I know you’re busy friends and I feel for you! September is a whirlwind of activity, especially for those with kids. Here are 10 of my favorite FAST & HEALTHY DINNERS to help save your sanity the next few months! All can be made in 15-30 minutes, most are vegetarian/ vegan adaptable. And guess what? Your kids will love them too! Good luck. Be strong. You can do this!
Sheet-Pan Teriyaki Salmon and Baby Bok Choy is fast, flavorful and tasty, perfect for busy weeknights. With only 5-10 minutes of hands on time before baking in the oven, you can have a healthy dinner on the table in under 25 minutes. Serve this over nutty brown rice or simply on its own for a light, low-carb dinner. The homemade teriyaki marinade is simple to whip up and low in sugar. I haven’t tested it yet- but I suspect you could substitute tofu for the salmon -baking it on higher heat ( 400F) for double the time. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, chili flakes, and think sliced scallions or chives.
Mexican Noodle Soup – One of my all-time favorite soups that is very adaptable -add chicken or keep it vegan with chickpeas. Easy and fast to make, full of flavor… and the whole family will love this. I promise!
15 MINUTE THAI CURRY NOODLES ( KHAO SOI) Make this flavorful curry with tofu, shrimp or chicken, with a rich coconut curry sauce and rice noodles. Flavorful, not too spicy and super satisfying!
Enchilada Pie with 2 Minute Enchilada Sauce Blend the 2 minute enchilada sauce in the blender, assemble, and bake. Can be made with chicken or kept vegetarian with black beans. ONLY 15-20 minutes of “hands-on time” before it goes into the oven.
15 Minute Pad Thai – Keep this vegetarian or add chicken or shrimp. No fancy, hard to find ingredients, this recipe is stripped down to the basics. And It’s a keeper.
Clean Out Your Fridge Tandoori Bake. Make this with chicken, fish or tofu….or some of each! Just 15-20 minutes of prep and then into the oven it goes to bake. Voila! So easy and full of soul satisfying Indian flavors, perfect for fall.
Pasta with Creamy (vegan!) Artichoke Sauce – The creamy vegan sauce is made with marinated artichokes hearts, garlic and sage – and can be made in 2 minutes flat, just blend in the blender until silky smooth, warm, then pour over pasta. Add sauteed mushrooms or sunchokes if you like. So good.
Turmeric Broth Detox Soup Another highly adaptable soup with an addicting and flavorful broth. Use noodles or rice, chicken or chickpeas … and any wilt-able green hiding out in your fridge. Very nutritious and nurturing. Good for the tummy and healing on the soul level. I kid you not.
Moroccan Salmon – EASY & FAST Pan- seared, spice rubbed salmon. You can use the rub on chicken or tofu too. Serve with a salad or quinoa or rice. Delicious, easy.
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms, Garlic and Sage TIP: Microwave the Spaghetti Squash for 12 minutes, cut sides down- or Roast them the night before and refrigerate. The next night, sauté it up with garlic, mushrooms and fresh sage. Delicious and easy! The meal comes together in 15 mins flat.
Spaghetti with Fresh Quick Tomato Sauce– Fresh tomatoes are cooked into a Quick Tomato Sauce with garlic and basil. Keep it vegan or add cheese. Seriously one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE recipes on the blog. Simple, easy, so delicious. A great way to use up all your garden tomatoes!
These fast, kid-friendly EASY Baked Vegetarian Tacos are perfect for those of you who have hungry mouths to feed and need to get something on the table ASAP. Not only are they simple and quick to put together, they are really adaptable. Keep them vegetarian and affordable by using organic refried beans as the protein, or if so inclined, add left-over rotisserie chicken, or browned, seasoned ground meat. But I will say that even my meat-loving husband loves these, prefers them even, with the refried beans.
This flavorful Sheet-Pan Voodoo Bowl can be kept vegan, or made with Chicken. So many of you keep telling me how challenging it is cooking for mixed households with vegans, gluten free and meat-eaters all living under the same roof. I’m creating a new recipe category for you called “Adaptable” with recipes that can adapted easily at the time of cooking, to fit all needs.
And lastly, here’s my 15 minute “go -to” emergency meal- Lighting Speed Photon Soup– made with a flavorful broth, store-bought frozen wontons and greens. Adapt it your way. It’s low fat and super satisfying. Give it a whirl!
Let me know your favorites!129