You know those days when your day ran late, got stuck in traffic and really just don’t feel like cooking? Me too! Unfortunately, I have those days all too often and must fight the urge to hit the drive through or call DoorDash. Seriously, even Panera isn’t always the healthiest option although I’ll go there in a pinch.
What we really need are some Plant based or easy vegan dinners that we can whip up in no time flat. You know, so we can actually relax and try to enjoy the evening. I know we all have a few tried and true go to ideas but, It’s always nice to see what others have come up with to solve this dilemma.
The Mix and Match Game
This is one of my favorites when I have no time. It requires a minimum of planning or prep… or ingredients for that matter.
Now, in order for this to work you do actually have to have done some grocery shopping ahead of time but, it’s easy and straight forward:
From the frozen section grab the following:
- Birdseye Steamfresh or (brand of choice): Brown Rice. This is an awesome base ingredient. I usually have 5-8 on hand and it cooks in 4 minutes in the micro.
- Birdseye Steamfresh various selections: See pictures below for suggestions:
These are very vegan, vegetarian or whole food plant based friendly. They’re not too calories dense and can be mixed and matched to make a variety of quick meals…
Additional ingredients to shop for:
* Low Sodium Soy Sauce * Vegetable stock or broth * Purple onion chopped
I’ve found that the store brand veggie broth/stock tend to be lower in sodium.
Quick “Fried Rice”
- Steam 1-2 bags of brown rice with peas and carrots (or carrots and broccoli) in micro per instructions. 1 bag per 2 servings
- While rice is steaming. Add chopped onion to non-stick skillet on medium heat
- Add vegetable stock 1 tablespoon at a time to “saute” onions
- Pour steamed rice into skillet with sauteed onion
- Add 1-3 teaspoons soy sauce and stir frequently for about 3-4 minutes
- Add additional vegetable stock as needed to prevent sticking or the rice from drying
Serve immediately. Ready to eat in approx 10 minutes
- Steam 1-2 bags of frozen brown rice. 1 bag per 2 servings
- While rice is steaming add 1 bag Frozen Asian Medley veggies to non-stick skillet on medium heat
- Add vegetable stock 1 tablespoon at a time to “saute” veggies
- Add 1-3 teaspoons soy sauce and continue stirring until veggies are tender about 10 minutes
- Seasoning suggestions: sprinkle veggies with garlic and or onion powder as they cook. Or red pepper flakes if you prefer a spicy dish.
Serve over steam brown rice: Ready in 20 minutes
Quick and Easy Vegetable soup:
- Add 32 oz of vegetable stock to a stock pot or Dutch oven
- Heat stock to a low boil on med-high
- Add chopped purple onion approx 1 cup to broth as it’s heating up
- Once broth is just at boiling… Add 1 bag of roasted red potato blend and 1 bag of mixed veggies
- Season with 1 teaspoon Oregano, salt and pepper to taste, and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin. If you don’t like cumin substitute granulated or minced garlic.
- Return to boiling THEN, cover and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes
Serve hot with whole wheat bread of choice: Ready in approx 30 minutes
Note: The soup recipe can have several variations: Try adding 1/2 cup whole wheat pasta or diced tomatoes.
Quick Doesn’t mean Bad…
Just remember that quick isn’t code for bad tasting and Good doesn’t have to take an hour or more to pull off. I recommend checking out all the variety in your local frozen vegetable section.
However, READ the ingredients… especially if it says that it has a sauce added to it. These often contain an unacceptable amount of added fat, oil or dairy.
These are just some starter ideas. Try them out. Think of your own variations and seasonings. You know what you and your family like and don’t like. The idea is to get a little creative without sacrificing your principals… or your time. 🙂
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If you like this please, like, share and comment. Please feel free to add your own ideas for the rest of us to try!