This is a busy season, and I’m feeling energized by the warmer weather and longer days. Finally! I can’t wait for Kansas City to turn green again.

It seems like we could never have enough quick weeknight recipes, so I’m sharing a collection of my favorites today. These are warm and comforting, yet fresh and full of nutritious vegetables. They’re exactly what I’m craving right now.

If you appreciate this post, you might also want to bookmark my “easy weeknight dinners” category, which I update with recipes as they are published. For all of my vegetarian dinner recipes, simply click here or click on the “dinner” link in the menu bar. Don’t forget that my cookbook has many more delicious weeknight dinners, big salads, and more.

Easily gluten free (just use gluten-free pasta)

Hurry, make this one before the good tomatoes are gone! It’s a super simple burst cherry tomato pasta dish with little mozzarella balls, fresh basil and a splash of white balsamic vinegar. It packs well for lunch the next day, too.

Gluten free and vegan

Hearty burrito bowls made with a base of spaghetti squash. These are such a fun dinner option.

Gluten free and easily made vegan (skip the feta)

Finally! Homemade tortilla soup that’s even better than the restaurant versions I enjoyed before giving up chicken. Posole might be a better name for this soup, but whatever you want to call it, it’s light but filling, spicy and delicious.

Gluten free, easily vegan (skip the eggs)

This recipe turned my friend’s one-year-old baby into a kale fan. She’s not the only fan of this stir fry. If you haven’t made it yet, you’ve been missing out!

Easily gluten free and/or vegan

“Very tasty and satisfying soup. Turned out great with no changes. Perfect on a cold winter day. I really love your recipes. I actually bought your book at Barnes & Noble and then found your website. Thank you so much for making all these delicious and healthy recipes.” – Karen

“Gratin” sounds fancy, but this is essentially a broccoli casserole, lightened up with quinoa. Roasting the broccoli adds tons of flavor.

Gluten free and easily vegan

“With more mouths to feed than usual over the holidays, I made this twice in the last 10 days! Both times, I followed the recipe exactly, and it was a huge hit! I used snow peas and red pepper for the 2 cups of extra veggies. Everyone gobbled it up and asked for seconds. Thanks, Kate!” – Emily

Gluten free and vegan

Super redeeming, simple pesto made with kale, hemp seeds or walnuts, and flaxseed oil or olive oil. The best part about using flaxseed oil in this recipe is that you can’t taste it in the final product. You can throw this together in 5 minutes while the pasta is cooking.

Gluten free and vegan

“Made this for dinner tonight when a friend came over. Even my four-year-old loved it! He is not always into raw veggies, but upon the first bite, exclaimed, “I like this! Yeah, I love it!” and had a second helping. We did leave the cilantro on the side for him. Will be making this again very soon.” – Lea

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“I never thought of lentils and marinara together, or lentils and pasta, but the combination is delightful! I used my go-to marinara recipe and will absolutely be making this dish again. And the lentils were so tasty even before being mixed in with the sauce that I may make them separately for salads, etc. Thank you for another wonderful, easy weeknight recipe!” – Alex

Just vegetarian

This pizza dough really couldn’t be easier. Throw the ingredients into your food processor, give it a few kneads, roll it out and you’re ready to make pizza. Zero rising time required.

Gluten free and vegan

A sweet college student named Amber just told me that this soup keeps her going through late night shifts at the hospital (thanks, Amber!). This soup gets its incredible flavor from just a few ingredients. You can totally use canned black beans for this one.

Easily gluten free (just use your favorite gluten-free spaghetti)

This super simple pasta dish is light and fresh thanks to quickly cooked, ribboned collard greens. Parmesan, toasted pine nuts and a squeeze of lemon juice bring all the flavors together.

Gluten free and vegan

Commenters report that this Thai red curry is the best they’ve ever made. Yay!

Easily gluten free (just use gluten-free tortillas)

“These are a life-saver! It is so good to know that you can whip up something healthy in 10 minutes, that taste great… Made these more than I can count.” – Samantha

Easily gluten free, and vegan

This pasta dish is for olive lovers! It’s made with mostly pantry ingredients but tastes so fresh and vibrant.

Gluten free and vegan

If you think peanut butter in soup seems strange (I did), I dare you to give this a go. It’s perfect for cool evenings and makes great leftovers.

This veggie-packed pasta dish has quite a few fans. Goat cheese makes everything better.

Gluten free (see notes)

This Thai-style sweet and spicy pineapple fried rice includes red bell pepper, cashews and cilantro.

Gluten free and vegan

Best lentil soup ever. Yep, I said it. Try it and let me know what you think!

More resources you might appreciate: 13 healthy make-ahead breakfast recipes and 16 recipes that pack well for lunch. You might also like my monthly seasonal produce guides and healthy kitchen essentials. View all roundups and resource posts here.

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