These are the easiest vegan recipes you will ever find! But don't worry, they're also incredibly delicious, you'll wonder why you didn't make them sooner! Minimal prep, minimal kitchen time—truly low-effort lazy vegan recipes!
What makes these vegan recipes lazy
If you can't be bothered or don't have the time to cook a filling, balanced vegan meal it can be tempting to just make a bowl of pasta with some marinara sauce. Been there!
But if you want to mix it up without much effort, these recipes are for you!
Many can be made without little effort, no chopping, and less than 30 minutes.
Maybe you're not in the mood to cook, or don't have the mental energy after a long day, these recipes come together in minutes so that you can have more time for the things you do want to do.
Some of these recipes are perfect for batch cooking and meal prep. Others are quick and make one or a couple servings. I've designated what each recipe is great for in the highlights.
Lazy vegan staple ingredients to have on hand
These are my recommendations to have on hand so you can make these simple recipes whenever the mood strikes!
If you've been cooking vegan for a while, you probably already have these staple ingredients.
If you're brand new to eating vegan or plant-based, these are staples that you'll definitely want to keep on hand. When your pantry is stocked with these basic ingredients you'll be able to throw together a lazy vegan meal in a moments notice!
Beans and legumes
Any of your favorite canned beans will do. Many are interchangeable in recipes. I like to have black beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), lentils, and kidney beans on hand. Canned is best for beans but lentils cook quickly so if you only have dried lentils that's fine too!
I'm sure you already have salt and black pepper but don't forget some of these others! I like onion powder and garlic powder because it's easier to add these to a dish than to chop an onion and mince garlic. Cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and Italian seasonings are also common ones to keep on hand.
A bag of frozen mixed vegetables is almost always in our freezer. Frozen veg can quickly be added to soups, stews, curries, and stir fries. Honestly, anything that requires veggies can have frozen veggies subbed in. It takes all the prep work out, making lazy vegan meals truly possible!
Dried pasta of any shape is a must. Pasta noodles are so easy to prepare and can make a dish heartier. Spaghetti, ramen, udon, penne, whatever your heart desires! Quinoa or rice is also great to have on hand. Both are easy to cook up and help to round out a dish. Oh, and you can't forget rolled oats—they're great for adding to breakfasts, snacks or desserts!
This isn't an exhaustive list but this will get you started in making some lazy vegan recipes. Check out the following recipes and make a note of which ones you want to make and what ingredients you need. Stock up on those ingredients so you can make these recipes on those lazy days!
Lazy Vegan Breakfasts
Here you'll find recipes when you need something on-the-go or just don't have the time to prepare a breakfast in the morning. These lazy vegan breakfasts take hardly any time to prepare and also make great snacks or even a healthier dessert option!
Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, no-bake, 5-ingredients
Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to whip these up. These bars are so easy to make, you'll never buy store-bought granola bars again! They're perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or snack.
Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, no-bake
If you love the candy bar, you'll love these overnight oats! They're incredibly easy to throw together the night before. No more rushed mornings trying to figure out what to eat!
Recipe highlights: One bowl, 20 minutes, 3-ingredients
Cookies for breakfast? Heck yes! These cookies only require 3 ingredients and come together in no time. They make a great on-the-go breakfast, snack, or dessert!
Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, 2-ingredients, 3 minutes with pressure cooker
This steel cut oatmeal recipe is a healthy and easy breakfast idea for anyone with an instant pot. Just 2 main ingredients but the optional mix-ins are delicious and easy to add as well!
Recipe highlights: 3-ingredients, 20 minutes, one bowl
These pancakes are so simple and made in less than 20 minutes! Add whatever toppings you have on hand for a truly lazy breakfast!
Recipe highlights: Single serving, 5 minutes
This healthy oat flour mug muffin is a great breakfast or snack when you're craving a muffin but only need one! It's also ready in 5 minutes.
Lazy Vegan Lunch and Dinners
These recipes come together easily and don't require many ingredients or chopping! Perfect for busy weeknights or fast meal prep on the weekends. We've got dump and bake style, one-pot or one-bowl and fast or no cooking necessary recipes!
Recipe highlights: Dump and bake, minimal chopping, meal prep
If you're the kind of person that likes an easy dump and bake recipe—this one is for you! This casserole takes hardly any time to prepare—simply mix your ingredients together, dump them into your baking dish, and bake. It couldn't get easier!
Recipe highlights: meal prep, one-pot, no chopping
This recipe is already incredibly easy, but if you're feeling truly lazy, skip the minced garlic and add a teaspoon of garlic powder instead. Throw everything in the pot at once and let simmer for 30 minutes. BAM—now you have yourself a lazy vegan dinner!
Recipe highlights: Meal prep, 4-ingredients, 15 minutes with pressure cooker
Teriyaki noodles are a simple but delicious Asian-inspired dish perfect for any weeknight. Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can have this dinner ready in less than 20 minutes with almost no prep work needed and just 4 basic ingredients. Perfect for feeding your hungry family on busy nights!
Recipe highlights: One-pot, no chopping, 10 minutes
Easy one-pot vegan mac & cheese that's gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free! The perfect quick, healthy, protein-packed dinner recipe, ready in less than 10 minutes, making it one weeknight family favorite where moms and kids approve!
Recipe highlights: Single serving, 5 minutes
Cook a sweet potato in minutes and top it with some canned black beans, salsa and avocado for a full meal! This cooking hack makes preparing potatoes so easy!
Recipe highlights: meal prep, one pot, no chopping
Ready to try the easiest vegan soup you'll ever make? Just dump everything in a pot, boil for ten minutes, blend, and enjoy this flavorful bowl of yummy goodness! Use frozen or pre-cut broccoli to make it even faster!
Recipe highlights: 3-ingredients, 15 minutes, no chopping
No meat? No problem! This vegan Yes-You-Can Black Bean Chili recipe has all the tastes of hearty chili and can be ready to eat in 15-minutes or less. The convenience of a three-ingredient recipe without any greasy pans to clean.
Recipe highlights: 15 minutes, 7-ingredients or less
This easy dinner will quickly become a favorite in your weekly rotation. Try these three different varieties or customize your own with the veggies you have on hand and make a healthy and delicious dinner in no time!
Recipe highlights: 25 minutes, minimal chopping, one-bowl option
These healthy and filling bean burritos are assembled within minutes by using leftover cooked rice, canned beans, salsa and a few chopped veggies of your choice! They are portable, crowd-pleasing and so tasty! Keep store-bought tortillas on hand to make this even lazier or throw everything together for a burrito bowl!
Recipe highlights: Meal prep, 8-ingredients, minimal chopping
This Fiesta Veggie Tater Tot Casserole is the perfect quick dinner for when life gets hectic. Use an oven-safe skillet to make this one-pot delicious dinner and get it on the table quick!
Recipe highlights: 15 minutes, minimal chopping, 6-ingredients
Mediterranean Chickpea Spinach Salad is a Greek-inspired vegan recipe featuring carrots and Kalamata olives in a light dressing. This colorful flavorful dish is easy to make with only 6 ingredients in about 15 minutes!
Recipe highlights: meal prep, 20 minutes, no chopping
This easy Vegan Macaroni Salad tastes just like the classic creamy pasta salad, but this one is all vegan. Easily made gluten free and no chopping required! Ready in less than 30 minutes!
Recipe highlights: 5-ingredients, 15 minutes, minimal chopping
Grab a handful of fresh spinach leaves and turn them into a delicious creamy pasta sauce in 15 minutes!
Recipe highlights: 8-ingredients, 25 minutes, minimal chopping
This easy stew with peas and carrots in a tomato base comes together quickly! Use frozen peas and carrots to reduce chopping time and have a delicious stew ready in 25 minutes!
Lazy Vegan Desserts
If you want dessert but don't want to make anything complicated—these recipes are for you! Satisfy your sweet tooth in minutes with no-bake recipes, minimal ingredients, but maximum deliciousness!
Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, no-bake, 4-ingredients
This yogurt bark is an easy and delicious treat requiring only 4 main ingredients and topping it with whatever you like!
Recipe highlights: single serving, 5 minutes, one bowl
Chewy, sweet and soft, this vegan chocolate chip mug cookie will definitely satisfy your sweet cravings! All you need is a few simple ingredients and 5 mins to make this amazing treat.
Recipe highlights: No-bake, 10 minutes, 6-ingredients
This mouth-watering chocolate dessert hummus is quick and easy to make. Just toss the ingredients in a blender or food processor, then serve with some fresh fruit or cookies for dipping.
Recipe highlights: Prep ahead, no-bake, 6-ingredients
Simple, healthier dessert and totally yummy. This vegan black bean mousse is ready in minutes and can be made in bulk and frozen!
Recipe highlights: 7 minutes, 6-ingredients, 1-2 servings
This vegan edible sugar cookie dough is a quick and easy treat that is safe to eat and so delicious! It's the perfect portion for one or two but can easily be doubled or tripled for more people! All you need are 6 simple pantry ingredients!
Looking for more easy vegan recipes? These easy meal prep recipes can all be made in 30 minutes or less!
If you tried any of these recipes, please rate them and comment below which ones you liked best. Or which ones you plan to try!