BY :Toni OkamotoPUBLISHED : March 30th, 2022UPDATED: May 23rd, 2022
40+ low-budget, 30-minute easy vegan dinners and meal ideas. Including pasta, noodles, burgers, soup, curry, and more 30-minute vegan meals.
Here at PBOAB, we’re all about saving you money in your kitchen with tons of delicious vegan meals on a budget. Of course, it can feel great to help you save some time, too. That’s why we’ve now gathered 40 30-minute quick and easy vegan dinner recipes ready for your perusal.
Whether you’re looking for hearty pasta and noodle dishes, simple salads, comforting curries, BBQ fare, vegan pizza, or more. There’s a little bit of everything in this list of easy vegan meals in 30 minutes or less. So now you can enjoy quick and easy vegan dinners that won’t break the bank or rob you of all your free time. Best of all, they’re sure to impress friends and family.
Stock up on pantry staples: Even on a low budget, it’s great to keep your pantry fairly stocked with basics (pasta, beans, lentils, rice, spices, etc.). These can be used to pull together tons of flavorful, fuss-free, quick vegan meals.
Meal planning is your friend: It saves time and money and you can utilize what’s already in your house. Take a quick inventory of what's available and match recipes to fit your time and budget. You may even be able to avoid a grocery trip altogether.
Meal prep for days: Meal prepping is another quick way to save time in the kitchen. Whether that means prepping ingredients or entire cheap vegan meals, ready to enjoy the leftovers over several days.
Utilize your freezer: Another way to help save time in the kitchen is with freezer meals. Whip up a large batch of any quick vegan dinner, store the leftovers in the freezer, and have a quick meal ready to reheat weeks or even months later.
For now, though, let’s hop straight into this carefully compiled list of 30-minute vegan meals to help you find your next favorite!
Pasta and Noodles
Let’s begin this list of vegan 30-minute meals with pasta and noodles. They’re super affordable, quick to prepare, and have practically endless recipe options. So whether you want a super simple pesto pasta, creamy vegan mushroom pasta, or veggie chow mein, here are some quick vegan dinner ideas.
With wholesome greens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and herbs, this spicy tomato pasta is packed with nourishing ingredients. It’s also simple to prepare, relies on one pan only, and is ready in just 25 minutes (use gluten-free pasta if preferred).
Spicy Tomato Basil Pasta
This quick and easy Spicy Tomato Basil Pasta will fill you up nicely with its wholesome ingredients and its perfect blend of spicy, savory, and fresh flavors! It is the perfect lunch or dinner dish that uses nutritious, budget-friendly ingredients that can be made gluten-free too.
This simple, one-pan vegan chow mein is packed with versatile mixed vegetables, noodles, and a warming, comforting broth sauce. A quick, healthy, filling meatless meal idea in 25 minutes!
Veggie Chow Mein | Cheap Plant-Based Meal
This one-pan Veggie Chow Mein is a delicious medley of fresh veggies and Asian-style noodles bursting with savory and umami goodness! It is easy to make, super versatile, and is definitely cheaper to make at home rather than ordering it at a restaurant.
Enjoy this simple sesame noodle salad warm or chilled, combining noodles and carrots with a simple garlic, ginger, soy, lime, vegan Worcestershire, and sesame-based sauce. This versatile, quick vegan dinner is easy to adapt with extra veggies and flavors, making for a delicious low-effort easy meatless meal.
Sesame Noodle Salad
This super easy and quick Sesame Noodle Salad is the perfect lunch for those busy days! Eat it slightly warm or cold.
This Warm Soba Salad tossed with Sunomono-Style Cucumbers is a quick, healthy, oil-free, umami-rich salad that will fill you up without weighing you down.
Warm Soba Salad with Sunomono-Style Cucumbers
This Warm Soba Salad tossed with Sunomono-Style Cucumbers is a quick, healthy, and oil-free salad that will warm your belly up! The silky soba noodles and crisp zucchini and cucumbers coated in an umami-rich dressing from the Japanese-inspired cucumber dish are absolutely delicious!
With just a handful of pantry staples, this pink pasta (made with tomatoes and cashews) from World of Vegan is creamy, cozy, comforting, and packed with flavor. Best of all, all you need for this easy vegan dinner recipe is one pot, a blender, and 15 minutes.
Pink Sauce Pasta With Fire Roasted Tomatoes
This delicious creamy pink sauce pasta makes a perfect weeknight meal. It’s quick to make with a can of fire-roasted tomatoes and cashews.
30 minutes is all you need for this simple creamy vegan mushroom pasta with spinach from The Banana Diaries. It’s packed with flavor thanks to the addition of zesty lemon, fragrant pine nuts, umami-rich mushroom, and aromatic garlic. More so, it’s highly nutritious, with 25 grams of protein per serving!
Creamy Vegan Mushroom Pasta with Spinach (Gluten Free)
This simple creamy vegan mushroom pasta with spinach is the perfect 30 minute healthy pasta dinner recipe to have on rotation during the week.
All you need is 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to prepare this flavorful walnut pesto. Then, combine that with the pasta and vegetables of your choice for a quick and easy vegan meal. Better yet, any leftovers can be used as a spread, dip, or drizzle, too!
This amazing vegan pesto recipe is made with walnuts, which means is more affordable but as tasty as the original one with pine nuts. You will love it!
Forego the classic nut or seed pesto recipes for this creamy (and more cost-effective) avocado pesto. It’s quick, simple, and super creamy. Perfect for whipping up quick sandwiches and wraps, enjoying with potatoes, veggies, and, of course, pasta. It’s a must-know recipe for easy vegan meals.
Pesto is a classic recipe that will never go out of style. This versatile sauce is commonly eaten with pasta, but you can use it in sandwiches, potato dishes, on grilled veggies and many others.
Soups and stews probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of quick vegan meals. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of delicious 30-minute vegan recipes that pack in a ton of flavor in the limited time.
This mixed bean and tomato pasta soup is perfect for a last-minute warming soup on cool days. It combines pantry staples such as tinned tomatoes, beans, and pasta, with a few seasonings for a simple, wholesome vegan soup. It's pantry-friendly and low-budget, as well as oil-free, gluten-free, optional, and versatile!
Pasta, Bean & Tomato Soup
Looking for a super budget-friendly and delicious soup?! This one has you covered! It's filling, so delicious, and is also oil-free. Enjoy!
You can prepare this hearty, warming broccoli and potato soup either on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker in just 30 minutes. Best of all, this easy plant-based meal requires just a handful of pantry staples, making for a wonderfully low-budget, high-nutrient meal.
Broccoli and Potato Soup
This easy Broccoli and Potato Soup is nutritious, filling and absolutely delicious. Ideal for a rainy day cozing up inside. Perfect!
This Vegan Minestrone Soup is a healthy one-pot 30-minute vegan meal that will instantly warm you up and leave you feeling comfy and satisfied with every bite!
Vegan Minestrone Soup
Vegan Minestrone Soup is a hearty potful of fresh garden veggies, tender noodles, spices, and plant proteins simmered in a tomato broth. It is a healthy one-pot dish that will instantly warm you up and leave you feeling comfy and satisfied. Perfect for the chilly weather!
This vegan Mexican noodle soup features a simple ingredient list and spectacular flavor. Sopa de Fideo is the ultimate soup recipe, made with mainly pantry staples everyone will warm up to! It’s a Mexican pasta dish passed from generation to generation that’s perfectly spiced with cumin and is very cozy and delicious.
Sopa de Fideo | Mexican Noodle Soup
Get ready to enjoy this super delicious and traditional Sopa de Fideo! It is a perfect choice for those days when you need a bit of comfort!
How to make a hearty, wholesome vegan black bean chili in one pot and under 30 minutes, primarily using pantry staples. The result is a budget-friendly, flavor-packed, protein-dense, gluten-free, nourishing black bean chili perfect for the budget-friendly vegan!
Black Bean Chili
This Black Bean Chili is pretty quick, tasty, and simple to make. Oil free! It’s mostly made up of staples you can stock up on in your pantry. We’ve served this to a couple of people who are not vegan, and they thought it was delicious! Enjoy!
In our opinion, you can never have too many curry recipes on hand. They’re super hearty, cozy, comforting, and packed with flavor and nutrients. You can enjoy them alone, over brown rice, rice noodles, soba noodles, or quinoa, for 30-minute vegan meals guaranteed to satisfy and nourish.
It might seem a little off, but this sweet and savory apple curry is super creamy, hearty, and flavorful. The mix of flavors and textures is just what's needed to impress the entire family.
Vegan Coconut Curry with Apples
This Vegan Coconut Curry recipe is made with sweet Apples and is incredibly hearty and creamy! It has layers of warm flavors and textures from the chopped apples and sausages coated in a lightly spiced coconut curry sauce. Serve it with rice or bread for an incredibly delicious Indian-inspired meal that your whole family will love!
In just 20 minutes, you can enjoy this simple yet fragrant coconut curry made with nut butter and coconut milk for a rich and creamy, easy meatless meal. It’s packed with veggies and healthy fats and is a great way to add sprouts to your diet.
Coconut Bean Sprout Curry
This light and nutritious Coconut Bean Sprout Curry is a perfect weekly dinner and an amazing way to add some sprouts into our diet. Packed with veggies and healthy fats, this dish is flavorful and fun to make.
This curry combines potato and peas with mushrooms and optionally extra veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and/or chickpeas for a truly hearty plant-based dinner recipe. With a careful selection of aromatics and seasonings, this vegan curry is jam-packed with flavor and will warm your bones on chilly nights.
Perfect Potato and Pea Coconut Curry
This delicious and super simple Potato and Pean Coconut Curry is the perfect dinner after a busy day! Perfect for the whole family!
This easy vegan chickpea curry from Shane & Simple is ready in just 10 minutes, using one dish and several savory spices. The result is a warming, nourishing, quick vegan dinner that’s gluten-free, oil-free, low fat, and packed with plant-based protein and nutrients.
Easy Vegan Chickpea Curry
AMAZING Easy Vegan Chickpea Curry made with Indian spices. One pot and ready in 10 minutes. Naturally vegan, oil-free, and low in fat.
To some, this is a nightmare. To others, it’s just another way to appreciate this controversial vegetable and pack in extra nutrients into your diet. The curried brussels sprouts, potatoes, and carrots are coated with a warm-spiced coconut curry sauce with tahini and sesame seeds! It is creamy, aromatic, slightly spicy, and super comforting.
Brussels Sprouts Curry
Hearty and deliciously satisfying Brussels Sprout Curry is the perfect fall weeknight dinner! The curried brussels sprouts, potatoes, and carrots coated with a warm-spiced coconut curry sauce infused with tahini and sesame seeds are simply irresistible!
No list of quick and easy vegan dinner recipes would be complete with several stir-fries. They take minimal prep, are usually pack in a bunch of ingredients (meaning plenty of nutrients), and are practically fuss-free in preparation. Best of all, they can take as little as 10-15 minutes to prepare!
Like takeout, but better (and healthier). This spicy sesame tofu stir fry tosses pan-fried tofu with crunchy snow peas, tender mushrooms, and nutty sesame seeds in a sweet soy glaze. Serve over noodles or rice and enjoy this one-pan meatless meal in 30 minutes!
Spicy Sesame Tofu Stir-fry
This Spicy Sesame Tofu Stir Fry is a healthier homemade version of a popular Chinese restaurant take-out. Lightly pan-fried crispy tofu bites tossed with crunchy snow peas, tender mushrooms, and nutty sesame seeds - all coated in a sweet soy glaze with a punch of heat! It is a hearty and delicious comfort foodthat only takes 30 minutes to make using one pan.
This Shiitake Asparagus Tofu Stir-fry is an Asian-inspired dish of meaty mushrooms, crunchy asparagus, and perfectly golden tofu cubes made in less than 15 minutes, including prep time!
Shiitake Asparagus Tofu Stir-fry
This Shiitake Asparagus Tofu Stir-fry will be your new go-to dish when you're in need of something super quick and easy yet flavorful and belly-filling at the same time! An Asian-inspired dish of 'meaty' mushrooms, crunchy asparagus and perfectly golden tofu cubes made in less than 15 minutes, including prep time!
This vegan (baked, air fried, OR) pan-fried tofu with peanut sauce is hearty, wholesome, and versatile! Serve over a bed of spinach and grains, transform into a stir-fry, peanut tofu noodles, and more! All you need is a few simple ingredients and 10 minutes of cooking time (pan-fried) for this frugal but delicious gluten-free, dairy-free lunch/ dinner recipe with tofu!
Tofu with Peanut Sauce
This is another really quick, easy meal that is a great source of protein, iron, and calcium. You’ll need to prepare and use the (Sorta) Spicy Peanut Sauce – which is really simple and easy – and, if you’d like, serve with a side of rice or quinoa.
Cooked tomatoes are sweet little flavor-bombs perfect for serving over tofu to infuse tons of flavor into any dish. The combination of tomatoes, garlic, and oregano also gives off major pizza vibes. Enjoy it with grains, pasta, or spaghetti for an easy vegan dinner recipe.
Tofu Fillets with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce
These fancy Italian-inspired tofu fillets with tomato herb pan sauce are the perfect weekend dinner! You'll absolutely love them.
With a combination of tacos, a quesadilla, burgers, and a sandwich, here is a short list of ‘bready’ quick and easy 30-minute vegan meals you’ll love (and way more interesting than your ‘everyday’ sandwiches!).
In just 15 minutes, you could be chowing down on a nutrient-dense, protein-dense, flavorful white bean burger. Made with white beans and a list of herbs and spices found in many pantries, these burgers are perfect for a last-minute meal or meat-free BBQ dish.
White Bean Burgers
These White Bean Burgers are perfect if you are looking for a healthier and better version of your favorite fast-food burger. These plant-based patties are made of creamy white beans and various herbs and spices, making them super flavorful!
This vegan BBQ Sandwich uses is full of that smoky BBQ flavor that everyone can enjoy! It is easy to throw together when needing a quick yet filling lunch or dinner and a perfect addition for your next backyard BBQ party.
BBQ Tempeh Sandwich
This vegan BBQ Sandwich uses deliciously smoky and savory Tempeh patties nestled between soft, fluffy buns! It is so easy to throw together when needing a quick yet filling lunch or dinner. It's a healthier and lighter alternative that is downright delicious; even meat-eaters will love them!
This quick and easy pan-grilled BBQ Tempeh recipe is so delicious and packed with BBQ flavor with every bite. Barbecue sauce-slathered tempeh packed with sweet, savory, and smoky flavors cooked in a pan until caramelized and charred to perfection.
This quick and easy pan-grilled BBQ Tempeh recipe is a healthy, delicious plant-based alternative to your usual grilled meats. Barbecue sauce-slathered Tempeh packed with sweet, savory, and smoky flavors cooked in a pan until caramelized and charred to perfection.
A spicy bean burger is a classic addition to any meat-free eaters’ know-how. They’re packed with plant-based protein and enough heat to wake all your taste buds. In addition, making these vegan bean burgers at home is healthier and more affordable than store-bought, with just 20 minutes of prep and 10 minutes of cooking time.
Spicy Red Bean Burger
This spicy red bean burger recipe is ideal to prepare for a nice lunch al fresco with family and friends! Get cooking!
These tempeh sloppy joes from Healthy Happy Life are quick, delicious, and filling. Loaded up with BBQ tempeh, vegan mayo, pickles, and optional mustard, all in a big bun/roll. Enjoy with slaw and greens for a delicious 20-minute easy vegan dinner recipe.
Tempeh Sloppy Joes
Sassy, spiced and rich in bold flavor, these protein-rich sloppy joes are made using soy-based, vegean tempeh. Serve on a pretzel bun with slaw!
Ditch the dairy for a hearty vegan quesadilla filled with refried beans and optional extra veggies. Not only is this cheap vegan meal packed with healthy fats, protein, and fiber, but it’s super budget-friendly and ready in just 25 minutes (or less if you have leftover refried beans!).
Vegan Bean Quesadilla
These Vegan Bean Quesadillas are meat-free, dairy-free, and can even be made oil-free! The result is a protein-dense, fiber-rich, hearty yet healthy treat packed with a creamy, flavorful bean filling.
These sweet potato and carrot tacos from Dora’s Table stew the veggies with onion and garlic in a tomato-chipotle sauce for tacos that are packed with fiber, flavor, and nutrients. Top them up with avocado and enjoy a quick plant-based meal.
Sweet Potato and Carrot Tinga Tacos
Sweet potato and carrot tinga tacos are a bit sweet, the chipotle-tomato sauce adds a tanginess and spiciness that will keep you coming back.
While many simple salads take just minutes to throw together, here are some ‘atypical’ vegan salad recipes that (mostly) shun lettuce for other nutrient-dense ingredients for hearty, easy plant-based meals.
This simple, flavorful orzo chickpea salad is packed with flavor and just 6 ingredients (plus salt and pepper). With chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion, and a tangy red wine vinegar dressing, this versatile Mediterranean orzo salad is a refreshing, summery appetizer, or side salad. Perfect for any potluck, BBQ, picnic, or garden party!
Orzo Chickpea Salad
This refreshing, light, and summery side salad is the perfect appetizer to compliment any meal! This pasta salad packs a ton of delicious flavor that everyone will enjoy.
All you need is just 20 minutes to prepare this simple, flavorful chickpea tuna salad. Once it’s mixed, enjoy it as a side salad, in sandwiches, wraps, and more. Plus, it stores well, so you can enjoy it with different meals over several days.
Plant-Based Chickpea Tuna Salad
This chickpea tuna salad is a great option for a quick lunch. It's the perfect recipe to prepare in advance to make sandwiches or eat as a salad throughout the week. Enjoy!
Combine classic Mediterranean veggies with hearty protein and fiber-dense lentils for a simple salad packed with nutrients, super affordable, and a simple way to pack in extra nutrients for a quick vegan dinner.
Mediterranean Lentil Salad
Let's travel to the Mediterranean in our minds with this amazing Mediterranean Lentil Salad! Bonus points: t is packed with plant protein!
Enjoy this big taco salad from Hot For Food in just 20 minutes, loading up the plate with corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and other classic Mexican flavors, all topped off with a creamy cilantro dressing. Enjoy it alone, with corn chips, and as a must-have on Taco Tuesdays!
the big taco salad
Make taco night feel a little bit healthier! Here’s the big taco salad of your dreams with cilantro cream dressing! Try it now!
This hummus pizza (without red sauce) takes just minutes to assemble, is packed with veggies (+ tons of other options!), and can be enjoyed as an appetizer, side, or light meal! This version is for a Mediterranean veggie pizza with artichokes, spinach, tomato, and bell pepper!
Mediterranean Hummus Pizza without Cheese (+ Multiple Topping Options)
The hummus fills the void of the creaminess you get from vegan cheese and makes for the perfect pizza. It's also a very healthy option, and does not even come close to the amount of calories and fat in a normal pizza. Enjoy!
This pesto fried rice by From My Bowl is packed with mixed veggies (like peas, zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach) and coated in a herby basil pesto for a fuss-free, delicious meatless meal idea. Enjoy it as an appetizer or main, topped up with additional protein.
Pesto Fried Rice with Vegetables (Vegan)
This Pesto Fried Rice is loaded with colorful summer veggies and coated in an herby basil pesto. A tasty, fuss-free dish that’s ready in less than 30 mins!
This vegan cheesy cauliflower taco casserole from Make It Dairy Free will become a new favorite of yours. It’s deliciously packed with Mexican flavors and spice. It's nutritious thanks to the combination of cauliflower, other veggies, and meatless crumbles. Plus, it's ready in just 30 minutes.
Vegan Cheesy Cauliflower Taco Casserole
Vegan cheesy cauliflower taco casserole is loaded with flavor for your new favorite weeknight meal ready in 30 minutes! Elevate cauliflower in a whole new way!
This Vegan Lemon-Garlic Mediterranean Quinoa salad is packed with protein, fiber, and lots of vegetables, including kale, white beans, tomatoes, and olives in a lemon-garlic quinoa dressing! It's delicious as a salad or warmed up as well!
Vegan Lemon-Garlic Mediterranean Quinoa (Salad OR Warm)
Enjoy this pantry-friendly Greek/Mediterranean quinoa salad recipe warm or chilled. It's packed with protein, fiber, and lots of vegetables, including kale, white beans, tomatoes, and olives in a lemon-garlic quinoa dressing! Grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan quinoa salad!
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