Now that I have a full-on toddler living in my house, cooking supper isn’t always my top priority. These easy dinner ideas help keep my family fed so I can focus on stopping Darrol from eating his crayons.
I’ve always liked meals that come together quickly, but wow, y’all. I had no idea what “no time to cook” really meant until recently. Darrol is a pretty easy kid most of the time, but he’s still a curious toddler. He loves to climb on dangerously high furniture, put things in his mouth that are not food, and accidentally close himself into rooms and closets. If I want to keep him safe and carve out time to read and play with him, I need dinner ideas that are quick and easy.
1. Lentil Loaf – Cook your lentils and grains in your rice cooker, then use that as a base for an easy baked veggie loaf. Perfect with a side of steamed or sauteed veggies.
2. Veggie and Tofu Casserole – This is a panful of comfort food. My favorite part about this recipe is that it makes enough to provide some leftovers for lunch the next day.
3. Coconut-Pumpkin Black Bean Soup – Canned pumpkin, black beans, and coconut milk make this gingery pureed soup a snap.
4. Vegetarian “Chicken Noodle” – Kelp noodles replace semolina noodles in this easy soup. You don’t have to boil kelp noodles, so this is quicker and easier than making traditional noodle soups but just as satisfying on a cold night.
5. Butternut Squash Ratatouille with Chimichurri Tofu – No one has to know how easy this was to make. The secret is using frozen, cubed squash instead of roasting your own.
6. Fajita Crock Pot Stew – This stew takes about 90 minutes in the crock pot, but the prep time is basically zero. Toss everything into the pot and get some errands or chores done until supper is magically ready.
7. Cashew Tofu – This easy stir fry is way yummier and healthier than Chinese food delivery.
8. Mushroom Tacos – Taco night! Fry up some shrooms, toss together a raw collard slaw, and you’ve got supper in a hurry.
9. Creamy Kale Pasta – This no-cook pasta sauce comes together in your blender, pesto-style.