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40 Nourishing 30-Minute Vegetarian Meals (Gluten-Free)

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Even when short on time, you can still have a nourishing vegetarian meal on the table in less than 30 minutes! You’ll discover that healthy and delicious can still be had as you try some of these breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes from some of the best food bloggers out there!

30 minute vegetarian meals

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m rarely on top of my dinner game. More often than not, I’m caught off guard by the clock and find myself scrambling to come up with something the whole family will love. Enter these 30-minute Vegetarian Meals! I’ve thrown in a few of my tried and true recipes alongside some of my favorites from fellow food bloggers. I hope you and yours find something you enjoy for some time to come!

30-Minute Vegetarian Meals

Sesame Noodles
Super simple, easy and delicious Sesame Noodles made with wholesome ingredients. Gluten-free, vegan, nut-free and soy-free.
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a hand holding chopsticks wrapped in spicy sesame noodles
Zoodles with Thai Peanut Sauce and Tofu – Calm Eats
If you’re looking for a 10 minute dish that’s full of flavor and simple to make, these zoodles with Thai peanut sauce and tofu have got you covered.
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Spanish Omelette (Spanish Tortilla) – Veggie Desserts
Whip up this classic Spanish Omelette in 25 minutes with 4 ingredients. This tortilla recipe is great hot or cold for breakfast, lunch, dinner or tapas.
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20 Minute Sweet and Spicy Noodles – Served From Scratch
These Sweet and Spicy Noodles are a Thai inspired fast, easy weeknight dinner that can be ready and on the table in just 20 minutes! #thainoodles #asian #recipes #sweetandspicy
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Messy Avocado Eggs Veggies Plate – Refresh My Health
Easy 5-minute vegetarian plate, with lots of veggies, hard boiled eggs, homemade guacamole (avocado alert!), and a love for healthy food.
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Quick and Easy Chana Masala – Slender Kitchen
This thirty minute Chanan Masala tastes just as good as your favorite Indian take-out but can be made at home. This healthy, hearty, and vegetarian dish will quickly become a favorite.
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Breakfast Egg Muffins – Hurry the Food Up
We’ve recently changed our much-loved Breakfast Egg Muffins (sometimes called egg cups) page – and we now have three brand new versions – as well as the original! All four can be found further down this very page. High-protein, low-carb You might have noticed a bit of a pattern emerging recently. We…
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Classic French Ratatouille – Bacon is Magic
A classic French ratatouille recipe that is vegan, gluten-free but has lots of flavour.
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Ramen Pho
A SUPER quick, easy and tasty Spicy Pho Broth with Ramen Noodles. This delight takes only about 10 minutes to throw together, but tastes like it took a few hours! Vegan and gluten-free.
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a bowl of ramen pho
Grilled Eggplant Pizza – Eat the Gains
Eggplant slices topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, this low carb Grilled Eggplant Pizza makes a perfect easy, light, and gluten free meal! Last updated on May 27, 2020. This recipe was originally posted on Pure Taste Recipes. Raise your hand if you are fan of eggplant 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏽‍♂️ For …
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Vegetarian Loaded Mexican Tortilla Pan – Kitchen Sanctuary
This Vegetarian Loaded Mexican Tortilla Pan dinner is packed with flavour and loads of healthy goodies! A real treat that won’t make you feel that you’re missing out on meat. Plus it’s ready in 20 minutes!
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House Special Fried Rice { Video!} – Mae’s Menu
Get the experience of your favorite Chinese restaurant without even having to leave the house with this House Special Fried Rice recipe. With garlic, ginger, edamame, sesame oil, and more this vegetarian fried rice is special, yet still accessible and easy to make. This dish can easily be made glu…
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30-Minute Stir Fry Vegetables – A Simple Palate
Quick & easy stir fry vegetables in a delicious sweet and gingery sauce. 30 minutes, one pan, and simple pantry ingredients! SO good.
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🇮🇹 FRITTATA CAVOLO 🇮🇹 Recipe – Refresh My Health
Delicious by its own and AMAZING with Danish rye bread, this Frittata Cavolo was “the perfect food” for me, during my healing journey.
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Best Roast Pumpkin, Spinach and Feta Salad – Nutriciously
This 30-minute roasted pumpkin and feta salad recipe is bursting with color and flavor! We love this easy gluten-free vegan main or side during fall or winter with a creamy dressing and toasted nuts on top. Perfect for weeknight dinners, potlucks or during the holidays!
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Vegan Teriyaki Chickpea Bowl – Cass Clay Cooking
This vegan teriyaki chickpea bowl is delicious and a healthy vegan version of takeout Chinese teriyaki chicken. Served with roasted broccoli and rice.
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Quinoa & Halloumi Salad – Mrs. Jones Kitchen
This vegetarian & gluten free halloumi salad with quinoa and fennel is bursting with flavours and textures. It’s a great healthy midweek meal.
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Polenta with Mushrooms, Kale and Roasted Carrots – Calm Eats
A super simple creamy polenta recipe with a tasty mushroom, kale and red onion sauce, along with dijon brushed roasted carrots. It’s vegan, gluten and dairy-free.
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Winter Salad with Broccoli and Pomegranate – Six Hungry Feet
Nutritious and delicious winter salad with roasted broccoli, pomegranate, smoked tofu and a mouth-watering tahini dressing.
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Tomato & Herb Vegetable Frittata Recipe (Paleo & Dairy-Free) – Healy Eats Real
This quick and inexpensive tomato and herb vegetable frittata recipe is the perfect healthy breakfast dish!
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Broccoli Tacos – i Heart Vegetables
These delicious vegan tacos are filled with roasted broccoli, crunchy cabbage, and an addictive cilantro cream sauce. This is a tasty way to eat your vegetables on taco night!
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Pesto Risotto (Vegan)
A super simple, yet stunningly beautiful and delicious Pesto Risotto made with arborio rice. This versatile side or main dish recipe is vegan and can be made in an Instant Pot pressure cooker or on the stovetop.
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pesto risotto in a black bowl
30 Minute Vegan Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili – Calm Eats
30 Minute Vegan Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili is a super simple recipe you can whip up on any weeknight dinner.
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Vegan Hamburger Helper – Zardy Plants
Creamy, cozy, and seriously delicious, this Vegan Hamburger Helper tastes just like the original stuff you got in a box, but better!
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Persimmon Salad with Goat Brie and Pomegranate Seeds – The Healthful Ideas
A delicious simple salad with sweet persimmon, tart pomegranate seeds, and creamy goat brie cheese.
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Ethiopian Cabbage (Atakilt Wat / Atkilt Wot) – Urban Farmie
This Ethiopian, one pot, cabbage stew (i.e. Atakilt Wat or Atkilt Wot) is vegan, gluten-free, and comes together in just 30 minutes.
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Spicy Chickpea and Tomato Soup – Sula and Spice
Need a soup with a new flavor? This Spicy Chickpea and Tomato Soup is flavored with cumin, garam masala, ginger and turmeric. Delicious!
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Cashew Carrot Ginger Soup (Vegan)
A deliciously creamy Vegan Carrot Cashew Ginger Soup quickly and easily made as a dump and start recipe for the Instant Pot or on the stovetop. Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free.
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Aloo Palak Gravy | Potato Spinach Curry | Saag Aloo – My Dainty Kitchen
Aloo palak is a vegan potato curry cooked in spinach or palak gravy and other aromatic spices. gluten free vegan and healthy curry. Read more
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Sweet Potato Soup (Instant Pot + Stovetop)
A super simple yet flavorful and creamy Sweet Potato Soup for the Instant Pot or stovetop. Vegan and gluten-free.
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a bowl of sweet potato soup
Rice Noodle Napa Cabbage Stir Fry – Six Hungry Feet
Delicious and easy to prepare stir fry using Napa Cabbage and Rice Noodle. Perfect weekday lunch or dinner. Have it ready in 25 minutes!
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Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes – Stacey Homemaker
These vegan lentil sloppy joes have the most delicious tangy sauce and meaty lentil filling! This easy to make and freezer-friendly meal is perfect for Meatless Monday and it’s ready in 30 minutes!
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Kidney Bean Curry – Little Sunny Kitchen
Creamy red kidney bean curry served over rice. This curry is made with cheap pantry ingredients, and it’s ready in under 30 minutes!
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Vegan Potato Soup – No Sweat Vegan
Hearty and filling, this vegan potato soup is just what you need to warm up on a cool day. Full of healthy veggies and aromatic flavors, this easy soup is oil-free and meal-prep friendly. #veganpotatosoup #easyvegansoup
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Mediterranean Baked Ricotta Muffins – Hurry the Food Up
I love discovering new recipes! Especially if they’re linked to getting me fitter and stronger. And that’s exactly what these baked ricotta muffin power bombs do. They’re my new favourite and are now my post gym go-to snack. After a good workout it’s imperative to replenish our body’s natural stores…
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Hearty Vegan Stew – Seven Roses
This hearty Vegan Stew recipe is perfect for the cold weather. Make it on the stove top or in a slow cooker for chilly nights: it’s comfort food heaven! As it’s no-fat and loaded with veggies, this recipe is also ideal for the Starch Solution.
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Zoodles with Avocado Pesto and Egg – Calm Eats
The good thing about eating a mostly paleo diet is that I feel pretty great these days. The trouble with eating a mostly paleo diet is the planning. I like to delude myself into believing
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Green Pea & Mint Buckwheat Risotto – My Goodness Kitchen
Gorgeously vibrant, this green pea buckwheat risotto is a fresh and healthy spin on traditional rice risotto that doesn’t forfeit creaminess or flavour.
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Yes-You-Can Black Bean Chili – Eat Plant-Based
No meat? No problem! This vegan black bean chili recipe has all the taste of a hearty chili and can be ready to eat in 15-minutes or less. The convenience of a three-ingredient dish without any greasy pans to clean.
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Arborio Risotto with Asparagus and Peas – The Healthful Ideas
Light but creamy risotto made with Arborio rice cooked in white wine. Served with sauteed asparagus and green peas. (vegan, GF)
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About Author

Hi! I'm Kristen -- a mama, photographer, recipe developer and author of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. I enjoy sharing both wildly creative and ridiculously practical vegetarian recipes that are approachable for all. Everything you see here is infused with a bit of nature, magic and good health. XO.

2 Comments

  • Daniela Modesto
    12/08/2020 at 11:49 AM

    Thank you so much my dear friend for including me in this awesome roundup!! These look amazing!!

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      12/08/2020 at 11:54 AM

      My pleasure, my friend! Thank you so much for contributing!

      Reply

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