When it comes to vegan cuisine is doesn’t have to be complicated and difficult. Especially if you’re new to the plant-based life some recipes seem daunting with their unique ingredient requests. The worst is when you find a recipe that looks delicious but then you find out it requires 10 pots and a signature to sign your life away.
There is no need to fret because we are here to help you. Enjoy plant-based food, feel good about what you’re fueling your body with, and make it effortless. One pot meals are not only easy to put together but that also means less cleanup time after. Cooking is half the battle, am I right? We have found 15 easy one-pot meals that are plant-based friendly that you can share with everyone.
One pot meals don’t have to only be saved for dinner, you can use this tactic for breakfast too. Overnight oats are a great idea because it means you’ll wake up with a ready-made breakfast. You’ll probably be woken up by the delicious smell before your alarm goes off but is that really a bad thing?
If you love the flavors of apple pie then you’ll love this breakfast. It has delicious flavors but is still filled with nutrition. Steel cut oats are a much better alternative to instant oats because they offer a good source of fiber as well as a healthy dose of iron, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins. When making this recipe make sure to use a dairy-free milk to keep it vegan-friendly.
https://www.fivehearthome.com/overnight-slow-cooker-apple-pie-steel-cut-oatmeal-recipe-no-burnt-edges/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FIVE HEART HOME
If you love comforting meals but have a hard time keeping them healthy then this is the recipe for you. It is full of protein which is provided by black beans and quinoa. Quinoa is a power food that is often used mixed into salads but mixing it into a hot meal can be a great idea too.
This recipe is very easy and requires no obscure ingredients, better yet you’ll most likely have everything on hand. This dish is loaded with chopped veggies and flavored with tasty Mexican flavors such as cumin and then complimented by fresh lime juice. You could consider garnishing this dish with a tasty herb like parsley and sliced avocado for extra nutrients.
https://veganheaven.org/recipe/one-pan-mexican-quinoa/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: VEGAN HEAVEN
Enchilada’s can be filled with many different ingredients. They are commonly made by rolling a tortilla that is filled with meat and is then served with a chili sauce. This recipe gives you similar flavors to enchiladas but without the meat and then is served in a unique way.
This meal makes cooking easy because you can cook all the ingredients in one skillet on the stovetop. It is both cheesy, savory and comforting. Instead of tortillas, this recipes serves all the fillings of enchiladas mixed into elbow pasta. Vegan cheese is then mixed in to make it extra cheesy and creamy. Top off this meal with more vegan cheese for an even more delightful taste!
https://neuroticmommy.com/2016/08/28/one-pot-vegan-enchilada-pasta/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: NEUROTIC MOMMY
Thai takeout is one of my favorite cuisines to enjoy. The dishes often taste intricate with flavor and texture that it is sometimes intimidating to try and remake. This recipe shows you how it is easy to bring Thai cuisine home with you. It is made with simple ingredients and in one pot so there is no need to pile up the dishes with this meal.
The tofu chunks provide your meal with a good dose of protein and the shredded carrot adds some extra nutrition too. Rice noodles are a great way to feel full without feeling heavy afterwards. This pad thai comes with instructions on how to make a savory and spicy sauce that the whole family will love.
https://aprilgolightly.com/one-pot-pad-thai-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: APRIL GOLIGHTLY
Stroganoff is often thought of as a hearty and meaty meal. This recipes takes all those flavors but leaves the meat out. This mushroom stroganoff may be a comforting meal for a cool cozy day, however, considering it’s bursting with flavors you’ll be craving it all year round.
This meal is hearty and gives beef stroganoff a makeover by making it plant-based, healthy and gluten-free! Which means all the more people can enjoy this delicious meal. You can make this creamy dinner in one pot too so that’s less clean up after.
http://frommybowl.com/one-pot-mushroom-stroganoff/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FROM MY BOWL
Most soups make great one-pot dinners and not to mention is a great meal idea where you can throw all the ingredients together and then let cooking do its magic. This recipe is super easy and only takes 30 minutes until you have a fragrant meal that you can indulge in.
This is the type of soup that you can throw together when you’re low on groceries and fresh produce. Orzo is a short-cut pasta that is shaped like a large grain rice. Although much smaller than most pasta varieties it is still very filling. This soup is also full of good flavor from garlic, onions, basil and oregano. This soup will give you a healthy dose of nutrients that you’ll feel good about feeding to the family.
https://www.thegardengrazer.com/2017/12/kidney-bean-spinach-orzo-soup-30-minute.html?m=1 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE GARDEN GRAZER
To some the Instant Pot may have seemed like a fad but it’s here for good. This brilliant tool helps make one-pot dinners that much easier to achieve in your kitchen. Chili is another awesome meal idea when it comes to throwing ingredients together, let the cooking time do it’s work and then voila, you have a tasty meal in no time.
This chili does not require any meat as it’s protein is provided by red lentils, pinto beans and black beans. It also has a delightful texture from chopped peppers, to kernel corn and then is seasoned with luscious flavors of paprika, chili powder, and minced garlic. Try making this chili for an effortless dinner in minimal time.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/incredible-instant-pot-vegan-red-lentil-chili/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
This easy one-pot meal is healthy and Indian cuisine inspired! It is loaded with green vegetables from broccoli florets and English peas and is then stocked full with flavor. If you’re new to Indian cuisine then this would be a good entry-level dish, it only requires one Indian spice, curry.
This delicious dinner get’s its creamy texture from coconut milk and veggie stock. Serve this dish with warm naan to dip into your meal. If you have the extra energy you can make this a two-pot meal and serve it with your favorite kind of rice.
https://veggiechick.com/one-pot-curried-lentils-english-peas/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: VEGGIE CHICK
Once you started to experiment with Indian cuisine you’ll want to make this recipe next. This easy stove top recipe will be made up in no time and will fill your kitchen with exquisite flavors. If you’re already an Indian food lover then you’ll definitely love this dish too.
If you follow a vegan lifestyle and are following a Keto diet then this recipe would be perfect for you as well. It is high fat, low carb and a whole lot of deliciousness. It has a creamy texture sourced from coconut milk and is chunky in texture similar to a stew. This dish is so delicious and fulfiling that you can eat it on its own, that means no rice cooking required.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/easy-stovetop-indian-curry-veganlow-carb/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Nothing says kid-loving-meals like tater tots. If you have a hard time getting your kids to eat much more than tater tots then you’ll want to make this casserole. They get the same tater tots they know and love but the bottom is where you get to sneak in some vegetables.
Your cast iron pan will do all the magic making in this one-pot meal that you and your whole family can enjoy. You will find a creamy filling full of veggies, vegan sausage and then topped with a crispy layer of tater tots. This recipe is also soy-free and gluten-free making it suitable for even more people.
https://holycowvegan.net/one-pot-vegan-tater-tot-casserole/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HOLY COW VEGAN
You may often find tetrazzini dishes made with poultry or seafood but this is a meat-free zone. This delightful meal is completely plant-based and delicious. It also takes under 30 minutes which means you can make this savory dish on weeknights when you have little time.
This dish is a double-whammy in our books because not only does it take under 30 minutes to make it is also a one-pot meal which means even less time is spent cleaning up the dishes. You’ll have this mushroom tetrazzini cooked in little time, it starts on the stove and finishes in the oven all in one pot! This dish has a creamy sauce made from non-dairy milk, veggie broth and flour and is then combined with comforting pasta, fried mushrooms and then topped off with crispy panko crumbs.
https://www.rabbitandwolves.com/vegan-one-pot-mushroom-tetrazzini/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: RABIT AND WOLVES
If you love simple dinners this is perfect for you. It requires under 10 ingredients, most of which you probably have on hand and takes under 25 minutes to make, that is including prep time! This recipe is full of flavor and very healthy it may just be your new favorite go-to weeknight meal.
This is another excellent creamy pasta meal and gets its creamy texture from coconut milk and red curry paste. It may seem odd to not boil the pasta prior to assembling this dish but there is enough liquid in this recipe that gets the job done in just one pot.
https://veganheaven.org/recipe/vegan-one-pot-pasta-spinach-tomatoes/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: VEGAN HEAVEN
Finding meals that your kids will love can sometimes be a big challenge, especially if they’re particularly picky eaters. Making mac and cheese and turning it into a healthy meal is a good way to introduce veggies to your hard to please eaters.
This mac and cheese is completely plant-based which means it is dairy-free. This recipe is made with whole grain noodles but easily customizable if you need to it be gluten-free. The mac and cheese get its cheesy sauce and flavor from cashews and nutritional yeast. You can keep it simple with one-pot and eat directly as is or you can go an extra step, make this a two-pot recipe and bake the cheesy mac for an extra crunch on top. The options are endless and totally up to you!
https://www.hummusapien.com/vegan-mac-cheese/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HUMMUSAPIEN
This is another easy one-pot soup meal that you can have ready for your family with little effort. Slow cookers are a great way to skip the roasting step when you want to achieve a hearty soup like butternut squash soup. All you have to do is dice up the vegetables, pop all ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do it’s magic while you’re away.
Soup is great for cold comfortable days in but they’re also great for days that you feel like you want to devote your energy anywhere besides cooking. This soup is flavorful and healthy and has a nice creamy texture that everyone will love. An immersion blender does the trick here to make this recipe nice and creamy.
https://delightfuladventures.com/butternut-squash-sweet-potato-carrot-soup/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DELIGHTFUL ADVENTURES
This delicious broccoli quinoa dish is very simple to make and only takes 25 minutes to put together. It also very healthy because the main ingredients are simply broccoli florets and quinoa. Broccoli is a great source of dietary fiber as well as provides our bodies with other awesome nutrients like vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, iron and so much more.
This dish has hints of cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast that will peak your families interests. To top off this dish garnish it with bread crumbs for an extra crunchy texture. This easy one-pot meal will feed your whole family and if you decide to double the recipe you could even save your leftovers for a healthy lunch too.
https://www.cearaskitchen.com/vegan-one-pot-broccoli-quinoa/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CEARA’S KITCHEN