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20+ Lazy Vegan Recipes For a Quick Weekday Meal

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good lazy vegan recipe. Minimal prep work, quick cleanup, and tasty food on the table in record time. Typically, I utilize my slow cooker when I’m feeling lazy or don’t want to dirty up the entire kitchen.

These are some of my favorite lazy vegan recipes for when you just don’t feel like cooking. Tasty, satisfying dishes that require minimal effort to throw together. Who doesn’t love that?

You may also love these no-chop recipes, as well as these SUPER fast recipes (less than 5 minutes).

1. Smoky Chickpea Tacos

Smoky vegan chickpea tacos with avocado

These tacos are so easy to make, and most of the time is in the prep-work. To speed up the process for an extra lazy meal, use pre-chopped onions and peppers. I love throwing leftover veggies in these tacos and topping them with whatever sauce I have on hand.

2. Spicy Vegan Soba Noodles

spicy vegan soba noodles

This recipe comes together in just 20 minutes. If you want to simplify it further, use frozen edamame that is already cooked. You can also mix up the ingredients for a different protein source.

3. Easiest Ever Black Bean Soup

Vegan black bean soup

Made with just a few ingredients you probably have on hand, this black bean soup is healthy and satisfying. You can even change up the spices a bit to make the flavor more to your liking. Topped off with avocado and vegan sour cream, it’s a healthy and simple weekday lunch.

4. Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

Lazy vegan cucumber hummus sandwich

This cucumber hummus sandwich tastes great with a side of fresh sweet potato fries. I love vegan sandwiches because they’re great for on-the-go when there aren’t many vegan options for eating out available. This sandwich has minimal prep work and tastes delicious. The creamy hummus and crunchy cucumbers are a perfect match.

5. Easy Vegan Bisquick Pancakes

Lazy vegan breakfast pancakes

Pancakes anyone? This vegan pancake recipe is a breeze for breakfast. Your kitchen will smell amazing and your family will think you’ve been cooking all morning. But, this recipe uses Bisquick mix to make a simple and fast breakfast that everyone will love. Add some fresh blueberries for flavor and sweetness!

6. Tofu Tikka Masala

This recipe has a ton of flavor and tastes a lot more complicated than it actually is! All of the spices come together to marinate the tofu and make a really delicious dish. This is a good option for meal-prep as well if you’re feeling lazy during the week and don’t want to cook! It’s packed with protein and better than anything you’ll find in the freezer section.

7. Quick and Easy Mushroom Noodles

Lazy vegan meals mushroom noodles

I love making quick Asian stir-fries. This recipe is no exception. It combines soy sauce, mushrooms, garlic and ginger for a recipe that is so much healthier and better than any takeout you will find. And of course, it’s vegan! Everyone will be eating this one up for dinner and asking for seconds.

8. Four Bean Salad

Lazy vegan recipe four bean salad

Beans are a staple in my vegan diet because they’re packed with protein and always leave me feeling full and satisfied. This four bean salad is a great lazy recipe that’s also good for meal-prep. The ingredients are simple and can also be changed up a bit to suit your flavor preferences. You can also make this as a side dish and serve it alongside another meal.

9. Vegan Quiche with Gluten-Free Crust

Lazy vegan recipes eggless quiche

All of my gluten-free vegans will want to check out this quiche recipe. It makes an easy breakfast or lunch and can be frozen if made ahead of time. This recipe uses tofu and nutritional yeast to mimic the flavor of traditional quiche. Top with some hot sauce and you’re good to go!

10. Quinoa Veggie Wrap With Italian Dressing

I’m always looking for new ways to use quinoa because it’s one of my favorite ingredients. This wrap is easy, vegan, and super tasty. You can also add additional veggies if you’d like. For a filling lunch that is perfect to take with you, try this wrap.

11. Cucumber Avocado Salad With Dressing

cucumber avocado vegan salad

There’s some sort of magic that happens when cucumbers and avocados come together. Crunchy, smooth, and satisfying. This salad recipe will mix up the meals in your routine. It’s super crisp and perfect for a warm summer day or a picnic. This is another great recipe to prepare the day before.

12. Tasty Quinoa Salad

Easy quinoa salad lazy vegan recipe

Did I mention how much I loved quinoa? This quinoa salad is simple to throw together and tastes great. What’s even better is this salad tastes just as good cold as it does reheated. So, if you’re traveling, throw in your lunch box and don’t worry about having access to a microwave!

13. Instant Pot Coconut Chickpea Curry

Easy coconut curry vegan lazy recipes

It’s no secret that the Instant Pot makes meals a quick breeze. This coconut chickpea curry is the perfect lazy dinner on a cool winter night. It’s creamy, vegan, and incredibly wholesome. Chickpeas make this a satisfying vegan option that even picky eaters will find tasty.

14. 15-Minute Miso Dumpling Soup

Lazy vegan recipes dumpling vegan soup

This delicious soup uses some of my favorite frozen vegetable dumplings from Trader Joes. If you love dumplings and are looking for a way to use them that’s a bit different than fried, check out this soup!

15. 10-Minute Garlic Bok Choy Recipe

Easy and fast bok choy recipe

This is the delicious side dish you have been waiting for! In the summer months, bok choy is in abundance. It’s such a tasty vegetable and I love to prepare it with a hearty side. It’s perfect for those lazy summer nights.

16. One-Pot Mushroom Rice

One pot vegan mushroom rice for lazy dinners

I love cooking with mushrooms, and I love one-pot recipes even more. This recipe is a great side for lazy weeknight dinners. Or, you can add more ingredients to make it a complete meal. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and very easy to prepare.

17. Eggless Vegan Italian Potato Salad

Vegan potato salad with vinegar and oil

I love easy picnic recipes that taste better the next day. This is one of those recipes. Dive into this vegan potato salad the next time you’re attending a BBQ. Nobody will even miss the traditional non-vegan version.

18. Sunflower Seed Risotto

Vegan risotto

This one-pot vegan meal is easy, creamy, and really filling. It doesn’t require a lot of hands-on prep work, making it a good option for lazy lunches and dinners. This recipe also uses sunflower seeds instead of nuts to achieve the creamy texture. So, if you have allergies in the family, this might be a good one for you.

19. Tofu Fried Rice

Tofu fried rice vegan

Fried rice in any form is one of my favorite dishes. This plant-based meal is great for the freezer or meal prepping as well. And, the kids love it. You can also sneak in a lot of different veggies to make it more personalized. But, it’s delicious just the way it is as well.

20. Savory and Simple Chickpea Salad

Vegan chickpea salad

Chickpeas are a staple in my vegan diet because they’re packed with protein and always leave me feeling really full. The dressing is simple on this one, and you can make a large batch to prepare for the week ahead. I like cold recipes that don’t require heating – especially in the summertime!

21. Easy Vegan Chili

Easy vegan chili recipe

If you’re looking for a hearty vegan recipe that is simple to make and also gluten-free, give this chili a shot. It’s an easy way to sneak in a lot of vegetables into your diet as well. And, it’s so easy to make, you’ll find it instantly becomes part of your recipe rotations.

22. Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

Vegan sweet potato and chickpea breakfast hash (easy to make)

This is one of my go-to breakfast recipes because it’s so versatile and easy to make. Throw in extra veggies, spices, or whatever you want into this easy breakfast. It’s perfect for a lazy morning. Or, you can add some extra ingredients and make it a dinner. A little hot sauce really dresses this recipe up as well!

23. Veggie Quinoa Power Bowl

Quinoa and veggie power bowl

Power bowls (Buddha bowls) are easy and filling. It’s a great way to throw together a meal in very little time and use up leftovers from the kitchen. These veggie power bowls are made with simple ingredients that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

24. Vegan Lentil Bolognese

Vegan Bolognese Recipe

Bolognese sounds fancy, but this recipe is very simple. It’s a vegan version of the meaty Italian favorite. This recipe does take a bit longer to cook, but all the prep work is easy so you can let it simmer while doing other things. And, the leftovers are fantastic.

25. Mason Jar Thai Chopped Salad

quick lazy vegan chopped salad

If you’re new to mason jar salads, it’s definitely a trend you should hop on right away. They’re easy to throw together and incredibly portable. I love throwing a mason jar salad into my lunchbox when I’m going to be gone for a long portion of the day. And, they’re awesome for meal-prep. Throw together this Thai salad in no time and enjoy your lunch at the office.

I hope you enjoyed this list of quick and easy vegan recipes for those lazy days when you don’t feel like cooking. Be sure to let me know if you tried any, and leave a comment with your favorite lazy vegan recipes so I can try them as well!

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  1. Number 6 tofu Tikka Masala needs to be marinaded for 30 minutes prior and you even specify not to skip this step at all. Total meal time is an hour. May be quicker than some, but 60 minutes is not my idea of quick. Seems misleading to be on this lazy meal list.

    1. For a quicker weekday meal, I would recommend marinating overnight in the fridge! The flavors will be even better that way, and the marinating time won’t cut into cook time for the meal.

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