Quick and Easy Recipes

This is a collection of Quick and Easy vegetarian recipes you'll be able to pull off in a cinch! From 10-Minute Ramen or a quick Broccoli Orecchiette, to an easy Sheet-Pan Gnocchi Bake, these are the recipes you can have on the table to feed your family in no time at all.

Asian {veggie} noodle salad

An Asian-inspired vegetable noodle salad with tofu. Vegan, gluten-free, and super quick and easy, this makes a great light lunch. During the week my husband and I eat in a very routine way. If you’re a regular reader, you already know that, and you might even know that because today is Monday I’m going to be… 

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Indonesian gado gado

A twist on a traditional Indonesian dish. Steamed vegetables, cubes of fried tofu, and hard-boiled egg come together with a spicy peanut sauce for dipping. When Paul and I arrived in Bali in December, a day late and with no luggage, we were greeted at the airport by a man holding a sign with our… 

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kale and white bean tortilla

A riff on a Spanish-style tortilla featuring ribbons of Tuscan kale and replacing the traditional potatoes with heart-healthy cannellini beans. Five years ago today I said a tearful goodbye to my husband as he walked through the gates of the Vancouver International Airport to board a flight to Minneapolis, then Amsterdam, then Stockholm. I returned… 

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greens ‘n’ grains breakfast bowl

A balanced bowl of goodness perfect for any time of day. Mostly greens with some healthy whole grains and softly scrambled eggs alongside.  Would you believe me if I told you I was lying on the beach in Bali dreaming about this dish? It’s true. I was. I guess that’s how my brain works. We… 

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roasted cauliflower and white bean salad

This hearty vegan roasted cauliflower salad with cannellini beans, chewy kamut, and toasted pine nuts is great warm or cold. I bought a Christmas tree on the weekend. A tiny, squat, and somewhat ridiculous looking tree. I personally would have gone for something tall and lush, even though we’re going away in just 10 days,… 

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one-pot lemony kale spaghetti

Easy one-pot lemony kale spaghetti comes together in a flash and is the perfect respite from heavy holiday meals. Top with a poached egg to add some protein! I haven’t hit the snooze button for a whole week. That might not seem like a lot, but I am trying to kick a decades long snooze… 

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throwback thursday night fry {low carb pak choy stir-fry}

  Happy Thanksgiving for those of you who are celebrating today! I’m going to keep it short and sweet since I know most of you are celebrating with friends and family – hopefully there’s a lot of pie involved and you’ll be enjoying leftovers for the next few days. When you’re ready for something on… 

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toast for dinner – beans on toast

Simple saucy beans on toast make for a quick and easy nutritious weeknight dinner. Lately I’ve been feeling disoriented. I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night not sure of where I am or what day it is. I’ve been dreaming things so close to my real life that I’m constantly having to… 

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warm oatmeal with pear, ginger, and cardamom

Over the years I’ve transitioned from a first-thing-in-the-morning breakfast eater to a some-time-before lunch breakfast eater. And by ‘lunch’ I mean the hour that I step away from my desk to get a bit of exercise. Because I pack my breakfast with me to work, I’m still relying mostly on smoothies, which I pack in… 

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pumpkin and black bean quesadillas

Um, hello second to last day of October. It’s Halloween tomorrow, have you got your costume sorted? My costume, though alive and well in my brain, has not yet materialized in real life. I have watched an awful lot of youtube tutorials on how to make certain parts of it, and luckily tomorrow is a… 

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orange-carrot-miso-ginger sunshine sauce with steamed edamame and veg

Lately I’ve been feeling like I need a big old dose of sunshine. Living where we do, that ain’t going to happen for many (oh man, so many) months now, so I’ve got a 3-part plan in place. 1) Get back on the vitamin D, 2) work on a winter getaway, and 3) fill my… 

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baked sriracha tempeh bowls

This Saturday will mark 11 years since I went on my first date with the cute triathlete guy who swam in the fast lane. It’s an anniversary that will go by without much fuss since we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary last month, but still one that deserves a little attention. After all, 11 is… 

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toast for dinner – spiced saucy corn on toast

The last week has been a late golden surge of summer. After a fairly chilly late August, the little burst of warmth and sun was so welcome, fleeting and fickle though it may be. I always find this time of year a bit melancholy, and it seems this year more than ever. Everything is dying,… 

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turmeric tofu scramble, 2 ways

I’m always on the hunt for recipes that serve double duty. You know, the kind of thing that you can make for dinner but also makes great leftovers for packed lunches. Something that’s equally good hot off the grill, or eaten at room temperature the next day. Something that’s fast, easy, soul-satisfying, AND jammed full… 

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glorious garden gazpacho

Is summer still summery where you are? If so, lucky you. The seasons always change so quickly here, and it catches me off guard every time. Although summer still technically has another month to go, there is a bit of a nip in the air already. The good news, though, is that the summer was… 

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vegan BLAT

I get a lot of questions about my vegetarianism from people that can’t seem to wrap their heads around it. “But isn’t it hard?”  “Don’t you miss meat?” “Not even bacon?” The answers are no, no, and no. There are many different reasons for vegetarianism, personal, political, ethical, religious, ecological, and so on. Mine is… 

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mediterranean chickpea salad

For many years I thought that I didn’t like Greek salad. Too salty! Too oniony! Too briny! Swimming in dressing! Fortunately I came to the realization that I’d been eating crappy Greek salads and totally changed my tune. Over the course of my MSc program in nutrition, my cohort of international nutritionists hosted many potluck… 

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breakfast salad {with maple coconut bacon}

You know what I was thinking the other day? We make green smoothies all the dang time, but why aren’t we eating breakfast salads? I mean, breakfast salad! Toss up some greens and some fruit and some veg if you please, and you’ve basically got a deconstructed green smoothie. I pretty much thought I had come… 

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toast for dinner – smashy smashy

Lately I’ve been making lists of various things I could put on toast and reasonably call dinner. This is what one does when one is one-week from thesis deadline, right? Make lists of terribly important things. Much more important than working on one’s thesis, right? So we’re in a toast-for-dinner situation, and I thought I’d share… 

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bodacious burger bowl

I’m quite fond of a good salad meal. The kind of meal where the salad is the star of of the show, not a sad little side vying for attention. You know what I’m talking about – it usually comes in a bowl the size of your head, and is filled to the brim with all kinds… 

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grapefruit and avocado salad

Sometimes simple is best. This is a lesson I learn over and over, both in life and in the kitchen. There were so many good reminders that simple = good on our recent weekend in Rome; if you put a just a few good-quality ingredients together, magic happens. A few weeks back when I posted this grapefruit… 

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grapefruit and fennel salad

I have this notebook. It’s old and ratty, butter stained, and filled with the years of this blog. The things I’ve made, the things I want to make, recipes, notes, and post ideas. Sometimes, more often than I’d like, the season gets past me before I manage to post a recipe. My grandmother’s applesauce cake,… 

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five minute feel better coconut curry soup

I recently read this article about why being busy isn’t respectable anymore, and it made me think a lot about what I’ve got going on right now. I’ll be defending my thesis in 134 128 127 125 days. That’s 134 128 127 125 more days of a full time MSc thesis plus a full time job, which is, depending on when… 

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