25 Delicious Meatless Meals Under 30 Minutes

25 family-friendly, meatless meals that can be easily prepared in under 30 minutes! Enjoy vegan versions of favorites like hot dogs, tacos, grilled cheese, fajitas and more!

Quad collage with four different recipes.

Looking for quick, meatless meals that everyone in the family will love? I’ve been there, too, while helping a friend through her 30-day plant-based challenge. Don’t get me wrong, there are several great recipes out there. However, not all plant-based recipes are appealing to kids.

To help, I have compiled 25 easy, family-friendly recipes that take less than 30 minutes. These recipes are perfect for busy households wanting more plant-based and vegan meals.

Some of my favorites are reimagined classics BLT, jackfruit tacos, hamburger helper, sloppy joes, and beef stroganoff, which have all been veganized.

Finally, a vegan recipe collection can only be complete with a few tofu curry dishes! So roll up your sleeves and get ready to discover the joy of plant-based eating!

25 Meatless Meals

Four types of grilled cheeses stacked on top of each other.

How to Make a Perfect Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Make a perfect vegan grilled cheese using this recipe. It’s the same sandwich, just with vegan ingredients and melting tips!

Three fully garnished hot dogs.

VEGAN CHILI DOGS

These classic vegan chili dogs are easy to make and perfect for any season! They’re warming, comforting, and ridiculously easy to make. They’ll be a hit for family dinners, camping excursions, football parties, summer barbecues, and beyond!

Hand reaching for a slice of pizza.

EASY VEGAN FLATBREAD PIZZA

You will love this easy vegan flatbread pizza, perfect for pizza night! It’s filled with Mediterranean flavors like garlic-infused olive oil, roasted red peppers, creamy vegan feta, salty kalamata olives, sweet tomatoes, and fresh basil, all on top of a simple premade flatbread dough. No need to mixers and special equipment, this pizza can come together in just 20 minutes.

Three fully garnished tacos up close.

JACKFRUIT TACOS

These easy vegan jackfruit tacos are full of flavor. The faux shredded meat made from seasoned jackfruit will satisfy your tastebuds with a taco filling that’s naturally plant-based, gluten-free, and has a great texture.

Skillet filled with cooked tofu fajitas.

TOFU FAJITAS

Vegan Tofu Fajitas recipe is packed with plant-based protein and crunchy fajita vegetables. Spoon into warm tortillas and serve with your favorite toppings! It is quick and easy to make, great for busy weeknights. 

Mediterranean Veggie Wrap Sandwich 

Make a Mediterranean wrap sandwich following this easy lunch recipe in a few minutes. This wrap is inspired by Panera’s Mediterranean sandwich. It is filled with rich flavors and crunchy textures. Make a large one for a sandwich or a smaller one for a snack!

Burger on a bun with sauce dripping from the burger.

SOUTHWEST BLACK BEAN BURGER

These flavorful Southwest Black Bean Burgers are stuffed with southwest flavors of chili and cumin with a creamy mouthwatering burger sauce.

A bowl filled with homemade vegan hamburger helper.

VEGAN HAMBURGER HELPER

This one-pot Vegan Hamburger Helper is an easy homemade recipe for the classic boxed cheeseburger pasta! Gluten-free and allergy-free, this dairy-free cheeseburger macaroni is hearty, full of flavor, and ready in 20 minutes! This budget-friendly weeknight dinner recipe is healthier, meatless but, packed with protein, and something kids and adults will love!

Mediterranean Orzo Pesto Salad

Mediterranean pesto orzo salad has cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and salty Kalamata olives. Perfect for lunch, dinner, BBQs, and potlucks.

Vegan Sloppy Joe Recipe

Using this vegan sloppy Joe recipe, you can have a healthy homemade plant-based dinner on your table in 30 minutes!

Roasted Golden Beet Salad

Golden Beet Salad combines tender beets, crisp apples, and crumbly blue cheese and is topped with crunchy pecans. It’s all brought together with a warm maple Dijon dressing. Perfect as a side or a main dish.

Vegan BLT cut in half and stacked on top of each other.

VEGAN BLT WITH GARLIC HERB AIOLI

This is the ultimate Vegan BLT sandwich with a creamy garlic herb aioli, savory tempeh bacon, juicy tomato, crisp romaine, and toasted sourdough bread. You won’t miss the meat once you try this mouthwatering sandwich that makes for a great lunch or dinner!

Stroganoff garnished and on a plate.

ONE POT VEGAN MUSHROOM STROGANOFF

Get ready to whip up something special in the kitchen! Our one-pot vegan mushroom stroganoff sauce is here to make your dinner plans exciting and delicious. This dish puts a plant-based twist on the classic, blending the rich flavors of mushrooms with a smooth, savory sauce.

All of the ingredients in the recipe cooked and on a sheet pan.

SHEET PAN TOFU FAJITAS (VEGAN + EASY)

You need sheet pan tofu fajitas for your next weeknight meal. Easy, delicious, and so flavorful, they’re tasty for vegans, flexitarians, and meat lovers alike!

Bowl of pasta garnished with fresh basil.

PASTA ALLA PIZZAIOLA

The simplicity of so many great Italian recipes makes them a family favorite. This quick, easy, & flavorful pasta alla pizzaiola is one of those delicious classic meals that you will want to make on repeat. With only six ingredients & 30 minutes, it’s a no-fuss recipe to love.

A bowl of soup garnished with cheese.

VEGAN LASAGNA SOUP

This vegan lasagna soup is one of those recipes that checks all the boxes. It’s hearty, filling, comforting, easy, and super-quick to make!

Pesto pasta in a bowl garnished with a basil leaf.

MUSHROOM PESTO PASTA

This Mushroom Pesto Pasta is a simple weeknight dinner with sauteed mushrooms, tender rigatoni noodles, and my homemade shiso pesto. This recipe comes together in 30 minutes for a satisfying and flavourful meal that’ll have you returning for seconds.

A bowl filled with vegan butter chickpeas and rice.

VEGAN BUTTER CHICKPEAS

This easy recipe for Vegan Butter Chicken is a plant-based version of the classic Indian dish that’s completely dairy-free and made with chickpeas! These healthy Indian butter chickpeas are gluten-free, allergy-free, marinated in creamy yogurt and fragrant spices, finished in a single skillet with a tomato-based sauce in just 10 minutes!

A plate filled with pasta and green peas

GREEN PEA PASTA

This easy green pea pasta is a simple weeknight meal whipped up with a few basic ingredients in less than 20 minutes. It’s vegan, dairy-free, and easily made gluten-free. You can blend it into a creamy pea sauce that even kids will love.

A plate of tofu and broccoli on top of rice.

EASY THAI SWEET CHILI TOFU

This easy 30-minute sweet chili tofu features crispy tofu cubes and tender broccoli coated in a sweet, sticky sauce. Serve with rice for a simple and satisfying plant-based dinner.

A large bowl filled with Thai green chile.

THAI-STYLE TEMPEH GREEN CURRY

This is a simple, family-friendly vegetarian dinner recipe perfect for weeknight meals, meal prep, and beyond! Customize this simple dinner using any fresh or frozen vegetables you have on hand for a quick and tasty 30-minute meal!

Bowl of tofu.

VEGAN ORANGE TOFU

A sweet and tangy plant-based twist on your favorite takeout indulgence, orange chicken. Crispy tofu pieces tossed in a homemade sticky orange sauce served over rice with a sprinkle of sliced green onion. This easy orange tofu recipe will be your new go-to dinner!

Bowl of pasta on a plate with a fork next to it.

EASY VEGAN CREAMY PASTA WITH PEAS (NO CASHEWS)

This Easy Vegan Creamy Pasta with Peas is super quick to make and is one the whole family loves. It uses simple ingredients that you’ll probably already have at home. This pasta dish is a great way for non-vegans to enjoy plant-based food.

A bowl filled with Szechuan tofu and beautifully garnished with cashews.

SZECHUAN TOFU

Szechuan Tofu is a savory and spicy Asian-inspired dish. You can have a sizzling and sensational dish right before you in less time than it takes for a dinner delivery. We promise that this recipe is ten times better than take-out!

Cast iron skillet filled with mushrooms, cauliflower and rice.

MUSHROOM CAULIFLOWER RICE

This Cauliflower Rice Recipe is a delicious low-carb, paleo, whole30, and vegan/vegetarian main dish for dinner. Even better, it’s the perfect weeknight meal as it’s done in only 20 minutes. 

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