This week just might eat me alive. Cookbook edits are due in a few days—30,000 more words to comb through! This book will be perfect by the time it gets to you. My inbox is a disaster, and if I haven’t responded to your comment yet, I am so sorry. I’ll get there. Slowly but surely. Brunch beckons from the other side.

Last night, I caved and ordered Indian food delivery from Postmates. So today, I’m sharing my favorite simple dinner recipes that require minimal effort and dollars. We’ll never have enough of those, will we?

If you appreciate this post, you might also want to bookmark my “easy weeknight dinners” category, which I update with recipes as they are published. You can access the category at any time by hovering over “all recipes” in the menu, then “everyday,” then click on “weeknight dinners.” Lastly, if you’re in the market for a vegetarian cookbook, I wrote one!

1) Caprese Pasta Salad

Easily gluten free (just use gluten-free pasta)

Hurry, make this one before the good tomatoes are gone! It’s a super simple burst cherry tomato pasta dish with little mozzarella balls, fresh basil and a splash of white balsamic vinegar. It packs well for lunch the next day, too.

2) Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

Gluten free and vegan

Hearty burrito bowls made with a base of spaghetti squash. These are such a fun dinner option.

3) Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Gluten free and easily made vegan (skip the feta)

Finally! Homemade tortilla soup that’s even better than the restaurant versions I enjoyed before giving up chicken. Posole might be a better name for this soup, but whatever you want to call it, it’s light but filling, spicy and delicious.

4) Simple Kale and Black Bean Burritos

Easily gluten free and/or vegan

Spicy kale, black beans and feta are one of my favorite flavor combinations. Here it is in hearty burrito form. These are great if you’re cooking for one, or just multiply the recipe for more.

5) Spicy Kale and Coconut Stir Fry

Gluten free, easily vegan (skip the eggs)

This recipe turned my friend’s one-year-old baby into a kale fan. She’s not the only fan of this stir fry. If you haven’t made it yet, you’ve been missing out!

6) Broccoli, Cheddar & Quinoa Gratin

Easily gluten free

“Gratin” sounds fancy, but this is essentially a broccoli casserole, lightened up with quinoa. Roasting the broccoli adds tons of flavor.

7) Quick Chana Masala

Gluten free and vegan

This Indian dish from The Oh She Glows Cookbook is comforting and hearty. Which reminds me, I need to cook more Indian meals!

8) Super Kale, Hemp and Flaxseed Oil Pesto

Gluten free and vegan

Super redeeming, simple pesto made with kale, hemp seeds or walnuts, and flaxseed oil or olive oil. The best part about using flaxseed oil in this recipe is that you can’t taste it in the final product. You can throw this together in 5 minutes while the pasta is cooking.

9) Raw Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Tahini-Maple Dressing

Gluten free

This simple kale and brussels sprouts salad is totally addictive and full of so-good-for-you cruciferous vegetables.

10) Curried Coconut Quinoa and Greens with Roasted Cauliflower

Gluten free and vegan

This recipe has some abstract Indian influences. Cook up your quinoa and greens on the stove while the cauliflower roasts. Dinner is served.

11) The Easiest Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Just vegetarian

This pizza dough really couldn’t be easier. Throw the ingredients into your food processor, give it a few kneads, roll it out and you’re ready to make pizza. Zero rising time required.

12) Best Black Bean Soup

Gluten free and vegan

A sweet college student named Amber just told me that this soup keeps her going through late night shifts at the hospital (thanks, Amber!). This soup gets its incredible flavor from just a few ingredients. You can totally use canned black beans for this one.

13) Lemony Collard Greens Pasta

Easily gluten free (just use your favorite gluten-free spaghetti)

This super simple pasta dish is light and fresh thanks to quickly cooked, ribboned collard greens. Parmesan, toasted pine nuts and a squeeze of lemon juice bring all the flavors together.

14) Thai Red Curry with Vegetables

Gluten free and vegan

Commenters report that this Thai red curry is the best they’ve ever made. Yay!

15) Tomato, Olive and Chickpea Quesadillas with Dill Yogurt Dip

Easily gluten free (just use gluten-free tortillas)

Quesadillas are always there for you when you need a good I’m-hungry-but-don’t-feel-like-cooking dinner option. These quesadillas feature some of my favorite Greek flavors. The herbed yogurt dip (so easy to make in a food processor or blender) really sends it over the top.

16) Vegan Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Easily gluten free, and vegan

This pasta dish is for olive lovers! It’s made with mostly pantry ingredients but tastes so fresh and vibrant.

17) West African Peanut Soup

Gluten free and vegan

If you think peanut butter in soup seems strange (I did), I dare you to give this a go. It’s perfect for cool evenings and makes great leftovers.

18) Creamy Cherry Tomato & Summer Squash Pasta

Just vegetarian

This veggie-packed pasta dish has quite a few fans. Goat cheese makes everything better.

19) Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Gluten free (see notes)

This Thai-style sweet and spicy pineapple fried rice includes red bell pepper, cashews and cilantro.

20) Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup

Gluten free and vegan

Best lentil soup ever. Yep, I said it. Try it and let me know what you think!

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