After I'd lived here about a year, and wanting to spend less time cooking, I settled on the family favorites that are straightforward to make.
Beanshomemade chili, perhaps with Baked potato
Burrito of homemade beans, cheese, tortilla, spinach and salsa
Red Lentil Dal with Naan or Tortilla or pulao rice, and a green salad
FishSkillet or baked fish, served with rice or quinoa, and a vegetable like sauteed spinach
Baked Steelhead Trout (or Salmon)
Tuna Croquet seasoned like crabcakes
Tuna Melts; sometimes in the style of "Hot Hoagie."
Vegetables with CheeseEnchilada with homemade sauce
Homemade Pizza (dough recipe from Silver Spoon Cookbook)
Grilled cheese with Tomato Soup
Vegetable Pot Pie (of yam and kale)
Vegetable Pot Pie (of mushroom, lentil, leek, and potato, with dragonwagon gravy)
Vegetarian Lasagna based on this.
Spaghetti Squash fritters
Thai curry with vegetables and tofu, served over rice or quinoa
Vegetable Without Cheese
Crescent Dragonwagon's Vegetarian Gravy, perhaps over Noodles or Mashed Potato
EggsLittle Frittatas based on this savory "muffin" recipe
Favorite Side SoupsVegetable Soup au Pistou (Jane Brody)
Gypsy Soup (Jane Brody)
Sides and DessertsMango Lassi
Chopped Kale salad with Guacamole for dressing
The real kale salad