28 Vegetarian Recipes That Are Even Easier Than Getting Takeout

Ready in 30 minutes or less and you don’t even need to put a bra on to answer the door.

1. Thai Corn Fritters

Ready in just 15 minutes. Recipe here.

2. Spring Rolls With Thai Dipping Sauce

For a non-fried appetizer, these are simple and fast. Recipe here.

3. Vegetable Pad Thai

Fish sauce, shrimp, and chicken: Who needs ‘em? Recipe here.

4. Easy Thai Chickpea Curry With Coconut Rice

Recipe here.

6. Mozzarella Sticks

Making mozzarella sticks at home requires two hours of freezing. I’m sorry. It’s just the way it is. But the actual time you’ll spend working on these is very little. Recipe here.

7. Caprese Garlic Bread

Significantly better than anything you’ll order on Seamless. Recipe here.

8. Pizza

If you use dough made in advance, you can get these pizzas sizzling in about 20 minutes. Don’t have the hour and a half to make it from scratch? Buy some dough from your favorite pizzeria and do the rest yourself. Recipes here.

9. Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Fast and easy, yes. Healthy? Not quite. Do yourself a favor and serve with some steamed broccoli. Recipe here.

10. One-Pot Primavera

One pot, four servings, 20 minutes or less. Recipe here.

11. Easy Steamed Vegetable Dumplings

Recipe here.

12. Easy Scallion Pancakes

Obvs feel free to use fresh ginger and garlic instead of frozen. Recipe here.

13. Sweet Corn Egg Drop Soup

You can buy a boxed egg drop soup mix, sure. But this one takes only 15 minutes to make and it will taste a lot better. Recipe here.

14. Sesame Noodles

Fast and simple, as it should be. Recipe here.

16. Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans

A perfectly delicious and easy side dish. Feel free to use less olive oil and butter than the recipe calls for. Recipe here.

17. Sesame Glazed Tofu

Delightfully crispy without insane amounts of oil. Recipe here.

18. Miso Soup

Don’t waste your money on a watered-down version of the real thing. Recipe here.

19. Steamed Edamame

Basically, you steam the edamame and salt them. It’s THAT EASY. Recipe here.

20. Seaweed Salad with Miso Dressing

You’ll probably need a specialty grocery store to get the seaweed salad and miso, but since they’re all shelf-stable, you can buy more than you need and store them in the cabinet. Then you can pull ‘em out and whip up this 10-minute salad whenever you want. Recipe here.

21. Udon Noodle Soup With Boy Choy and Poached Egg

Sub in vegetable broth for chicken broth and you can have a hearty, healthy vegetarian dinner in just 15 minutes. Recipe here.

22. Vegetable Sushi

Who says sushi needs to include fish? Recipe here.

23. Baked Pakoras

Healthier than the fried version. Recipe here.

24. Quick Lemon Dal

Serve as a side dish or add some more water and make it a soup. Recipe here.

25. Quick Jasmine Rice

Using a rice cooker speeds up the process and just generally makes your life easier. Recipe here.

26. Tofu Matar Masala Curry

Lots of spice = lots of taste. Recipe here.

27. Palak Paneer From Sapna Maheshwari’s Mom


Straight from the BuzzFeed Cookbook and into your heart. Recipe here.

28. Vegan Chana Masala

OK, this one takes 40 minutes instead of 30, but that’s fast for this dish. If you can think about dinner in advance, try this simple slow-cooker version.

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