Vegetarian dishes you can easily whip up


It’s not always easy being a vegetarian. You’re much more restricted with what you can eat, meaning you don’t always have loads of freedom with your meals. However, while your choices might be more restricted, there are still so many incredible things you can whip up in the kitchen. What’s more, they don’t even take that long to make. If you’re a vegetarian that’s usually hurried for time, these meals ought to suit you perfectly.

Tomato and pomegranate salad

You can never really go wrong with a salad, especially if you’re a vegetarian. It might sound a little boring, but this recipe should put any concerns to rest. It combines a variety of different tomatoes – red cherry, yellow cherry, tiger, and medium vine – with some red pepper and red onion. Mix all these ingredients together, and then in a separate bowl, pour in some crushed garlic cloves, two tablespoons of vinegar, and some olive oil. Add in the pomegranate molasses, then combine the two bowls and voilà! You now have a delicious salad that was delightfully easy to prepare.

Tomato and pomegranate salad

Cauliflower fried rice

Sounds nice, right? Well, if you want to dine on this one evening, all you’ll need is a few ingredients and 15 minutes to spare. Grab some cauliflower and blitz it in a processor until it has the consistency of rice, then toss it in a pan. Add in a few chopped vegetables of your choosing, some sauce, and your choice of protein; then you’re good to go. It’s basically just a stir fry, and it will only take you about five minutes to actually cook it.

Cannellini bean stew

If you’re after something a little more filling, what about a dish of cannellini bean stew? Once again, it doesn’t take that long to make, and you should be sitting down to eat it within 15 minutes. Pour a can of cannellini beans into a pan and add some dried tomatoes, corn kernels, and tomato paste. Put this on the heat for the set time then prepare to treat your taste buds. If you want to add a bit more flavor to the meal, chuck in a tablespoon of paprika, garlic powder, or both. Why not go wild?

Cannellini bean stew

Vegetarian chili

You might not think that chili would be so quick to cook, but this recipe will definitely prove you wrong. You should be able to get it all done in 15 minutes unless something goes wrong. Start by blitzing some chilies, paprika, onion, garlic, coriander, and cumin seeds together, then pour the mixture into a pan. Add to this some chickpeas, black beans, and peppers, and top it all off with 700 grams of passata. Allow this to cook for a short time then give it the essential taste test. Hopefully, it’ll be to your liking, but if it’s not then some sea salt and black pepper should do the trick. Bon appétit.

A lot of people don’t like spending ages in the kitchen, especially when they’ve been at work all day. Thankfully, with these recipes, you’ll never have to spend hours toiling away again.