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What’s for Dinner?! 15 Quick and Easy Meals to Make Tonight

If you’re like me, the last thing you want to do after a long day is spend an hour making a difficult dinner… but you also don’t want to simply order takeout or eat something packaged/processed. Not to worry, dear reader, I have your back! Recently, I scoured my archives to compile this list of the fastest, easiest, and tastiest dinner recipes that I’ve published over the years. Below are over a dozen healthy, vegan dinner ideas that you can make in under 30 minutes:

One-Dish Quick Quinoa Queso Skillet with Chipotles


The flavors in this one-dish quinoa recipe are insane – you’ve got the smokiness from the adobo sauce, the heat from the chipotle peppers, the creaminess from the vegan cashew queso, the classic Mexican flavors of cilantro, corn, beans, and lime – all infused into the quinoa as it cooks. Check it out →

The Easiest 12-Minute Peanut Noodles


This is about as simple as it gets for pasta. Cook the noodles, shake some ingredients in a mason jar for a delicious peanut sauce, steam some veggies and toss it all together. Check it out →

The Buffalo Tempeh Ranch Wrap


Slather some tempeh with buffalo sauce … mix some creamy cashew dressing with cabbage … slice an avocado … and wrap it all in a whole wheat tortilla for one incredibly flavorful, simple, and healthy meal. Check it out →

Classic Quinoa Buddha Bowl


It doesn’t get much simpler than this. A classic buddha bowl is simply grains with finely-chopped veggies and beans. This is my favorite bare-bones recipe with the perfect balance of great flavors and simplicity. Start here and add whatever else you have on hand for a simple, nutrient-dense dinner. Check it out →

The 8-Minute Black Bean Soup


Not to be confused with my 8-HOUR black bean soup, this one starts with a can of beans and one saucepan and ends up with some pretty intense flavors developed in just a few minutes. If you’re really strapped for time, check it out →

Spaghetti Piccata with Lemon and Capers


Truly one of my favorite pasta recipes. A creamy sunflower-based sauce, garlic, and brine from the capers + lemons tossed with whole wheat pasta. It’s what food should be: simple, nutritious, and incredibly flavorful. Check it out →

Sesame Rice Bowl


This is a One Ingredient classic. It was one of the first recipes I made 5+ years ago and is STILL a staple in my dinner lineup. Brown rice mixed with a bit of sauce and toasted sesame oil, tossed with tons of fresh veggies and avocado. Check it out →

Kicked-Up Quinoa and Black Beans


This dinner has such amazing flavors, no one would guess you could make it in about 20 minutes. The black beans are pan-fried and lined next to a mound of seasoned quinoa, with fresh tomatoes, avocados, and green onions – all topped with a chili-lime sauce. Check it out →

Super-Fresh Sunflower Chard Wraps


Looking like something totally prehistoric, these giant chard leaves are packed with a super-fresh chickpea and veggie mixture and make an amazingly refreshing dinner during spring and early summer when chard is at its best. Check it out →

Peanut-Glazed Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl


As far as quick goes, this one is on the longer side of the list but it totally deserves to be included. Once you bake the sweet potatoes with an insane peanut-soy glaze, you can throw together the quinoa bowl with these delicious sweet potato bites in minutes. Check it out →

The Anti-Aging Kale Pesto Pasta Salad


One of my favorite things to do these days is combine pasta with beans and greens for a more complete meal. This version is my absolute favorite, with mushrooms, tomatoes, chickpeas, and kale pesto tossed with some pasta into one incredibly flavorful dish. Check it out →

Sushi Roll in a Bowl


Why go to all the bother of getting out your bamboo mat and slowly rolling sushi when you can simply toss the ingredients into a big buddha bowl with all the classic sushi flavors – right down to the nori – with some incredible mushrooms on top. Check it out →

Southwestern Sweet Potato Quesadillas


These have to be tasted to believed. The flavors of mashed sweet potato (with corn and beans and incredible seasonings) pressed between two tortillas and topped with mashed avocado. A simple meal with tons and tons of flavor. Check it out →

Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Pesto


Zoodles! Simple zucchini noodles tossed with tomatoes, chickpeas, and a mashed avocado sauce. An incredible, refreshing flavor combo that can be made in minutes. Check it out →

The Best Ramen Noodles


Contrary to popular belief, ramen does NOT have to be “cheap” unhealthy food. At its core, ramen is simply “one ingredient” wheat noodles. In this recipe, I’ll show you how to quickly season the noodles to bring out tons of flavor and toss it with some bok choy and other veggies. Check it out →

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    • HA! 14 hours later the Timpano is done. I love that you remember that.

      I’m really glad to hear that you like the collection, it’s just a little experiment to see if these types of posts are useful for readers.

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