As vegans and vegetarians, we all want to eat delicious healthy meals, but we need quick easy meals above all. I know very few people who can spare more than an hour a day for cooking.
I was surprised that so many Savvy Veg recipes have a total prep & cook time of 30 minutes or less. But I shouldn't have been surprised.
My kids are grown and gone, but I'm still busy. Even though I enjoy cooking, I mostly fall back on quick easy recipes that I know by heart.
My daughter Sarah has two children, a husband and a job, so even though she's a Kitchen Goddess, speed is of the essence.
Sarah and I have developed most of the recipes on Savvy Veg - that explains why so many of them are quick and easy. We're busy! Just like you.
Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian
You can make all of the above recipes in 30 minutes or less, and quite a few of them are one pot meals, but the question remains: how to get a balanced meal on the table in under 30 minutes?
Good question! We're a bit obsessed with that ourselves. Some would say it's all down to time management, multi-tasking, and other efficiencies. That's easy if you're not tired and have a cranky 4 year old who needs your attention NOW!
The approach I settled on was to pare meal making down to basics, and make no more than 2 items for a meal, each of which took no more than 30 minutes to prepare, and could be made at the same time.
I make extra to eat for dinner, or a take along lunch the next day, or second helpings for the starving, or to freeze for future meals.
Dessert is rare, but fresh fruit is always available. Water is the beverage of choice. To pad out the meal, I pull things out of the fridge that I've made ahead, like hummus or pesto, or an avocado, and serve with crackers or chips.
There's no end to the foods you can cook ahead and keep handy in the fridge or freezer. I freeze small containers of beans, lentils and grains, so I can by-pass the basic prep.
Once a week or 5 days or however long they last, I make big batches of my favorite spreads, flat bread dough, or dosa batter, or pressure cooked steel cut oats and amaranth, for making our breakfast cereal.
A pressure cooker is a wonderful time saver. Not only does it cut cooking time in half, but it also saves energy, because the cooking continues after you turn off the heat, while the pressure gradually releases.
More time saving kitchen equipment: slowcookers, blenders, food processors, a basic set of pots and pans including small medium and large sauce pans with lids, a saute pan or wok, small, medium and large fry pans, a good sized chopping board or two, and a chef's knife.
Yes indeed! Having a chef's knife and knowing how to use it makes the difference between eating well in a hurry, and not - because chopping veggies is too slow and difficult. Read all about it.
You should own at least one all purpose veg cookbook, to troll for cooking techniques and ideas. Not all of us keep a computer in the kitchen or want food all over our phones or tablets. Check out our favorite cookbooks for suggestions.
Savvy Vegetarian blog has three major food themes: Quick and easy cooking, cooking healthy on a budget, and having delicious meals in spite of time and budget restrictions. See our SV food & cooking blog posts for ideas.