2. Spring Rolls With Thai Dipping Sauce
For a non-fried appetizer, these are simple and fast. Recipe here.
3. Vegetable Pad Thai
Fish sauce, shrimp, and chicken: Who needs ‘em? Recipe here.
6. Mozzarella Sticks
Making mozzarella sticks at home requires two hours of freezing. I’m sorry. It’s just the way it is. But the actual time you’ll spend working on these is very little. Recipe here.
7. Caprese Garlic Bread
Significantly better than anything you’ll order on Seamless. Recipe here.
If you use dough made in advance, you can get these pizzas sizzling in about 20 minutes. Don’t have the hour and a half to make it from scratch? Buy some dough from your favorite pizzeria and do the rest yourself. Recipes here.
9. Easy Fettuccine Alfredo
Fast and easy, yes. Healthy? Not quite. Do yourself a favor and serve with some steamed broccoli. Recipe here.
10. One-Pot Primavera
One pot, four servings, 20 minutes or less. Recipe here.
12. Easy Scallion Pancakes
Obvs feel free to use fresh ginger and garlic instead of frozen. Recipe here.
13. Sweet Corn Egg Drop Soup
You can buy a boxed egg drop soup mix, sure. But this one takes only 15 minutes to make and it will taste a lot better. Recipe here.
14. Sesame Noodles
Fast and simple, as it should be. Recipe here.
16. Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans
A perfectly delicious and easy side dish. Feel free to use less olive oil and butter than the recipe calls for. Recipe here.
17. Sesame Glazed Tofu
Delightfully crispy without insane amounts of oil. Recipe here.
18. Miso Soup
Don’t waste your money on a watered-down version of the real thing. Recipe here.
19. Steamed Edamame
Basically, you steam the edamame and salt them. It’s THAT EASY. Recipe here.
20. Seaweed Salad with Miso Dressing
You’ll probably need a specialty grocery store to get the seaweed salad and miso, but since they’re all shelf-stable, you can buy more than you need and store them in the cabinet. Then you can pull ‘em out and whip up this 10-minute salad whenever you want. Recipe here.
21. Udon Noodle Soup With Boy Choy and Poached Egg
Sub in vegetable broth for chicken broth and you can have a hearty, healthy vegetarian dinner in just 15 minutes. Recipe here.
22. Vegetable Sushi
Who says sushi needs to include fish? Recipe here.
23. Baked Pakoras
Healthier than the fried version. Recipe here.
24. Quick Lemon Dal
Serve as a side dish or add some more water and make it a soup. Recipe here.
25. Quick Jasmine Rice
Using a rice cooker speeds up the process and just generally makes your life easier. Recipe here.
26. Tofu Matar Masala Curry
Lots of spice = lots of taste. Recipe here.
27. Palak Paneer From Sapna Maheshwari’s Mom
Straight from the BuzzFeed Cookbook and into your heart. Recipe here.