A 20-minute vegetarian dinner for busy weekends
As a vegetarian, it can be difficult to come up with quick and easy dinner ideas, especially on busy weekends. However, with a little planning and some simple recipes, you can enjoy delicious, nutritious meals in just 20 minutes. Here are some vegan dinner ideas perfect for those hectic evenings.
1. Fried vegetable
Stir frying is a quick and versatile dinner option. You can use any combination of vegetables, tofu, and a delicious homemade stir-fry sauce. Start by frying the vegetables of your choice in a hot pan with a little oil. Add the tofu and stir-fry sauce, and cook for a few more minutes until everything is heated through. Serve over rice or pasta for a satisfying meal.
2. Spinach and chickpea curry
This delicious curry is made with canned chickpeas, spinach and a blend of aromatic spices. In a large skillet, sauté the onion and garlic until translucent. Add the chickpeas, spices and coconut milk and simmer for 10 minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Serve with rice or naan for a quick and satisfying dinner.
3. Caprese salad with avocado
This refreshing salad is a perfect choice for hot summer evenings. Simply chop up ripe tomatoes, creamy avocado, and fresh mozzarella cheese. Arrange them on a plate, drizzle with balsamic glaze, then sprinkle with fresh basil. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, and serve dinner. This light and healthy meal is ready in just minutes.
4. Black bean quesadillas
Quesadillas are a quick and filling dinner option. Simply spread black beans, cheese, and your favorite salsa onto a tortilla, fold in half, and cook in a hot skillet until golden and crispy. Serve with sour cream, guacamole, and extra salsa for a simple and satisfying meal.
5. Lentil and vegetable soup
Soup is a comforting and easy dinner option. In a large pot, saute onions, carrots, and celery until tender. Add canned lentils, vegetable broth, and any additional vegetables you have on hand. Simmer for 15 minutes, season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. This delicious soup is perfect for a quick, comforting dinner.
6. Pesto pasta with grilled vegetables
Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and adds great flavor to any dish. Toss your favorite vegetables (like bell peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes) with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast in the oven until tender. Cook your favorite pasta and top with store-bought or homemade pesto. Toss in roasted vegetables, and dinner will be ready in no time.
7. Vegetable stir-fried tofu
French fries are a quick and healthy dinner option. Cut the tofu into cubes and fry in a hot pan until golden and crispy. Remove from the pan, and fry the vegetables of your choice in the same pan. Add the tofu back in, and pour in the delicious stir-fry sauce. Serve over rice or quinoa for a filling and nutritious meal.
8. Greek chickpea salad
This refreshing salad is made with canned chickpeas, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and feta cheese. Add olive oil, lemon juice, and a sprinkle of dried oregano for a simple and delicious dinner. Serve with warm pita bread for a quick and satisfying meal.
9. Mushroom and spinach quesadillas
This type of quesadilla is filled with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and cheese. Simply sauté mushrooms and spinach until wilted and use them as a filling for a quesadilla. Cook in a hot pan until golden and crispy, and serve with sauce and sour cream for a quick and delicious dinner.
10. Stuffed peppers
Bell peppers are an ideal vessel for stuffing with a variety of fillings. You can use a mixture of cooked rice, black beans, corn, and cheese for a quick and satisfying dinner. Simply stuff the peppers with the filling, top them with extra cheese, and bake them in the oven until the peppers are cooked and the filling is hot. Serve with a dollop of sour cream for a delicious and easy meal.
With these quick and easy vegetarian dinner ideas, you can enjoy delicious, nutritious meals in just 20 minutes. Whether you prefer stir-fries, salads, or a hearty soup, there are plenty of options to choose from for busy weekends. Try these recipes and add some variety to your weekend dinner!