Easy Plant-based Meals…


…for when you don’t feel like cooking!

A woman on another site asked about what to do on those days when you don’t feel like cooking. Well, make it easy on yourself! All these meals take about ten minutes or less to make! Every meal doesn’t have to be a giant production or a three meal feast, in my opinion. However, it does have to be healthy! A colleague of mine gave me some organic celery roots and carrots. She didn’t want them. I have never really cooked with celery root, but she informed me that they can be eaten raw, so I made up a salad with them. This is what I had for dinner one night last week. Celery root is surprisingly sweet tasting!

IMG_0204Raw Celery Root, Carrot & Walnuts Salad

I cleaned the celery root, removing the outer layer, chopped it up and added chopped carrots. For the dressing I used fresh lemon juice with a splash of Maple syrup mixed in and walnuts sprinkled on top. It was a fresh and light dinner. That’s it. This salad was very filling all by itself!

Another recipe I love to throw together is a simple two-three bean dish with red onion, bell peppers, edamame, corn, peas, brussels sprouts – whatever you got and enjoy! If you’re really in a rush you can just open a few cans of beans and then add the chopped veggies. Cook the frozen edamame & corn together for about three minutes. Then mix it all together using a light vinaigrette. Paul Newman‘s light Italian is great! This is a meal you can then have not only for dinner but also for lunch.

IMG_0188_1Bean & Veggie Salad

I’m a big fan of soups! I love warm things in the winter time, so one of my favorite things to make is sweet potato soup. Just cook up three or four small sweet potatoes (one cup of water per potato to cook) with a cup of onion, curry powder (about two spoonfuls), and chopped up cloves of garlic – cook for about 20 minutes.  Optional: Add vegetable broth. Then throw it all in your blender or Vitamix and blend it till it’s got a smooth consistency. And you’re done!

Sweet Potato Soup 500Sweet Potato Soup

One more easy meal is just baking a potato and having some bean salad on the side with it. This was my New Years Eve meal, believe it or not!  I know that a close friend of mine in Denmark had a baked potato for Christmas along with some sweet red cabbage. She thought this was plenty, so with her in mind this is what we had for New Years Eve at my house and it was plenty!

Baked Potato & Bean SaladBaked Potato with Bean Salad

Another easy one is this pasta dish


Choose a healthy pasta of your choice and cook al dente. Steam up some broccoli, cauliflower, and some brussels sprouts. In this dish I added a few kalamata olives. Add a tiny bit of sea salt & pepper for taste! Voila, you’ve got another healthy meal!

Final meal for this evening is this a raw cabbage salad with shredded carrots and cilantro and/or parsley mixed in. Again, I’d go for a lemon dressing with a tad bit of maple syrup mixed in. This is a light and delicious meal!


With all of these meals you’re getting lots of antioxidants, fiber, protein, and vitamins. Remember you can always make extra for left overs to take to lunch or for next evenings meal! Healthy meals can be done quickly and easily! ENJOY!


About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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