One dish we love is Pho. It's a Vietnamese noodle soup with seasonings, veggies, herbs and meat, usually beef or chicken. It looks complicated when you get it at a restaurant but we make a pretty quick and easy version.
First, we get some rice noodles and put a few ounces in a large bowl. Boiling water 'cooks' them. We top that with some chicken bouillon powder (sometimes we use beef) and a few seasonings. These can be whatever you like, garlic power, onion powder, parsley, etc.
Next, we add some vegetables. This is actually a shredded mix that's already done at the grocery store, a broccoli and carrot slaw. It's a way to make this even more quick and easy.
Then we add some meat. This is frozen (but thawed), thinly sliced, cooked meatballs (homemade). We always keep some in the freezer for quick meals and this is one reason. We use about five meatballs per bowl, sliced up. You could also use cooked chicken or beef strips, or skip it and make it vegetarian.
On top of the meat, we add some sliced up green onions, sprouts and cilantro. Again, very quick and easy to chop up ingredients. Also pretty inexpensive. They are really to taste, whatever you like.
We sprinkle on a few more pieces of shredded carrots and broccoli for some more color and a bit more crunch.
While all the ingredients are being put in the bowl, we have a kettle of water coming to a boil on the stove. Once it's boiling, we pour it over the ingredients in the bowl and fill it up to the top.
Everything needs to sit for a few minutes to soften up of course. We are lucky, we have small plates that cover the top of the bowls, but you could use Saran wrap or even foil. This keeps the heat in and helps everything steep and soften up.