5 May 2023
Quick 5-Minute Vegan Recipes
In today’s fast-paced world, finding time to prepare a healthy and satisfying meal can sometimes feel like a daunting task. However, with the right recipes and a little creativity, you can whip up delicious vegan dishes in just 5 minutes or less. I’ve shared my top vegan blender recipes in a previous blog, but if you need something a little more filling, these are my go-to vegan recipes that are quick, easy, and nutritious. From zesty guacamole to refreshing smoothie bowls, hearty overnight oats, and satisfying veggie wraps, we’ve got you covered. So let’s dive right in and discover these delectable vegan delights!
We’ll start our culinary journey with a classic favourite – guacamole. Inspired by this fantastic recipe, let’s create a creamy and flavorful guacamole to enjoy with chips, crackers, or a spread for sandwiches.
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 small tomato, diced
- 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely chopped
- Juice of 1 lime
- A handful of fresh coriander, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork until smooth, leaving some chunks for texture. Add the diced tomato, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and chopped cilantro to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper, then mix well until all the ingredients are combined. Taste and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. Serve the guacamole immediately with your favourite accompaniments or refrigerate it for later use.
If you’re looking for a quick and nourishing breakfast option, overnight oats are the answer. These make-ahead oats are convenient, customisable, and incredibly satisfying. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup plant-based milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sweetener of your choice
- Toppings: fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, nut butter, etc.
In a jar or container, combine the rolled oats, plant-based milk, chia seeds, and maple syrup. Stir well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly mixed. Cover the jar/container and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours. In the morning, give the oats a good stir and add your desired toppings. Enjoy your creamy and wholesome overnight oats on the go or at home!
Smoothie bowls are a fantastic way to start your day with a burst of flavour and a dose of essential nutrients. Here’s a simple yet delicious recipe for a tropical smoothie bowl:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (or any plant-based milk of your choice)
- Toppings of your choice: sliced fresh fruits, granola, chia seeds, coconut flakes, etc.
In a blender, combine the frozen banana, mango chunks, pineapple chunks, and coconut milk. Blend until smooth and creamy. If needed, add a splash of additional liquid to achieve the desired consistency. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and add your favourite toppings. Enjoy your vibrant and refreshing smoothie bowl immediately.
When time is of the essence, veggie wraps come to the rescue. They are versatile, packed with nutrients, and can be customized with your favourite vegetables and spreads. Here’s a simple recipe to create a delicious veggie wrap:
- Whole-grain tortilla/wrap
- Hummus or your preferred spread
- Sliced avocado
- Thinly sliced cucumber
- Shredded carrots
- Fresh greens (spinach, lettuce, etc.)
- Sprouts (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Lay the tortilla/wrap flat on a clean surface. Spread a generous amount of hummus or your preferred spread onto the tortilla. Layer the sliced avocado, cucumber, shredded carrots, fresh greens, and sprouts on top. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper for added flavour. Roll the tortilla tightly, tucking in the sides as you go. Slice the wrap in half or into bite-sized portions if desired. Your satisfying and nutritious veggie wrap is ready to enjoy!
With these quick 5-minute vegan recipes, you can effortlessly incorporate delicious plant-based meals into your busy schedule. From the tangy guacamole to the refreshing smoothie bowls, the hearty overnight oats, and the satisfying veggie wraps, you now have a variety of options to choose from. For more vegan meal inspiration, check out my vegan venture Plant Essence. Don’t let time be a barrier to your healthy eating habits. Embrace the simplicity and flavour of these recipes, and let vegan recipes inspire you to enjoy nourishing meals in a jiffy. Bon appétit!