Five Inexpensive And Quick Meal Ideas

Coming home after a long day and trying to figure out what to cook for a quick meal can be a little tricky.  I’ve been feeling pretty busy lately, so having a few things on hand to make simple, quick meals that still taste delicious makes a giant difference.

Here are a few of the go to meals that I keep coming back to. You don’t really need a recipe for them and they can be as flexible as you’d like them to be, but I’ve included a few ingredients that I typically add in.

Veggie Fried Quinoa

This dish is so simple and it makes a great lunch for the next day. Quinoa takes 15 minutes to make, so it’s a favorite for when I’m short on time.

Here’s what to use:

  • Quinoa
  • Frozen veggies (ex. peas, corn)
  • Fresh veggies (ex. red pepper, cabbage, greens)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Shoyu/tamari/soy sauce
  • Sesame oil

Riced Cauliflower Curry

Riced cauliflower is so satisfying and it cooks up in no time – I usually pulse cauliflower florets in my food processor, but I’ve been noticing more supermarkets actually carrying riced cauliflower. Trader Joe’s even has a frozen version!

Here’s what to use:

  • Riced cauliflower
  • Coconut milk
  • Vegetable broth
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Red lentils (these cook up in about 20 minutes and they help add a little extra protein to the dish)
  • Chickpeas
  • Spices (curry powder, turmeric, caraway, cumin)
  • Cilantro

Pasta Fagioli

This is a perfect comfort food dish –  I actually made it last night and am looking forward to leftovers!

Here’s what to use:

  • Pasta of your choice (I love brown rice pasta)
  • Beans (chickpeas, great northern beans, kidney beans)
  • Veggie broth
  • Onion
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Nutritional yeast

Tempeh Nachos

These are super fun to make and you can add any veggies you have on hand. It makes for a great and easy meal that doesn’t require a ton of fuss.

Here’s what to use:

  • Tempeh
  • Tortilla chips
  • Black beans
  • Frozen broccoli
  • Salsa
  • Sliced avocado
  • Red onion
  • Cashew crema (if you’re feeling fancy)

Peanut Soba Noodle Bowl

Soba noodles take 5 minutes to make – this meal can also be enjoyed either warm or cold.

Here’s what to use:

  • Soba noodles
  • Veggie broth
  • Peanut butter
  • Frozen veggies (peas, broccoli, peppers)
  • Baby spinach or fresh greens that you can just toss in
  • Sesame oil
  • Sriracha
  • Rice vinegar
  • Tamari
  • Ginger
  • Sesame seeds

Now that it’s getting warmer, I’m also looking forward to zoodles as a quick meal.