Super Quick and Easy Meals

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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Barbecue-Flavored Tofu and Onion Skillet

Barbecue-flavored tofu and onion skillet

I love what barbecue sauce does for tofu. This easy tofu recipe, with the flavorful sauce and plenty of onions, is excellent over brown rice or quinoa. Serve with a colorful salad or slaw and you’ve got an easy meal. Photos by Rachael Braun. 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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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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Oven-Barbecued Tofu and Potato Skewers

Oven-barbecued tofu and potato skewers

These simple kebabs of tofu and potatoes, threaded onto skewers and slathered with sauce is like an outdoor summer barbecue, all year round. If you use an all-natural brand of barbecue sauce, this is a 3-ingredient recipe. If you make your own, which is highly recommended, it’s not much more time-consuming. Serve with a green veggie (like broccoli or kale) and coleslaw for an easy meal. more→

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Hearty Tortellini or Ravioli with Pink Beans

Use hearty filled pasta from the frozen foods section for this filling dish. All you need to complete this meal is a bountiful tossed salad and some fresh bread. 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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