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Go-to last minute meals

Other than quick few-ingredient salads and sandwiches, I have a few frequent go-to meals that I know I can whip up quickly when my wife is hungry and impatient, one of them is pasta. I have it like clock-work: first, get warm water from the faucet and get it to boil, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile I start dicing veggies, like onions, peppers and mushroom. Once it boils, whole wheat pasta goes in and it will cook in about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, I'm figuring out the sauce: I can blend tahini or raw cashews with water and seasoning, open a jar of tomato sauce or a can of coconut milk. The one on the picture is tomato sauce with a bit of cashew cream. Once the pasta is cook, it gets strained and the pan goes right back on the burner to roast the veggies, another 3 minutes, at which point you can bring the sauce and the pasta to the pan and mix it all. Prehaps I'll add a bit of chopped spinach, peas or edamame and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. At minute 20, Martha is figuring out what series we are going to watch, and food is going on the plate. With just a bit of organization in the kitchen, anybody can have a meal in less than 30 minutes. I promise!

What is your favorite quick, last minute go-to meal?


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