Easy and Quick Vegan Dinner Ideas

Whether you’re living a fully plant-based lifestyle or you're dipping your toe in the water, it’s always handy to have some simple and quick recipes to whip up on a lazy afternoon. Incorporating more plant-based meals into your life can greatly impact both your health and the health of the planet! So, you can give yourself a pat on the back for supporting your inner wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of the earth.  

Some might tell you that living a plant-based lifestyle is expensive and time consuming, but little do they know, you can eat plant-based AND save money AND improve your health AND do your part to save the planet. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? If you’re keen to find some easy plant-based recipes, these next 3 meals are perfect for you. 

Pizza! 
Who said being plant-based couldn’t be fun? Simple, easy and inexpensive, a homemade pizza will either be entirely gone within 5 minutes or will make for some delicious leftovers the next day.  

Ingredients: 

  • Pizza crust of your choice (can also use a wrap as a lower calorie alternative) 
  • Tomato paste  
  • veggies of your choice, mushrooms, onions, spinach, capsicum 
  • Dairy free cheese  

Cook in the oven for 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is slightly melted. TIP: Most vegan cheese alternatives will soften but won’t fully melt.  

Easy and Nourishing Noodle Soup 

Some good old noodle soup can do you wonders. You don’t need to drive all the way to your local Chinese store to get your fix of delicious noodle goodness. You probably already have these ingredients in your kitchen! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup chopped onion 
  • 1 cup chopped celery 
  • 1 cup chopped carrots 
  • 6 cups vegetable stock 
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce 
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage, crushed 
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed 
  • 3 cups dried rice fettuccine noodles 

Combine the vegetables, stock and seasonings in a large pot and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the noodles and bring to a boil. There you have it! A nice warm and healthy meal that will feed you, your family and friends.  

Nacho Night 

If you’re looking for a hearty meal that both you and your non-vego friends will enjoy, you can never go wrong with nachos. Whether you’re hosting a game night or watching a sports event with your friends, this recipe will satisfy even the toughest of critics.  

Ingredients: 

  • Corn chips 
  • 435g can of refried beans 
  • 1 cup vegan cheese of your choice 
  • 1/2 cup of your favourite salsa 
  • Vegan sour cream 

Spread the corn chips on an oven safe platter and begin layering the refried beans, cheese and salsa (it’s allowed to get messy!) 

Combine some avocado and sweet chilli sauce and your guac is ready to go, no need for any fancy ingredients! 

When you don’t feel like cooking in the kitchen for hours, these recipes are the perfect option. Not only will these go a long way, giving you plenty of leftovers for the upcoming lunches but your friends and family will enjoy these just as much as you. Going plant-based can seem difficult, especially when you and the people you care about can’t find meals that the both of you enjoy. Give these a try and we’re sure everyone will be coming back for seconds! 

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