Pilaf -- One dish wonder
As I've mentioned before, one of the best ways to learn to cook is to learn methods instead of recipes. This applies to vegetarian cooking as much as any other kind.
One quick, easy, and highly changeable dish is pilaf. You can use a variety of grains, vegetables, and protein ingredients to round out your meal.
It's very simple. Start by adding a couple of tablespoons of oil or butter to a pan and heating over medium heat. You may also want to add garlic, onions, spices, or savory vegetables like peppers or mushrooms at the same time. Once the oil is warm, add about a cup or your grain of choice. Most days, for me, this is orzo pasta, but I'll also use jasmine rice, quinoa, or millet. Lightly toast the grain. Now, add two cups liquid -- water, wine or broth are good choices. Stir well, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower to medium low heat and cover.
When about half the liquid is absorbed, add pre-cooked veggies, seasoned tofu, or meat replacement of your choice.