5 Easy Dinners for When Youre Short on Time

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Dinner is the time of day when family and friends often get together. It’s such a great opportunity to catch up and learn about each other, but why spend an hour cooking when you can prepare something in half that time? If you’re planning on inviting some people over for dinner tonight, we’ve got five easy dinners you should try. They all take under 30 minutes…

Quick Tacos

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You can make your tacos in less time than it takes to drive to the store and back. It’s fun, it is easy, it is delicious! Get started by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then grab three tortillas, some ground beef, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, taco seasoning mix, and fresh cilantro. Finally, all that’s left is preparing the ground beef according to package directions and assembling everything in a line on a baking sheet. Put the tray in the oven for ten minutes until the cheese has melted. It really is that simple!

Rice Bowls

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Rice bowls are super easy to assemble. You might have most of what you need at home already. All you need is cooked rice (about a cup), any meat you like, soy sauce, and frozen veggies. Start by heating up your choice of meat and seasoning it with some salt and pepper if desired. Then cook the veggies in a separate pan. Assemble everything on top of steamed rice and drizzle soy sauce over the whole dish. Bon Appetit.

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

There’s nothing better than soup on a chilly night, especially when it’s paired with those buttery grilled cheese sandwiches we all love so much! You’ll need to start by making the tomato soup according to package directions. While your soup is cooking, prepare as many slices of bread as you’d like into grilled cheese sandwiches. The last step is putting everything together! You can take this opportunity to experiment with different kinds of cheeses, spices, and spreads. Your soup will be ready by the time you’re finished assembling everyone’s favorite comfort food.

Breakfast for Dinner

Breakfast for dinner is a classic go-to meal no matter what time it actually is.It saves plenty of time because there are so many common breakfast ingredients that are also used in dinner recipes. These include things like eggs, bacon, toast, sausage, cheese, hash browns, baked beans, herbs, spices…the list goes on. To help you out here, we’ve listed several well-known breakfast dishes below that could easily pass as dinners too: omelets, French toast, pancakes, eggs benedict, avocado toasts, breakfast burritos, frittatas, quiches.

Baked Potato Bar

Love baked potatoes but don’t feel like cooking tonight? Why not make a baked potato bar instead? All you need is some potatoes (duh), shredded cheese of your choice (try gouda or cheddar !), sour cream, and bacon bits. You can also throw in other ingredients like broccoli, olives, chives, spinach…the possibilities are endless! Just place everything out on the table so everyone can customize their baked potatoes according to taste.


We hope you enjoyed these five easy and quick dinner recipes and they inspire you to try something new tonight. Maybe you should even start saving time by preparing the ingredients in advance. Cooking doesn’t have to be hard; if you can read, you can cook! Just stick with it and you’ll get there eventually. You might even find yourself enjoying cooking so much that you want to expand your skills even further by trying out some of these recipes on a griddle or stovetop.

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