We can picture it now, you get home from a long day of work or school, throw your bags off your shoulders, and finally plop down on the couch only to realize you’re starving. The last thing you want to do is spend an hour on your feet cooking, and we get it. In these moments we should find healthy ways to adjust rather than throw out the towel and order in unhealthy or expensive alternatives.
We’re bringing you 8 quick and easy vegan dinner ideas that will satisfy your growling stomach in less than 30 minutes. Give your body some real fuel and a meal made with love.
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1. 20 Minute Chickpea Curry
You can never go wrong with a classic vegan curry. Nothing beats coming home to a comforting bowl of curry, kicking up your feet, and taking a load off. This recipe may be quick, but it's full of flavor and quality ingredients to satisfy your every need. Find the full recipe here.
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2. Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes
You just can't beat the coziness of a warm sweet potato dinner. Sometimes the simplest meals are the best, especially when they're elevated with a homemade garlic herb sauce. This light and refreshing dinner will make even the worst days a little brighter. Find the full recipe here.
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3. Vegan Taco Salad
A vegan twist on a classic family dinner, the taco salad is a favorite for all. This recipe proves you can make just about any favorite dinner a little healthier by adding a variety of vegetables and a little drizzle of homemade chipotle sauce. You'll turn even the pickiest eater into a salad fan. Find the full recipe here.
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4. Vegan Pecan Apple Chickpea Salad Wrap
Forget your past experiences with chicken salad, this chickpea salad blows all others out of the water. Loaded with crisp apples and celery, and a creamy maple dijon dressing, this is sure to be the refreshing 15-minute dinner you've been dreaming of. Quick, easy, and delightful. Find the full recipe here.
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5. Pasta with Creamy Vegan Walnut-Tomato Sauce
Get ready to get lost in a sauce so good, you'll want to bathe in it. Pasta is a classic throw-together meal that can be made a hundred different ways, but this walnut-tomato version just might be the best of them all. Sit down to this creamy creation is just 30 minutes, then devour every bite. Find the full recipe here.
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6. Vegan Cauliflower Fried Rice
The classic fried rice dinner we all know and love, but make it way more healthy and delicious. The only difference between this cauliflower fried rice and your typical fried rice? You won't be in a food coma afterward after eating your weight in rice. Full of fresh veggies and tofu, this dish is just what you need. Find the full recipe here.
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7. Homemade Spicy Ramen with Tofu
Making the perfect bowl of ramen at home can be a bit intimidating, but fear not, Lindsay from Pinch of Yum came in clutch with this cozy bowl of spicy ramen. Spicy miso paste takes flavors to a whole new level and will wake you up from even the longest day of work. Find the full recipe here.
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8. Cajun Tempeh and Wild Rice Skillet
Tempeh may be the more underrated cousin of tofu, but it is the star of this cajun dish. Full of protein and filling veggies, this dish is sure to be a winner. From kitchen to table in only 30 minutes, you'll be in dreamy vegan land before you know it. Sound perfect? We think so. Find the full recipe here.