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20 Meatless Dinners Under 30 Minutes

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Running low on time and some easy budget-friendly meals?  Try one of these 20 Meatless Dinners that are ready in under 30 minutes! 

As you know, Michael and I are not vegan or full-time plant-based people, but we do try to incorporate a vegetarian meal at least once a week. Not only are they budget-friendly but it’s a nice change from having meat at every meal. 

Meatless meals are typically full of nutritious ingredients and even provide a decent amount of protein despite it not containing meat. 

Here are some of the best meatless meals that we can’t wait for you to try!

Vegetarian Quinoa Chili With Black Beans And Kidney Beans

black bean chili with quinoa in a white bowl topped with cheese

This Vegetarian Quinoa Chili with black beans and kidney beans is full of flavor, uses only whole ingredients, and guaranteed to warm you up on those cold winter days!

Pumpkin Gnocchi Sauce

close up of gnocchi with pumpkin sauce with a spoon

Pumpkin Gnocchi Sauce will quickly become your go-to Fall favorite! It’s creamy, flavorful, made with whole ingredients, vegan, dairy-free, and nut-free! Great for pasta too!

The Best Goat Cheese Pasta

top view of goat cheese pasta in a white bowl with a gold fork

This Goat Cheese Pasta recipe is made with only a few ingredients, a couple of spices, and full of protein! Perfect for a quick meatless meal!

Vegetarian Chili Mac

vegetarian mac with black beans in a pot with a spoon

Vegetarian Chili Mac may sound like a winter dish, but is a favorite year-round! Full of chili flavors and the comfort of pasta, not to mention only whole ingredients! A healthy dish your whole family will love!

No-boil Veggie Pasta Bake | Gluten-free, High-protein

This gluten-free no-boil vegetarian pasta bake is the perfect weeknight dinner! Simply mix uncooked pasta, sauce, cottage cheese, frozen broccoli, and nutritional yeast together, then bake for a high-protein, high-fiber dinner. Top with mozzarella to finish it off!

Vegan Mushroom Soup 

Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup is the perfect healthier, hearty soup! It comes together in 30 minutes and only requires 12 ingredients.

Vegan Butter Chicken

This Vegan Butter Chicken is creamy, tangy and it’s bursting with flavor. Comes together in just about 30 minutes making this the perfect weeknight recipe!

Hearty Lentil Bolognese 

Hearty, wholesome, and full of flavor, this vegan red lentil bolognese is easy to make in about 25 minutes and a great healthy weeknight meal!

Cream Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Cream Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are a perfect side dish, appetizer or quite honestly, so filling that you can eat them for dinner!

Garden Veggie Shakshuka

This quick and easy Garden Veggie Shakshuka makes a delicious healthy meal. While this is typically a breakfast dish, you can make it an easy 30 minute meatless dinner!

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

You’ll love this Southwestern Quinoa Salad recipe as an easy meatless meal idea for two that is naturally gluten-free, and vegan.

Mexican Street Corn Quesadillas

A hearty vegetarian option for a weeknight meal, these loaded Mexican street corn quesadillas with mucho cheese can be prepped and plated in just 20 minutes.

Air Fryer Falafels 

This easy and healthy Air Fryer Falafel recipe is gluten-free, vegan, grain-free, and allergy-free! No oil or frying needed for these light and crispy falafel. Quick to make using canned chickpeas and chickpea flour and perfect for filling a gluten-free pita, lunches, appetizers, or dinners

Vegetarian Nachos

On the table in under 15 minutes, these quick vegetarian nachos are piled high with veggies and feta cheese.

Vegan Pad Thai

A healthier homemade version of your takeout favorite! This Easy Vegan Pad Thai recipe is gluten-free and allergy-free, meaning no nuts or soy! With authentic rice noodles, veggies, and a delicious Pad Thai sauce, you’ll have dinner on the table in a flash and the best leftovers for lunch!

Vegan Mushroom Pasta With A Creamy Garlic Sauce

This creamy mushroom pasta takes just 25 minutes is so easy to make! A lighter version than the classic as it uses oat cream to make the sauce and the Italian herb mix creates a taste sensation.

Italian Egg Drop Soup

A quick and easy nutrient-rich meal without meat and ready in under 30 minutes! Great for meal prepping and freezer friendly!

Pita Bread Pizza 

Super quick, easy, delicious and all age approved healthy Pita bread pizza recipe is the one recipe you should definitely include in your list of ‘family-approved under 10-minute dinners’.

Spicy Pinto Bean Bowls

Need a tasty, easy recipe to use your dried pinto beans? Try these spicy cheesy pinto bean bowls! They’re sure to become a family favorite.

Quinoa Pizza Bites

These quinoa pizza bites are the perfect toddler quinoa bites or quinoa appetizers. Filled with greens, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, and cheese, these veggie quinoa bites taste like healthy mini pizza bites.

I can’t wait to try all of these meatless dinners! Which one of these is on your list to try? If you found this list to be helpful, give me a shoutout by tagging me over on Instagram!



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