6 Ideas for Dinner in a Hurry
1. NOODLE NOSH
My kids love noodles, so I usually boil some ahead of time to keep in the fridge. I just melt cheese over them in the microwave or make a cold pasta salad.
—Michelle Knoll, 38, Minneapolis
2. AT-HOME SALAD BAR
We buy bagged salad, and I set out bowls of different toppings on a large wooden lazy Susan that I keep in the middle of the table. This way, we can spin it around and everyone can easily reach. Ditto with plain baked potatoes!
—Julia McGill, 42, Keswick, VA
3. INSTANT ASIAN
One thing I always have up my domestic sleeve is Hibachi House — totally yummy frozen microwavable Asian dinners. I kid you not, I can have it on the table in less time than it takes to find the phone number and place an order at my local teriyaki take-out place.
—Marisa Jeackle, 41, Seattle
4. QUICKIE PIZZAS
Our favorite 10-minute meal is Boboli pizza crust, bagels, or English muffins topped with tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese and then popped in the toaster oven for a few minutes.
—Shana Lee, 34, Hoboken, NJ
5. SIMPLY SANDWICHES
Our standby dinner is peanut butter sandwiches with carrots and apple slices on the side. As unimaginative as that is, we always have the ingredients, and no one ever seems to tire of that combo.
—Gretchen Rubin, 41, New York City
6. EGGS ANY WAY
Nothing cooks faster than eggs — and they go with just about anything you happen to have in the fridge. I make fried-egg sandwiches with cheese, and ham if I have it; scrambled egg burritos with cheese and salsa; or omelets filled with whatever I have — cheese, mushrooms, olives.
—Kara Paul, 34, Hackettstown, NJ
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