We are big fans of spending quality time on food and eating. Eating is one of the most important things you do all day long, so for physical, mental and spiritual health, it is vital to spend time and thought each part of the process from selecting ingredients and recipes, to preparing your food, to enjoying your meals to their fullest. But we also know that sometimes weeknights can be hectic and you want to have some recipes handy that are healthy and delicious but that come together in a hurry when needed. So here you have 25 great vegetarian meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less.
1. Roasted Brussels sprouts with orange butter sauce
The wonderful flavor of roasted Brussels sprouts is paired with the bright, sweet taste of orange in this quick and simple recipe. The most time is spent in prepping the sprouts and getting them in the oven. Make the sauce during the 15-20 minutes the sprouts are roasting, and voila!
2. Chickpeas simmered in masala sauce
The most time you'll spend on this is just waiting for it to simmer. Preparation of ingredients includes just chopping onions and tomatoes. The rest of the time you're letting spices meld in the pan, stirring every so often, and of course steaming the rice. In about 30 minutes, you have an incredibly flavorful meal.
3. Braised coconut spinach with chickpeas and lemon
As with the chickpeas in masala sauce, the most effort for this recipe comes in the timing of adding ingredients and allowing to simmer. There is minimal ingredient preparation -- just some onions to chop, garlic to mince, and ginger to grate -- and once everything is added in due order, you only need to allow it to simmer for 10 minutes, making this an easy 30-minute meal.
4. Roasted potato frittata with onions and peppers
A delicious breakfast dish that uses just a few basic ingredients that combine into a mouthwatering flavor. This might run a little over the 30 minute mark, but only barely and it's well worth it. Once you prep the potatoes, they will need 15 minutes in the oven. While they are roasting, get the vegetables started in the cast iron pan, and by the time they are done you'll be ready to add all the ingredients -- and the potatoes -- into the pan, then pop it in the oven to finish cooking it. Delicious!!
5. Fingerling potato salad with jalapeno-cilantro salsa
For this recipe, you're only waiting for about 15-20 minutes for the potatoes to cook, and another 5 for them to cool. Meanwhile you're making the salsa to toss with the potatoes, which is ready once the potatoes are at room temperature. Super fast, super easy, super tasty.
6. Sweet and creamy one-ingredient ice cream in 5 minutes
Dessert is as essential as any dinner or lunch! This vegan ice cream is made in just a few minutes, as long as you have a blender or food processor. There is only one single ingredient needed for this thick, decadent ice cream. But the variety of flavors it makes is limited only by your imagination!
7. Avocado scrambled eggs with onion and cheddar
A quick and easy breakfast made from scratch beats any quick and easy breakfast from a package. After you have your onions chopped and your cheese grated, this cooks up in under 15 minutes. Best part is it is both delicious and keeps you full for hours.
8. Edamame salad with avocado and radishes
The most time spent for this salad is on whisking up the dressing. The salad components -- edamame, radishes and avocado -- are thrown together in just a few minutes. That, combined with the 10 or 15 minutes more for making the dressing, means you can toss and serve this incredibly healthy dish even on the busiest of nights.
9. Avocado and chickpea salad sandwiches
How quickly can you mash up a bowl of chickpeas? That's how quickly this meal comes together. If you have only a few minutes to put together a healthy and filling snack or lunch, this is your go-to recipe. Toss everything in a bowl, mash it up, spread it on bread and YUM!
10. Spinach and avocado salad with garlic mustard vinaigrette
A simple salad with a dressing that packs a punch. You only need about 10 or 15 minutes to whisk together the dressing, then pile up the spinach and avocado and toss it with lemony-garlicky goodness.
11. Warm wheatberry salad with mushrooms and white wine
Because wheatberries take a long time to cook, this delicious and healthy salad can only be made in under 30 minutes if you cook the wheatberries ahead of time. But that actually is a great idea -- cooking a batch of wheatberries up on a Sunday to be used in recipes throughout the week would be a wonderful time-saver. So, cook your wheatberries up ahead of time, and then you'll only need a few minutes to simmer the onions and mushrooms in white wine and dress the grains. You could make this up as a quick dinner, and have leftovers the next day for lunch. Two quick meals with very little effort.
12. Lentil salad with roasted vegetables and lemon-rosemary vinaigrette
Though this recipe has three parts -- the dressing, the lentils and the roasted veggies -- it falls together quickly and easily. The most time you spend is preparing the vegetables and allowing them to roast. Put the lentils on the stove before you start the veggies and by the time you pull them from the oven the lentils should be ready. Then it's a matter of letting everything cool a bit while you make the dressing and tossing it all together.
13. Healthy mushroom and white bean soup
The ingredients are easy to gather, and you only need to do a little preparation by slicing mushrooms and chopping onions. Give a few minutes for cooking up the mushrooms and onions, and about 15 minutes of simmering the soup, and you're done!
14. Spicy mushroom stir-fry
For an incredibly fast and filling meal, try this simple stir-fry recipe, which features mustard and fennel seeds and the zip of lime juice. Toss the few ingredients in the pan, stir it for a minute and wham! -- you have a meal.
15. Cauliflower with herb salsa verde
This is a great meal for lunches or dinners. It's especially great to make this on a weeknight and have the leftovers for dinner the next day. The recipe is very simple: a little bit of preparation for the cauliflower, cook that up, and take 3 or 4 minutes to make the salsa verde. Combine and enjoy.
16. Hot and spicy curried tofu scramble
If you need a meal and you have less than 15 minutes, consider this recipe. Some spices, sliced tofu and spinach. That's it. Cook it up in a small saute pan and you have a meal in a hurry. You can also very easily make this for just one person, or as many as you want. The recipe can be adjusted to suit any number of servings.
17. Savory bite-sized quinoa and kale patties
This recipe is excellent for satisfying that fried food craving we all get sometimes, especially in times of stress. This is an excellent comfort food that is about the healthiest way to satisfy a craving for junk food. They also can be made quickly. Just combine everything in a bowl, make the patties and put them in the frying pan. Brown them on both sides and that's all there is to it!
18. Polenta with savory tomato chickpea sauce
Polenta is known for taking a long time to cook but it doesn't have to be so. With this recipe, you can start your polenta on the stove top and put it in the oven to bake for 20 minutes to finish cooking. Meanwhile, make up your sauce and let it simmer. When the polenta is done, so is the sauce -- just combine them and dig in.
19. Tuscan white bean soup
Soups are easily a favorite for quick yet healthy dinners. This recipe is no exception. Once all the ingredients are in the pot, you just need to simmer it for a little while and you have a hot, rich and filling meal with plenty of leftovers for quick lunches or dinners later in the week.
20. Spicy roasted cauliflower with lemon honey dressing
Cauliflower with a bit of a kick. This unique recipe calls for quickly coating the cauliflower in a spice mix before putting it in the oven to roast. Then you whisk together the lemon dressing. When the cauliflower comes out, combine it with the dressing and enjoy the mix of spice and sweetness. A very healthy, and very simple meal.
21. Carrot and celeriac root salad with lemon sauce
This is a really simple dish with a puckery lemon flavor. All you need to do is simmer everything for awhile, letting the vegetables soften a bit and the sauce thicken. Very easy, and the most time spent on it is waiting for everything to simmer to perfection.
22. Hearty vegetable soup with pasta shells
This meal couldn't be easier to make. Chop up vegetables, toss them in a pot with some stock and pasta shells, and simmer for awhile. It's flexible, simple, fast and so very, very delicious.
23. Cucumber salad with honey-lime yogurt dressing
This bright, fresh and satisfying salad takes only about 15 minutes to put together. Simply chop up your cucumbers and herbs, combine all the ingredients, toast up some pine nuts and you're ready to sit down and eat.
24. Swiss chard and goat cheese casserole
This recipe goes just over the 30 minute mark, but the time you actually spend on it is probably under 15 minutes. The rest is just waiting for it to bake. And I don't think a simpler recipe for a casserole exists. You basically just cook up a bit of pasta, stir all the ingredients together in a sauté pan, pour it in a casserole dish and toss it in the oven. Quick and easy, yet still healthfully homemade.
25. Roasted cauliflower with olives and rosemary
This delicious dish is surprisingly easy. Toss cauliflower in the oven to roast and a few minutes before it is ready to come out, simmer up the sauce with the olives and rosemary. Pour it over the roasted cauliflower and serve!