15 Ways to Make Dinner Faster

15 Ways to Make Dinner Faster

Our Taste of Home Live culinary experts share their tricks to striking dinner on the table quickly, even on the busiest nights. Follow these tricks to prep, cook and plan like a pro—your lifestyles just got a entire lot easier!

1) Choose quick-cooking proteins.

Choose quick-cooking proteins.

Saute a section of fish in minutes and serve it over quinoa, which is a entire protein and takes most fine 15 minutes to cook. Or quickly thaw and cook some shrimp and roll in tortillas with coleslaw and a dressing of your choice.

2) Make breakfast for dinner.

Make breakfast for dinner.

Make quick-cooking omelets for dinner. Bonus when you employ up leftovers! Serve with breadsticks.

3) Make personal tortilla pizzas.

Make personal tortilla pizzas.

Use tortillas for making person thin-crust pizzas. Place tortillas on a baking sheet in the oven at 425 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or unless lightly browned. Add pizza sauce, toppings, and cheese, sooner than returning to the oven to melt the cheese. Easy and tasty!

4) Try “heat and eat” grains.

Try “heat and eat” grains.

Look for grains that come in microwave-ready pouches. This to hand cooking way cuts the prep time for favorites equivalent to long grain wild rice, jasmine rice and basmati rice.

5) Get out your skillet.

Get out your skillet.

Have about a one-dish skillet recipes for your weeknight arsenal. Dinner will cook faster, and you’ll most fine dirty one dish. Win-win.

6) Prep side salads ahead.

Prep side salads ahead.

Buy all of the fresh heads of lettuce you are going to need for the week, wash the lettuce and allow to dry, tear into small pieces and store in an extra-large sealable bowl or bag in the fridge. Instant element salads!

7) Prep ahead. Cook later.

Prep ahead. Cook later.

On the weekends, make about a top dishes sooner than time. Meat loaf is a just correct choice. Prep the recipe, shape it and hang it unless Monday. Then all you ought to do is throw it in the oven.

8) Go rotisserie.

Go rotisserie.

Buy rotisserie chicken for recipes that call for cooked chicken. You’ll save a ton of prep time.

9) Make every night family night.

Make every night family night.

Assign a prep or cleanup assignment to each and every member of the family. It makes for a snappy prep, fosters cooperation and the family will have a fun time sharing the news of the day.

10) Make ahead and freeze.

Make ahead and freeze.

Make double batches of recipes when making dinner. That way, that you may well per chance per chance perhaps serve 1/2 and freeze 1/2 for any other day while you don’t have time to cook.

11) Keep spaghetti staples on hand.

Keep spaghetti staples on hand.

Always keep a kit of ground red meat in the freezer and pasta and pasta sauce in the pantry for those last-minute “can’t come to a decision what to cook” moments. Spaghetti is constantly a just correct choice.

12) Make it 5 or fewer.

Make it 5 or fewer.

Keep it simple! A meal doesn’t have to contain thousands ingredients to be delicious. You can add grilled chicken to a pile of salad greens or toss pasta with blackened salmon, butter, lemon and steamed peas or broccoli.

13) Make tonight “sandwich night.”

Make tonight “sandwich night.”

Lay out a spread of hoagie buns, favorite fixings and paper plates and let the crew lend a hand themselves. Cleanup will have to be a breeze — just close up the bags, seal the jars, toss the plates and wash the utensils.

14) Maximize prep time.

Maximize prep time.

Prep as much as that you may well per chance per chance perhaps at one time. If onions are used in more than one recipe you are going to prepare all of the manner during the week, then do all of the cutting on the first day. Keep the prepped onions in a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator.

15) Pre-cook pasta.

Pre-cook pasta.

Make pasta ahead and refrigerate it in a Ziploc bag. It’ll keep for approximately a week. Heat it up in the microwave sooner than serving.

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