If you're a plant-based eater, chances are you spend a major amount of your meal-times in the kitchen. Whether it's making a hearty stew, a saucy pasta, or citrusy tacos, the task of doing the dishes post-food fest can seem truly obliterating after a long day.

On days like these when I just want dinner to make itself and clean-up to be a breeze there are three things I am certain to choose from. Below, the simplest of dinners (or lunches!) for the laziest of days.

I. Roasted Potatoes





INGREDIENTS:

2 Medium Russet potatoes
2 Small to medium sweet potatoes
Salt
Pepper

Optional:

1 tsp Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 - 1 head of Romaine lettuce
1 small Roma tomato
1/4 cup sauerkraut
1/2 large lime

METHOD:

1. Preheat you oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Peel (optional) and chop your potatoes and sweet potatoes into even sized cubes. Alternatively, slice them into long strips like french fries or wedges.

3. Cover a large baking tray in parchment paper and spread your cubes onto it with minimal overlap.

4. Sprinkle on the salt and pepper (and garlic salt and cumin if using).

5. Put the tray into the oven and set your timer for 25 minutes.

6. After 25 minutes, check on the potatoes and flip them all so they crisp up evenly.

7. Put back into the oven for another 5-10 minutes, until the edges turn brown and crispy.

8. Once done, take the tray out and leave to cool for about 5 minutes before serving optionally on a bed of Romaine lettuce, topped with the sauerkraut (great for your skin!), lime (makes everything even better!), and sliced tomato (just because!)

Note: An even quicker alternative to this recipe is simply steaming the potatoes for about 20 minutes (I prefer using all Russets for this), seasoning with salt and pepper, and using the full Romaine leaves as taco boats for transporting the starchy goodness!

II. Rice & Veggies



Rice and veggies: simple but yummy, and always leaves one full and happy. I usually use broccoli and green beans - included below - but any quickly steamed veggie will work: baby carrots, frozen veggies, sugar snap peas, etc.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup dry brown basmati rice
~ 1 cup broccoli
~ 1 cup green beans
(Or Assorted veggies of your liking)
Salt and pepper

METHOD:

Note: If you've got a kettle, boil water so it'll be an even quicker process!

1. Measure and pour dry rice into a large pot, turn to low heat and leave the lid off.

2. Toast the rice until you hear a slow pop sound, making sure to shake it around so the bottom-most grains don't burn.

3. Once the rice is toasted, add a few pinches of salt and about 2 cups of water - I like to eyeball it.

4. Cover the pot and leave on low to medium-low heat for about 25 minutes.

5. After those 25 minutes, add the green beans (if using), as these take slightly longer to soften than the broccoli.

6. Cover once more and leave for another 5-7 minutes, making sure the rice has enough water.

7. Once your rice is nearly ready, add in your broccoli (and a pinch of salt & pepper) so it will steam with the remaining water.

8. After about 5 minutes, turn off the heat and serve, making sure the broccoli is ready to your liking.

III. Banana Nice-cream





I've written up this recipe at length here. But here are the basics for my favorite summer version:

INGREDIENTS:

4 frozen bananas
Optional:
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
2 small peaches (or fruit topping of choice)

METHOD:

1. Defrost bananas for about 20 minutes so they blend more smoothly and easily.

2. Once softened, place in either a high-power Nutri Bullet or a high speed blender and blend, blend, blend! This might take a while!

3. Once the bananas are smooth, add in the cacao powder (if using) or any other flavoring you might like (vanilla powder, lucuma powder, cinnamon, etc.)

4. Once everything is smooth and incorporated, serve and add toppings!

Although these meals are plain and very simple, I think they're my favorite regardless of clean up time. Eating a plant-based diet really freshens up your palate and helps in appreciating the flavors of simple ingredients! Naturally, it doesn't hurt that the clean up time is minimal...

¡Buen provecho!

- a.