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→
Here’s a quick stir-fry using nutritious, crunchy bok choy. Shiitake mushrooms make a perfect partner for it. Serve this on its own or over rice; it’s good hot or at room temperature. Use either large white bok choy or baby bok choy. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
This flavorful soup of potatoes, cheese, and green chiles is a nondairy version of a contemporary classic from the American Southwest. It’s filling, so it can serve as a centerpiece of a meal, served with a salad or salad-y wraps. Try this with Cool Refried Bean Wraps for a nice meal. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Red lentils cook quickly, so they’re a good choice when you want a hearty, filling soup in little time. Adding a couple of cups of pumpkin or butternut squash puree adds to the orange-y goodness of this soup — and cauliflower and spinach contribute to its overall veggie-packed deliciousness. Serve this main-dish soup with a fresh flatbread and a simple salad. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Watch out; this vegan take on the classic BLT will become addictive. From Real Food For Everyone by Ann Gentry, © 2015 Andrews McMeel Publishing, reprinted by permission. Photos by Sara Remington. more→
In this hearty vegan and gluten-free lasagna I used a mixture of shiitake and white button mushrooms, fresh rosemary and tarragon, swiss chard, homemade sauce (so easy!!!), tofu “cheese”, and squash. The flavor and texture are excellent, everything you’d want from a meal on a cold winter day. more→
For centuries, spices have been used to create delicious and nourishing meals. Aromatic herbs and spices, also known as carminatives, improve digestion and make zesty, globally inspired dishes. The key to making beans easier to digest is to cook them from scratch, adding sea vegetables like dulse along with carminative herbs and spices. Adapting this main course soup to the seasons is easy: You can use fresh tomatoes, summer squash, spinach, and eggplant in the summer; canned tomatoes, carrots, yams, or butternut squash in the fall and winter. Recipe excerpted with permission from Going Wild in the Kitchen,* by Leslie Cerier, © 2005, Square One Publishers, Inc. Photos by Tracey Eller.
This coconut-curry spread, based on chickpeas and cannellini beans is rich with spices and coconut. Aside from serving it in romaine leaves as suggested in this recipe, you can find many other uses for it — it makes a great dip but it’s even better as a sandwich spread. Recipe and photo contributed by Annie Oliverio of An Unrefined Vegan. Annie is the author of the forthcoming Crave Eat Heal: Plant-based, Whole-food Recipes to Satisfy Every Craving * (April, 2015).