long post.... but 2 recipees!
I am all about super quick (like 5 minutes or so!) we eat a lot of pasta as well, below are a couple of non pasta dishes:
One of my veggie favorites:
Thai seasoned firm tofu (packaged from the store already seasoned!) sliced in thin strips
Heat a pan with some sort of oil/spray and toss in the tofu to warm/brown a little
Nuke a package of microwave rice (there is even a no salt, brown rice version I found once, but usually it’s the 90second uncle bens)
Nuke a package of frozen stir fry veggies
Toss both in with the tofu (which is cooking while the others are microwaving)
Throw in some soy sauce to taste (I use low sodium, use whatever flavor/type you like!)
If you are feeling a very adventurous, scramble an egg or two! (or egg beaters, or other fake eggs)
Stolen and modified from the Barefoot Contessa on www.foodtv.com:
Turn on your broiler and leave the rack where it is… it’s fine.
Bag of cleaned/cut ‘fresh’ green beans (they are in a bag, how fresh can they really be? I don’t ask!)
Poke holes in the bag and microwave for 3 minutes on high
Cut baby potatoes into 1/4s (fresh, canned, whatever, I actually bought fresh but also usually have no salt added canned on hand as well!)
Microwave in a bowl with a tiny bit of water for 4-5 minutes (almost done but not quite, softER, but not mushy)
Throw both items on a cookie sheet as they come out of the microwave
Toss both with olive oil, salt, pepper (I went for OOH AAH by putting the green beans in the center and potatoes on the edge, how fancy!)
Top with FRESH GRATED parmesan cheese, not the green can unless you get the one with the hunk of cheese attached to it!
Put the now loaded cookie sheet in the oven for… 4 minutes (check at 2, decide if done enough for you)
Potatoes should start browning and green beans should have a little color, slightly wilted look.
So amazingly good that even my husband (ew green beans!) LOVED them!