8 Quick Vegan Meal Ideas For Any Time Of The Day

If you think veganism is about restriction, eating wheat-grass and starving all day long not knowing what else you can eat, then you have been highly misled. If you’re looking for quick vegan meal ideas that doesn’t suck, then you’ve come to the right place.

The truth is that there are plenty of common vegan foods you’re probably already eating on a regular basis. Many people trying out veganism end up falling off the wagon after a short period of time because of a very common reason: they are not eating enough calories. 

“I’ll just have a salad… I’m trying out a vegan diet”

If you’ve heard some variation of that before, that is because that mindset is very common. It seems like a lot of people are not aware of the huge variety of things they can put into their diet once they get rid of the animal products. In this article I will suggest to you some ideas that might help you put your meals together. 

A Couple Of Ideas To Help You Plan Your Meals

1. Pasta

italian pasta

A common ingredient in wheat pastas is 100% durum wheat semolina, it is a type of wheat with a high gluten strength. I also eat a lot of gluten-free pastas that’s made with rice, corn or quinoa flour, I have heard that this is easier to digest. Making pasta is extremely simple, healthy, and filling. If you normally put in meatballs with tomato sauce, you can replace the meat with a variety of vegan meat replacement options such as Gardein’s Meatless Meatballs.

2. Oreo Cookies

oreo dessert cookies

Probably a lot people might not have known that oreo cookies along with their creamy center is completely vegan. There are no animal products in oreo cookies, but since the equipment they use to make oreos are also used to make other non-vegan things like milk chocolate, the oreos could possibly pick up traces of those non-vegan ingredients in the process.

3. Sushi

vegan sushi rolls

There are many vegan options when ordering sushi from your favorite japanese restaurants. Any kind of vegetable can go in the center instead of fish. A common type of vegan sushi is Kappa Maki which means “cucumber roll”. Other common popular ones that are vegan include inari sushi, avocado and yam tempura sushi. They are pretty easy to make if you have a sushi rolling mat, which you can find at a lot of asian supermarkets. Here is a simple and easy Kappa Maki tutorial.

4. Chips 

potato chips

Most regular potato chips and many corn tortilla chips are vegan, but check the list of ingredients to make sure, some varieties and brands can contain lard, which is pig fat.

If you’re a doritoholic (big fan of doritos chips), you will be happy to know that the “spicy sweet chili” flavor is vegan, it is full of flavor and no dip is needed!

Many other popular brands of chips are also vegan.

  • Kettle brand Jalenpeno chips – a childhood favorite from the vending machine.
  • Kettle brand Salt & Vinegar chips – I hate salt & vinegar chips, but different strokes for different folks, you may like them.
  • Kettle brand maple bacon chips – despite the non-vegan sounding name, these chips are vegan!
  • Xtra Tangy Buffalo Wing Pringles – vegan again, no chicken or buffalo wings in sight
  • Sun Chips Original – healthier for you and still delicious and satisfy the crunch craving
  • Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Chips – pick these up at your local whole-foods or health food store
  • Pop Chips Original – Air popped chips, lower in fat and healthier than traditional potato chips
  • Lay’s Barbecue & Classic – popular brand name chips, both are vegan

5. French Fries

french fries

Just like chips french fries are usually vegan, especially if you buy them from a bag in the frozen section at the grocery store. However, if you were to get them from a fast food restaurant just know that they most likely do not have a separate fryer just for the fries, meaning they fry the fries in the same oil as they used to fry chicken nuggets and other things.

6. Cereal

rainbow colored cheerios cereal

Vegan products can be found anywhere, in any meal of the day. If you’re like me then you can’t imagine starting off your day in any other way than a huge bowl of cereal with cold milk. Many of your favorite cereals are already vegan, just replace the cow’s milk with vegan almond or rice milk.

Some of the more common cereals that are vegan include: Fruity Pebbles, Reese’s Puffs, Cap’n Crunch, Rice Krispies, Corn Pops, Nesquik Cocoa Puffs, Kashi Island Vanilla Whole Wheat Biscuits, Cascadian Farm Organic Cinnamon Crunch, Barbara’s Bakery Puffins… I’m sure I missed a few. As you can see, vegans have plenty of options.

A quick tip: To quickly check if something is vegan or not, just look at the bottom of the list of ingredients. They will usually highlight milk, nuts or wheat ingredients to warn people who are allergic to them. Although if you want to be 100% sure you should read each ingredient individually, because some mysterious sounding ingredients such as L-cysteine, are derived from duck feather and are not vegan.

7. Bread

baked bread

A lot of freshly baked breads in your local supermarket only contain a few simple ingredients such as flour, water, yeast, and salt. If they have like 20 different things in them with some you can’t even pronounce, then just skip that one or check online to see if they’re vegan. Personally I don’t really care enough to check 100% of the time. If I find out later that the bread I’ve been eating has beetle shells in them or whatever, then I won’t buy them anymore next time.

Silver Hills is a company that makes whole-grain vegan breads. They are very popular where I live and are found abundantly in every big supermarket. If I wanted a bread that I know is 100% vegan then I’ll choose Silver Hill. They currently have two gluten free options, “omega flax” and “chia chia” bread.

8. Samosa

indian vegetarian samosas

You can find samosas in a lot of places that make them vegan. They’re made with wheat flour and stuffed with things like potatoes, onions, green peas, spices, then deep fried in vegetable oil. If you’re avoiding high fat foods then you may find baked samosas in the frozen food section of your local grocery, although it taste 100x better deep fried.

As you can see, it is not very difficult to find a variety of vegan foods in the common things that you are probably already eating, and a lot things like the sushi and samosas can be customized to make it vegan. I hope you have gotten some ideas from this article, and if you have any comments or suggestions, please leave them in the box below.

5 thoughts on “8 Quick Vegan Meal Ideas For Any Time Of The Day

  1. Sergio says:

    Hi Kent. There is still a lot of misinformation about what eating vegan really means, but I suspect that in most cases it is just for convenience. What I mean is that it is easier for people to justify their gluttony by saying things like: ‘vegan is unhealthy’ rather than doing an investigation and find out they were wrong. Your article is a classic example of how wrong they are. Do you agree?

    • Kent says:

      Hi Sergio,
      yes I have a feeling that people just wants to believe vegan is unhealthy for the reason you said. Its that people like hearing bad things about the good habits they aren’t doing, so they would feel better about not doing them. There is indeed a lot of wrong information floating around, for example I heard recently people saying how butter and lard is now considered “good fats.,” and eating bacon for breakfast is healthy cause its got protein and good fats. WTF I didnt know there are people out there now peddling lard as a healthy food, I was surprised. It obviously isn’t good for you with the cholesterol and high amounts of saturated fats, which are heavily advised against by the American Heart Association. I guess the agenda of the meat and dairy industries is to confuse the public by throwing out conflicting things out there. first it’s bad, then it’s good, then it’s bad. people don’t know what to believe anymore so they’ll just eat what they want, and then justify it by finding some fake “study” that supports it.

  2. sharoncl says:

    Hi Kent, i never knew about oreo cookies being vegan, very interesting information.
    I am a great lover of sushi its a very enjoyable and an experimental food also very healthy and so very tasty .Gonna check out the Kappa Maki tutorial.
    Its good to know how many varieties of crisps you can also get, by the way i am a big doritoholic and pleased to know that the spicy sweet chilli flavour is still on the menu 🙂

    thanks Sharon

  3. shrey says:

    Hi Kent, I have recently started my journey on being a vegan and was looking out for some good vegan meal ideas. Your site has some really good vegan snacks. I did not know that oreo cookies were vegan but you have clearly specified it here, so I do not need to restrict myself from eating them!

    • Kent says:

      Hi Shrey,
      glad to hear you’re starting your vegan journey and trying new meal ideas. I think only the original oreos are vegan, so make sure to check the labels. thanks for checking out my article and I hope you stay vegan.

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