Nearly-Instant Meals

Instant Middle East Feast

Couscous Tabbouleh recipe

Here’s a no-cook menu for those days when you can’t stand the thought of cooking at all but don’t want to buy expensive take-out food. Hummus is to current culture what yogurt was in the seventies. And there are so many great flavors to choose from in the supermarket. Here’s what you’ll need: more→

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Pasta and Antipasto

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

A big pot of spaghetti is the basis of a fun and festive meal. In the time it takes to cook the pasta, an antipasto platter of fresh vegetables and other items that need little or no preparation, can be composed. As an alternative to spaghetti, consider a type of frozen pasta instead: Tortellini, ravioli, or cavatelli, or gnocchi (potato and semolina dumplings). more→

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Tortilla Fiesta: A Nearly Instant Meal

Vegan soft tacos with refried beans and corn

A few key ingredients, like flour tortillas, refried beans, and nondairy cheese create a simple and satisfying Southwestern meal. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky. Here’s what you’ll need: more→

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Salad Bar at Home

Fresh salad vegetables

Salad bars are often an appealing option for vegetarians at restaurants, so why not serve one in your own kitchen? Here are some items to place in individual serving bowls for everyone to take as they wish. This is great for when you’d like to build your meal around fresh raw veggies but are too rushed or tired to do a lot of cutting. Those called for here need little or no prep. Use as many as you’d like: more→

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