31 Easy Vegan Recipes ready in 30 minutes or less

(Last Updated On: 2 January 2021)

Hello 2021, I hope you’re much kinder to us than your predecessor, and hello to Veganuary! I’m kicking off 2021 over here on The Accidental Chef with 31 Easy Vegan Recipes to help get you through the next 31 days. These quick vegan meals have been flown in from all over the world. You truly are spoilt for dinner options, shall we?

1. Satay Sweet Potato Curry

This recipe falls firmly into the Comfort Food category for me. Sticky, slightly spicy and a little bit sweet, this vegan curry is ultimate “bowl food” as Nigella might say. Big chunks of sweet potato, rich flavoursome sauce served atop a pile of super fluffy rice. Roast the sweet potatoes whilst you get on with the satay curry sauce for loads of flavour and texture.

Pan of Vegan Satay Sweet Potato Curry
Satay Sweet Potato Curry
This has hit the top of the family favourite and "must cook again" list in record time. A combination of sweet and savoury in one bowl of food, absolutely divine.
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Man in a pink knitted jumper holding a grey bowl full of vibrant satay sweet potato curry

2. Shittake Ramen

We head over the Happy Veggie Kitchen next, for a this mad speedy, Shiitake Ramen. Noodles smothered in a garlicky, mushroom broth and ready in 20 minutes, topped with Kale. Perfect for when you’re in a rush, feeling lazy, or as Christine says, wondering if your baby is about to wake up from her nap.

Bowl of Vegan Sittake Ramen set against a white wooden background
Shiitake Ramen
“Healthy and nourishing, this quick vegetarian ramen packs in a variety of flavors and textures with shiitake mushrooms, kale and avocado! Taking only 20 minutes to prepare, it’s an easy and healthy dinner. Can be made vegan or gluten-free when using the appropriate noodles”
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Bowl of Vegan Sittake Ramen set against a white wooden background

3. Vegan Carbonara

Carbonara in 15-minutes!! That’s a whole extra 45 minutes in front of the TV – that’s my definition of a quick vegan dinner! Silken tofu gives this recipe that carbonara creaminess and the smoked tofu brings, well the smoke! Top work from Vegan On Board!

Bowl of creamy vegan carbonara
Vegan Carbonara
“You’ll love this easy vegan carbonara that’s ready in just 15 minutes. Flavourful smoked tofu pieces and smooth silken tofu are the secret to its delicious creamy sauce.”
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Bowl of creamy vegan carbonara

4. Zero Waste Quorn Veg Jalfrezi

We’re heading over to the VeganPunks now for this Zero Waste Quorn Jalfrezi. This blog post not only contains this awesome Jalfrezi recipe that will be on your table in just 30 minutes but also offers tips on how to waste less when you’re cooking. That’s a double whammy of top information from Dan & Jess!

Bowl of quick vegan jalfrezi with three tomatoes on there stem in the background
Zero Waste Quorn Veg Jalfrezi
“Veg Jalfrezi is a dish that I always used to order at Indian restaurants or when we got a takeaway. It’s the perfect balance of crunchy veg, a decent level of heat and a great sauce for dipping naan bread in!”
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Bowl of quick vegan jalfrezi with three tomatoes on there stem in the background

5. Chickpea + Spinach Curry

We’re following Jess & Dan’s curry with my very own chickpea + spinach curry. This one is ready in 15 minutes and can be made using either a homemade curry paste or whatever store-bought goodness you have to hand.

Three bowls of Chickpea + Spinach Curry in white bowls, shot from a 45 degree angle.
Chickpea + Spinach Curry
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. This Chickpea + Spinach Curry is ready in just 15 minutes, is under £1 per portion and low in fat. 
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Three bowls of Chickpea + Spinach Curry in white bowls, shot from a 45 degree angle.

6. Thai Massaman Curry

This is one of the recipes you’ll require an Instant Pot for, but I had to include it because a whole Massaman curry in 9 minutes? What is that kinda magic?! Honestly, check back on The Accidental Chef soon, because I need to get in on the Instant Pot HYPE. Anyway – Soniya over at The Belly Rules The Mind does suggest you can skip the potatoes and make this on the stovetop, so lets us instantpotless folks do that.

Bowl of vibrant, quick vegan massamam curry
Thai Massaman Curry
“Emphatically the king of curries – This Thai Massaman curry is a warm, comforting curry that is perfect for any night of the week. You don’t need a lot of time or ingredients to make this a delicious treat the whole family will love. Add additional veggies and make this a complete, wholesome convenience meal you’ll be making over and over again.”
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Bowl of vibrant, quick vegan massamam curry

7. Red Lentil Penne alla Puttanesca

Red Lentil Pasta??? Whatever next! One look at Emily’s ingredient list here had me salivating, olives and capers pack a whole bunch of flavour into this speedy pasta dish! Thanks to the red lentil penne (honestly, GENIUS) addition, this dish from A Mummy Too is gluten-free.

Bowl of Penne alla Puttanesca, punctuated with black and green olives on a white plate, laying across the plate is a vintage looking fork
Red Lentil Penne alla Puttanesca
“A staple in Southern Italy, pasta alla puttanesca is a wonderfully flavourful dish where salty, piquant olives and capers combine with tangy tomatoes, aromatic fresh herbs and a touch of fiery chilli to form a really wonderful dish that’s full of interesting flavours and sure to satisfy.”
Check out this recipe
Bowl of Penne alla Puttanesca, punctuated with black and green olives on a white plate, laying across the plate is a vintage looking fork

8. Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

This recipe singlehandedly made me want to commit to Taco Tuesday every week for the next year, and if you can get quick vegan tacos in just 30 minutes why the hell wouldn’t you?! Sweet smokey Cauliflower, paired with crunchy chickpeas, Alena and Mars you’re spoiling us! I spend a good 30 minutes scrolling and browsing through their site Nutritiously, what an awesome place on the internet.

Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos
“There are days when you’re totally ok with eating cold leftover pasta, and there are days when you want some delicious comfort food like vegan buffalo cauliflower tacos.”
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Hand holding a cauliflower and chickpea taco, topped with spinach and ranch dressing

9. Vegan Pumpkin Curry

Firstly, and I think I speak for everyone here, DIANA, WHERE did you get those dishes??? They’re AMAZING. If all future vegan dinner ideas can please be submitted in a pumpkin pie dish that would please me immensely. Anyway, Diana from Little Sunny Kitchen has this awesome Vegan Pumpkin Curry over on her site packed with ginger, garlic, chilli and lemongrass. Yes, please.

Pumpkin shaped dishes filled with pumpkin curry
Vegan Pumpkin Curry
“Healthy one-pot vegan pumpkin curry served over basmati white rice. This fall flavored curry is so easy to make, it’s fragrant, vibrant, and delicious.”
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Pumpkin shaped dishes filled with pumpkin curry

10. Kung Pao Vegetables

The very epitome of a quick vegan dinner next, Kung Pao Veggie’s from Wow, It’s Veggie. These flavour-packed dudes are ready in just 10 MINUTES so you’ll have time to doom scroll through social media whilst you wait for the rice! Soy Sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, chilli paste and more, bring all the flavour to this easy vegan recipe! Stunning.

10 minute Kung Pao Vegetables, topped with cashews in a white bowl.
Kung Pao Vegetables
“If you are new to making Kung Pao vegetables, you are in for a real treat! Kung Pao vegetables are so easy to make and whip up in just 10 minutes. This is the perfect weeknight dinner when you are in a rush and want something healthy and satisfying.”
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10 minute Kung Pao Vegetables, topped with cashews in a white bowl.

11. Beetroot Curry

We’re showing off now, courtesy of Forkful of Plants – we’re not only going to whip up a delightfully quick beetroot curry, but we’re also going to whizz together the curry paste too, all in half an hour. Veganism really is that gal! This stunning pale pink curry is awesome to look at, and the perfect vegan midweek meal.

Pale pink beetroot curry in a while bowl next to a pile of fluffy rice, topped with a scattering coriander.
Beetroot Curry
Ready in just 30 minutes, this beetroot curry uses a homemade curry paste and pre-cooked beetroot to take easy weeknight curry to the next level!
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Pale pink beetroot curry in a while bowl next to a pile of fluffy rice, topped with a scattering coriander.

12. Artichoke Pasta

Back to me now – with this quick and easy store cupboard-ish pasta. This pasta dish is fresh and vibrant owing to the lemon and the utilisation of wonderful canned artichokes. Tinned and canned goods really are the one for quick and easy vegan dinner recipes. This pasta dish is awesome for using up any vegetables looking like they are about to be lost forever in the back of the fridge.

Pile of Artichoke Pasta on a white plate, set on a marble effect work surface
Artichoke Pasta
Quick, easy and nutritious artichoke pasta is a perfect midweek dinner. It’s super tasty too!
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Artichoke Pasta with Broccoli and Spinach in granite effect frying pan

13. Instant Pot Vegan Chilli

We’re heading to The Fitchen next, with another Instant Pot recipe. This vegan chilli appears to have been the first Instant Pot recipe Jordan & Clark shared on their blog, and their minds were blown. All I’m hearing as I’m typing this is “JOHN GET AN INSTANT POT”. This chilli is ready to serve in just 15 MINUTES. Lovely.

15 minute instant pot chilli in a white bowl topped with coriander.
Instant Pot Vegan Chilli
“This 15 minute Instant Pot vegan chili recipe is made with simple pantry ingredients for an incredibly quick meal. Altogether, this recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make and it all comes together in the Instant Pot for easy cleanup.”
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15 minute instant pot chilli in a white bowl topped with coriander.

14. Indian Styled Scrambled Tofu Curry

Yamini from Simple, Fresh n Yum up next with a masterclass in packing tasteless tofu with a tonne of flavour. This 30-minute recipe calls for you to scramble the tofu, which not only gives this dish a creamy texture but ensures the spices sing through. YUM.

Bowl of scrambled tofu curry on a blue wooden background
Indian Style Scrambled Tofu Curry
“This quick, easy, nutritious and delicious Indian style tofu curry is a perfect dish for tofu haters. Scrambled tofu cooked with a creamy cashew and poppy seed sauce with an onion and tomato base along with green peas gives a delicious flavor to the usually tasteless tofu.”
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Bowl of scrambled tofu curry on a blue wooden background

15. Vegan Butter Cauliflower “Chicken”

We’re heading back to Diana in the Little Sunny Kitchen now – I’m hoping that including her twice in this easy vegan recipe list will get me the name of her pumpkin casserole dish supplier from recipe 8. Only KIDDING both recipes are here because they look and sound absolutely scrumptious, This one is a 30-minute Vegan Butter Cauliflower dish making my mouth water.

Two bowls of vegan butter chicken one in front of the other. The Cauliflower is vibrant orange on top of a bed of fluffy white rice.
Vegan Butter Cauliflower “Chicken”
“Rich, fragrant, and healthy vegan butter chicken made with cauliflower. This easy family-friendly meal is so hearty, satisfying, and filling.”
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Two bowls of vegan butter chicken one in front of the other. The Cauliflower is vibrant orange on top of a bed of fluffy white rice.

16. Detox Soup

Had I heard of a Detox Soup before this? No. Am I going to try one? HELL YEAH! The goodness in this soup is insane. It hydrates you. It reduces inflammation AND it breaks down toxins. Holy moly! I’ll take the lot. This recipe comes from Lo, a food scientist over on the Zestful Kitchen. The whole post was a truly fascinating read – I’m learning things today you guys!

Bowl of vibrant red liquid, topped with vegetables in a white bowl
Detox Soup
“When a reset is in order—this Detox Soup is just what you need! This healthy and wholesome recipe is simple in nature yet flavorful, satisfying and good for your body, and best of all, it helps you reset and get your body back on track and feeling better.”
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Bowl of vibrant red liquid, topped with vegetables in a white bowl

17. Mushroom Stroganoff

We’re over halfway now, how’s your shopping list coming along? Well, you’re going to need more space on that list cause there are plenty more vegan dinner ideas to come! This Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff from Stephanie over at Plant Prosperous layers all the classic meaty version flavours into a TWENTY MINUTE dish. That’s magic.

Big bowl of mushroom stroganoff on a wooden board along with some raw portobello mushrooms and a couple of red onions.
Mushroom Stroganoff
One of the coziest dinners to prepare on a cold day is a pan of creamy, healthy mushroom stroganoff. It’s delicious ladled over fresh pasta and topped with your favorite vegan garnishes.
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Big bowl of mushroom stroganoff on a wooden board along with some raw portobello mushrooms and a couple of red onions.

18. Thai Buddha Bowl

Up next there’s a whopping great list of ingredients that come together in 15 minutes to create this mouthwatering bowl of food. I imagine the crunch of those peanuts, against the softness of the tofu and then the sweet-salty zing of that dressing – omg salivating over here, go check it out on The Stingy Vegan.

Close up of a colourful Thai buddha bowl
Thai Buddha Bowl
“This Thai Buddha bowl is quick and easy to put together with heaps of fresh vegetables and crispy fried tofu served over coconut rice and topped off with a simple Thai peanut sauce with spicy red curry. Great for a weeknight dinner, these bowls come together in just 15 minutes!”
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Close up of a colourful Thai buddha bowl

19. Broccolini & Shallot Vegan White Pizza

A confession before you click the link on this one – it’s a 35-minute job. We can all spare an extra 5 minutes if there’s pizza involved though, right? Thought so. Vegan cream cheese replaces tomato as the base, hence white pizza I assume?? From This Savory Vegan, this pizza is topped with tenderstem broccoli (or broccolini for those in the USA) and soft, slightly crispy shallots. Oooh yeah!

Close up shot of broccolini and shallot pizza with a cream cheese base.
Broccolini & Shallot Vegan White Pizza
“Restaurant-quality pizza with easy to find ingredients – this Broccolini & Shallot Vegan White Pizza is loaded with seasoned white sauce, crispy shallots and perfectly cooked broccolini.”
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Close up shot of broccolini and shallot pizza with a cream cheese base.

20. 15 Minute Vegan Sloppy Joe

It’s treat yourself time! Sloppy Joe’s in 10 – 15 minutes according to Lorie from Lemons + Zest. Ketchup + maple syrup amp up the flavours in this lentil-based meal. Quick. Easy. Vegan. AND it comes in bread – CARBS LETS GO!

Burger bun on a white plate, filled with lentil sloppy joe meat.
15 Minute Vegan Sloppy Joe
“Dinner can be ready in just 15 minutes with these ridiculously simple Vegan Sloppy Joes. Made with lentils, peppers, onions and a handful of other pantry basics, dinner is served in no time and is delicious and filling!”
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Burger bun on a white plate, filled with lentil sloppy joe meat.

21. Lazy Falafel

Lazy falafel just speaks to me – who has time to be making whole damn falafel balls. In this economy? I don’t think. With this recipe from Rhian’s Recipes, you get all the flavour with less of the fuss and all in just 25 minutes. Thank you Rhian, thank you!

A colourful plate of salad with two pitta breads stuffed with lazy falafel mix
Lazy Falafel
“This Lazy Falafel is SUPER easy to make, will take up less than 30 minutes of your time, and tastes every bit as delicious as the traditional version!”
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A colourful plate of salad with two pitta breads stuffed with lazy falafel mix

22. Cauliflower Steak

Please let the record show that I once said I wasn’t about that cauliflower steak life, but people can change. I’ve changed. Cauliflower Steaks are super quick, easy and tasty – and if you’ve been around my blog, you’ll know I love a cauli recipe. Do you know what else I love? The Simple Vegan Blog – this blog is a must-read for vegans (or meat-eaters looking to change their ways) and is full of amazing recipes including these 30-minute cauli steaks.

Charred Cauliflower Steak next to a large wedge of lemon
Cauliflower Steak
Cauliflower steak, roasted until tender, and served with chimichurri. It only requires 30 minutes and 4 ingredients: cauliflower, oil, salt, and pepper. So tasty!
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Charred Cauliflower Steak next to a large wedge of lemon

23. Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl

Another bowl for you now – and a bowl with TEXTURE. Crunchy tortilla’s layered with soft tofu and fluffy rice, or quinoa (or another grain that takes your fancy.) Renee from Veeg suggests serving this tortilla tofu bowl up with creamy cardamom rice, which you can find linked in the recipe post. Please go check it out.

Wooden bowl of rice, with a layer of orange buffalo tofu on top. Topped with crispy tortillas.
Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl
“A go-to dish like this Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl could be the game-changer for your dinnertime dreams! Say your partner swears they could never go vegan. And then let’s say that you both decide to try this recipe because of the awesomely beautiful and familiar flavors.”
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Wooden bowl of rice, with a layer of orange buffalo tofu on top. Topped with crispy tortillas.

24. Vegan Caesar Salad

Vegan Caesar time – ready in just 23 minutes. Paleo friendly, with a creamy sauce, whipped up using cashews, olive oil, and lemon. There haven’t been many salads in this list intentionally, it’s January 1st at the time of writing, but a good caesar salad is a year-round affair in my eyes. Head on over to Kitchen of Youth to check it out.

Close up of kale and brussel sprouts covered in a creamy cashew caesar dressing.
Vegan Caesar Salad
“Even if this wasn’t a paleo vegan Caesar salad, you would still love it more than any other Caesar!”
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Close up of kale and brussel sprouts covered in a creamy cashew caesar dressing.

25. Vegan Pad Thai

We’re nearing the end of our 31 Quick and Easy Vegan Recipes round up. There’s still so much good stuff to come – including THIS 10 MINUTE Vegan Pad Thai. That’s right, 10 minutes. Packed with lemongrass, tamarind and chilli paste and on the table in less time than it would have taken you to read this far down the page – good job Rebecca.

Two bowls of vegan pad thai topped with chopped spring onions.
Vegan Pad Thai
“A healthier homemade version of your takeout favorite! This Easy Vegan Pad Thai recipe is gluten-free and allergy-free, meaning no nuts or soy! With authentic rice noodles, veggies, and a delicious Pad Thai sauce, you’ll have dinner on the table in a flash and the best leftovers for lunch!”
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Two bowls of vegan pad thai topped with chopped spring onions.

26. Noodle Free Pad Thai

The 26th recipe on our list of vegan dinner ideas comes from one of my favourite food blogs on the internet, The Minimalist Baker. These folks are AWESOME. These Noodle Free Pad Thai uses ribboned carrots in place of the noodles, along with peppers and red cabbage. The pictures of this inspires me. Honestly, I’m INSPIRED.

Oval white plate containing vibrant and very colourful vegan noodle free pad thai
Noodle Free Pad Thai
“Amazing noodle-free Pad Thai with rainbow vegetables and a spicy-sweet almond butter sauce. Just 30 minutes required and SO versatile!”
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Oval white plate containing vibrant and very colourful noodle free pad thai

27. Vegan Mongolian “Beef”

We’re having Tofu tonight kids! This take on Mongolian Beef (it’s not from Mongolia apparently – more on that by clicking the link) involves crispy tofu and a whack of flavour from Chinese five-spice, chilli flakes and orange zest.

Crispy Mongolian Beef inspired tofu in a bowl alongside broccoli and rice.
Vegan Mongolian “Beef”
“This vegan Mongolian beef is super easy, significantly healthier than its takeaway counterpart, and tastes just as good! The perfect meal after a busy day.”
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Crispy Mongolian Beef inspired tofu in a bowl alongside broccoli and rice.

28. Vegan Burritos

Comfort food is so in right now! These hearty burritos are packed with lentils and nutty brown rice – along with olives, chickpeas and corn encased in a tortilla wrap, obvz. These burritos will be ready to scoff in just 15 minutes. Proper in front of the telly food, right?

Two halves of a vegan burrito stacked one on top of the other on top of a white plate.
Vegan Burritos
“Vegan Burritos, made with fiber-packed and nutty black rice blended with earthy lentils, creamy chickpeas, crunchy corn, and saltiness from green olives. Everything is perfectly seasoned with a zippy spice blend that you can adjust your liking. These meatless wraps are topped with your favorite vegan cheese for a hearty lunch or dinner.”
Check out this recipe
Two halves of a vegan burrito stacked one on top of the other on top of a white plate.

29. Vegan Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms

I think I’ve only ever eaten polenta once, but this recipe is going to make me think again. This creamy polenta is topped with oven-roasted oyster mushrooms. There’s even the suggestion of chucking in some oven-roasted garlic. I’m on board Emily, serve it up.

Two plates of pale yellow polenta topped with oven roasted oyster mushrooms and a sprig of thyme.
Vegan Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms
“This vegan creamy polenta recipe with roasted mushrooms is delicious. Roasted oyster mushrooms are an incredibly flavorful topping for this polenta. If you have never roasted oyster mushrooms, you need to try this for an easy dinner!”
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Two plates of pale yellow polenta topped with oven roasted oyster mushrooms and a sprig of thyme.

30. Winter Salad Power Bowl

You’ve heard of the Detox Soup, and now it’s time for the POWER BOWL. This powder bowl comes courtesy of Christine over at Jar of Lemons. It’s packed full of all the goodness you need to make you feel like you again.

Close up of power bowl containing pale yellow chickpeas and bright orange sweet potato alongside vibrant kale.
Vegan Winter Power Bowl
“I present to you the most festive power bowl of all. Say hello to the delicious Vegan Winter Spiced Chickpea Power Bowl!”
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Close up of power bowl containing pale yellow chickpeas and bright orange sweet potato alongside vibrant kale.

31. Sesame Kale Noodles

The final stop on our tour of vegan recipes is The Kitchen Girl – for a big bowl of steaming sesame kale noodles. I feel warm and fuzzy already. The sauce is made from lemon, tahini and soy sauce. Accompanying the noodles and sauce are sprouts, kale and some red onion. This sounds like a winter warmer with my name on it.

Chop sticks holding up noodles above a bowl of vegan kale and sesame noodles
Sesame Kale Noodles
“Sautéed Kale Sesame Noodles recipe with kale, Brussels sprouts, and pasta in a lemon tahini sauce. This dish can be served warm for dinner or as cold sesame noodles for lunch”
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Chop sticks holding up noodles above a bowl of kale and sesame noodles

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