Baby, it's hot outside. When the heat and humidity reach record-breaking status, the last thing we feel like doing is spending an evening slaving over a hot stove. Enter our favorite go-to recipes that require precious little prep time. These effortless eats can generally come together with ingredients you'll likely already have on hand. We polled our edit team to find out which recipes had them coming back for more even when they were running on empty. If you're working longer hours, forgot to go to the store, or just plain avoiding breaking a sweat in your kitchen—welcome to the easiest weekly lineup of dishes we can come up with. They come personally vetted by yours truly, so jump right in; the water's fine. In all seriousness, these recipes are about as complicated as boiling water. Instead of dropping your hard-earned cash at the deli case at Whole Foods, save it for a better time. We got you.
If you're thinking crêpes sound labor intensive—au contraire. This amazingly delicious, high protein, coconut and tapioca flour paleo crêpe recipe is easily executed in the blender. The cooking effort is essentially on par with making margaritas, aka just blend and pour. Even if you haven't mastered your skillet technique (it's all in the wrist), the end product is so delicious you won't care what they look like.
Generally speaking, we can throw together a vegan taco situation any night of the week with whatever's already in the fridge. Adding hummus and avocado to cilantro-lime black bean soft tacos lends a bit of rich texture.
Unless you've forgone social media completely, you've met a killer avocado toast photo (or 12) this year. The healthy dish is enormously well-traveled. This avocado, radish, and egg salad version adds an extra protein boost.
The perfect hot dish for summer, cajun style pasta with grilled shrimp and roasted peppers is as simple and delicious as it gets. Save your energy for uncorking the rosé.
Watermelon, feta, and balsamic combinations prove opposites attract when it comes to flavor. This ridiculously easy watermelon salad with avocado and jalapeño summer salad is colorful and fresh, with just a kick of spice.
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Taking your green smoothie game to bowl form grants the illusion of change and allure. We've dogeared this raw vegan mint smoothie with turmeric dreamboat for those evenings when all you really want for dinner is a bowl of ice cream.
Alright, if we're being completely real, instant ramen remains at the top of our default list for quick, budget-friendly eats. Homemade vegetarian phở is a simple soul food we're keen to master.
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