You can make vegetable soups rich and smooth without using flour or cream. Puree half of the cooked vegetables in your blender or food processor, then add to the soup. Serve this soup with toasted ham or cheese sandwiches on whole-grain country bread.
A thick vegetarian stew made from pantry staples, such as rice, spices, and canned chickpeas, is enlivened with a bit of yogurt and lime. Curry powder, an Indian blend of spices, is a timesaving source of layered flavor; ground ginger brings a quick dash of citrusy warmth.
A jar with a tight-fitting lid is good for mixing and storing. Dry rubs will keep for up to six months in a cool, dark place, so you can double or triple the recipe if you like. Make sure to label and date the containers.