30-Minute Dinner Ideas (Vegan + GF)

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Let’s assume: Between work and life and trying to cook at home, you’re tired and hungry and need dinner on the table. quickly. We get it! Lifesaver Award is given for this 30 minutes Weeknight meal ideas! From creamy soups and fresh salads to healthy entrees and more, we’ve rounded up 30+ easy, nutritious dinner recipes in 30 minutes or less. Let’s cook!

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Next to the vegetable tray is a bowl of daily vegan lentil soup

1-pot daily lentil soup

An easy, everyday recipe for lentil soup with potatoes, carrots, kale, and simple herbs and spices. The perfect plant-based main or side that only requires 10 ingredients, 1 pot, and about 30 minutes to make.

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Dip a grilled cheese sandwich into a bowl of tomato soup

Super garlicky tomato soup with crushed white beans

An intensely garlicky but bright, rich tomato soup enhanced with crushed white beans. Swirled with coconut milk, perfectly balanced, and intensely satisfying. Dip in a grilled cheese and call it a party. Only 1 pot and 30 minutes are required.

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Bite into our delicious 1-pot Golden Curried Lentil Soup using a spoon

1-pot Golden Curry Lentil Soup

Lentil soup in 1-pot curry form! Rich in flavor, fiber and protein and incredibly comforting. The perfect 30 minute healthy meal or side!

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Our delicious 1-pot black bean soup bowl features avocado, tortilla chips, and avocado.

Easy 1-Pot Black Bean Soup

Easy, comforting black bean soup made with simple ingredients in 1 pot! A 30-minute meal or side that’s customizable and incredibly satisfying.

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Bowl of Curried Butternut Squash Soup topped with pepitas and a drizzle of coconut milk

Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy curry butternut squash soup infused with coconut milk and turmeric curry powder. A delicious, simple soup that’s perfect for the fall and winter months.

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Bowl of curried beet soup with tandoori chickpeas and coriander leaves

Curry Beet Soup with Tandoori Chickpeas

30-Minute Curried Beet Soup with Creamy, Coconut Milk, Curry Spices and Tandoori-Roasted Chickpeas! A hearty and healthy winter soup.

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Bowl of creamy red pepper tomato soup with fresh dill, roasted cherry tomatoes and coconut milk

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup Made in 30 Minutes! Tasty, delicious and easy to make. The perfect side to sandwiches, salads and more!

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Bowls of creamy carrot soup topped with fresh basil

Creamy Thai Carrot Soup with Basil

Thai-inspired, 8-ingredient, 30-minute carrot soup that’s creamy, vegan + gluten-free, perfectly sweet and spicy, and oh-so-delicious.

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the pasta

Overhead shot of a bowl of creamy vegan pesto pasta

Creamy Vegan Pesto Pasta (30 minutes!)

Creamy Vegan Pesto Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Undetectable Spinach! Perfect quick, comfort food for weeknight meals, only 8 ingredients and 30 minutes needed!

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Vintage spoons in a bowl of easy vegan mac and cheese

20-Minute Mac and Cheese (Vegan)

Easy Homemade Vegan Mac and Cheese. Creamy, cheesy, and so comforting! Ready in 20 minutes with 9 simple whole food ingredients. Gluten-free optional.

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A wooden spoon holding vegan pink pasta on top of a pan

Creamy Vegan Pink Pasta (30 minutes!)

Creamy, cheesy, delicious, and pink vegan pasta! A quick and easy, plant-based, and oh-so-comforting side or main. Only 10 ingredients and 30 minutes are needed!

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Large bowl of vegan spaghetti topped with fresh basil

Easy 1-Pot Vegan Spaghetti (30 Minutes!)

All the bold flavors of classic spaghetti in 1 pot in 30 minutes! Also, lots of vegetables for extra nutrition. Easy to make, naturally plant-based, and gluten-free!

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Incredible 30-Minute White Wine + Garlic Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts!  Fast becoming a fan favorite for good reason!  #vegan #glutenfree #pasta #recipe #plantbased

Garlic and White Wine Pasta with Brussels Sprouts

Flavored, very tasty pasta with white wine and garlic white sauce and roasted Brussels sprouts. Only 30 minutes and 10 ingredients needed!

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Wooden Spoon in Creamy Vegan Mushroom Asparagus Pasta Cauldron

Creamy Mushroom and Asparagus Pasta (GF)

Creamy mushroom and asparagus pasta that’s completely gluten-free and only takes 30 minutes to prepare! A hearty, quick, and flavorful plant-based meal.

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A large plate of spicy red pasta made with lentils

Spicy red pasta with lentils

Simple, 30-Minute Spicy Red Pasta Sauce with Red Lentils for Added Protein and Fiber Serve gluten-free pasta for a delicious and hearty plant-based meal!

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Big plate of easy and delicious vegan alfredo pasta

30-Minute Vegan Alfredo (GF)

Creamy, 30-Minute Vegan Alfredo Made with 9 Ingredients and a Simple Method Add spring peas and vegan Parmesan cheese for a satisfying plant-based meal.

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Pour the dressing over a massaged kale salad

Easy Massaged Kale Salad (15 minutes!)

Everything You Need to Know About Massaged Kale Salad A delicious, quick and easy recipe for our go-to Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing! 15 minutes, 6 ingredients required.

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Dish our pesto salad with sun-dried tomatoes and almond ricotta

Green salad with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes

Quick and easy salad with mixed greens, almond ricotta, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, chickpeas and pesto dressing! A 30-Minute Plant-Based Meal!

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Plate of chopped kale salad with chickpeas and adobo dressing

Chopped Kale Salad with Adobo Dressing

A show-stopping kale salad with tandoori spice-roasted chickpeas, massaged kale, candied pecans and 5-minute smokey adobo dressing. This plant-based, gluten-free main or side requires only 8 ingredients and 30 minutes.

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Wooden salad bowl filled with our sweet potato and avocado salad with tahini dressing

Sweet Potato and Avocado Green Salad

A simple but flavorful and satisfying salad with organic greens, roasted sweet potatoes, creamy avocado, and a lemon-maple tahini dressing. 30 minutes, naturally sweet, so delicious!

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Wooden spoon into a dish of our heirloom tomato panzanella recipe

Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad

All the flavors of classic caprese in a summer panzanella salad featuring ripe heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and a balsamic vinaigrette! Only 10 ingredients and 30 minutes are required.

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Use salad tongs to serve our delicious Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Chickpea Caesar Salad

This chickpea Caesar salad is ready in just 30 minutes! The kale provides a hearty base while the zesty cashew Caesar dressing brings the whole dish to life. No major perfect direction!

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Pan refried beans and greens

Super nutritious beans and greens (1 pan!)

Delicious, nutritious sautéed white beans and greens. A quick and easy weeknight meal with cereal or toast. Only 8 ingredients, 30 minutes and 1 pan are required.

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BBQ tempeh sandwich resting on a cutting board

BBQ Tempeh Sandwich with Sweet and Spicy Slaw

Smoky, smooth BBQ tempeh sandwich with creamy sriracha slaw! A hearty, 30-minute plant-based meal requires only 10 ingredients!

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Pan fry with vegan mince

Easy Vegan Picadillo (Cuban-Inspired)

A delicious, easy, plant-based twist on piccadillo! This hearty, savory-sweet, Cuban-inspired entree requires just 1 pot and 30 minutes.

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Plate with a corn tortilla topped with beans, jicama slaw and guacamole

Smoky BBQ Bean Tacos (Vegan, GF)

Smoky BBQ Bean Tacos Pack serious, smooth flavor. Serve with our jicama slaw for the ultimate plant-based side or entree. Ready in 25 minutes with 10 basic ingredients!

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Two bowls of our rich red curry served over brown rice

Rich red curry with roasted vegetables

A rich coconut milk and cayenne-based curry with roasted vegetables and cauliflower or brown rice! A hearty, flavorful, 30-minute plant-based meal.

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Pots and bowls of Thai green curry served with rice

1-pot vegetable green curry

Incredibly delicious, 1-pot vegan green curry loaded with veggies. Serve over rice or quinoa for the ultimate light comfort food! Only 30 minutes are required.

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Our amazing Easy Vegan Pad Thai Pan with Tofu recipe

Easy Tofu Pad Thai

Easy Tofu Pad Thai is ready in just 30 minutes with simple ingredients. A hearty, versatile, plant-based dish with lots of texture and big flavor!

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Pick up a taco from a plate

1-Pot Smokey Lentil Vegan Taco “Meat”

Easy vegan taco “meat” made with lentils, carrots and tons of smoky spices! This flavorful, 1-pot dish only requires 30 minutes!

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Grab a bite of our 20-Minute Tofu Stir Fry Recipe Using Chopsticks

20-Minute Tofu Stir-Fry

A delicious veggie-packed tofu stir-fry that comes together in just 20 minutes! Gluten-free, plant-based, and perfect for weekdays.

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Big bowl of quinoa topped with veggies for our Quinoa Gado Gado recipe

Quinoa Gado-Gado Bowl (30 minutes!)

A modern take on a classic Indonesian dish called Gado-Gado! Quinoa replaces rice for added protein, fresh and steamed vegetables add lots of nutrients and fiber, and it’s topped with a spicy, 2-minute peanut sauce!

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Spoon resting in a pan of vegan shakshuka with fresh cilantro

1-pot chickpea shakes

Delicious, delicious Shakshuk with chickpeas in 1 pot in 30 minutes! A hearty yet healthy meal perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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If you try any of these easy dinner ideas, let us know! Leave a comment or take a photo and tag it @minimalistbaker on Instagram. Enjoy, friends!

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