Past the mid-way point in July finds many of us under a blanket of heat. The better news is that summer produce is abundant and inexpensive. Here are vegan dinner ideas that are both economical and quick, getting you from the kitchen to the table in about 30 minutes. Don’t forget to serve plenty of summer fruit for dessert or evening snack! Pinto Bean and Quinoa Sloppy Joes, above, are a great favorite of VegKitchen readers. Serve with any slaw-style salad — make extra for tomorrow’s meal! Fresh corn on the cob, now in season is a great addition as well.
The black bean base of these Garlicky Black Bean and Summer Squash Soft Tacos has a delectable garlicky and smoky flavor. Yellow squash, chili peppers, and dried tomatoes add even more flavor and color. They’re easy to make and even easier to serve, as everyone assembles their own tacos at the table. Whatever kind of slaw you made for yesterday’s meal will enhance this dinner as well.
The simplicity of the classic Neopolitan recipe, Pasta Puttanesca, belies its luscious flavor. Studded with green and black olives and a generous helping of ripe tomatoes, this is a quick pasta dish that’s perfect for a summer evening. Serve with a green vegetable and a big salad of mixed greens tossed with chickpeas or other beans.
Indonesian-Style Gado-Gado Inspired Salad is a composed platter combining raw and lightly cooked vegetables. There are different regional variations, but some of the constant veggies include carrots, cauliflower, and green beans. Simply cooked brown rice (try brown Basmati), a traditional accompaniment, is a good way to embellish the meal. The whole thing pulls together with a luscious peanut sauce.
Hummus Wraps with Grains and Greens are chock-full of flavor and a good use of leftover grains of all kinds (like last night’s rice). The recipe also doubles easily. For a relaxing way to end the meal, serve with fresh corn and/or a refreshing cold soup.