I’ve created some on-the-fly recipes for those moments I don’t want to spend lots of time in the kitchen to make things. The following three are quick lunch/dinner recipes but do require some prep beforehand.
1. Quick “creamy” spaghetti
For this recipe, prepare your spaghetti as usual. We prepare a whole box in advance and save it in the fridge. We then take what we want in regards to the pasta, put it in a bowl, pour our favourite vegan tomato sauce over it (we’ve found a few brands that don’t list any animal products in them) and then add some pats of vegan soy spread (Earth Balance). Microwave for about a min, take out, mix and then add spices to flavouring. Enjoy. It actually reminds me of those cans of spaghetti I used to have as a child. K adds Nutritional Yeast to hers to give it a nutty flavour.
2. Seitan, Hummus and Tomato Toasted Sandwich.
We actually don’t have a toaster so we toast our bread in a pan. I then take about 3-6 minutes to sautee some seitan stripes. The seitan can either be store bought or you can make your own (see recipes here). Once the bread is toasted, I put hummus on each side and slice the tomato thinly, layering it on each piece of bread. The seitan is flavoured with various spices (I tend to go basic and use salt and pepper or use the spicy seitan recipe). Once the seitan is cooked to my liking, I layer the thin slices onto the bread, close the top, add a side pickle.
3. Quick salad.
As much as I liked my hot meals and prepared food, sometimes I need something simple. I’ve been trying to introduce less processed and more natural (raw?) diet. Take a head of romaine, chop it into small bite sizes. Put into bowl. Dice a tomato and a red pepper. Mix. Add vegan dressing of choice (I’ve been using a balsmatic shitake mushroom one of late) and then enjoy. I also often enjoy this without dressing and sometimes add a handful of chopped baby spinach.
All-in-all each recipe takes about 10 minutes to finally prepare. And that’s really handy when the days start at 6am and don’t finish until 7pm.