7 vegetarian and vegan recipes for busy weekday dinners

5 pm comes along and you have no idea what to put onto the dinner table? We have got you covered! Here are 7 recipes that help you to serve weekday dinner in no time.

A quick vegan Pad Thai inspired one-pot noodle dish. Recipe below

What to cook for dinner? 7 vegetarian and vegan recipes

All recipes are either vegetarian or vegan to help you eat your 5 portions of veggies a day.

Mediterranean warm pasta with tomatoes, arugula, and olives [vegan]

A simple and colorful pasta salad for the instant holiday mood. Al dente pasta with sliced tomato, olives, and arugula. It’s an easy, quick crowd-pleaser. If you are quick, you can dish this up in 15 minutes!

When I was writing my cookbook “The Food I Love to Make for My Friends and Family” I knew this had to be in there.

Exotic Brussels sprouts with grated apple and toasted coconut [vegan]

Give Brussels sprouts and exotic make-over with juicy sour apples, toasted coconut and a little zing from a lime. A little pinch of nutmeg ties it all together. This works great as a side salad, as well as a main meal.

This exotic combination is inspired by the idea that Brussels sprouts share chemical flavor compounds with apple and coconut. Get the recipe here.

Quick and easy one-pot Pad Thai pasta [vegan]

A super fast and easy pasta dish with the flavors of Thailand. A rich peanut sauce covers the al dente noodles, tofu, bell pepper, and carrot. All prepared in one pot which means fewer dishes to clean! You can dish this up in less than 25 minutes.

German cream of horseradish soup [vegetarian]

A peppery soup that will warm you on those cold winter days. Sweet potato, carrots, and horseradish become a deliciously thick and rich soup. Leave the cream out to make this vegan. The soup already has a quite creamy texture from the blended potatoes. Get the recipe here.

Grilled/griddled green asparagus with mustard-sherry vinaigrette [vegan]

Tender griddled asparagus with juicy tomatoes, olives, and a punchy mustard-sherry vinaigrette. A healthy fresh and crisp meal-sized salad. Get the recipe here. (Full nutrition overview included)

Grilled eggplant with blue cheese guacamole, walnuts and corn [vegetarian]

It might sound like an odd combination but it’s based on chemistry and flavor science. Eggplant, blue cheese, corn, and walnuts all share similar flavor compounds. That’s why they work so well together. Get the recipe here.

Do you want to learn more about food pairing and become a more confident cook? Check out the flavor combinations guide.

Tomato salad with velvety buttermilk dressing [vegetarian]

A summery tomato salad with a healthy velvety dressing. The main ingredient for this low-fat dressing is milk that is being curdled on purpose with some vinegar. You are basically making buttermilk. Mustard seeds and tarragon give the dressing depth and a little punch. Get the recipe here.

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