Let's face it, we just don't have the time for long-winded recipes! We're busy, so we want simple and easy meals that are healthy, filling and totally delicious. This is where our essential list of lazy vegan recipes come in; we've rounded up the best lazy vegan meals and dishes from pasta, vegan cheese and breakfasts, to desserts side dishes and snacks. These easy vegan recipes take less than 30 minutes to prepare, have minimal ingredients and no complicated techniques.
👩🏾🍳Lazy recipe ingredient checklist
It's always a good idea to have the cupboards stocked with essential vegan and plant based ingredients. So when you're short of time, you can just whip up a vegan meal or snack with whatever you have in the home. Below are some items on our essentials list that you may find helpful to have in your cupboard too:
- nutritional yeast
- pasta and noodles
- soy sauce or tamari (tamari is the gluten free and lower sugar version of soy sauce). If you want a soy free version, use coconut aminos
- beans (dried or tinned/canned)
- tofu; firm tofu (from the fridge section) and silken tofu (which is ambient and long-life)
- vegetable stock
Pasta is known for its quick cooking time, but sometimes we need ideas for what we can put with our pasta to make it a fun and interesting plant based meal. Here are some lazy vegan pasta recipes that are filling and healthy.
I love soup, for so many reasons! It's a great way of getting lots of vegetables and wholefoods into your diet. You do a bit of chopping and stirring and just let the soup bubble away. These are our favourite quick and lazy vegan soup recipes, that are also healthy and delicious. Soups make a great part of your healthy meal prep routine as you can make soup in bulk then freeze it for another time.
We can't talk about easy lazy vegan meals without mentioning noodles! There are so many ways you can eat them, but we've picked a small range of recipes below to give you some delicious ideas for next time you need to whip up something quick.
🥪Sandwiches & Wraps
Sandwiches and wraps are truly quick vegan meals, and great for when you're on the go. We love fillings that are reminiscent of meat and fish sometimes, for example, jackfruit and tofu make great meat replacements! If you want more ideas of meaty vegan recipes, check out this round up of Meaty Meat-free Vegan Recipes and our roundup of the Best Vegan Fish and Seafood Recipes.
Tray bakes are great healthy meal prep dishes as they're full of complex carbs (like potatoes), beans (which have lots of vegan protein) and other vegetables. They're a great lazy vegan recipe as you chop the vegetables, put everything on a tray, season it then let it bake! These are delicious served with salad and hummus. If you want to try an oil-free version, use these silicone baking sheets - they're the ones I use all the time!
We're often asked, "what do I eat for breakfast as a vegan?" There's a great range of delicious and lazy vegan breakfast recipes, and our favourites are below. We love scrambled tofu especially - we keep packets of silken tofu in our cupboards so we can just whip this up any morning! If you want more plant based breakfast ideas, check out this yummy selection.
Vegan cheese just keeps improving, and there are so many delicious ones out there you can buy! We love vegan cheese so much that we did a whole post on our favourite artisan vegan cheeses. It's also great to be able to make vegan cheese yourself - it's generally healthier and cheaper. You'll be pleased to hear you can freeze homemade vegan cheese too! These are some tasty lazy vegan cheese recipes that will become part of your weekly recipe routine.
😋Side dishes and snacks
Snacks and side dishes are great for making our meals more interesting, for car journies or when we just need that healthy, vegan 'pick me up'! These lazy snacks and side dishes are super quick, require minimal ingredients and are totally delicious.
I'm obsessed with dessert (if you didn't know this, then we have only just met!). Sometimes, we don't want to make an entire cake and decorate it - we just want dessert NOW! These easy vegan desserts give you just that. No big mess in the kitchen with cake mixing and cake tins - perfect for vegans on our lazy days.
I hope you loved our super easy and lazy vegan recipes! We'd love to know which of these you made.