Vegans occasionally have an entire afternoon to enjoy the process of preparing a long and leisurely supper. However, there may be instances where you don’t feel like spending hours making meals in the kitchen. This is when a lazy vegan meal comes in handy.
There are tons of widespread misunderstandings about eating plant-based or vegan meals. One of those is that preparing a healthy meal takes too long and that frozen meals or dishes are the only options to go. While frozen vegan cuisine is delicious, relying on packaged vegan meals all of the time is unhealthy. There are a plethora of easy vegan dishes that can be prepared at home using basic materials. Kathy’s Vegan Kitchen is one great example of a vegan website full of delicious recipes and tips on cooking vegan meals. So on a busy day, a lazy vegan can prepare any of the five following foods.
1. Chickpea pasta with marinara and spinach
Chickpea spaghetti, along with the pre-made marinara sauce, is a must-have item in any vegan pantry. It would be best to use a sauce that has no added sugar and no added oil. However, not everyone keeps fresh or frozen spinach available to toss into the sauce and turn this into a complete dinner. But don’t worry if you don’t have any spinach on hand; you can substitute any other vegetable to finish the dish. Any vegetable will work with this dinner, including fresh peppers, frozen peas and carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower.
- chickpea pasta (8 oz)
- 2 cups marinara sauce (prepared ahead of time)
- Fresh 12-ounce spinach bag
- 4 tablespoons vegan parmesan cheese
2. Tofu-based vegan fried rice
This vegan fried rice recipe uses pre-cooked brown rice, tofu, and a frozen mixed vegetable blend for a quick meal! This recipe can alternatively be made using a frozen stir-fry medley.
- 1 packet brown rice (frozen)
- 16 oz tofu (extra firm)
- 2 cups mixed frozen vegetables of carrots, corn, grean beans, and peas.
- 1 red onion, tiny (diced)
- a quarter cup of soy sauce
3. Bean chili
This dish is simple to prepare and only takes a few minutes of your time. Only 5 major components are required, plus chili powder, salt, and pepper. It will only consume 20 minutes of your time to prepare and goes well with vegan cornmeal muffins or a small side salad.
- 1 chopped yellow onion
- 1 chopped organic green pepper
- 1 cup vegetable stock additional 14 cups for the veggies to simmer
- 14 oz. organic black beans (or other beans) in a can
- 14 oz. fire-roasted tomatoes in a can
- 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
- season with salt and pepper to taste
4. Black bean tacos
Tacos are a crowd-pleaser, and this recipe is as easy as they come. Reheat some corn tortillas and black beans, then top with store-bought salsa and fresh vegetables of your choice.
- Corn tortillas (four to eight)
- 15 oz. black bean can (drained and rinsed)
- 2 tsp chile powder or taco seasoning (optional)
- One and a half cups of corn (frozen), prepared salsa, and shredded lettuce.
5. Whole wheat pasta with garlic
This garlic whole wheat pasta is where it’s at when you want something delicious, home-cooked, quick, and easy! Serve with steamed broccoli for an extra serving of vegetables! This dish appeals to me since it contains whole wheat pasta, which is high in fiber.
- 8 oz spaghetti (whole wheat)
- 1/2 CUP VEGAN STOCK
- 5 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1/2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
- A quarter cup of basil or parsley (coarsely chopped)
There you have it! Five delicious dishes that you could try when you are not that enthusiastic about cooking a vegan dish. These lazy vegan recipes are perfectly balanced and still fit any vegan’s taste even though you can cook them quickly and efficiently.