03 June 2013

Quick vegan meals

I don’t know about you, but I find vegan cooking to be so much faster and easier than I ever thought cooking could be. Regardless, I still spend most of my time in the kitchen because I love cooking vegan food. However, there are plenty of days when a quick meal must be whipped up, whether I don’t feel like cooking or I’m crunched for time. Check out some of my favorite quick vegan meals:

Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce And Garlic Bread:

Spaghetti is always a go-to for me when I’m in a rush or don’t feel like deciding on something else to make. Just boil the noodles, heat up your sauce, and toss in some veggies or some ground Boca crumbles. I like to make my own sauce with a can of tomato sauce and some of my favorite spices. Switch it up each time by using different noodles. I like to alternate between angel hair pasta, fettuccini, rotini, and penne.

For a little something extra, make garlic bread. Toast a few slices of bread, add Earth Balance to one side, and sprinkle with garlic powder and garlic salt. It’s delicious!

Bean And Rice Burritos

Bean and rice burritos are one of the easiest things to whip up. Simply drain and rinse a can of black beans and heat them up on the stove. Make your rice (you can always use microwaveable rice if you are in a hurry), and then add a little bit of water to your beans. Mix in cumin and salt to taste, until you achieve your favorite flavor. Heat until all liquid is gone. Add veggies and all of your favorite toppings, if you wish. Roll into a burrito.

Bean And Cheeze Quesadillas

Bean and cheese quesadillas are one of my favorite things to make. To make one quesadilla, start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and coating the insides of two flour tortillas with hummus. Top one side with diced onion, black beans, diced green pepper, Daiya, and whatever else sounds good. Top with the second shell and flatten it out so everything sticks together.

Place it on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the shell gets crunchy. Serve with Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream. It’s amazing!

Tortilla Pizzas

For a quick but filling meal, make a tortilla-crust pizza. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, spray a baking sheet with a little bit of cooking spray, and top with one or two soft shell tortillas, depending on how many people you are feeding. Top with pizza sauce, onions, green peppers, or whatever other toppings you like on your pizzas. Sprinkle with vegan mozzarella cheese on each pizza and pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until it looks done.

Quinoa With Black Beans

Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Once done, add one can of drained and rinsed black beans. Add 2 tbs of olive oil and toss to coat. Add more olive oil as needed and season with salt and pepper. You can also add any nuts or seeds that you may have, or different variations of beans.

Baked Tofu With Kale, Garlic, and Hummus

Press tofu for about 20 minutes and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cookie spray. Cut tofu into strips, and then coat each tofu strip with cornmeal. Place each strip on the baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, and then flip and bake for about 10 minutes more. Otherwise, bake until slightly crispy.

While tofu is baking, lightly oil a skillet with olive oil and sauté kale until bright green. Season with minced garlic. Next, get your hummus ready. To give it a smoother texture, add a little bit of olive oil and water to about ¼ cup of hummus. Whisk together. This will be your sauce to drizzle over the kale and tofu strips. If you have extra time to make couscous, serve tofu over a serving of couscous.

Quick Veggie Burgers

These are my favorite go-to veggie burgers. They are quick but so delicious. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Next, drain and rinse one can of black beans with warm water. Pour black beans into a bowl and mash them until they are mostly mashed, but still have some whole or half pieces. Dice one small onion and add that to the bowl. Add about 2 tsp of cumin powder, chili powder, and garlic powder. Add about one tbs of flour to the mixture, but more if the mixture is too stick. You can also add a tbs or two of water if mixture gets too dry.

Mash everything together and form mixture into about four veggie burger patties. Place them on the baking sheet and pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes, then flip and bake for about 15 minutes longer, or until done.

Serve on buns and add all of your favorite vegan burger toppings.

Enjoy your quick vegan meals for those days when you have to get in and out of the kitchen in no time!

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