As fun as it can be to put on our chef hats and cook a big meal, after a long day of work, spending hours in the kitchen is the last thing most people want to do. Sometimes it’s nice to come home and just pop something in the oven or microwave or cook something easy like boxed mac and cheese. While in the past, people looking to avoid meat and dairy may have had a hard time finding options, nowadays there are tons and they’re in every cuisine category you can think of! Whether it’s Asian, Latin, Italian, or good ol’ American-style meals, you are bound to find a product that aligns with what you’re craving! In fact, there are so many options nowadays that you can order these products online from the comfort of your own home. It’s true! Check out these 15 easy-to-make vegan meals you can buy right off the web.
Daiya Cheeze Lover's Pizza
Nothing says easy dinner like ordering a pizza, or in this case popping one in the oven! Daiya Cheeze Lover’s Pizza has tomato sauce, two layers of Daiya cheeze – Mozzarella and Cheddar – all set atop a gluten-free crust made primarily out of tapioca starch, brown rice flour, white whole grain sorghum flour, and potato starch. Each pie has 18 grams of protein. At $75, this 8-pack bundle purchase comes out to about $9, the same price you would see at the grocery store.
Vegetarian Plus Kung Pao Chicken
If you feel like having Chinese tonight, check out Vegetarian Plus Kung Pao Chicken. This microwaveable entrée contains soy protein chicken enveloped in a salty-sweet Kung Pao sauce. While this product is very vibrant in color, it uses no artificial coloring or flavorings. Additionally, it has no MSG or preservatives and contains 13 grams of protein per serving. One Amazon reviewer describes the product as “soul food and more yummy than I can even express.” Pretty enthusiastic! If you want to see if you’ll feel the same, one box will cost you $7.75.
Amy's Brown Rice and Veggies Bowl
If you’re looking for a vegetable-heavy dinner entrée, Amy’s Brown Rice and Veggies Bowl is a pretty solid choice. The bowl, which contains nine grams of protein, has a base of brown rice, is topped with a medley of vegetables including broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, black-eyed peas, and onions, and then is drizzled with a bit of tamari, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. It simply needs to be popped in the microwave for a few minutes, and then it’s ready to eat. You can get a 12-pack of these for a little over $75.
Sweet Earth The Curry Tiger Burrito
When it comes to food, sometimes you’re in such a rush, you don’t even have time for a meal that requires a fork. That’s when products like Sweet Earth The Curry Tiger Burrito come in handy. These burritos contain a blend of lentils, curried seitan, red peppers, and potatoes that are spiced with turmeric, cinnamon, and cardamom. They have 19 grams of protein and seven grams of fiber. These can be cooked in the microwave and as one Amazon reviewer points out, the wraps remained soft and don’t dry out like some other brands might. This 12-pack for $80 will break down to about $6.50 a burrito.
Health is Wealth Spring Rolls
Health is Wealth Vegetable Spring Rolls are made with tofu, vegetables like carrots and cabbage, clear rice noodles, and black mushrooms. They are browned in expeller-pressed soy-bean oil. Additionally, they are low in fat, have no MSG, are completely free of artificial additives, colors, flavors, and preservatives. For every two rolls, you get three grams of protein. At almost $60 for 12 boxes, you’re getting 12 rolls for $5. Not bad.
Gardein Chick’n Sliders
Sometimes when you get the craving for a burger or a sandwich, you just need a small amount to nip your craving in the bud. That’s where products like Gardein Chick’n Sliders come in handy. The patties of these small sandwiches are made primarily from soy protein, vital wheat gluten, ancient grain flour while the breading is made primarily from rice and wheat flour. To enjoy these, simply pop them in the microwave for three minutes. Some reviewers have gone simple with the fixings, sticking mostly to ketchup but pointing out that these definitely leave room for toppings if that’s what you desire. Some even report forgetting that these are not actually chicken! This six-box bundle includes 24 sliders and is a little over $40.
Tofurky Turk'y Broccoli Cheddar Pockets
These Tofurky Turk’y Broccoli Cheddar Pockets are great for when you want a light meal. Protein-rich Tofurky nuggets, broccoli florets, and vegan cheddar cheese are wrapped in a lightly herbed whole grain pocket. Each pocket has 11 grams of protein and once microwaved can be enjoyed at home or on the go. You may want to warm up both, though, one Amazon reviewer claims that one is simply not filling enough. This 12-box bundle pack breaks down to about $5.25 per package.
Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake
Plantains, roasted sweet potatoes, protein- rich black beans and kale come together in this Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake. The veggies are set atop a seven whole grain polenta and amaranth and are enveloped in a spicy ancho sauce and topped with pumpkin seed garnish. While Kashi currently has several frozen entrées on the market, one reviewer shares that this may just be “their best one yet.” Ironically enough, Kashi has nixed this entrée from their line-up but if you want to see if they live up to the hype, this 8-box bulk purchase will set you back about $40.
Annie Chun’s Pad Thai Noodle Bowl
While in the past instant-Ramen noodles may have reigned supreme in the realm of convenient Asian foods, nowadays there are tons of noodle options! Take Annie Chun’s Pad Thai Noodle Bowl, for instance. Made with pre-cooked Hokkien noodles and a tangy Thai-style sauce, this product can be heated and ready to eat in just two minutes. It’s also low in saturated fat and cholesterol. You can try this microwaveable meal for just a little over $3, and the best part is the packaging is microwave-safe so there won’t be any dishes to clean after dinner!
Fantastic World Foods Tofu Scrambler
Do you often feel too tired to cook something substantial in the morning? Well if you’re getting sick of granola bars, you may consider giving Fantastic World Foods Tofu Scrambler a try. In addition to tofu, this breakfast-y entrée also includes potatoes, onion, bell peppers, and green onions, all of which are seasoned with a bit of soy sauce powder, turmeric, cumin, and chili pepper spice and the box also includes a seasoning packet if you want to make it zestier. Fantastic Worlds shares that the scramble can be cooked in just a few minutes by mixing the tofu and the seasoning in a skillet over medium heat. You’ll can get six boxes for about $24.
Amy’s Spaghetti Italiano
Amy’s Light and Lean Spaghetti Italiano includes pasta with seasoned tomato sauce, “meatballs” made out of lentils, quinoa, and tofu, and a side of broccoli florets. The dish is low-calorie (hence the light and lean) and has zero trans fat. Is it tasty? Well, you’ll have to see for yourself but one Amazon reviewer says they actually like this entrée better than Olive Garden spaghetti! A pack of 12 boxes costs a little over $65.
Gardein BBQ Pulled Porkless Pocket Meal
Gardein BBQ Pulled Porkless Pocket Meals combine tender soy-based shreds with a tangy-sweet BBQ sauce in a soft bun. Each one has zero trans fat, 10 grams of protein, and simply needs to be microwaved for a few minutes. Whether you consider it a meal or a snack depends on your appetite but as one Amazon reviewer relays, you’re likely to feel pretty good after eating one of these in comparison to how you would feel pigging out on an actual pork sandwich. A six-pack of this product will cost you a little over $30.
Tandoor Chef Vegetable Korma
Tandoor Chef Vegetable Korma is a microwaveable gluten-free dish consisting of cumin-infused basmati rice, lentils, and vegetables. Made with olive oil and a light amount of sodium, this dish is good for lunch or when you want a somewhat light dinner. It has 10 grams of protein and eight grams of fiber and one Amazon reviewer shares that the level of spice is pretty mild. To test out the spice level yourself, consider buying this 12-pack for a little under $50.
Cucina and Amore Artichoke and Roasted Peppers Quinoa Meal
Cucina and Amore Artichoke and Roasted Peppers Quinoa Mealv is an ideal protein-rich lunch or dinner product to keep on hand. Since it’s already fully cooked and does not need to be refrigerated or frozen, you can stash this package in your bag or office and simply grab it and start munching whenever hunger strikes. As one Amazon reviewer points out, once this package is opened you can’t reseal it for later consumption, but other than that reviewers seem to dig this convenient meal. You can get six packages for a little over $20.
Earth Balance Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese has been considered an easy dinner option for a long time now and the dairy-free version is no different! Earth Balance Cheddar Mac and Cheese is made with bite-sized macaroni pasta and a creamy lactose and casein free cheese sauce. Each box contains eight grams of protein and is made simply by boiling the pasta and then mixing in the sauce. If the Amazon reviews are any indication, it seems like this mac and cheese is definitely worth a try! Some even say that it tastes just like the traditional dairy kind. You can get 12 boxes of the cheesy pasta for $34.
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