Easy Does It: Delicious Vegetarian Dishes In No Time

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Looking to add variety to your vegetarian meals but short on time? This collection of three simple recipes is perfect for busy weeknights. Each dish is packed with flavor and comes together in under 30 minutes, making them ideal for quick and satisfying dinners.

Recipe 1: One-Pan Roasted Veggie Fajitas

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These fajitas are a colorful and delicious way to enjoy an array of roasted vegetables.

Ingredients:

1 bell pepper (any color) – sliced into strips

  • 1 red onion – sliced into wedges
  • 1 head of broccoli – florets cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 zucchini – sliced into half moons
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 fajita wraps (whole wheat or corn)
  • Your favorite fajita toppings (shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream)

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
    2. In a large bowl, toss together vegetables, olive oil, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
    3. Spread vegetables on a baking sheet in a single layer.
    4. Roast for 20-25 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and slightly browned.
    5. While vegetables are roasting, warm your fajita wraps according to package instructions.
    6. Fill wraps with roasted vegetables and your desired toppings.

    Tips:

    Feel free to add other vegetables to this recipe, such as mushrooms, poblano peppers, or asparagus.

  • For a protein boost, add cooked black beans or chickpeas to the fajita filling.

  • Recipe 2: Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta with Spinach

    This comforting pasta dish is bursting with fresh flavors and perfect for a cozy night in.

    Ingredients:

    1 pound pasta (penne, rotini, or fusilli work well)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or cashew cream for a vegan option)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
    2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
    3. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.
    4. Stir in diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, and cream (or cashew cream). Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
    5. Add chopped basil and spinach to the sauce. Cook until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.
    6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Toss cooked pasta with the creamy tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese (if using).

    Tips:

    For a spicier kick, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce.

  • If you don’t have fresh basil, you can substitute 1 teaspoon dried basil.

  • Recipe 3: Lentil Soup with Lemon and Herbs

    This hearty and healthy soup is a great source of protein and fiber. It’s perfect for a light meal or a satisfying starter.

    Ingredients:

    1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion – diced
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Directions:

    1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
    2. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.
    3. Stir in lentils, vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, bay leaf, and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
    4. Remove bay leaf and thyme sprig.
    5. Stir in chopped parsley and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Tips: