WASHINGTON, DC - Warm Black Beans and Greens With Avocado and Za'atar photographed in Washington, DC. (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post). (Deb Lindsey )

A happy return to the normal routine to you! We're in need of some healthful, lighter eating options, and we're guessing you are, too. Here are several meatless mains from our archives that, for the most part, can be ready in about 30 minutes.

Black Beans and Greens With Avocado and Za'atar. Speedy and comforting; serve it with rice or toast.


WASHINGTON, DC - Curried Singapore Noodles With Stir-Fried Veggies photographed in Washington, DC. (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post). (Deb Lindsey )

Curried Singapore Noodles With Stir-Fried Veggies. When you feel the urge to order takeout, whip up these noodles — with spice from chile garlic paste and curry powder — instead.


WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER2: Black-Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Quesadillas (Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post)

Black-Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Quesadillas. If you've got leftover canned pumpkin puree, you could use it in place of the sweet potatoes!


WASHINGTON, DC - Penne With Asparagus Pesto and White Beans photographed in Washington, DC. (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post). (Deb Lindsey )

Penne With Asparagus Pesto and White Beans. Tastes like spring.


WASHINGTON, DC- FEBRUARY 25, 2015: Flatbread Pizzas with Broccoli Pesto, Sun-dried Tomato and Egg (Photo by Deb Lindsey for the Washington Post). (Deb Lindsey)

Flatbread Pizzas With Broccoli Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomato and Egg. Store-bought flatbread makes for a quick meal, here.

Basil-Cilantro Noodles. Using pre-shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix cuts down on the steps.

Family Favorite Minestrone. A good one to make a big batch of so that you can freeze it for chillier evenings.

Beet, Tomato and Coconut Curry. We're thinking you could use cherry or grape tomatoes here, if the vine-ripened ones at the store aren't looking so good.


WASHINGTON, DC - Super Green Stir-Fry photographed in Washington, DC. (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post). (Deb Lindsey)

Super Green Stir-Fry. Savory, crunchy and full of nourishing greens.