Super Quick and Easy 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→


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→


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→


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→


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→


Oven-Barbecued Tofu and Potato Skewers

Served with good Southern corn-on-the-cob and coleslaw (made from pre-grated cabbage, if you prefer, and dressed as you’d like), this meal is like an outdoor summer barbecue, all year round. more→


Barbecue-Flavored Tofu and Onion Skillet

Onions on white

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. more→


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→