It’s summer. It’s hot. Even with air conditioning, it’s understandable that you don’t want to turn on the oven. And chopping, sauteing, and baking just sounds like too much right now, right? Wouldn't it be nice to have an arsenal of quick and easy plant based recipes for summer that don't take much effort? I thought so, too! So I'm sharing some of my favorite fast and delicious plant-based summer recipes.
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3 summer plant-based recipes for those with a sweet tooth
For a refreshing start to the day: make a smoothie! The perfect meal for when you truly only have a few minutes to prep and be on your way. And this easy plant-based protein shake is loaded with 35 grams of protein and 17 grams of fiber to keep you full and satisfied for hours. Get the recipe for this plant-based protein shake here.
2. Vegan Overnight Chia Pudding
Ever wish your food would just cook itself? Welp, overnight chia pudding is the sweet treat you need this summer. Just let the ingredients sit in your refrigerator overnight and voila! Breakfast (or dessert) is served. Get the recipe for vegan overnight chia pudding here.
3. Plant-Based Chocolate Pie with Peanut Crust
I love this recipe because it's so dang easy. The entire pie can be made in the blender! And although chocolate peanut butter pie may sound like dessert, this whole food version is truly healthy enough to eat as a meal should that float your boat. Between the tofu and the peanuts, it's packed with plant-based protein and thanks to naturally sweet dates, you can bust sugar cravings the whole food way and feel anything but deprived. Get the recipe for plant-based chocolate pie with peanut curst here.
3 savory plant-based summer recipes
Yes, you can still enjoy creamy pasta dishes on a plant-based diet. This dish has avocado to thank for its delightful creaminess. Don’t feel like cooking pasta on a hot day? Sub raw zucchini noodles for a nutrient boost and a nice break from the heat of boiling pasta water. Get the recipe for creamy avocado pasta here.
Talk about an easy vegan lunch recipe. This tangy and refreshing sandwich filling is the perfect hot day recipe. Enjoy between two slices of 100% whole grain bread or add as the topping to your favorite crisp summer salad. Get the recipe for lemon avocado chickpea salad here.
3. Easy Raw Plant-Based Blender Soups (2 ways!)
Raw soups are about to be your new summer obsession. And both of these plant-based soups are so easy to make in your high-speed blender. Enjoy them hot or chilled! These raw soups are nutrient-dense and amazing for your skin, nails, and hair thanks to their high beta carotene content. Talk about a summer glow! Get the recipes for these 2 easy raw plant-based blender soups here.
Mama’s Pick: our favorite quick and easy MamaSezz combo for summer
This comforting, creamy soup will be sure to spark childhood memories. And when I say it takes minimal effort, I really mean it — simply pour MamaSezz Mama's Mac Sauce and MamaSezz Marinara Sauce into a blender and blend until smooth. The combination of these two MamaSezz sauces makes for one silky, tangy, cheezy soup. We love to enjoy this dish chilled in the summer so no need to even heat it up. Told ya — minimal effort! Get the recipe for creamy vegan tomato soup here.
By Caroline DiNicola Fawley
Caroline is a plant-based chef, recipe designer, and whole food plant-based nutrition educator, with a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.