Vegan eating without the fuss is TOTALLY possible. I took pictures to prove it 😀
Here are ten, easy, plant-based meal ideas – straight from the mouth of a lazy vegan!
I’m often asked what the heck I eat as a vegan. No, I don’t cook for several hours at a time. I don’t have a personal chef. I’ve just had lots of practice with cooking and buying vegan groceries for one! If you’re wondering about a plant-based lifestyle, check out these easy meals and snacks that just about anyone can whip up when hunger hits.
1. Garlic Ginger Tempeh With Steamed Broccoli
Yum, garlic ginger tempeh with steamed broccoli. Healthy and delicious! To make the meal, I cut tempeh into cubes and cook them over the stove with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and ginger. Then, I steam broccoli with some salt, pepper, and garlic.
2. Veggie Burger on Sprouted Grain Bread With Kale, Carrots and Vegan Mayo
There are some great veggie burger brands out there; this photo shows the Adzuki Bean Burger from Hilary’s Eat Well with Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo. Yes, that’s VEGAN MAYO. How awesome is it that we can get egg-free mayo at the grocery store? These days, you can find just about any food item in a vegan version. I get both of these things at Whole Foods Market.
3. Veggie Stir-Fry
I like to prep veggies and keep them in the fridge for meals so my actual cooking time is shorter on the day I want to eat it. For a meal like this, you could also opt for pre-cut produce and be as lazy as possible. Stir-fry carrots, asparagus, onions, and sun-dried tomatoes with garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes. Then, serve with rice or spaghetti!
4. Amy’s Non-Dairy Burrito
Try an Amy’s non-dairy burrito with store-bought tortilla chips, salsa, and homemade guacamole. You can find these frozen burritos in most grocery stores. I always resist the temptation to microwave and instead go the better route of baking them for 50 minutes in the oven. Worth it.
I find Amy’s Kitchen products at Whole Foods Market and Kroger in Cincinnati, Ohio.
5. Earth Balance Mac n’ Cheese With Sriracha and Peas
Earth Balance mac n’ cheese is just like that other brand you grew up, except this version is 100% cruelty-free! The directions are familiar: boil water, cook pasta, and add the cheese powder packet. Stir with some vegan milk and vegan butter.
6. Middle Eastern Feast
This is one of my favorite lazy meals. Make a feast from hummus, falafel, tabouli salad, carrots and bread! I buy frozen falafel and prepared tabouli salad from Whole Foods and either make my own hummus or grab some from the store.
7. Chickpea Salad and Hummus With Gluten-Free Rice & Seed Crackers
I love this quick meal because of the varying textures: crispy crackers, creamy hummus, and hearty, chewy chickpeas. I’d love to take credit for making the chickpea salad, but it came in a bulk container from Costco, making this one easy peasy dinner!
8. Hemp, Berry and Kale Smoothie
I blend almond or coconut milk with frozen blueberries, frozen blackberries, hemp powder, kale, and half of a banana.
9. Amy’s Soup
I have been eating Amy’s soups for several years now; they’re so good! 😛 They help me get through winter, they have plant-based protein, and they’re super easy to make. No preservatives, all organic.
10. Veggie Burger on Quinoa Flax Bread With Guacamole
I like to bake Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers. They don’t take very long in the oven and they taste great with guacamole on Whole Foods quinoa flax bread. Yum! Get this brand at Whole Foods.
So, which one looks good to you? Do you recommend any other lazy vegan meal ideas? Vegan eating can be easy-peasy once you get the hang of it!