Quick and Easy Vegan Dishes

Vegan cuisine can be ready in a snap with these quick and easy dinner recipes. Whether you're following a vegan lifestyle or just want healthy, low-fat alternatives, try quick and easy vegan dinner ideas tonight.

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Pappardelle Primavera

Prego Italian Sauce

Everyone will eat their veggies when they taste this delicious dish. It features wide ribbons of pappardelle pasta tossed with vegetables in a savory Italian sauce.

Total: 35 mins

Festive and Easy Easter Side Dishes

Easter dinner lets you mix things up, unlike at Thanksgiving, when there's the turkey and a list of must-have sides. Sure, many families love ham, but other main courses make appearances; everything from lamb to brisket can be found on American Easter tables. Side dishes are just as varied--some theme their dinners around the notion of springtime flavors like asparagus and minted peas, while others are just as happy to showcase heartier dishes like cheesy, creamy potatoes au gratin or a velvety sweet-potato puree.

Gingered Vegetable-Tofu Stir-Fry

Better Homes and Gardens

Use extra firm tofu for this recipe. It breaks apart less easily than regular or soft tofu.

Total: 30 mins

Broccoli Rabe over Polenta

Better Homes and Gardens

Broccoli rabe (also raab or rapini) is leafy green and related to cabbages and turnips. Popular in Italian cooking, it has mildly bitter flavor and crunchy texture that contrasts with the creaminess of polenta in this recipe.

Total: 30 mins

Lemon-Basil Pasta With Vegetables

Better Homes and Gardens

Grocery stores sell many combinations of frozen vegetables. Choose the one that strikes your fancy for this easy side dish.

Total: 25 mins

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

I always like to try and re-create the meals I've enjoyed on my travels, and this Spaghetti Carbonara not only brought back some wonderful memories of Italy, it was so quick and easy to prepare that my husband and I could spend less time in the kitchen and more time reminiscing. It uses only 5 ingredients, and it's ready in just 20 minutes. When Under the Tuscan Sun came out in movie theaters in 2003, I watched Diane Lane fall hopelessly in love with the picturesque countryside of Tuscany -- and I, too, fell hard.

Asparagus Edamame and Parsley Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Declare a green day and serve this fresh asparagus, edamame and herb salad for your appetizer.

Total: 25 mins

Quick & Easy Dips and Spreads

You want to lay out an assortment of dips that provide familiar flavors without any fuss.These recipes require few ingredients, a big mixing bowl, and a spoon to make and are served with chips.

Quick Roasted Asparagus

Diabetic Living

Roasting brings out the natural sugars in asparagus, making it a treat to eat. Serve this side dish with seafood, chicken, steak or pasta.

Spanish-style Fried Chickpeas


Chickpeas dusted with cumin, paprika and salt turn into a poppable treat once they're roasted. Try these for a snack instead of greasy chips.

Ham with Leeks and Dilled Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 20 mins

Ginger-Peanut Pasta Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Toss a medley of vegetables with corkscrew macaroni and a ginger-soy sauce for a make-ahead salad. The Asian-style dressing sets it apart from the usual potluck fare.

Roasted Vegetable Medley

Better Homes and Gardens

Balsamic vinegar adds a flavorful glaze to the colorful vegetables in this side dish.

Swedish Meatballs: Quick and Easy Meals

We're big fans of the smorgasbord, the Swedish buffet-style meal where groaning plates of herring, cheeses, salads, sausages, and vegetables present a perfect Scandinavian feast. And no smorgasbord worth its salt would be without kottbullar (Swedish meatballs). They're hearty, meaty party food (small enough so that they're easy to eat while you're mingling), and, served with a side of buttery noodles (sprinkled with parsley) or mashed potatoes, they're a great entree for nights when you don't have time to fuss.

Fennel-Mushroom Risotto

Better Homes and Gardens

For just-right creaminess, avoid peeking during cooking. To serve this side dish recipe as a main dish, top with slices of grilled chicken.

Nutty Tofu


This tofu meal is far from boring! Kids and grown ups alike with enjoy this hearty and nutritious mix of tofu, snow peas, carrots, brown rice, and delicious peanut sauce.

Total: 25 mins

Quick and Easy Dinners for After Thanksgiving

No doubt two little words come to mind when you contemplate what to make for dinner on the day after Thanksgiving: quick and easy. What with all the baking, peeling, roasting, simmering, sauteing, and mashing that you've done in the past week, it's likely both you and your kitchen could use a break. But as sure as the sun will set, here comes dinnertime again.

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