All Aboard the Veggie Express: 10 Meat-Free Meals in 30 Minutes or Less
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All Aboard the Veggie Express: 10 Meat-Free Meals in 30 Minutes or Less

No matter how much you like to cook, sometimes you can’t afford to spend an entire day sweating over the stove. Sure, you might like to labor over blueberry macarons or baklava birthday cake for a special occasion, but on a weeknight? You need it fresh. And you need it fast. No matter if you’re taking a brief or not-so brief relief from meat, we’ve collected 10 tasty vegetarian recipes to cover your bases when your belly is empty and your schedule is full.

1. Classic Greek Salad: With just the right amount of salty olives, this Greek salad boasts unbeatable crunch thanks to the cukes. (via Food Network)

2. Spicy Escarole with Garlic: Sprinkle chickpeas over the spicy, pan-fried escarole to transform this side dish into a light entrée. (via Food Network)

3. Greek Salad: This vegan take on Greek salad spices things up with pickled peppers, scallions and ground black pepper. (via Food Network)

4. Chana Masala: Indian cuisine has a lot to offer vegetarians, but it can be intimidating to the uninitiated. This simple recipe for chana masala offers multi-dimensional flavor without a lot of hassle. (via Fresh From Eva’s Kitchen)

5. Creamy Greens and Coconut Linguine: Dress up linguine in coconut milk, ginger, kale and mint for a hearty weeknight meal. (via Foodess)

6. Avocado Green Goddess Grilled Cheese: Sometimes… okay, every time, a grilled cheese sandwich just hits the spot. Add a few veggies into the mix, and this childhood fave is suddenly ever-so-slightly healthier. (via Once Upon a Cutting Board)

7. Raw Banana Cacao Breakfast Smoothie: Almond butter adds a little protein to this sweet breakfast smoothie with cacao and dates. (via The Sweet Life)

8. Vegetarian Tortilla Soup: Tortilla strips make this Tex-Mex soup extra hearty. (via Honey and Brie)

9. Polenta, Caramelized Mushrooms, Marinara, Fried Eggs + Goat Cheese: Polenta is an easy choice for anyone who wants to add a little fiber to their meal. Top it with mushrooms and a fried egg and you have a smorgasbord of textures and flavors. (via Half Baked Harvest)

10. Loaded Baked Sweet Potato: Deck out your sweet potato with black beans and creamy cheese for a filling, protein-packed meal. (via Skinny Taste)

 What are your on-the-fly meat-free meals? Lettuce see your comments below!