When there are lots of things going on in your life at the same time, the first thing to usually go is a good meal plan. Quick fixes and faux meat tend to fill the gaps and I always can always feel it. It makes me sluggish and just feel icky, frankly.

We’re mid-move and I’m trying hard to not let that happen this time and it’s going much better than expected, thanks to my lovely rice/pressure cooker and some help from a bottle- Original Yumm! Sauce from Cafe Yumm! Yumm Sauce is an indescribable, tangy, cheezy sauce that makes everything delicious. Jess even made her own version of it (with links to other adaptations!), so you can try it, too!

yay! crappy cell phone pic!

Quinoa in the cooker, chickpeas from a can, some chopped up zucchini and carrots sticks on top and a drizzle of sauce on top- perfect, delicious and nutritious. Spot on when you need good food, fast and ready in about 15 minutes, with leftovers.

What satisfying eats do you enjoy when you’re short on time?

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12 Responses to winner, winner, chickpea dinner!

  1. Hope says:

    I hate to admit it but when I am in a rush it’s usually some pasta and a jarred sauce for dinner, maybe with some bean balls from Veganomicon… I also love making couscous (so fast and easy!) and add whatever sort of left over veggies I have in the fridge.

  2. Lizzie says:

    Mmmm, the roasted garlic variation sounds tasty!!

  3. Beth says:

    Wow. I must make that sauce!

    When I’m short on time, I love grabbing a Trader Joe’s veggie corndog with some mustard. Meal on a stick!

  4. Amanda Nobile says:

    I am going to order that sauce! Yumm!!! Pun totally intended :) As for quick meals…..the hubby makes an awesome “chicken cheese steak”. Okay, it tastes nothing like a chicken cheese steak, but it’s really yummy! All you do is throw chopped/broken bits of whole grain tempeh in a pan with a little olive oil, chopped onions and chopped green peppers. Then you add some Amy’s BBQ sauce and some Daiya cheddar and then you let it all hang out for a few minutes. Then you plop the delish mixture on a sprouted grain roll and voila! A quick salad on the side and you’re good to go!

  5. spabettie says:

    hee!! I love Cafe Yumm… I used to work off Hawthorne and would eat Whole Bowl A LOT… I had not heard of Cafe Yumm yet (I know, WHAT??) and I recreated Whole Bowls sauce… which is pretty much the same thing… I love that stuff.

    I make a batch of quinoa each Monday – to use through the week – and a quick lunch is always a quinoa + beans + veggie bowl = YUMM ! 😀

  6. Sounds like a perfect, quick meal to me! I love quinoa bowls, they are definitely high up on my list of quick and delicious dinners.

  7. Josiane says:

    I hope the move goes smoothly! :)

    When we’re short on time, my gentleman friend and I turn to our trusty bean salad: two cans of mixed beans, one can of corn and one of sliced olives (or whatever leftover veggies we may have on hand). While he opens the cans and mixes the stuff, I usually put on a pot of quinoa to cook, and make some homemade dressing. If I don’t even have the 15-20 minutes needed to cook quinoa, we’ll simply eat it with bread. Et voilà!

  8. I want some Yumm Sauce! That sounds fastastic! Where’d you buy it?

  9. jess scone says:

    dude, I know how to make it now, but even I was SO TEMPTED to pick up a bottle last time I was there. I find myself there far too often now, and there’s a new one coming downtown this spring/summer!

  10. Courtney says:

    When time is tight, a big everything in the fridge salad always hits the spot for me!


  11. yeah, i do a grain/bean/greens bowl all the time. after i put on quinoa/millet/brown rice(if i feel like i can wait 40mins), then saute some canned beans with onion and herbs and steam some kale. I top with nooch and Goddess dressing. yum!

  12. That looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it myself. Great tips!