Keep It Simple: Easy Vegan Main Dishes

Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Noodles

Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Noodles

This simple, tasty pasta dish is traditional to the “plain and simple” Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. It’s a perfect way to use fresh summer corn and tomatoes when they’re at their peak of flavor and abundance. In its original form this recipe is made with egg ribbons; to make it vegan, I recommend substituting ribbons made of hearty whole grain flours like spelt or quinoa. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Mushroom, Spinach, and Cheddar Wraps

mushroom and vegan cheddar wrap recipe

Spinach and mushrooms are nicely flavored with vegan cheddar-style cheese in these delectable wraps. For an easy meal, serve with baked or microwaved potatoes or sweet potatoes and a colorful salad. Adapted from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil

This simple summer dish of pasta with tomatoes and basil will get you out of the kitchen quickly. Make sure to use summer tomatoes at the peak of their flavor, as that’s what this dish is all about! This is a good accompaniment to grilled vegetables; it’s also good with a colorful bean salad. Try it with Mediterranean Bean Salad with Pickled Beets. more→

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Super-Easy Tortilla Casserole

Corn tortillas recipe

Here’s my favorite in-a-hurry casserole filled with southwestern flavors. It involves throwing together a lot of convenient ingredients like canned beans and tomatoes, and frozen corn, but it’s unbelievably good when you need an emergency dinner. While it’s in the oven, steam a big batch of broccoli or prepared stir-fried collard greens, and make a salad or a raw veggie platter. Adapted from Vegan Express.  more→

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Salsa Grain-and-Bean Pilaf

Salsa grain and bean pilaf recipe

If you want to dress up a simple grain-and-bean pilaf in an instant, a good-quality, prepared tomato salsa is the answer. This is truly an emergency dinner, but a hearty and healthy one, at that! Vary the type of grain and/or bean you use each time you make this, and serve it with a simple salad or coleslaw and a steamed vegetable like broccoli, or fresh corn on the cob. Adapted from The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. more→

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Super-Easy Tofu Fajitas

Super-Easy Tofu Fajitas

In this super-easy, nearly-instant fajita recipe, chewy baked tofu is a perfect filling. This is great for adults but it is also fun for kids if you let them assemble their own. It’s one of those meals, in fact, in which everything goes on the table and everyone makes it to their own liking. Serve with cooked quinoa and/or baked sweet potatoes. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Roasted Barbecue-Flavored Tofu and Vegetables

Here’s a tofu preparation that’s nothing fancy, but still so good, and easy enough for a quick weeknight meal. Serve with a simple quinoa recipe and a big salad. more→

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Sweet and Savory Sautéed Tofu

Sweet and Savory Sautéed Tofu served with sesame soba noodles and broccoli

This is a favorite way to prepare tofu simply and one that I make regularly. Both slightly sweet and salty, pan-sautéing the tofu until crisp and golden makes it very tasty. This is a great accompaniment to Asian-style noodle or rice dishes as well as simple stir fries or steamed veggies like broccoli. For a nice pairing with another simple recipe, serve with Simple Sesame Soba Noodles, as shown in the photo. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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