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21 Vegetarian Dishes for When Cooking Doesn't Fit In Your Agenda

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On the most frantic, things-flying-through-the-air days, I make careful hour-by-hour to-do lists. But no matter how detailed they are, I often forget to take into account that I have to feed myself. And if I want to cook, cooking takes time—as does getting groceries, and scrubbing dishes. Petition to add a few hours to the day, please.

When I feel like I can't squeeze another activity into a packed schedule, these are the meals I turn to. They're not as zero-cooking as going to the hot food bar at the grocery store or picking up take-out, but they're fairly fast, fairly hands-off, and—relative to time and effort—disproportionately delicious.

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(And in case of true dinner emergencies, there's always this.)

Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk
Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk
Sabrina Ghayour's Persian "Adassi" Lentil Stew
Sabrina Ghayour's Persian "Adassi" Lentil Stew
Little Lola's Macaroni and Cheese

Little Lola's Macaroni and Cheese by Emily | Cinnamon&Citrus

President Reagan's Favorite Macaroni and Cheese

President Reagan's Favorite Macaroni and Cheese by Sarah Jampel

Diana Kennedy's Scrambled Ricotta (Requesón Revuelto a La Mexicana)
Diana Kennedy's Scrambled Ricotta (Requesón Revuelto a La Mexicana)
Tofu Bánh Mì
Tofu Bánh Mì
Chickpea Vegetable Bowl with Peanut Dressing
Chickpea Vegetable Bowl with Peanut Dressing
Pasta Cacio, Pepe, e Cavolo Nero
Pasta Cacio, Pepe, e Cavolo Nero
Mushrooms and Garbanzos on Toast with Cider and Thyme
Mushrooms and Garbanzos on Toast with Cider and Thyme
Baguette with Chevre Scrambled Eggs and Chives

Baguette with Chevre Scrambled Eggs and Chives by fiveandspice

Fresh Herbs Labne Toast

Fresh Herbs Labne Toast by Virginie Degryse

Greens & Beans with Coconut Milk and Spicy Cashews
Greens & Beans with Coconut Milk and Spicy Cashews
Feta Quesadillas with Fresh Pico de Gallo and Avocado
Feta Quesadillas with Fresh Pico de Gallo and Avocado
Shakshuka with Grains and Feta
Shakshuka with Grains and Feta
Ruth Reichl’s Diva of a Grilled Cheese
Ruth Reichl’s Diva of a Grilled Cheese
One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fettuccine Alfredo)
One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fettuccine Alfredo)
Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale
Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale
Sherried Mushroom Clafoutis
Sherried Mushroom Clafoutis
Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream, and Five Cheeses

Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream, and Five Cheeses by Genius Recipes

One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf

One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf by deensiebat

Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less)
Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less)

Speak to us! What's your go-to vegetarian dinner when elaborate cooking is not on your agenda?