Finding easy vegetarian dinners that can be prepared quickly and without much preparation work may seem like wishful thinking, but it is actually quite easy to do. There are many very tasty and healthy vegetarian meals that can be prepared very easily for you and all the family. The need to do this is a must these days, as not many people have the time to spend 2 or 3 hours cooking every day.
Most of us lead a busy lifestyle and everyone, especially those of us with families, try to get the dinner on the table as easily and quickly as possible. Quite often, we end up using frozen/pre-packaged meals from the local grocery store or simply call for a takeout. Those food items contain salt, fat and sugar in quantities that are not required by our bodies. Plus, the packaging produces a lot of garbage and tends to be heavier on the pocket as compared to cooking at home.
Therefore, in these economic times, what we need to do is pay attention to how much we spend on our food and start spending more wisely. So, whether you are new to vegetarian cooking or just looking for easy vegetarian dinners for your family, here are some meal ideas that will cover your dinners for a week, with some leftovers for lunch. They are as quick as a takeout, as easy as many processed meals, and more economical and nutritious!
Examples of some easy vegetarian dinners
Brown rice topped with a vegetable stir-fry is easy, quick and healthy. For your kids, you can try cooking up some Asian noodles and mix them with the stir-fry. To keep things interesting for yourself as well as your family, try adding uncommon ingredients every time, such as mandarin oranges, diced pineapple or silver almonds. Add tofu for that chewy texture.
Vegetarian Pasta Dishes
The vegetarian options are endless when it comes to pasta, and almost everyone loves eating pasta! Some common ones are spaghetti with veggie meatballs, vegetable marinara, pesto pasta, and macaroni and cheese. In order to get the most amount of nutrition from a pasta dish, load it with vegetables or use whole-wheat noodles.
Beans with Tomatoes and Swiss chard
Cook up some Swiss chard with some fresh tomatoes and mushrooms for a quick, throw-together meal that is easy and cheap. All the measurements are approximate, and you can easily put together other legumes such as lentils or chickpeas, or other green leafy vegetables such as spinach or kale. Eat it as is, in a bowl, or serve it over rice or pasta.
A healthy one-pot Vegetarian Casserole is one of the best easy vegetarian dinners for a busy night. Simply ditch the meat and add tofu to your family’s favorite casserole recipe! Try out ‘Shepherd’s pie’ with heart-healthy lentils or the spicy ‘Mexican enchilada casserole’ instead of the artery-clogging animal meat.
If you feel like having a party, invite a few friends over and make this easy, delicious chili. Or better still, make it the day before and then you don’t have to do anything but heat it up when your guests arrive! Generally, kidney beans are used but you could add some black beans or chickpeas too.
A Vegetarian Risotto should be a new favorite at your dinner table because people are generally familiar with rice and your family probably already likes rice. Your kids will love the vegetarian risotto when you make it super cheesy and perhaps, also add a few sun-dried tomatoes, creamy mushrooms or tofu.
Try these easy vegetarian dinners for quick, delicious, and nutritious meal times.