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Our Top 10 Easy, Quick Plant-Based Recipes From August 2021!


Save time in the kitchen with these easy and quick vegan dishes so you can spend more time with the fam. All of these quick vegan dishes take 30 minutes or less to prepare!

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Quick Meals Archives and our Quick & Easy Recipe Archives for more ideas!

1. Tomato Orzo Risotto

Vegan Tomato Orzo Risotto

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This Tomato Orzo Risotto by Lenny Wu is an easy one-pot dish without the hassle of your typical rice-based risotto.

2. Mango & Tender Coconut Soft Serve 

Vegan Mango & Tender Coconut Soft Serve

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This Mango & Tender Coconut Soft Serve by Namrata Edward Kshitij is a light and refreshing soft serve made with luscious ripe mangoes and meat from tender unripe coconut. The best thing about “desserts” made with fresh fruits is that you don’t have to use any additional sweetener if you use ripe, sweet fruits. However, feel free to add in a tablespoon of coconut nectar or maple syrup if your mangoes aren’t sweet enough.

3. Heirloom Tomato Salad

Vegan Heirloom Tomato Salad

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This Heirloom Tomato Salad by Nita Ragoonanan is the perfect recipe for people who grow their own tomatoes (or happen to have a bunch of tomatoes lying around in their kitchen.) It’s so easy, fresh, and tasty–what’s not to love? Just cut the tomatoes; top with basil, balsamic, salt, and pepper; chill; and eat. So simple and so good!

4. Chinese Cold Sesame Noodles

Vegan Chinese Cold Sesame Noodles

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The main ingredient in this Chinese Cold Sesame Noodles by Pavani Nandula is Chinese-style sesame paste which is very different from Middle Eastern tahini. This is made with roasted sesame seeds. The recipe is very simple with a no-cook sauce. All the ingredients are mixed into a sauce and then tossed with the cooked noodles. You can add more vegetables if you like.

5. Simple Italian Pasta Salad

Vegan Simple Italian Pasta Salad

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This Simple Italian Pasta Salad by Planted and Picked is a great go-to salad and common meal prep item all year round. It’s simple and it’s fabulous for lunch or as a side. It is also great to bring along to a potluck or a picnic.

6. Fudgy Brownies

Vegan Fudgy Brownies

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These Fudgy Brownies by Caroline Doucet may be gluten-free, vegan AND sweetened with dates, but that doesn’t make them any less good. They’re soft, rich and perfectly sweetened with fruit, including dates and apple sauce. Honestly, these may just be the fudgiest brownies you’ll ever try.

7. Crispy Marinated Tofu

Vegan Crispy Marinated Tofu

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Would you like crispy, tasty tofu for dinner tonight? If you need a recipe with lots of flavor, this Crispy Marinated Tofu by Julie Zimmer is the one for you.

8. Strawberry Coconut Bliss Balls

Vegan Strawberry Coconut Bliss Balls

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Refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and bursting with coconut and ripe strawberries these Strawberry Coconut Bliss Balls by Lena Ropp really are just that – bliss! With a dense texture and a “not-overwhelmingly” sweet taste, these bliss balls are perfect to boost your energy.

9. Lentil Nuggets with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Vegan Lentil Nuggets with Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Craving chicken nuggets? Make a swap to this whole-food, plant-based alternative. These Lentil Nuggets with Sweet and Sour Sauce by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, they’re a great finger food for kids. Enjoy fresh out of the oven or as a leftover (even cold!)

10. Tempeh Salad with Tahini Dressing

Vegan Tempeh Salad with Tahini Dressing

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Massaged kale with balsamic sautéed tempeh, tangy tahini dressing and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and hemp hearts. This Tempeh Salad with Tahini Dressing by Caroline Doucet is done in less than 30 minutes, which makes it perfect for quick weeknight dinners.

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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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