Cheap, lazy vegan meals

There are so many amazing, delicious vegan dishes out there that are an elaborate work of art.

But what about when you’re not feeling cooking, and want your food now?

While there are days where I don’t mind putting in the effort to make something like pierogi, there are so many days where I just want something quick and easy. Because I’m a lazy vegan.

So, here are some options for when it comes to making something easy, that’s not full of fancy, expensive ingredients.

chickpea toast: I have to start here. It’s the easiest thing to make. Literally just pop in some toast. Open a can of chickpeas, drain it, microwave it for 1 minute and season it with whatever you like.

nachos: Put chips on a plate and whatever you want on top of it. I like cooking and crumbling up a veggie burger, or some black beans. And then I top it with things like tomato, onion, banana peppers, avocado, salsa, sriracha. Yum.

salad: People think these are more complicated than they actually are. I like either kale or romaine as my base, and then I’ve been cutting up half an avocado, throwing a fork full of kraut in, along with some spices and then massaging it into the greens to soften it all up, and the avocado becomes a nice sauce.

veggie burgers: These are great to have on hand for those days you just want to grab one, cook it in a skillet and throw it in a bun (or slice of bread in my case). And then you know the drill, top it with whatever you like.

couscous and soup: Couscous cooks really really fast, around the same amount of time it takes to warm up a can of soup. I like to just get a box of couscous and a can of minestrone soup, and voila, a meal.

pasta: You can throw in some veggies or you can literally just do noodles and sauce.

burrito: Sauté up some veggies, open up a can of beans, chop up some lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, throw in some salsa and sriracha and roll it up.

fries + vegan cheese sauce: This is a recent discover thanks to Ellen Fischer. It does take 30ish minutes to cook the potato fries, but I just mix them around in the pan every 10 minutes so it’s not hard. Check out her video for the vegan cheese sauce recipe and get ready to drool

smoothie: This is a summer thing for me. Throw a banana, some frozen fruit and whatever else in a blender. I love this either first thing in the morning or after a run.

watermelon/Fruit: Another summer thing for me. I love just eating a nice spread of fruit for a smaller meal. I know some people don’t consider fruit a meal, but if you eat the right amount it totally is. And this is what I do for lunch when I want something on the lighter, fresher side.

So, I know none of these are revolutionary. But they are so stinking easy. People think being vegan or plant-based is hard, or expensive but it doesn’t have to be.

What are some of your go-to lazy vegan meals?

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