The other night I came home and my dear bride was running off to a meeting which meant I was in charge of dinner. The process for me to make dinner means looking through the cupboards for something EASY! So what's easy, when you are eating a plant based diet and you can't throw in a frozen burrito or frozen pizza in the oven or eat mac and cheese? Well, after perusing my cupboards and seeing what I had on hand I came up with three choices for my kids. All three choices were easy to make (less than 30 min) and I had the ingredients on hand.
Choice #1: Amazing chili
Choice #2: Pita Bread Pizza
Choice #3: Mexican wraps
The kids chose Pita Bread pizza so I turned the oven on to 400 degrees. Grabbed a bag of Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Pita bread. Grabbed a jar of Trader Joe's Pizza sauce and spread it on the Pita Bread. Grated some mozzarella cheese on the kids pizza's. Added pepperoni to the kids pizza (yes, we let them have an occasional meat and cheese binge). For my pizza, I skipped the cheese and put a layer of 50/50 salad mix (spinach and baby romaine), then some onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, broccoli slaw and bell pepper. I threw them all in the oven for about 15-17 minutes and voila, we were eating! Total prep time was less than 10 min, with cook time of 15-17 min, a few minutes for the pizza's to cool and we were eating in yummy dinner. Who says dinner can't be fast! Keep in mind, even if the kids would have chosen one of the other choices, total time until eating is less than 30 minutes.
The key to being ready for quick dinners in situations like this is to make sure you keep a stock of certain ingredients on hand. For the Amazing Chili, it's ranch seasoning, taco seasoning, two cans of chopped tomatoes and 3 different cans of beans. If you want some meat texture in the chili you can also add Smart Ground. For the Pita Bread pizza, you just need a bag of pita bread, some pizza sauce and whatever vegetables you have handy to pile on top of your pizza. Finally, for the mexican wraps, I use Trader Joe's Indian Flat Bread (Lavash), smash up some pinto or black beans with salsa as a spread and then whatever veggies sound good. Wrap it all up and throw it in the oven. All of these are quick, easy, delicious and each have tons of variations by changing the veggies you include!
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Hello, my name is Todd Coston. This site is a dedicated to my journey on a plant based diet. I'm passionate about the benefits of this diet and share my thoughts, resources and recipes through this site. I would love to hear from you, so drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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