I kind of suck at meal planning. I just never know what I want to eat, but I do know that I don’t want to eat the same dish for more than two days in a row. I have no problems eating sandwiches for breakfast and salad for lunch any day, but when it comes to dinner I want a little more variety. So I’m currently putting together a collection of my favorite dishes to choose from every night.
The dishes, that I want to add to my go-to list, have to be plant-based, balanced (containing complex carbs, protein, and vegetables), and prepared in under 30 minutes. And they need to be delicious, of course.
Here are a few dishes that have earned a spot on my list already.
Vegan jjigae = vegetable stew with tofu
I’d call that a classic kitchen sink dish. Just chop up all the leftover vegetables in your fridge, throw them into a pot, add a spicy miso broth and tofu, and serve it all with rice. This dish is usually made with meat and a lot of red pepper paste, but I adjust it to my taste, and make a separate pot for my husband.
Bibimbap = a bowl of rice with various toppings
This is my husband’s favorite dish at the moment. I like to use brown rice instead of white, and prepare several different toppings in advance, like pan-fried tofu, black soy beans, roasted vegetables, etc.
Carrot lentil soup (from the book More Peas, Thank You)
Blended vegetables soups are awesome! I always make a big batch and store the leftover servings in my fridge of freezer. Adding beans or lentils to the soup before blending provides an extra dose of protein.
Whole grain pasta with tomato sauce
Friday night is pasta night. That decision was made quite a while ago. I usually make a batch of vegetable-laden tomato sauce, but sometimes I go for a creamy white sauce instead. Americans call that ‘alfredo’, right? Nutritional yeast is a great substitute for grated Parmesan cheese, if you want to go that way.
Roasted asparagus and sweet potato
My favorite way of preparing vegetables is roasting them in the oven. This method works well for sweet or white potatoes, broccoli, carrots, squash, asparagus, bell peppers, etc. I like to pair them with a simple dip made of soy yogurt, mustard, honey, dried herbs, and salt and pepper to taste. And ketchup. Always.
This list is far from complete, of course.
What dishes are on your list of favorite quick dinners?