(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Bonnie S. Benwick/The Washington Post)

This week’s most-viewed recipes are all about illusions: meatballs without meat, bread without kneading and impressive dishes without much effort.

1. Mushroom Walnut ‘Meatballs,’ above. Not your mother’s vegan meatballs — these are baked and have a firm but moist texture.


(Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

2. Fast Focaccia. A simple, no-knead riff on a traditional Italian focaccia. See how easily it comes together with our step-by-step instructions on Voraciously.


(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

3. Cuban Beans and Rice (Moros y Cristianos). With bacon and oregano for extra flavor, and a touch of vinegar for brightness. Check out the quick steps to this hearty bowl on Voraciously.


(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

4. Penne With Tomato Cream Sauce. Keep these ingredients on hand for comforting pasta any time. A find a few more cost-conscious Italian recipes right here.


(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

5. Vegetable Frittata. A friendly reminder that a frittata is an excellent way to fight food waste.

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