The Best Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes
If you’re like most people out there, at a minimum you are balancing a career, a family, and some friends. You might also have other additional commitments like a second job, a volunteer project, or a hobby. While you know you should cook at home to save money and eat better, if you’re going to be successful at all of this, you need to find quick and easy vegetarian recipes that take very little effort. You don’t necessarily have time to come home every day, peel, wash, and chop a lot of vegetables, get out your food processor, make multiple dishes of food, and get it on the table in time for a decent dinner. Don’t worry. Here you’ll find the best quick and easy vegetarian recipes out there. Plus, they’re so simple, you can make easy substitutions based on ingredients you already have to create your own unique dishes using these general ideas.
Vegetable kabobs are wonderful when you are looking for quick and easy vegetarian recipes. One option is to chop up different fruits and vegetables, like bell peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and pineapple, brush with a marinade of teriyaki sauce, and grill over a pan on the stove or on top of some aluminum foil spread over your grill. Once the vegetables are cooked through, serve them on a plate of rice. Even better, if you don’t feel like cutting up all of the vegetables, a lot of grocery stores now are actually selling pre-cut vegetables that are ideal for making your own vegetable kabobs.
If you want a kabob that is a bit more filling, nutritious, and has more flavor, try creating one that includes tofu. Cut tofu into even, bite-size chunks and brush with a sauce of your choice. Barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and teriyaki sauce are all great choices for pre-made sauces that you don’t have to do anything to but pour them out of the bottle. Take some red-skinned potatoes and scrub them to get the dirt off, poke some holes in each one with a fork, and stick them in a microwave until baked, but still firm.
Once they are cool enough for you to touch comfortable, cut the potatoes into chunks the same size as the tofu. Take metal skewers, or bamboo skewers that you have soaked in water for at least ten minutes, and alternate between threading a piece of potato, a piece of tofu, and a cherry tomato. This is another recipe where you can add any additional vegetables you want to it, as well, based on what you have in your house or what you prefer to eat. Lay the skewers down on a baking dish lined with aluminum foil (which will make clean up that much easier) and brush with additional sauce. Broil the kabobs for 4-5 minutes, turn the kabobs over, and broil again for the same amount of time. Take the kabobs out of the oven and serve over a bed of rice or couscous while they are still hot.
Don’t forget that you can experiment with different ingredients depending on how quick and easy you want these vegetarian recipes to actually be. Even better, if you have kids, get them involved in making their own kabobs by letting them skewer the vegetables, fruit, and pieces of tofu they want and brushing with the sauce they prefer. This way, not only is there less for you to do, but they are more likely to eat food that they actually got to pick out and help prepare.