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One-pot meals are always a total lifesaver, and one of my favourite kind of meals to cook.
Whether you’re cooking in bulk for the week ahead, or trying to get a meal for five done quickly and without too much washing up, there’s nothing like a delicious recipe that calls for just one pot to turn out a beautiful meal.
Over the past few months, I made the decision to transition to a plant-based diet and I have zero regrets. Ethics and morals aside, I love the meals I am cooking right now.
The colours, the flavours and the tastes you can achieve with plants and whole foods is mind-blowing, and I’ve been eating better in the past few months than I have in a long time.
Even better, it’s so much cheaper. Many people think a vegan diet is an expensive diet after seeing how much trendy meat-alternatives and fake cheeses cost. While these alternatives may be a delicious treat, they’re certainly not featured frequently in my diet.
Instead, I now get my protein (the question on everyone’s tongue – including mine before I learned more!), from beans, lentils and legumes. All of which, by the way, cost pennies compared to a pack of chicken breast. I eat tonnes of fruit and vegetables which, again, are super cheap, and buy bulk bags of rice, pasta and potatoes which cost very little and last a long time.
I guess what I’m saying is that going vegan has made me more frugal than ever, not to mention so much happier.
This post isn’t about that, though – this is about my 11 favourite one-pot meals that are absolutely delicious, super easy to make, and at a very frugal cost (be sure to check out my guide to meal prep while you’re here!)
Check them out and let me know which you’re planning to make for your dinner in the comments below!
10 Vegan One-Pot Meals:
1. Vegetable Jambalaya
My mum loves cooking up a huge one-pot jambalaya for the family, and often makes a big enough portion that there are plenty of leftovers for lunches in the week.
Although my diet change may mean I’ll no longer be eating her chicken and chorizo jambalaya, it doesn’t mean I have to go without altogether! This veggie jambalaya from Taste, Love, Nourish is packed with flavour and makes a perfectly nutritionally balanced meal ideal for any night of the week.
2. Pad Thai
As some of you will know, I spent the majority of last year travelling through Asia. I got to taste so many delicious new meals and flavours, and Thai food remains a firm favourite.
This delicious pad thai from Contentedness Kitchen with a creamy peanut sauce is so cheap to make and so yummy – I’m drooling just looking through the photos!
3. Sausage & Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta
This is the only recipe that features an alternative-meat product on this list, so you know this recipe is going to be good.
Use vegan (or veggie) sausages for this gorgeous pasta dish from Vegan Heaven – the use of sun-dried tomatoes really takes it to another level.
4. Cannellini Bean Stew
I love following Deliciously Ella on Instagram and dreaming about all her amazing looking meals throughout the day, and this Cannellini Bean Stew from the Deliciously Ella blog is no different!
I made this and paired with steamed kale and creamy sliced avocado as suggested and it was divine – plus, almost every ingredient is a staple you should be able to find hidden away in your kitchen cupboards!
5. Miso Soup
Miso Soup is another meal I was able to experience in Japan, and it was heavenly. I don’t know if any country will ever measure up to how impeccable the food standards were in Japan.
Although I loved ramen even more, this miso soup is a simpler version that will be much quicker to make (but still really yummy!)
I love the idea of making a batch of this soup and heating for a light but filling lunch throughout the week.
Recipe from Yummy Mummy Kitchen
6. Creamy One-Pot Pasta Asian Style
This gorgeous one-pot pasta lets you just throw the pasta in with the sauce and veggies, meaning minimal washing up and maximum time to enjoy your meal!
Coconut milk gives this a beautiful creamy pasta dish from Vegan Heaven texture, while red curry paste gives it a bit of a spicy kick – sounds a little strange, but it really works.
7. Sweet Potato & Kale Chilli
I love sweet potato, I love kale, and I love beans of any kind. So this dreamy sweet potato chilli goes down an absolute storm, especially when you’re trying to warm up after a day spent in the cold at this time of year!
Wallflower Kitchen suggests making this dish with a side of rice, but I’d be just as happy tucking into it on it’s own or topped with some avocado slices.
8. Lentil Dahl Curry
Sri Lanka was my final stop last year before heading back to the UK, and it was vegan HEAVEN. Almost every single day I would order the veggie rice and curry plate and be presented with at least 5 different plant-based curries that were absolutely amazing.
I started re-creating those dishes for my family as soon as I got back to the UK, and they seem to be going down pretty well!
My absolute go-to right now is this simple lentil dhal curry which is amazing on its own with poppadoms, rice, or paired with a chickpea and potato curry like the one below and rice (for those with a little extra time!).
I use this recipe from My Sri Lankan Recipe and love the way it tastes – batch cooking this dish isn’t going to stop anytime soon!
9. Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry
There’s something about potato and chickpeas cooked in curry spices that I find simply irresistible.
This potato, chickpea and spinach curry from Bellephant not only looks amazing but is the exact cheap, healthy one-pot meal I’d make on a lazy evening to tuck into in front of the TV.
10. Lentil Bolognese
I love this recipe – it’s so hearty, healthy, and filling.
This recipe uses brown lentils, but I’ve also used red lentils in the past and it turned out great! Try this lentil bolognese with spaghetti and vegan cheese grated over the top – heaven!
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What are your absolute go-to weeknight meals?
Let me know (and link a recipe for me to try!) in the comments below!