TELL VT: Got Weeknight Dinner Ideas?

By Vegetarian Times July 17, 2013 Categories: TELL VT

Roasted Red Pepper Pita Pizzas

We want to know: What’s your best throw-together dinner idea after a long day at the office? We love the Roasted Red Pepper Pita Pizzas, pictured above. Share your answer below and see what others have to say. Our favorite responses will be published in the next issue of Vegetarian Times.

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One pot Black Bean Soup - ready in 15 minutes. Heat 2 cans drained black beans, a 16 oz jar of your favorite salsa ( mild, spicy, etc..), 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth in a sauce pan. When hot, blend till smooth & creamy with an immersion blender. If it needs a little kick add some cumin & chili powder. Delicious low-fat, high fiber & protein meal!

Sheryl Wolff - 2013-08-23 17:07:58

Vegetarian Chili! I use tofu crumbles, black beans, corn, and bell pepper as the base and throw in anything else I have lying around the kitchen, everything from garbanzo beans to sweet potatoes. It's a simple recipe that everyone loves.

Sarah Dierker - 2013-08-19 18:25:25

One of my favorites is a deconstructed "sushi" bowl made with cauliflower "rice," coleslaw mix, onions, kale, seitan (optional), and Bragg's Liquid Aminos. Finally, I top it off with avocado slices. It is SO good!

Hannah - 2013-08-19 01:58:00

Being a gluten free vegan, I'm always trying to come up with throw-together dinner ideas! My favorite right now is quesadillas. I top a corn tortilla with canned vegan refried beans mixed with jarred salsa, sliced red peppers and vegan cheese, then place second tortilla on top and throw in my panini press. Voila, one minute later it's done! I serve it with sliced avocado, yummy!

Erica Rezende - 2013-08-15 03:40:13

We call it clean out the frig stir fry. I use up all the veggies in the refrigerator from the week. Might be carrots, cabbage, bell peppers, squash and onions. Pretty much all the items that did not get used from previous planned meals from the week. There is usually leftover baked tofu or grilled seitan to add a little protein. I whip together a sauce of tamari, sweet chili sauce, sesame oil and sarachi. Served with rice or ramen noodle sprinkled with roasted peanuts for a quick go to dinner. Not much thought required so perfect after a hectic day.

Kenda Roso - 2013-08-14 13:10:55

Whenever I have vegetables that I need to use up, I just cut them up and roast them at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Then you just add them to rice or pasta with a little cheese and maybe even some pesto. Easy, healthy, and filling! Believe it or not, radishes are excellent in this so it's a great way to use them up without having a salad.

Rocky - 2013-08-14 12:41:12

My go-to weeknight meal, on those occasions I've failed to plan anything, is tostadas: vegetarian refried beans on whole wheat tortillas brushed with a little oil and crisped in a skillet, with or without cheese. When the tortillas are crisped, I top with a whatever salsas and vegetables I happen to find in the fridge: avocados, bell or hot peppers, lettuce or cabbage, herbs, thinly sliced red onion.

Emma - 2013-08-07 17:07:33

During the Summer there are so many ways to make "Fast Food". My favorite is actually a double whammy. I cut up market fresh squash, eggplant, onions, fresh chopped tomatoes and mix with garlic, fresh herbs and a bit of olive oil and simmer for 45 minutes while I do other end of the day tasks. I serve the half of the Ratatouille on seared, sliced Polenta (pre-made and at most Grocery Stores). The next night I dump the leftover Ratatouille, 2 cups of Veggie broth and a can of beans (red or white) into a soup pot, heat and serve a "SOUPer" supper.

Christie Kuhn - 2013-08-07 16:36:22

To 1 c. or so of leftover or quickly cooked spinach, I add 1/2 can chickpeas and 1/2 can tomatoes with green chiles, then add cumin and cinnamon for a Moroccan vibe. Spooned over rice or into pita, heated or not, it rocks!

Rain Adkins - 2013-08-05 20:22:20

Mexican Baked Sweet Potato are easy and filling. I cook the sweet potato in the microwave until its soft. Slice it open, add your favorite salsa and beans then top with shredded cheese. Put it in the toaster oven until cheese is melted and serve! Delicious!

Amy DiMatteo - 2013-08-05 20:03:36

I dice up an avocado and some tomatoes, toss them with soy sauce and sriracha, and then top it with sesame seeds. It's light on the stomach, but tastes indulgent and is so satisfying!

Stephanie - 2013-08-05 00:59:04

Soba noodles with sesame seeds, wakame, tofu and or edamame dressed with a little white miso, honey and sesame oil. I cook frozen edaname (out of shell) with the soba noodles. While that is cooking, soak dried wakame (I like the precut shake out of the package ones for convenience), cube some soft tofu, make the sauce. Mix honey (to desired sweetness) miso (for umami saltiness) and sesame oil and seeds (for mouth feel) together. After the noodles and edamame are cooked, rinse and mix in everything else --dinner in 15 min with just pantry stuff.

Susan Lo - 2013-08-04 20:08:07

Spicy Tomato Macaroni with French bread -cook pasta according to directions then transfer to baking dish. Add one 15oz can of diced tomatoes with fennel and red pepper to pasta along with sprinklings of Italian seasoning, Mrs. Dash seasoning and a few cut up sprigs of fresh rosemary. Top with Italian style breadcrumbs and mild cheddar cheese. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. serve with slices of French bread.

Nicole Fey - 2013-08-03 04:13:08

I just made my first frittata last night, and I think I'm hooked. I basically threw whatever needed to be used up from the fridge into a cast-iron skillet—half a chopped onion, a cup of cubed tofu, a bunch of sliced mushrooms, some leftover penne cut into little pieces, shredded cheddar, and a couple of eggs. Easiest 15-minute dinner ever!

Tanya - 2013-08-02 22:55:23

Sun-Dried tomato, Artichoke Heart and soy Chik'n Spiced Pasta: Find recipe and pictures here http://fromourbeginning.blogspot.com/2013/07/from-our-garden-pasta.html

Katie - 2013-07-25 17:55:00