10 Nourishing Vegan Summer Dishes That Take Less Than 30 Minutes

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Whip up these spring and summer-ready plant-based meals in under 30 minutes.

Sometimes, busy days make it so difficult to fit time for a healthy home-cooked lunch or dinner. But that doesn’t mean that the challenge is impossible! Even with only half an hour to spare, it is totally doable to whip up a delicious and nourishing meal. Plus, it’s important to take breaks in between work, chores and errands.

We’ve got you covered this summer with these 10 seasonal, plant-based recipes – all of them take 30 minutes or less.

Source: Gastroplant

1. Sesame soba noodles

This comforting yet nutritious Japanese cold noodle dish is so easy to make. All you need is a handful of pantry staples and takes at most 15 minutes. 

Recipe: Gastroplant

Source: Detoxinista

2. Stuffed zucchini boats

Stuffed with a Mexican-inspired black bean filling and a vegan cheese sauce, these zucchini boats are so pretty and delicious that you’ll find it hard to believe it takes only 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. 

Recipe: Detoxinista

Source: This Healthy Table

3. Summer rolls

A summer recipe list wouldn’t be complete without summer rolls! These 20 minute healthy vegetable-filled rice paper rolls with a creamy peanut sauce make the perfect summer lunch. 

Recipe: This Healthy Table

Source: Lazy Cat Kitchen

4. Vegan summer pasta

This simple pasta recipe uses the best of summer seasonal produce – ripe tomatoes, olives and zucchini – and can be tossed together in just 20 minutes. 

Recipe: Lazy Cat Kitchen

Source: A Simple Palate

5. Burrito bowl

If you’re really in a hurry, then this one’s for you. This 15 minute vegan burrito bowl recipe calls for beans, sweetcorn, bell peppers and avocado, but can easily be substituted with whatever you have in your pantry and fridge.

Recipe: A Simple Palate

Source: Minimalist Baker

6. Grilled vegetable skewers 

Grilled veggie skewers are such an easy dish to cook on a weeknight – requires just 7 ingredients and half an hour. If you can squeeze an extra 10 minutes of cooking time in, then pair it with a vegan chimichurri sauce for a citrus-y punch. 

Recipe: Minimalist Baker

Source: The Spruce Eats

7. Cucumber soup

The afternoon heat during the summer months can be unbearable. Cool down with this 20 minute chilled cucumber soup, which goes perfectly with lightly toasted sourdough. 

Recipe: The Spruce Eats

Source: Cook Nourish Bliss

8. Tempeh & veggie stir-fry

Stir-fries are always fast yet delicious. Try this recipe that tosses your favourite vegetables and tempeh with garlic and ginger. You can whip this up in half an hour and serve with rice. 

Recipe: Cook Nourish Bliss

Source: Yup It’s Vegan

9. Sesame garlic noodles 

Can you believe that this delicious noodle dish takes 10 minutes? While you’re cooking your noodles, you can mix your sauce together and stir-fry your preferred veggies to save on time. Throw your cooked noodles into your stir-fry for an extra couple of minutes and it’s ready. 

Recipe: Yup It’s Vegan

Source: The Live-In Kitchen

10. Lettuce wraps 

This flavour-packed recipe calls for tofu or tempeh, onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, soy sauce and peanuts, and within less than 20 minutes you’ll have a healthy and delicious meal to devour. 

Recipe: The Live-In Kitchen

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  • Sally Ho

    Sally Ho is Green Queen's former resident writer and lead reporter. Passionate about the environment, social issues and health, she is always looking into the latest climate stories in Hong Kong and beyond. A long-time vegan, she also hopes to promote healthy and plant-based lifestyle choices in Asia. Sally has a background in Politics and International Relations from her studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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