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20 vegetarian dishes you can make in 30 minutes or less

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Sejal Kapadia Pocha
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There are plenty of reasons to reduce or remove meat from your menu. Whether it's in the hope of leading a healthier life or a way to care for the planet (meat production puts pressure on Earth’s fragile resources), being a vegetarian has become an increasingly popular choice.

In fact, the most recent statistics indicate that 12% of UK adults are vegetarian (not eating meat or fish) in the UK.

One of the brilliant advantages of meat-free cooking is that it can be very quick to make. To help you take up the challenge, we select 20 of the most delectable and filling vegetarian dishes you can whip up in just 30 minutes or under. It's perfect for weeknight cooking...

  • BROAD BEAN, MINT & RICOTTA BRUSCHETTE

    Prep time 5 minutes
    Cooking time 10 minutes
    Total time 15 minutes

    This is one of the most popular dishes on the Summer menu at London's hit Venetian restaurant, Polpo. "This dish is a joy to prepare. I don’t know about you, but podding and skinning broad beans is one of my favourite kitchen pastimes," says the chef.

    Find the recipe at meatfreeweek.org

    Recipe taken from POLPO A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts), £22.50, published by Bloomsbury.

  • Pau Bhaji

    Prep time 10 minutes
    Cooking time 20 minutes
    Total time 30 minutes

    This recipe of one of his India's most popular fast food dishes is courtesy of London's very own Bombay-style cafe Dishoom. It's a melt-in-the-mouth vegetable curry scooped onto a soft hot roll. Absolutely delicious. 

    Find the recipe at meatfreeweek.org

  • AVOCADO & LEMON ZEST SPAGHETTI

    Prep time 10 minutes
    Cooking time 15 minutes
    Total time 25 minute

    Chef Anna Jones' approach to meat-free cooking has always been about proving that there are truly brilliant standalone vegetarian dishes. This meal hits all the right notes, with ingredients full of nutrition and flavour.

    Find the recipe at meatfreeweek.org

    The recipe features in A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones, Harper Collins, £25.00. (Photography John Dale)

  • Tuscan bean soup

    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cooke time: 25 minutes
    Total time: 30 minutes

    This recipe is hearty, hot and filling and devoid of unhealthy ingredients that usually come with comfort food, so you won't break that healthy eating promise you made to yourself.

    Find the recipe at thewanderlustkitchen.com

  • CORN FRITTERS WITH AVOCADO SALSA

    Prep time 20 minutes
    Cooking time 2 minutes
    Total time 22 minutes

    Corn kernels are high in many essential vitamins and are also amazing natural sweeteners. This is perfect for a summer brunch or a light lunch.

    Find the recipe at meatfreeweek.org

  • Coconut curry

    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cooking time: 25 minutes
    Total time: 30 minutes

    You can't get healthier than this dish which is vegan, gluten free and contains a whole load of great vegetables, such as broccoli, peas and carrots swimming in a spiced coconut milk broth.    

    Find the recipe at minimalistbaker.com

  • POTATO, COURGETTE & MOZZARELLA FRITTERS

    Prep time 15 minutes
    Cooking time 2 minutes
    Total time 17 minutes

    Behold self-taught chef and restaurateur Bill Granger's "so easy to make it’s disgraceful" dish. These fritters are light, fluffy and incredibly moreish when drizzled in lemon juice and dunked in cool yoghurt.

    Find the recipe at meatfreeweek.org

  • Massaged Kale Salad with mango, avocado and coconut

    Prep time 10 minutes
    Cooking time 0
    Total time 10 minutes

    The key to this salad is to massage extra virgin olive oil into the tough kale leaves. It instantly brings out a sweet flavour in the normally bitter leafy green. 

    Find the recipe at collegiatevegan.com

  • Mediterranean baked sweet potatoes

    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cook time: 25 minutes
    Total time: 30 minutes

    Oh, we can't wait for BBQ season to kick in. In the meantime these baked sweet potatoes give the feel of summers spent sitting under an umbrella. It's filling, comforting and sweet and savoury.

    Find the recipe at minimalistbaker.com

  • Classic pad thai

    Total time: 30 minutes

    Eastern cuisine can often feature a long list of intimidating ingredients which you'll never use again. But not only is this pad thai dish quick to make, it's also tangible, using soy sauce, white vinegar and chilli paste. Throw in any vegetables you have leftover in the fridge and make enough to reheat for your packed lunch the next day

    Find the recipe at thecurvycarrot.com

  • Baked Ravioli

    Prep time 10 minutes
    Cooking time 20 minutes
    Total time 30 minutes

    There's no meal more comforting on a week night, than creamy, cheesy pasta. This recipe shows how you can turn store bought ravioli into a restaurant-worthy dish.

    Find the recipe at damndelicious.net

  • Lemon Basil Chickpeas

    Prep time 10 minutes
    Cooking time 0
    Total time 10 minutes

    With only five ingredients, this dish makes a great packed lunch you can quickly pull together in the mornings. 

    Find the recipe at collegiatevegan.com

  • Polenta bake with feta, tomato and mushrooms

    Prep time 10 minutes
    Cooking time 20 minutes
    Total time 30 minutes

    We’re big fans of any dish that a) can be made in one pot, saving on the washing up and b) uses not one but two different kinds of cheese. 

    Find the recipe at stylist.co.uk

  • BLACK PEPPER STIR FRIED NOODLES

    Total time 30 minutes

    Japanese udon noodles are traditionally served in a hot soup, but they taste just as good in a light black pepper sauce. It's also much quicker to prepare.

    Find the recipe at pinchofyum.com

  • Vegetarian paella

    Prep time 5 minutes
    Cooking time 25 minutes
    Total time 30 minutes

    Paella, the Spanish one-pot wonder that can please a large dinner party, is just as tasty when it's meat free.

    Find the recipe at theeverydayvegetarianuk.wordpress.com

  • Crispy Baked Falafel

    Prep time 5 minutes
    Cooking time 25 minutes
    Total time 30 minutes

    Falafel can often be stodgy and greasy, but this recipe combines two cookbook methods to create baked patties that crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. It's also vegan and gluten free.

    Find the recipe at cookieandkate.com

  • BAKED LEEK & GOAT’S CHEESE RISOTTO

    Cook time 35 minutes (5 minutes to make the top crispy and golden)

    "I was always taught that you had to stand over the risotto pan and stir religiously for half an hour," says self-taught chef and restaurateur Bill Granger."I love rule-breaking, so I adore the controversial ‘no-stir’ risotto."

    Find the recipe at meatfreeweek.org

  • Warm soba noodle vegetable salad

    Prep time 10 minutes
    Cooking time 15 minutes
    Total time 30 minutes

    This recipe comes courtesy of healthy fast food chain Leon. Instead of spreading peanut butter on toast, they blend it with soya sauce, sesame oil and fresh ginger to create a aromatic sauce to smother over noodles and seasonal vegetables.

    Find the recipe at meatfreeweek.org

    Recipe from Leon Fast Vegetarian by Jane Baxter & Henry Dimbleby. Published by Conran Octopus at £25 (Photography by Georgia Glynn Smith)

  • Vegetarian Pho soup

    Prep time 10 minutes
    Cooking time 20 minutes
    Total time 30 minutes

    This classic Vietnamese dish is ideal for a cold evening, with warm flavourful broth and filling shiitake mushrooms.

    Find the recipe at ohmyveggies.com

  • Stovetop Mac and Cheese

    Prep time 10 minutes
    Cooking time 20 minutes
    Total time 30 minutes

    Comfort food should be quick, easy and fuss free, which is why we love this stove mac and cheese recipe. Throw everything into a big bowl, wait for the cheese to melt and serve immediately.

    Find the recipe at damndelicious.net

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