Fall Recipe Roundup: 10 Quick Easy Meals for Busy Weeknights

October 12, 2020

It’s Fall, which is always a busy time of year. Between prepping for upcoming holidays and back-to-school demands (which are greater this year than ever before), you’re likely looking for quick easy meals to help you get through the week.

Well, fret not! In this recipe roundup, I’ve pulled together 10 of my favorite quick easy meals to help you save a little time on those busy weeknights. The best part? You don’t have to sacrifice flavor or healthy ingredients with any of these recipes!


10 Quick Easy Meals

Here are 10 of the best healthy quick easy meals I use on busy night. I hope you find these as useful as I have. Enjoy!


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1. Cozy At Home Spicy Any-Veggie Soup

When it comes to searching for quick easy meals, this is the ticket. With just 15 minutes of prep work (that you can do ahead of time) and 25 minutes cook time, this versatile any-veggie soup is just the ticket for cool Fall nights.

A bonus? You can double the recipe and refrigerate or freeze leftovers for a super quick and easy dinner.

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2. Date Night Vegan Alfredo

This vegan alfredo is a fantastic option if you’re looking for quick easy meals guaranteed to please the whole family—including those who don’t typically eat vegan.

Thanks to the smoked mushrooms and cashew base, you’ll still get the meaty texture along with the classic flavors you expect (and love!) of alfredo sauce! Oh, and did I mention it’s ready—start to finish—in just 30 minutes?!

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3. Best Vegan Pizza

We all love pizza for many reasons: It’s flavorful, it’s satisfying, and it’s quick! But instead of ordering out and paying higher prices for the risk having your pizza filled with unknown ingredients, give this vegan pizza a try.

It takes only 35 minutes total and features health-promoting ingredients such as broccoli, tomatoes, cashew cream, olive oil, and more. And those who’ve tried it have called it the best pizza they’ve ever had. If that isn’t a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is!

One note: You can use the recipe for the crust that’s provided in the link, or if you’re looking for something gluten free, give my Delicious Sweet Potato Pizza Crust Recipe a try!

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4. Burrito Stuffed Peppers

If you’re in the mood for Mexican food but don’t have time to run out to your favorite local eatery, consider one of the best quick easy meals I’ve come across: these Burrito Stuffed Peppers.

Ready in about 30 minutes and featuring filling black beans and a vegan cashew cheese sauce, these peppers will leave the whole family satisfied.

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5. Guacamole-Filled Homemade Tostadas

Speaking of Mexican food, I can’t make a list of the top quick easy meals to make on a busy night without mentioning my very own Guacamole-Filled Homemade Tostadas!

Featuring avocados, which are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, these tostadas are crispy, filling, and ready in just 20 minutes.


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6. Vegan One Pot Spaghetti with Vegetables

If your search for quick easy meals led you to this site, then this may be the ultimate answer to your prayers.

This dish requires only one pot and just a few minutes of prep work. Oh, and it’s ready to serve in under 20 minutes!

Note that if you want something gluten free, you can use brown rice noodles, quinoa noodles, chickpea noodles, or zoodles (zucchini noodles) for even more health benefits!


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7. Easy Sheet Pan Dinner

Featuring two sheet pans and a delicious variety of healthy, filling vegetables, this may be one of the ultimate easy, quick dinners you turn to when you’re looking for simplicity without sacrificing nutrition.

Serve it with a delicious cashew cream sauce or a side of my incredible hummus for a dinner that’s sure to leave you satisfied with minimal clean up.


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8. Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

Sometimes when you’re searching for quick easy meals, you just want something light and refreshing, yet still filling. Well, that’s exactly how my Vegan Kale Caesar Salad delivers.

Featuring nutritious kale, avocados for healthy fat, fibrous sweet potatoes, and energy-boosting chickpeas, it’s bound to become one of your favorite quick and easy salads.


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9. Quinoa Bowls with Avocado and Egg

Even though this list is all about quick easy meals for weeknights, we can’t have this list without covering the most important meal of the day: breakfast! After all, mornings can be quite hectic, but that doesn’t mean you should skip starting your day with a nutritious meal.

These Quinoa Bowls with Avocado and Egg are full of anti-inflammatory foods and can be pulled together in just 15 minutes. The key? Make sure to cook the quinoa ahead of time. But don’t fret—this meal also serves as a delicious dinner, in case you simply don’t have the time in the morning.

If you’re not interested in eating eggs, this is just as delicious without it! You can sub in chickpeas for a quick and easy swap!


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10. Thai Red Curry Tofu Recipe

Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my Thai Red Curry Tofu Recipe. This no-fuss dinner is one even the kids will love.

It contains all the Thai flavors you love with but without the time commitment you don’t. This dish is ready in just 30 minutes, making it one of my favorite weeknight go-to recipes.

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