This is a collection of 40 of the best vegan one pot meals ever! Make dinner quick and easy with these healthy plant-based recipes.
If you're like me and hate the visual of dishes piling up as you cook, then making a meal in one pot is the best! It helps make both dinnertime and clean up easier and stress free.
This post was originally published on July 18, 2020.
Getting healthy meals that help us eat more veggies is important to me as a mom. And when they only use one pot, making clean up much faster, I am left with more time with my family!
What is a One Pot Meal?
One pot dinners are exactly what it says, meals you can make using one pot. This may be quick and seamless, like a soup, or may take a little creativity like cooking pasta first, then using the same pot to make a quick sauce.
Who should make one pot meals?
Making an easy dinner is multi-faceted. You have the amount of ingredients, you have how much prep it takes, the cooking time, how many things you use in the process, and the effort you are putting in overall.
While we can't always solve all these issues, having a list of recipes you can make in one pot can be a saving grace for those of us that want to make dinners less effort.
I wouldn't consider myself lazy, but I am a mom of three boys trying to run a business so I definitely get tired by the time dinner rolls around. I love when I can limit the washing to one pot, it takes a little of the edge off of overwhelm.
Vegan One Pot Dinner Ideas
We have many one pot dinner recipes that don't require a lot of energy to throw together. These are some of our go-to's for those crazy days, and when we want to clean out the fridge.
Vegan One Pot Soup Recipes
Here is a list of some of our favorite soups that can easily be made in one pot. Keep in mind that those that contain pasta, I cook the pasta in the pot first, then rinse and drain and add it back in at the end.
Vegan One Pot Pasta Recipes
Pasta is a family favorite. Whether in soups, or mixed with different sauces, we typically eat it multiple times a week.
I learned fast that making the pasta first, then using the same pot for a quick sauce created less mess and made pasta night less overwhelming. That is how I adapt all of the following to make them a one pot pasta dinner!
Vegan One Pot Breakfast Recipes
One pot vegan meals don't stop at dinner! Breakfast can be quick and easy too. Here are some of our favorite ways to make breakfast healthy and stress free!
Vegan One Pot Lunch Ideas
You usually don't see lunch on the list when referring to one pot meals, but these are some great and easy options that come together quickly! They are family friendly too.
Tips and Tricks for Vegan One Pot Meals
- Prepare as much as possible in advance to makes these recipes even faster by chopping all ingredients, making any sauce ahead of time and pre-measure spices.
- If you need to sauté things in batches because you're making a large portion, I like to use the plates we are eating on to set already cooked things in. So if I had to sauté a ton of veggies, I would sauté the broccoli for example first, then the mushrooms and peppers, etc. Then once all are cooked, I'd put back in the pot and mix in the sauce or noodles or whatever is needed.
- When making pasta dishes, it works to use only one pot by cooking the pasta, draining it, then using the same pot to make the sauce. The opposite would work too, make the sauce, then put it in a storage container you will use for the leftovers, and using the same pot to cook the pasta.
- Look for precooked grains for easy meals. Frozen rice, packaged precooked pasta (especially Asian noodles for things like soups) all work great when you need things really quick.
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