What’s For Dinner When You’re Vegan, But Can’t Cook?

Yesterday I listed some menu ideas that show how luscious and sophisticated vegan cuisine can be. But what if sophisticated isn’t your culinary thing? Or what if you hate to cook?

Well, if you know how to boil water, steam vegetables, and wield a can opener, there is no end to the variety of vegan meals you can make.

Here are ten super quick meals. Most can be on the table in less than 20 minutes, and with a minimum of effort. Add some quickly steamed veggies or a salad to any of these.

  • Pasta topped with sauce from a jar and a sprinkle of grated soy parmesan.
  • Vegetarian baked beans served over couscous (the world’s fastest-cooking grain!)
  • Butternut Squash Soup (look for Imagine brand or Trader Joe’s—and add a can of beans, some frozen corn and salsa if you want to get fancy!).

  • Veggie burger and sweet potato fries (check the frozen food section in the grocery store).
  • Refried black beans from a mix (Fantastic Foods makes a great one) wrapped in corn tortillas and topped with shredded soy cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and salsa.
  • Sloppy Joes: Heat Morningstar Farms Griller Crumbles in a can of sloppy joe sauce (like Manwich brand) and serve over whole wheat rolls.
  • Veggie hotdog on a hotdog bun topped with sauerkraut.
  • Make a fast and healthy taco salad: Toss together greens, chopped tomato, chopped onion, rinsed canned black beans, defrosted corn, and some cubes of avocado. Dress with olive oil and lime or lemon juice and top with a handful of crushed tortilla chips.
  • Toss hot cooked quinoa (a super-fast cooking whole grain) with rinsed canned white beans, defrosted corn, sliced green onions and salt, pepper and herbs (like tarragon or parsley).
  • Hummus from the deli with pita wedges and raw veggies.
  • One Response to What’s For Dinner When You’re Vegan, But Can’t Cook?

    1. Hannah March 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

      Just wanted to point out that Morningstar Farms Griller Crumbles aren’t vegan (a lot of Morningstar products are not). There are other brands (like Smart Ground) that are vegan, though.

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