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5 Essential Plant-Based Recipes For Easy, Weeknight Meals

Whether you’re following a plant-based diet or not, cooking during the week can be a chore. And getting in the right nutrients is even harder on a plant-based diet. So here are some quick and easy recipes for plant-based meals that you can make on a weeknight and are packed to the brim with essential nutrients.

Vegan Black Bean Burgers

Total time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 263.8

Essential nutrients: Protein, Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber, Sugars, Fat, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Thiamin

This recipe is really easy to pull off and you can adjust it to your heart’s content for different, better results every time. It also goes really well with a nice summer salad or sweet potato wedges.

Lentil Meatloaf

Total time: 1 hour 7 minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 360.3

Essential nutrients: Protein, Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber, Sugars, Fat, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Thiamin

This is a nice family-friendly recipe that tastes like a traditional meatloaf recipe. It’s great for weeknights, giving you a big caloric intake to keep yourself sustained until Friday afternoon comes around.

Red Lentil Soup

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Total time: 55 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 302.7

Essential nutrients: Protein, Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber, Sugars, Fat, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Thiamin

This delicious fusion recipe takes quite a while, but is packed to the brim with essential oils and tastes unbelievably good. It’s a really popular recipe during winter and goes really well with a fresh ciabatta.

Chickpea Tacos

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Total time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 330.8

Essential nutrients: Protein, Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber, Sugars, Fat, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Thiamin

What I love about the chickpea tacos (which I sometimes cook several times a week when I’m lazy) is that they take no time to make. Just a little bit of prep work and five minutes of pan-frying and you have yourself something that’ll provide you with all the right nutrients for those nights when you’re in a rush or are just feeling lazy.

Mapo Tofu

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Total time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 254.5

Essential nutrients: Protein, Dietary Fiber, Sugars, Fat, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Thiamin

This is my favorite of the easy weeknight plant-based recipes because it’s easy to make, takes no time at all, and adds a bit of exotic flair to your otherwise monotonous weeknight meals. It has a nice, spicy, aromatic flavor and will certainly satisfy your tastebuds. The one downside is that the total caloric intake is quite low in comparison to the other meals.


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