20-Minute Vegan Dinner for Two

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 13, 2012

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My favourite way to cook is to just grab things from the fridge and improvise. If you asked me to do this 5 years ago, I would’ve looked at you like you had two heads. It gets easier with practice though. Something that used to cause me so much stress is now one of my favourite ways to unwind and relax. Other days, I seem to be allergic to cooking and will do anything to avoid it. Like on a Friday. We’re going to take advantage of this beautiful spring weather and walk downtown for beer & burgers tonight. Now that is relaxing!

When I do cook, my goal is to have a balance of the following:

  • veggies
  • grains
  • protein
  • healthy fats

 

It’s a goal and not always reality, mind you. Life isn’t always perfectly balanced and well-rounded and I don’t expect all of my meals to be either. But I do try my best, even if some nights we sit down – happily – to big bowls of cereal.

For quick meals, I like to sauté vegetables because they are ready in about 10 minutes or so. Steaming is also quick and healthy. I also rely on quick-cooking grains like quinoa and couscous if I’m in a rush. Quinoa is ready in about 15 minutes and couscous in about 10 minutes. That’s hard to beat.

For this meal, I threw asparagus into a skillet with olive oil, lemon juice, zest, breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, Herbamare, and pepper. Meanwhile, I cooked the quinoa on the stove-top. Just before serving, I threw in a (drained and rinsed) can of chickpeas and heated it with the asparagus mixture.

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20 Minute Vegan Dinner for Two

Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free

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2 servings
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Ingredients:

For the quinoa
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Herbamare or salt, to taste
  • pat of soy-free Earth Balance spread, stirred in at end
For the asparagus & chickpeas
  • 1 bunch asparagus, rinsed and ends broken off
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp breadcrumbs (Panko)
  • Lots of Herbamare (or kosher salt) + freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch or two of lemon zest
  • Can of chickpeas (BPA-free), drained and rinsed

Directions:

  1. Rinse and drain the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Add into pot with water and stir. Bring to a boil, uncovered, and then reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer on low for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy. Set aside (you can leave the lid on until ready to serve). Stir in a pat of Earth Balance and season with Herbamare or salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium heat, sauté the asparagus in the olive oil and lemon juice and season generously with Herbamare and pepper. Add a minced garlic clove if preferred. Cook for about 10 minutes, tossing frequently, until tender and slightly browned. Reduce heat and stir in the breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, and zest. Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas and stir into the asparagus mixture then sauté until heated through.
450 calories

This meal serves two portions at about 450 calories each.

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There’s no need to go to complicated measures for a meal that feels special. Sometimes simple trumps anything else. Plus, it’s fancy…did you see that lemon slice?

What are your favourite staple dinners?

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Jasper {crunchylittlebites} April 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I used one of your online shopping suggestions to order some Rawtella, Angela. They seriously need to compensate you for the referrals they get from you site, just sayin’

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

hah nah…just spreading the love.
The Rawtella is one of the best things I’ve tasted. Did you get plain or coffee? I had the coffee one and it was to die for.

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[email protected] Palate April 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Lovely idea! Loving asparagus at the moment and chickpeas are always special!

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Karen April 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Oh yumm!!! Looks almost like what we had last night- except we mixed it all up into a cold salad.. the quinoa, chickpeas, and instead of asparagus we had roasted peppers and mushrooms :)

Have a fun night tonight! My hubby and I are heading to downtown Oakville tomorrow night with friends for beers!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm

We are too! Maybe we’ll bump into each other :)

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bitt of raw April 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

This looks great! The types of meals I make most often are like this, we don’t often have the energy for complicated stuff and don’t like to overheat the kitchen.

I noticed you mentioned the calorie count on the meals again. Are readers asking for this or do you count calories? I am just curious because not many vegans do count calories as much as others I suspect, no judgement, just curious…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Hi Bitt,
Yes it’s something that has been asked of me by readers so I do it from time to time. I don’t personally count calories though and haven’t for over 3 years.

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ruth April 19, 2014 at 8:11 am

I am interested in percentage of fat/fat content in the recipes so I like full nutritional info. I subscribe (in theory) to McDougal/Esselstyn whole food, plant based, no added fat school of nutrition. Not because of watching calories for weight management; but because of family cardiac history.

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carri April 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

looks DELISH and so fresh!
and no judgement here either,
but i prefer the no calories.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Thanks for your input. If it’s not desired then I won’t go to all the trouble of doing so.

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Audrey April 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Well, I always appreciate it when you *do* add calorie counts! But, hey, you can’t please everyone, so do what works best for you! :D

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Thanks Audrey…might be a good discussion topic perhaps. Take care!

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Fiona April 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

That would be a great discussion topic! I would be interested in reading about that, and maybe even join in! But I don’t care personally whether you do or you don’t. :)

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Fiona April 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Whether you do or don’t include calories, I mean. Also, I love the fancy lemon slice! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Thanks, I will keep it in mind. It’s also something I’m going to do a poll on for my cookbook.

Julia April 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I appreciate when you do too! xo

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Prepel April 15, 2012 at 6:52 am

I was going to ask the same question since I realized calorie counts have been appearing lately!

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Ellie @ healthy belly ellie April 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Anything with chickpeas is a GO for me! Especially hummus!

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[email protected] healthy helper blog! April 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Okay that asparagus sounds so good! Its one of my fave veggies as is but the addition of nutritional yeast is genius! Love cheesy veggies! Mmm mm!

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Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) April 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

That looks great! Quick, and nice and light. I really enjoy asparagus but often avoid it at the grocery store because I don’t really know what to do with it. This is a great, simple option and I bet it’s delicious with the lemon. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

you can’t go wrong with a simple saute…roasting them is good too :)

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suzi fichman April 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm

this is exactly how we roll!! simple, balanced meal with room for dessert at the end, right?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I like the way you think!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

This looks great and what exactly is nutritional yeast? Does it have a flavor? Is it more of a topping than a main ingredient? I’ve always been curious but have never gotten any.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that has a flavour a bit similar to cheese, so it’s a great sub in mac ‘n cheese, sauces, etc. It’s also high in protein and often fortified with B12. I didnt like the taste at first but it grew on me quickly.

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Sara C April 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

My favorite is “What’s in the fridge Fried Rice.” I always have leftover cooked grains (rice, quinoa, barley, whatever). I saute an onion, some tofu or seitan, throw in whatever veggies are in the fridge (or even frozen if that’s all I have) and then throw in the cooked grains. Heat until warm, then a splash of Mirin, and a tbl of Tamari, sprinkle chopped nuts on top and voila..dinner in 15 minutes!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I love that!

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Jaime April 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Where do you get Seitan (in Canada?), or do you make it yourself?

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Sara C April 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Jaime- I am actually in Los Angeles so it’s readily available at Whole Foods or even Trader Joe’s and some supermarkets. You can easily make it yourself though – just google it!

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Colleen April 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Ha Ha Sara! My mom always did that when we were kids. She called it “Leftover Casserole”. I have done the same with my roommates or boyfriends. :)

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Heather April 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

That looks yummy and such a quick & easy meal. Are you guys going to the works – very yummy!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

yea I think so! going to try this famous portobello burger I keep hearing about.

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Heather April 13, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I’ve heard it is delicious. I would say save room for the chocolate coconut ice cream at circus but you guys probably won’t have room! My kids love the works – just be prepared for a bit of a wait.

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sarah April 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Just had it on Friday! It’s great! The Works just opened up here in Guelph. They also have sweet potato fries…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Measuring cups? That is funny.
Glad to hear it’s a good one!

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sarah April 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Ha! No the portabello burger! I guess it’s good to be more specific! I think the measuring cups are weird–I feel like they ran out of clean glasses…

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Laura April 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I LOVE going to the works. And drinking out of measuring cups has such a cozy laid back feel!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Thanks for the idea … I love simple dinner ideas. Sometimes you just don’t want to spend an hour on dinner! :)

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Janae April 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

This looks like the perfect meal. A perfect balance of protein, fat, carbs–and of course, greens!

Never heard of herbamare–is that a Canadian thing?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I believe it’s a Canadian product, but I think I’ve heard it’s available in some places in the US. Not positive.

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Alise April 13, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I bought my Herbamare on Amazon.com here in the US. It comes in a pack of 2 and I love it. Thanks for the tip, Angela

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Deb April 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Just to chime in—-Herbamare is available in the U.S. Whole Foods carries it. (Well, at least the ones here in California do!)

Which reminds me….the only reason I even discovered (the magic of) Herbamere was because I saw it on this site. :) So, a much belated thanks to you Angela for that!

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Hailey April 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

I found it at a health food store in Indiana!

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osgmom April 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

I found Herbamare at Whole Foods in the U.S.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Glad to hear that! Thanks for letting us all know.
You can all thank my mother in law…she’s the one who got ME hooked! :)

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Juliet April 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Amazing blog!! I know this has NOTHING to do with your post, but could you tell me what juicer you use? I am looking to buy one soon… thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Hey Juliet, I used to have a Breville Fountain Juice Plus (I think it was called anyways!), but I have since donated it when we moved, not enough room. It did an ok job, but I think I must have used too many beets on it because it started to produce less juice with time. I would check Amazon for reviews too.

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Lindsay April 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

This is exactly what I’ve been doing for meals lately and I agree it is becoming less stressful and more enjoyable than winging it once was! I have been re-trying tofu a little too, thanks to you! Your tofu dippers are a hit at our house.

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Alex @ Raw Recovery April 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

The asparagus looks great! I have just started using brown rice udon noodles that take about 8 minutes to cook. I fry up some tofu in olive oil, add teriyaki sauce and veggies and stir it all together. It takes less than 30 minutes and it’s very filling. I also making polenta and adding some kind of bean or other protein and nutritional yeast.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I love those noodles…just tried them not long ago.

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Nadine Veroba April 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I love these posts! Your blackbean butternut squash burritos have become a staple for dinner. I think we have it once a week now! So amazing! Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Glad to hear that Nadine!

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Sarah beee April 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Wait a minute…..is that a lemon slice? Ohh-lah-dee-dah!! :) I love this combo!! And I love this is sooo quick and cheap to make!! More $$ for wine!! :D

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Indeed it is. I can whip out the fancy when I need to. lol

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Willow April 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Haha – The Boyfriend and I *frequently* sit down to big bowls of cereal for dinner. Partly because we love cereal, but also because sometimes I’m just too beat to cook (or have been cooking/baking all day, but not for dinner).

This looks like a great simple meal – and I love using quinoa on the fly. So important to get that complete protein in!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Glad we arent the only ones :) We loooove cereal. I like to throw dried fruit, hemp seeds, chopped nuts on top. mmm

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Moni Meals April 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

This is a dream meal! Any time any where AND THE BEST PART…easy and FAST! Healthy too. Plus Quinoa is always in my belly! haha.

Great one Ang. :)

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Anna April 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

This looks amazing and so classy (and 20 minutes!?).
Tonight we’re having pasta with tinned sauce due to lack of time — should have read this about 20 minutes earlier!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I love these “quickie” meals. I will often do a quickie tomato sauce to slather over spaghetti squash or make a quick lentil stew. Always with a massive salad on the side – lots of greens, left over veggies, and toasted nuts.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I havent had spag. squash in too long. Its so good.

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Sara Nickel April 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Quinoa is my go-to staple. I use it as a side, a pasta replacement, and even recently experiemented with using it as a pizza crust. Gluten-free, protein packed, you just can’t go wrong:)

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Lauren April 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

My only go to meal is veggies stir fried with soy sauce and red wine vinegar over pasta. I got the original idea from The Kind Diet’s Rustic Pasta, but I mostly just use whatever vegetables I have at the time and it is always delicious. Other than that, I am pretty much always trying new recipes. There are too many great vegan blogs in the world and I can only eat so much. The list of recipes I want to try is overwhelming sometimes. :) I am going to repeat and make your Perfect Veggie Burgers again this weekend though, because they are just amazing!

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lesley April 13, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Our go-to quick meal is a beans, greens and grains bowl. I might use quinoa, or pre-cooked & frozen brown rice, or sometimes whole wheat pasta, roasted chick peas are my favorite, but skillet browned white beans with lemon and nutmeg are good too. Then, sauteed kale. For seasoning I use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, Red Pepper Flakes, & an All Purpose, Salt Free Chef’s Shake. It’s the most delicious meal and on the table in about 20 minutes!

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oren April 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

It’s rare to read posts about cooking that do not ignore the time factor.. this makes them practical and about a real way of life.

Two comments:
1. There actually is a compatitor grain in terms of cooking time and nutrients, and this is the buckwheat . I love it, and it beats the couscous in terms of protein.
2. What wastes my time is the sorting of grains. I do it rather too slow, and I cant let myself skip thia part.. any tips?

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jen April 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Any suggestions on what brands/where to find BPA-free cans in big box grocery stores, eg Zehrs/RCSS/Sobey’s/Metro etc?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm

The brand I buy is Eden Organics, but Im not sure it it’s available in those stores. I buy it from the natural food section though. Still trying to cook them from scratch but there are always those times when I need it *now*, like in that meal. I want to start cooking big batches of beans/lentils and freezing them though!

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Michelle @ Esculent Dreams April 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

i LOVE the nutritional benefits of quinoa and chickpeas but for some reason they don’t fill me up very easily =/ does anyone else experience this or is it just me…?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

That happens to me sometimes…if that’s the case I just eat more. heh. But my hunger varies a lot each day. Sometimes I need twice the amount to feel satisfied and other times not.

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Michelle @ Esculent Dreams April 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Totally agree with you on that one! i don’t count calories (i used to), but I do try to do an estimate in my mind each time i’m eating so i don’t overdo it. Quinoa’s surprisingly high in calories so it worries me whenever I eat and I try not to go for seconds… (Btw do you know why that is?)

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Somer April 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Beautiful and simple! Sometimes we forget that a vegan dinner does not require hours of prep or 50 ingredients. Thanks for the reminder! Is that red quinoa? It’s gorgeous!

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Simone April 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Yumm that looks delicious! Anything with Asparagus is my friend ;)
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog! I nominated you today for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check out my post for the details. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas! http://wp.me/p1SLLp-w4

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Thank you Simone, I will check it out!

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Kit-Kat April 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Couscous is my staple go-to meal, with fresh or frozen stir-fried veggies, and a vegan burger!

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jo @ includingcake April 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

my thoughts exactly! I love how you also have big bowls of cereal as meals too (i so often do that for dinner especially when i’ve had a big lunch as my main meal), one of my main tricks is to have loads of things ready to go in the feezer- soups, ready cooked quinoa and veggie burger type things…so versatile and quick!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Leftovers in the freezer are always a fun surprise! I need to start making double batches of things and freezing.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm

What an elegant garnish! ;) hehe! This looks so good Ange, and I love the simplicity. I would have never thought to use nooch on asparagus but it sounds very tasty now that I think about it! My go-to staple dinners are usually whatever veggies I have in my fridge (usually zucchini, peppers, red onion, sometimes eggplant, and Brussels sprouts from the freezer) heated in a skillet with balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil. Then I throw in some crushed tomatoes and italian herbs, paprika and pepper, and some sort of protein (usually fish, chickpeas or beans), and let everything heat through. I guess it’s sort of like a marinara dish, but the sauce I seem to come up with tastes so much better than anything I’ve found in a bottle! On cooler days, I’ll usually take the veggies that I like raw (celery, carrots, peppers, radish, spring onion etc), toss them together with some quinoa and beans, and pour a light fruity balsamic on them. That one never gets old!

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Catherine April 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm

It’s so nice to see this because this is the prototype for so many of my weeknight meals when I’m just too tired to do much! Great idea to add breadcrumbs to the asparagus.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

Thanks Catherine. And yes the breadcrumbs were key!

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Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I’m the same way… I naturally gravitate towards a balanced meal. It packs in the nutrition and usually ends up being what I’m craving anyways!

Those asparagus look amazing!

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Amanda April 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Sounds and looks yummy. I assume you use the original Herbamare with salt?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 8:28 am

yup :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

they also have a spicy one (and other flavours) too which Ive been meaning to try.

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Such a perfect meal!

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Leah @ DeLeahLicious April 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm

What beautiful pictures, Angela!

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Sara April 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Hello!
I’m wondering what brand chickpeas you use? I prefer them canned, simply for convenience, however the BPA in cans makes cringe!! Thanks :)

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Ashley April 14, 2012 at 3:23 am

Eden organic canned beans are BPA free! You can get them at Whole Foods, Sprouts, etc.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

yup Eden Organic is the only one I have found so far.

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Von L. April 15, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Thank you – I was going to ask the same question!

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Jen April 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I didn’t even know BPA was in cans?
Is this why people say not to use tomatoes from a can – the acid of canned tomatoes eating away at the lining?

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Alex April 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I feel like I’m the only vegan that detests nutritional yeast! I feel like I must be using it wrong or something.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I didnt like it when I first tried it…for a while actually. The smell and taste seemed weird to me, but now I love it. Less is more though!

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Randi July 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I’m not a fan of nutritional yeast either **yuck**

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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 14, 2012 at 12:27 am

Awesome when a dinner (that happens to be vegan) comes together in 20 minutes. LOVE that.

And love these colors; the yellows and greens. So pretty for spring!

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Alex April 14, 2012 at 2:58 am

Usually when i saute chickpeas I do it til they’re nice and crispy they get a real nice flavour and crunch that way.
I do not have herbamare available to me but I was wondering what herbs are in it ?? so I could sub a few of my own dry herbs. Looks so quick and easy.
I agree with you too, when I was new to cooking I thought that cooking without a recipe was unthinkable but now I love it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Hey Alex,

I found this on their website: “Organic celery, leek, cress, onions, chives, parsley, lovage, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and kelp are combined with natural sea salt and allowed to steep for many weeks before the moisture is removed at low temperature by a special vacuum process. This allows all the qualities, aroma and taste of the herbs to be absorbed.

Herbamare and Herbamare Spicy can be used as a direct replacement for salt – during cooking or at any time you want the taste and aroma of fresh herbs in your food.”

source: http://www.avogel.co.uk/Lifestyle/Herbamare.php

I hope that helps!

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Ashley April 14, 2012 at 3:22 am

One of our favorite go to meals involves asparagus as well. It’s actually an adaptation from the Happy Herbivore cookbook. I roast a ton of asparagus on a baking sheet with sliced garlic and as many cherry tomato halves as I can fit, sprinkle it generously with black pepper and bake it for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Once it is done I drizzle balsamic vinegar over the veggies and serve it over cooked cous cous or quinoa (or the original recipe calls for whole wheat angel hair pasta). Whichever grain you use just mix in some Italian seasoning and garlic powder. DELICIOUS!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 14, 2012 at 6:56 am

Wonderful recipe! My favorite staples for dinner is already cooked rice medley and canned tomatoes. With those two items I can whip anything together!!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 14, 2012 at 6:57 am

I love simple dinners like this – it just goes to show that healthy and delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated! One of my favourite easy dinners is a tofu and vegetable stir fry with brown rice and a Sunbutter sauce. I make it at least once a week!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 14, 2012 at 6:58 am

PS. What restaurant did you go to? I would LOVE to read some restaurant reviews on your blog now that you live in the next town over. And if you ever seen Burlington restaurant recommendations, let me know! ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

we were supposed to go to the works, but we ended up eating here & going to a pub instead! I’ll def. try to blog about it when we go.

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Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 14, 2012 at 8:36 am

Red quinoa is so pretty! Love it!
My staple easy dinner this week has been flatbread/pita pizzas with spinach, pear, figs, walnuts, and chickpeas!
I also like microwaved sweet potatoes loaded to the brim with toppings.

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Hailey April 14, 2012 at 8:40 am

This is awesome Angela!! It is so tough sometimes to come up with a quick vegan meal that is satisfying and doesn’t take a long time to cook on the weeknights. My favorite weeknight meal lately has been whole grain noodles, tomato sauce, frozen spinach, and a can of white beans with lots of red pepper flakes. Surprisingly delicious!! :-)

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Jaime April 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

Thinking of going to The Works tonight…did you have the Portobello Burger? Any feedback?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Hey Jaime,
We actually didnt make it to the Works yet…we were planning on it but just ended up eating here and went to a pub instead. I’ll try to post about it when we do go though!

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Jaime April 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm

We went. The Portobello Mushroom Burger was awesome! I had it with avocado, salsa, and eggplant. Very yummy.

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Sarah @ Fresh Living April 14, 2012 at 8:55 am

I love using nutritional yeast in my cooking. Thanks for the great recipe!

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kelli April 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

quinoa is perfect for quick meals – it’s what i always make when i have nothing planned! i make a similar quinoa dish but with sun-dried tomatoes too. it’s one of my favorites!

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LizAshlee April 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

I love simple meals like this one!!

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Meg | One Love Meg April 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

This looks absolutely fabulous. My staple meal is probably pretty similar to this but I love the idea of chick peas. Yum!

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Valerie April 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

This looks wonderful! Thank you so much for all the recipes that you share. I’ve enjoyed everything that I’ve tried from your blog. I also really appreciate that you have a ‘top recipes’ section.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Thank you valerie, Im happy to hear that!

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Amber K April 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I love quick and easy meals. This looks absolutely perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.

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Brooke April 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

This looks great! I’ll have to try it. Bread crumbs are a good idea.

My go-to quick meal is cooking kale in a big pot with garlic, olive oil, sesame oil, sesame seeds, a little brown rice vinegar, and red pepper flakes. When it’s almost done, I toss in some chickpeas, and serve it over quinoa.

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Nadiya @ Milk and Honey April 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

There is nothing wrong with cereal for dinner :P You can always pre-soak your grains to decrease the cooking time. I know my grandparents soak buckwheat overnight and then it cooks super fast :)

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Kiki April 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I don’t know why, but chickpeas always taste boring to me! I do like hummus though. :p

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Bridget April 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I love “use stuff up” meals. My philosophy is: Throw it on pasta, throw it on pizza, throw it on a baked potato, or throw it in a wrap. Beans, veggies, salsa, leftover sauces, leftover grains…. They are never the same but they are always delicious!

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Caitlin @ Cake with Love April 14, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Angela, I love the simplicity of this dish, however I think I would need some sauce, I go vegan 100 days a year (religion) and I usually like to have my grains with some sauce, like a mushroom sauce, very simple and quick to make, just sauteed mushrooms, vegan mayo, flour and water!

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Janet April 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

This was so good. I’m so glad I went to Whole Foods and got the Herbamare to go with it, that stuff is delicious! Thanks, Angela.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Hey Janet, Im happy to hear that! Thanks for letting me know.

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Kelan April 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I made the asparagus from this post and it was awesome! Totally recommend the breadcrumb/nutritional yeast combo for someone that’s looking for a new way to eat asparagus. I only wish that I would have made double. Yum.

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts April 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Sometimes those quick, recipe-less meals are the best sort :) This looks great!

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes April 15, 2012 at 1:15 am

Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with vegan meals ideas! And ones that can be made in 20 minutes!! I’ll have to try this, it looks delicious!!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers April 15, 2012 at 5:31 am

Thanks so much for this. I’d like to have more vegan meals, but I am always so uninspired for quick dishes. The only inspiration I find online are real “recipes” that I usually don’t have time to make until the weekend.

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Lea @ iCooklea April 15, 2012 at 7:19 am

WHEN are asparagus arriving in France?! I’m dying here!

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K April 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

one pot cooking, sauteed veggies and quinoa, brown rice and a legume thrown in!
Also, roasted veggies with quinoa and raw spinach.
Miso soup is also quick and easy and my other favourite is one pot veggie chili!

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natalie April 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

Fast and healthy! Genious (-:
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Karen April 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

I love how simple and easy this is- thank god you make veganism easy and affordable!

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[email protected] April 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Asparagus is so rich in Iron, Magnesium and Zinc. Such a beautiful and healthy side dish!

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Astrid April 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Hi Angela, I just tried you peanut butter chocolate recipe, and it was soo delicious. I have to stop myself from eating the whole jar.
So my boyfriend is nuts over pistachios hehe, and I was wondering if you have tried making pistachio butter?

:)

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Burnsy April 16, 2012 at 11:23 am

Weighing in on the calorie issue (pun intended) – throwing the calories in for the cookbook would be great because that will help the people that are being concious of their intake. Otherwise, portion control is the easiest way to go about this. I’ve always struggled taking the time to count my calories – I’ve got too many other things to do! I’ve started using my salad plates for main courses and not going back for seconds (and not heaping my plate full of food!). It’s also a good strategy to help me focus on and really enjoy my meal without thinking ‘I’ve got to get through this so I can get more!’ LOVE your recipes Angela and so excited for your cookbook! Quick meals like this that I can throw together for my lunches are superb! THANK YOU! :)

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Carissa April 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

This meal looks so good! 3 of my favorite foods, rolled into one super simple meal. It’s nice to see simple combos once in awhile.

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Dee April 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I tend to do the same with cooking. Grab whatever there is in the fridge and invent my own recipe. For our family of three. There has never been a complaint so I must have been doing it right. Asparagus is not only tasty and nutritious it is also good for cancer cure. Better than any chemotherapy. Just liquidize cooked asparagus and eat a little twice a day.

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April April 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

WOW! I couldn’t have found your blog at a better time! Making this dish right MEOW! <3 Thank you & I also love that you're Canadian :D

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donna April 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

The sad part on these impromptu spontaneous meals is that they are SO awesome and yummy but often not recreatable! When i make a great fridge clean out soup its yummy but then I never have all the same ingredients again!
YUM recipes!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 23, 2012 at 8:58 am

I know what you mean…I’ve been there too!

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Lisa Alber April 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Hi Angela,

I’ve been lurking around for about six weeks because I’m recently vegan. (Rather, almost vegan–I blow it with dairy sometimes but I’m steadily improving!) Your site is such an inspiration. Today’s post, for example, is a prime example. Since I’m a novice, I don’t have a cooking repetoire yet. So the quick meal you described, plus those of your commenters, are just fabulous. I’m typing all the ideas up into a cheat sheet!

Two snacky things that are saving me during I-want-to-munch moments: salt and vinegar garbanzo beans and the almond butter/rice cereal/chocolate balls (except I used unsweetened cacao powder with agava nectar).

Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Hey Lisa, it’s a pleasure to meet you! Thank you so much for your feedback, that means so much to me.

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Tim September 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Have you thought about sharing more full-dinner recipes similar to this one? I would love to have more ideas for similar meals. Those that are easy, fast, and well balanced. :)

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April September 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Love this quick and easy recipe! Made it tonight and made a coconut curry with shredded carrots and raisins to pour over my Quinoa. Yum!

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Svetlana April 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I just made the asparagus and they were really good! I made the chickpeas the way you did them in your “salt & vinegar” baked chickpea recipe. Win for both dishes!

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ruby July 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

just made this for lunch for my hubby and I with some diced apple and edamame on the side and it was loved! thanks for the awesome & quick recipe!

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Sherri February 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Didn’t have any asparagus so I substituted with broccoli. Delicious!

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Nancy September 26, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Oh my how your cookbook has changed my life first of all! Thank you so much:). I have a question about choosing almond milk. I’ve made two vegan recipes recently but my results tasted on the sweet side when they should’ve been savoury ie. your shepherds pie recipe in your latest book. Wondering if you have any specific suggestions? Thanks

Nancy

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