up. Serve with extra sauce to really soak up the flavor.


  1. Great round up, am definitely bookmarking a few of these for dinner during the week!

  2. Great collection

  3. Such a yummy collection of recipes! Thanks so much for including mine!

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