Welcome to a series of posts designed for anyone with no time or inclination to cook, but who’ve had it with eating out, ordering in, and makeshift meals. These dinners hardly even qualify for semi-homemade. They’re a combination of fresh and prepared ingredients, perfect for anyone who’s super-busy or really lazy, but who wants to enjoy healthier, plant-based meals.
For this one, the only thing you need is a microwave (unless you remembered to bake your sweet potatoes in the oven the night before, which, knowing frazzled people like you, is doubtful). It’s a hearty combination of baked sweet potatoes piled high with canned chili; one of those pre-cut salad combos you find in almost any supermarket these days, and stoneground tortilla chips. Don’t tell anyone you didn’t really make this meal; they won’t believe you! Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
This quick Italian-style vegan pasta dish features fresh asparagus, which gives it a springtime touch, and portabella mushrooms, which makes it substantial. Try a flavored variety of linguine or fettuccine to further jazz up this dish. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
This vegan Kale caesar is an updated version of the classic American caesar salad. There’s not much to to the original recipe other than lettuce, bread croutons, and a (nonvegan ) caesar dressing, so a revamp is welcome. When I first made this with only kale, I found it to be a bit too overpowering. The combination of kale and romaine lettuce is perfect, allowing the other flavors to shine through. This recipe, easy though it is, also offers further shortcuts. more→
All kinds of Asian noodles have become widely available, both in natural foods stores and well-stocked supermarkets. Combined with lots of veggies and other tasty ingredients, they’re the basis of quick, healthy meals. In Vegetable Chow Mein, the noodles are stir-fried along with the veggies. The amount and varieties of vegetables can be varied. Why call for take out when it’s so easy (and less greasy) to make this at home? more→