There are moments when you want to spend some time making a great dish, but then, there are moments when you just want to kick back, relax, and whip up a healthy meal without mush fuss – like when the sun is bursting through your kitchen windows, beckoning you outside on your day off. Enjoy your weekend with these 10 simple meal ideas for easy, breezy Summer Sundays:
1. Green Smoothie Bowl
It’s much more satisfying to eat your smoothie than to drink it, so why not make your smoothie in a bowl and eat it with a spoon? It’s almost like having ice cream for breakfast.
2. Carrot Coconut Salad
This flavorful salad takes only about 5 minutes to prepare and is packed with flavor. Toss in some tempeh or tofu pieces to make it more of a complete meal.
3. Spicy Vegan Nachos
Grab a bag of tortilla chips, dump them on a plate, and go wild with your choice of toppings, like guacamole, salsa, and crisp lettuce. For simplicity’s sake, you can always buy some guacamole and salsa from your local market, dump them over the chips and call it a day.
4. Gluten-Free Lemon Swiss Chard Pasta
This dish is a super easy way to have a hearty, filling pasta meal that’s packed with fresh herbs and veggies rather than dumping a jar of sauce over some noodles. Olives, swiss chard, cilantro, lemon juice, and chili powder give this dish a nice kick.
5. Stir-Fried Crunchy Bengali Bok Choy
This stir-fry may be simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring. You’ll need mustard oil, panch phoron, ginger, and bok choy, to name a few ingredients.
6. Vegan Gluten-free Chickpea Waldorf Salad
A Waldorf salad is a salad traditionally made of fresh apples, celery, and walnuts, tossed with mayonnaise and served over a bed of lettuce. Try this vegan version, which is a perfect, cold meal to eat outside on a lazy Sunday.
7. Vegan Sloppy Joes
Remember summer camp, cookouts or school lunches that served the infamous Sloppy Joe? Try this version, which is much more cleaned up and healthier than the classic, meat version you may remember. This one is perfect to make for the kids.
8. Steamed Vegetables With Garlic Sauce
Take a tip from the recipe author for this dish: instead of sitting down to a plate of soggy vegetables drowning in sauce, she recommends you pick up a piece of broccoli with a fork and dip it into the garlic sauce. You’ll save calories that way and get to taste the deliciousness of fresh, summer veggies.
9. Simple Courgette Soup With Almond Pesto
This is a simple, yet sophisticated soup that will make you feel much more pampered on your Sunday than opening a can and heating it on the stove.
10. Spicy Zucchini and Tomato Tacos
Tacos are a perfect meal for lazy Sundays. Once you buy pre-made, whole wheat tortillas, then sautéing the veggies and placing them inside takes minimal effort.
Lead image source: Gluten-Free Lemon Swiss Chard Pasta