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Ten veggie recipes to whip up in 15 minutes or less

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One can never have enough veggie-based meals in one's culinary repertoire.

Whether it's down to the growing awareness of animal welfare and meat eating's global impact, the numbers of us simply trying to live more healthily or vegetarian mind-control techniques, we're all loving our five a day right now – to the point where ubiquitous coffee chain Pret A Manger noticed such a spike in sales that it is temporarily turning one of its branches meat-free in order to showcase its menu options and trial new items.

So, if it's quick and easy veggie food you want, it's quick and easy veggie food you've got: find below 10 delicious vegetarian recipes that each take a mere 15 minutes (or less) to make. Head over to the green side...


1. Cauliflower Fried Rice

Food blog Pinch of Yum has put together a tasty recipe using cauliflower as a base instead of rice for a simple, healthy and easily adaptable dish.

Find the recipe here.


2. Honey Sriracha Tofu

Tofu tends to get a bad press in the West, but it's long been a mealtime staple in the East for good reason. Pickled Plum showcases a dish taking flavour inspiration from South East Asia, with spicy sriracha, sweet honey, garlic and sesame seeds.

Find the recipe here.


3. Broad Bean, Mint and Ricotta  Bruschette

This is a dish from London restaurant Polpo, provided for meatfreeweek.org: it's fresh, easy and perfect as a light main, snack or side.

Find the recipe here.


4. Tomato and Pomegranate Salad

The flavour combination in this straightforward, yet punchy dish took even seasoned chef Yotam Ottolenghi by surprise – he described it as a “light-bulb moment” when he first tasted how two previously familiar ingredients with differing sweet notes could work together so well.

Find the recipe here.


5. Pasta with Walnut and Spinach  Pesto

The 15 minutes this recipe takes also includes making your own pesto, which is surprisingly easy and can be, as website Honestly Healthy points out, also used as a dip. Those wanting to pack in more veg could swap the pasta for courgette spaghetti.

Find the recipe here.


6. Poached Eggs in White Wine

If you're as big a fan of poached eggs as we are, this from food journal 101 Cookbooks is for you. The eggs are poached in wine with shallots, and the liquid is then used to make a sauce too. Serve on avocado toast for peak brunch vibes.

Find the recipe here.


7. Cannellini Bean Stew

Simpleveganblog.com has employed sun-dried tomatoes and tahini in this easy, everyday stew, which you can simply ladle on top of your greens of choice or have with rice for a more filling plate.

Find the recipe here.


8. Veggie Chilli with Tortilla and  Avocado Salad

The judicious use of a blender and cooked packet rice in this fresh, filling two-dish recipe by Jamie Oliver ensures it's a fast option if you're short on time.

Find the recipe here.


9. You Po Mian  Noodles

This is a Chinese noodle dish from family-run website The Woks of Life. The garlic is the flavour hit here, but of course, that and the chilli can be adjusted according to personal preference.

Find the recipe here.


10. Spicy Courgette Pitta Pockets

OK, we admit it: the timing on this BBC Good Food recipe is listed as 16 minutes. We're sorry. But hey, it's a great option for both summery dinners and weekday packed lunches, and it's a chance to finally use the harissa and tahini pastes you bought for that one recipe one time, so you can let us off, right?

Find the recipe here.

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