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I like eating out, but not when it means an unplanned trip through the drive-thru for so-so food that is expensive. I know I can make much better food at home for less money. And a good meal doesn’t have to take a long time to fix.
Here are a few tips for super quick meals:
- Keep a list of quick meals and recipes inside your pantry door or near your calendar.
- Keep the ingredients for those meals in your pantry and fridge.
- A freezer stocked with cooked chicken and hamburger helps speed dinner to the table.
- Pasta and egg dishes are often fast meals. As a bonus, they’re inexpensive too.
And now for the list of 25 meals that can be made in 20 minutes or less. I’ve also added a list of quick side dishes to round out your meal. As a bonus, if you subscribe by email to Eat at Home you will have access to 5 more meals that can be fixed in 15 minutes. These 5 meals have printable recipes that include several variations on each meal to take into account what you may have available in your pantry.
- Bean and Bacon Soup (providing you have the bacon/onion in the freezer)
- Scrambled Eggs, Ham and Muenster Skillet
- Scrambled Eggs and Peppers
- Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce
- BBQ Ham Steak on the Grill
- Pesto Tomato Pizza
- Chicken Quesadillas (if the chicken is cooked and frozen)
- Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce with Two Cheeses
- Easy Meatball Subs
- Bread Eggs
- Whole Wheat Pancakes
- Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes
- Gina’s Club Sandwiches
- Mac & Cheese and Mac & Tomatoes
- Super Simple Asian Noodles with Stir Fry Veggies and Chicken (if chicken is cooked or use other type left over meat)
- Chipped Beef Gravy over Cornbread
- Mexican Beans and Rice
- Nachos (if you have ground beef cooked and frozen)
- Scrambled Egg-wiches
- Hamburger Stroganoff
- French Bread Pizza
- Chicken Tortilla Soup (if chicken is cooked and frozen)
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs over Rice
- Italian Sausage and Bean Soup
- Vietnamese Style Chicken Noodle Soup (if the chicken is cooked)
When you’re in a hurry, you need a quick side dish or two to round out your meal. Here are a few ideas to try.
- Carrot sticks or baby carrots
- Salad. Try fixing a big salad when you bring home the groceries so you have it ready for the rest of the week.
- Frozen veggies that can be quickly steamed.
- Fresh fruit. Apples, bananas, grapes, oranges, pears etc. Stir a few together for fruit salad or serve them individually.
- Canned fruit or apple sauce
- Cranberries and Oranges
- Vanilla Fruit Salad
- Pasta with cheese. We like bowties with shredded cheddar. If you’re in a big hurry, angel hair pasta cooks in about 3 minutes.
- Rice. Jasmine is my favorite because it cooks in about 15 minutes. Stir in some cheese or cook it in broth for more flavor.
- Bread and butter. An old-fashioned way to stretch a meal.
- Popcorn. We like it with sandwiches instead of chips or fries.