44 Easy Vegan Foods

Sometimes you've got little or no time to cook. So here are some of the quickest and easiest vegan foods available.

For many omnivores contemplating veganism, there’s that paralyzing moment when they first ask themselves, “Well, what could I ever eat?”

Here’s your answer—our complete list of all the best quick and delicious vegan food. Some of it’s super healthy, some of it’s a bit indulgent. But we left out the soda and potato chips, because you can always do better than that.

Everything here is either ready-to-eat or can be made in minutes by even the most inexperienced cooks. Please note that while all the foods on this list tend to be vegan, you still need to read the ingredients labels. If you want more ideas, check out our Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks pages. And to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, read our Nutrition Guide. If you feel like you need more help in transitioning your diet, hop over to our guide to going vegan.

The key to making an effortless vegan transition is to have a kitchen full of delicious vegan foods that can be prepared without any fuss. The below list will therefore be a godsend to aspiring vegans. Just give it a read and then take it grocery shopping with you, and your transition to a vegan lifestyle will be halfway complete.

Drinks

Snacks / Light Meals

  • Fruit
  • Dark chocolate
  • Energy bars (We recommend: ProBar; Raw Rev Glo; Clif Bar; Luna Bar)
  • Cookies
  • Pickles & krauts
  • Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar crackers
  • Salsa, guacamole, or hummus with sliced veggies or tortilla chips
  • Baked yams, sweet potatoes, or potatoes (garnish w/margarine or olive oil & spices)
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Avocado toast
  • Quesadillas with tomato sauce or salsa & vegan cheese
  • Broiled Brussels sprouts, sesame oil, chopped hazelnuts, salt
  • Olives
  • Hash browns or tater tots
  • Frozen vegan waffles (see Van’s)
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Dried fruit, raisins, or trail mix
  • Finn Crisp crackers & nut butter or hummus
  • Vegan ice cream & sorbets
  • Vegan ramen (but watch the salt!)
  • Rice cakes spread with almond butter
  • Pappadams (microwaved)
  • Vegan jerky
  • Peanuts in the shell

Quickie Meals

  • Spaghetti & tomato sauce
  • Sandwiches
  • Pre-made vegan sushi (carried by many natural food stores & supermarkets)
  • Wraps
  • Bagels with nut butter or vegan cream cheese
  • Indian vegan curry pouches over frozen microwavable rice
  • Canned vegan chili or soup
  • Vegan mac & cheez
  • Stir-fries
  • Brown rice and peanut sauce
  • Salads (beans, marinated tofu, nuts, and seeds will increase satiety)
  • Frozen vegan pizzas (Tofurky, Daiya, & some Amy’s)

Easy Vegan Cookbooks

The above foods are only just getting you started when it comes to easy but delicious vegan eating. There are entire cookbooks devoted to this topic. Some great recent picks: