Easy Vegan Meals for One

Eating plant-based solo and looking for easy vegan recipes to feed yourself well? Need a break from take out, frozen meals, or a can of soup? Check out these easy vegan meals for one: not only simple, but satisfying, nutrient-dense, and full of flavor.

Collage of 6 easy meals.

Veggie Ramen

spicy ramen with tofu and greens, one of the best vegan meals for one

Nothing says comfort food like ramen! This is one of my favorite everyday vegan meals for one (usually for lunch, even brunch) when I am working from home during the week.

Base ingredients:

Optional Ingredients:

  • fresh herbs
  • sriracha


Simply follow the ramen directions to cook the noodles and broth (I omit the oil since I find it’s tasty without it, your call). While they cook, sauté or steam veggies in a pan with 1/4 cup water. When the noodles/broth are ready, combine them with the veggies in the pan, add in tofu of choice and top with fresh herbs and/or sriracha.

This prep feels more elevated than just eating out of the paper cup and it’s a scrumptious way to pack in the veggies!

Yuba (Tofu Skin) Noodle Salad

Yoba noodle salad featuring jalapeno slices, peas, and red cabbage.
Yuba noodle salad with gorgeous rainbow radishes and avocado chunks. Shown in polka dot bowl.

For a tasty, unique spin on a salad, try yuba noodles! These delicate noodles made of tofu skins are high in protein, low in carbs, and totally hit the noodle craving.

Yuba noodles come ready to eat…simply mix with a few ingredients and lunch (or dinner) is served!

Base ingredients:

Optional added ingredients:

  • other veggies like peas, jalapeños, avocado, carrots, and radishes
  • fresh herbs like cilantro or mint
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • sriracha (if you want more spice)


Chop all veggies and greens. Toss with noodles. Taste. Since noodles are already seasoned, I find that they generally don’t need added dressing…just a simple splash of fresh lemon and sriracha as desired to round out.

Get Creative with Hot Sandwiches

Italian-inspired panini sandwich with vegan sausage, kale, marinara, and shredded mozzarella. Four halves are stacked on top of each other for a tall stack!
Italian panini sandwich with plant-based sausage, sauteed kale, marinara, and shredded vegan mozzarella
Souped-up grilled cheese with gooey vegan cheese, caramelized onions, kale, and tomato.
Adult grilled cheese with carmelized onions, tomatoes, and sautéed kale

Whether you have a panini press or just a skillet, the creativity for plant-based sandwiches is endless. From souped-up grilled cheese and Italian sausage pressed delights to vegan reubens and chick’n parm English muffins, it seems we never repeat a sandwich…and every time it is undoubtedly a delicious mess!

You can find the best plant-based cheeses by style here.

Here are a few of our favorite vegan sandwich ideas:

Grilled Cheese

  • cheese of choice (or combo)
  • sandwich bread
  • vegan butter
  • veggies of choice (like caramelized onions, greens, tomatoes, peppers, or pickles)

Hot Italian

  • vegan sausage
  • vegan mozzarella
  • tomato sauce
  • greens (optional)
  • bread of choice
  • vegan butter

Vegan Reuben

  • white cheese
  • vegan meat substitute of choice (like seitan or deli meat or tempeh bacon)
  • sauerkraut
  • vegan Thousand Island (or I simply mix vegan mayo and sriracha for a quick one)
  • rye sandwich bread
  • vegan butter

Chick’n Parm

This sandwich is easiest baked in oven.

  • cooked vegan breaded chick’n of choice (nuggets or patties work)
  • vegan mozzarella
  • tomato sauce
  • bread of choice (like English muffins or hoagies)


Build your sandwich as you normally would: cook any vegan meat or veggies (like onions or mushrooms) first. Then layer your sandwich and grease each side with vegan butter.

Tip for melting vegan cheese: to ensure maximum meltability, it is helpful to either put the cheese right on the skillet to warm/melt and then scoop it onto the bread, or else add a few teaspoons of water into the skillet with the sandwiches and cover to almost steam the cheese to melt. Both work like a charm!

Spicy Rice Salad

Spicy rice salad, a colorful salad in a black and white print bowl.

This Asian-inspired Spicy Rice Salad is oh so addicting, with the perfect balance of textures and heat. Click here for Trader Joe’s-specific ingredient details if you shop there!

Base ingredients:

Optional ingredients:

  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • raw beets
  • sriracha sauce


Cook rice and allow to cool slightly. Then simply throw ingredients into bowl.

Hearty Pasta

Bowl of hearty pasta garnished with basil in a white bowl.

Healthy and hearty, this dish has so many variations. Simple warm the veggies and beans in your favorite sauce while the pasta is cooking. It is especially one of those easy vegan meals for beginners as you can throw in whatever you like!

Base ingredients:

  • pasta of choice
  • tomato sauce of choice
  • veggies of choice (like mushrooms, carrots, kale, spinach, squash)
  • beans of choice (like white beans or ready cooked lentils or dry red lentils)

Optional Ingredients:


Cook pasta according to packaging instructions (and boil dry red lentils if using). Cook veggies as needed, then add sauce and legumes to warm. I often make this dish when I have leftover spaghetti squash as my kids barely notice it mixed in with all the pasta and sauce.

Vegan Mexican Cobb Salad

Mexican Cobb Salad in white bowl.

THIS is the salad I crave more than any other: creamy, spicy, light. Vegan Mexican Cobb Salad is essentially taco salad ingredients with a ranch-like dressing. Talk about easy vegan meals for one…

Base ingredients:

Optional added ingredients:

  • radishes
  • bell peppers
  • hemp seeds/hearts
  • plant-based chicken, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces


Prepare meat substitute per package instructions if using. Then simply combine all ingredients into large bowl and toss to combine.

Veggie & Grain Bowl: easy vegan meals for one

Grain and veggie bowl topped with chimichurri sauce, in a white round bowl.

This creation is versatile and nutrient-dense! Simply mix together quick cooking grains with steamed veggies and top with your favorite sauce.

Base ingredients:


Cook grains. Sauté veggies in a olive oil or steam in a few tablespoons of water. Add grains to veggies, season with salt and pepper, and top with sauce.

Vegan Taco Salad: easy vegan meals for one

taco salad

Few dishes are more satisfying than a taco salad: fresh, crunchy, sweet, spicy, creamy. Whether you bowl looks neat or messy, it invariably hits the spot.

For a simple and irresistible taco salad dressing, try this 2-ingredient recipe: mix your favorite salsa & plain plant-based yogurt together. Depending on the salsa varietal and your spice tolerance, it is usually about 1:1 proportions.

Base ingredients:

  • romaine or greens of choice
  • black beans
  • corn (frozen or canned)
  • fresh tomatoes
  • avocado
  • tortilla chips, crushed
  • salsa of choice
  • plain vegan yogurt or sour cream

Optional ingredients:

  • radishes
  • bell peppers
  • fresh cilantro
  • prepared taco meat substitute with chili powder + cumin


Cook taco meat, seasoning with chili powder and cumin. Prepare dressing by mixing salsa and yogurt/sour cream (1:1 ratio to start, taste and adjust). Layer salad and top with cooled meat and salsa.

Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

easy vegan meals for one: kale caesar

Did you know that vegan Caesar dressing can be JUST as flavor-packed as the original? This was one of my most exciting discoveries when I went plant-based. Homemade vegan Caesar dressings are definitely worth your time, but there is at least one store bought Caesar that is also worth the skip…Trader Joe’s!

Base ingredients:

  • kale or greens of choice
  • vegan caesar dressing (store bought like Trader Joe’s or homemade)

Optional ingredients:


Cook nuggets if using. If using kale, add salad dressing, mix, and set aside to allow leaves to soften (about 15 minutes). Then add other ingredients, toss, and enjoy!

Easy Spicy Tofu Sushi Rolls

8 pieces of vegan spicy tofu rolls, left side with cucumber, right side with avocado.

Craving sushi but wanna ditch the fish? These creamy, delicate, slightly spicy Tofu Sushi Rolls (aka vegan California rolls) are sure to hit the spot! And this recipe makes 2 large rolls, perfect for dinner for one!

Hearts of Palm Sushi Rolls

Hearts of Palm Sushi close up with sesame seeds on top.

Another sushi idea for one! Hearts of palm make a perfect fish substitute in vegan sushi because the texture is delicate and flaky, similar to cooked fish, crab, and other shellfish. This vegan sushi roll recipe blends hearts of palm with horseradish, a common seafood condiment. The result is a vegan maki filling that is light and flaky with a taste reminiscent of the sea!

This recipe also makes two large rolls, plenty of food for one person!

Semi-Homemade Veggie Dumpling Soup

Easy Vegetable Gyoza Soup in white bowl.

Craving cozy comfort food? Try my super simple ONE POT Semi-Homemade Veggie Dumpling Soup!

It’s ALMOST too simple to even be a recipe. But after trying to explain my method to an interested friend, I realized it I had a few hacks that would be beneficial to write it down and share.

For a solo meal, I would cut the recipe in half…you will likely have leftovers, too.

Pasta Salad

Gorgeous colorful pasta salad with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, olives, green beans, and white beans in a tricolor pasta mix. Shown in brown wooden salad bowl with brown wood salad tongs.

I used to think of pasta salads as a side dish…until I lived through my first summer as a vegan. And then I learned that pasta salad is one of the most versatile salad meal ideas for adults and kids alike!

This is an easy dish to make for one person, just cook the amount of pasta you want and eyeball the other ingredients too. It also keeps well so leftovers are awesome (sometimes better).

Base ingredients:

  • pasta (I look for the most colorful one on the shelf)
  • fresh veggies like tomatoes, green beans, carrots, celery, kale, arugula, radish, or peppers
  • beans like red beans, white beans, or chickpeas
  • dressing options: vinaigrette of choice, green goddess, store bought tahini dressing, or homemade delectable tahini dressing or Tangy Herb Sauce

Optional ingredients:


Cook pasta and vegan meat if using. Allow to cool. Then combine with veggies in large bowl and toss with dressing.

I hope these lazy vegan recipes gave you some new inspiration! Please, let me know what you think or share your favorite easy vegan meals for one in comments below.

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