On dat zoodle grind these days! The best part of zoodles, aside from the fact that they are called “zoodles,” is how versatile they are. Like pasta, you can do whatever the hell you want with them and they will more than likely be incredible. Sun-dried tomato sauce seemed like a good idea.
Greens and beans, greens and beans! Aside from my all-time favorite Escarole & Beans, I have to say that this easy and garden-fresh dish is a close second. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or even a meat-eater, it is important to get your daily dose of greens into your diet. Not into kale? Well that’s fine, because you have a shit ton to choose from: spinach, escarole, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, collard greens, dandelion greens, the list goes on. This dish in particular is a double-dose for a double-whammy amount of greens. Kale and Red Swiss Chard go great together! Dump in those pretty pink beans and you have a protein and nutrient-packed meal.
Not to mention… red swiss chard is so so pretty.
And for our last #MexicanMarch meal idea, we are going lazy lazy lazy again. Not much is better than lazy Mexican food. I have to be honest – this doesn’t pass as a traditional Mexican meal, but it is definitely mexican-inspired. Barley and beans, anyone? You’ll be getting lots of fiber and protein from this dish! And lots of extra time to watch Netflix because it doesn’t take long to make.
Ah Fridays. You aren’t what you used to be. For me, the partying days are long gone. In fact, they never really began. I’ve always been a homebody, and I would rather stay in with my flannel long-johns and oversized sweatshirt with silly sitcoms rather than get all dolled up and conversate with drunk people, who by the way, I have no desire to conversate with. So on this wonderful Friday night-in, how about some lazy dinner to go with your lazy ass? Hell yeah.
This bowl makes me so so happy. It’s just so pretty to look at, aside from how healthy, wholesome, and fresh it is. Lots of lemon gives this dish a bright flavor, and the red pepper flakes give it a bit of heat, if you’re into that sorta thing. Best part? LAZY DINNER!
So here’s some serious dinner/lunch inspiration.
It’s not like me to celebrate frozen foods, but I have to admit… there are some decent frozen food options for vegans/vegetarians out there. It’s not always easy to whip up something fresh (we all have those days), so keeping frozen meals on hand can save you the time and energy that you most certainly do not have after a hectic-as-hell day.
These are a few of the products that I keep on hand in my freezer. Yes, I would rather make my own veggie burger, but cut this working girl some slack! 45 hours a week is not always pretty. And sometimes, even lazy dinners are *gasp* too much to ask. Amiright?
Time to get your Italian on, baby. I grew up eating this, so I obviously had to find a good way to veganize it without sacrificing flavor. Turns out that cashew cheese gets the job done (and I didn’t doubt it for a second!) A pretty good lazy Italian dinner choice, indeed!
Another lazy vegan dinner, because let’s face it… fast and easy is ideal when you are being pulled in a zillion different directions. Or when all you want to do is get in your pajamas after a long day and watch Office reruns on the couch, which is totally my case. Busted.
I’m one hell of a fan of lazy dinners. Can’t you tell by now? If we’re being 100% honest here, it is because I try not to cook lavishly during the week. If I do, guess who eats all of it? Then guess who gains 10 lbs within the month? Yeah, no good. I mean sure, I’d love to stuff my overly-eager face with lasagna and pasta and tempeh bacon every night. But this girl’s got an hour-glass figure that needs to be maintained.
So for the most part, I try to stick with salad or bounty bowls for dinner. They may seem simple, but hey. I like simple, I like fast, and I heart veggies!! So if you’re a lazy cook like me, you’ll love this next one. [And don’t mope, there is totally vegan cream cheese in this. I’m not trying to be a VS model here.]
Seriously, I’ll take all the lazy meals I can get around this time of year. Between shopping and work and the blog and holiday parties… sheesh. GIVE ME LAZY FOOD!! Contrary to what some people may think about veganism, you can have a super hearty and delicious meal without it being frozen or made by some fancy shmancy chef. This meal is pretty effing lazy if you ask me, and dammit, it’s good.