Please tell me I’m not the only one that needs a few 15 minute dinner ideas on hand?
There are just some nights where all I have the energy for is a 15 minute, few ingredient dinner. This one has been one of my go-tos lately. It’s so easy to pull together but honestly feels like a dish you’ve put some extra special care into putting it together.
And maybe best of all? It’s only 4 ingredients!
Don’t get me wrong, I love the process of cooking most nights and actually find it relaxing to be in the kitchen, music on, dancing around with Owen in between prepping and cooking. But there are just some nights where it’s been a loooong day and I just need to get something together quickly so I can eat and be that much closer to bedtime!
I KNOW a lot of you can relate – even if you don’t have kids! This was something I needed even when I was younger!
It’s similar in theory to this dish I posted in Instagram the other day – just simple, efficient and filling!
It’s got whole grains, plenty of veggies and lean, plant-based protein. It’s also sautéed in olive oil so you’re getting a little healthy fat too! Not to bad for a simple weeknight dinner!
- 1 cup whole wheat spaghetti or soba noodles, cooked
- 1 block extra firm tofu, drained and pressed, then diced into cubes
- 1 bag of frozen stir-fry vegetables
- 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite store-bought Asian marinade (I used Stubb's soy, garlic and red pepper - more or less as desired
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drizzle with ~1 tablespoon olive oil
- Toss cubed tofu in the olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until crisp
- While tofu cooks, boil noodles according to package directions
- While noodles cook, heat olive oil over medium-low heat
- Add bag of frozen veggies to the pan, sautéing until just tender
- Once tender, toss tofu in along with 1-2 tablespoons of the marinade
- Toss until veggies and tofu are well covered then add in cooked noodles, tossing all together
- Top with salt, pepper and/or red chili flakes. You can also add crushed peanuts and a squeeze of fresh lime juice