We all have days when we just can't deal with making anything complicated for dinner. Or weeks when we didn't do much shopping and hardly any pre-planning. It happens to everyone from time to time!
Those are the days when it's all we can do to stop ourselves from reaching for the take-out menus.
There's nothing wrong with keeping a a meal really simple on busy weeknights—even when you're not super busy. Here are a few simple 5-ingredient vegan recipes (salt, pepper, and water don't count) that will make those "too tired to cook" days a whole lot better!
Black Bean Nachos Grandes
Black Bean Nachos Grandes are not only a great appetizer or snack, but can also serve as a centerpiece in a pinch! This recipe calls for a big, colorful salad and some steamed broccoli or garlic-sautéed greens.
Vegan Chili-Cheese Grits
Vegan Chili-Cheese Grits are great for breakfast or brunch. They can also be a fun change-of-pace dinner served with baked sweet potato and coleslaw.
Vegan Macaroni and Cheese
Vegan Macaroni and Cheese is not only super-simple to make—it's also somehow emotionally comforting. If you or someone in your family has had a tough day, this dish will come to the rescue! This 5-ingredient dish is great served with a carrot salad and green beans or broccoli.
Baked Risotto, a creamy-textured rice dish, takes a bit more than an hour start to finish, but making it takes very little hands-on time.
Traditional-Style Miso Soup
This Traditional-Style Miso Soup, though tasty, might not fill you up on its own. Pick up some ready made vegetable sushi from the supermarket, some sliced and ready-made baked tofu, and a steamed green vegetable—now you've got an emergency meal that looks more like a feast!
I am eating better and trying more vegetarian dishes thank you
Cleópatra Paschoalatto says
Pepita Jimenez-Jacobs says
Very good! And after a while you can prepare delicious meals with almost any combination of fruits, vegetables and herbs and spices in your fridge, freezer or kitchen shelves. or come spring, in your growing places outdoors!
Thank you for sharing this! I've been living vegan since New Year's Eve and find it really tough to prepare something nice to eat quickly, right after work. However, these dishes sound delicious and I will give them a try this week!
claudia howard says
I like your recipe ideas except none are diabetic friendly except the soup. I would like to see some fast vegan options without the intense amount of glucose raising starch.
Good point, Claudia. I'll work on that!
oona cardozo says
These look great anxious to try them
Sorry but can you explain to me how any of these recipes are even healthy? I see a vegan label widely slapped on poor quality food choices that lack the kind of nutrition real whole foods can offer... Grits, white rice, white pasta, processed vegan cheese - the list goes on - how are any of these things healthy. Sorry but things like this upset me if someone is trying to promote healthy eating while promoting unhealthy foods.
Claudia you're so right, I struggle with that too, it would be great to have small meals that are easy for diabetics. I have that problem. I just came from reading this article: http://triggerbody.com/6-tips-to-control-snacking/