Save time when you’re hungry

While I love to cook, when I get home from work I usually don’t want to whip up a gourmet meal that takes hours to make. I’m hungry—and I want my dinner ready within an hour of when I start it! So here are a couple of recipes I depend on during the week that are quick, make generous portions (that means leftovers!) and taste delicious. Plus, the ingredients aren’t expensive at all:

The don’t make a bunch of dirty dishes (or, one-skillet) taco meal

  • 1lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1 oz. package of taco seasoning
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped

Brown the meat over medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked. Drain. Add taco seasoning mix, water and macaroni. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 8-10 minutes, or until the macaroni is the right texture for you. Sprinkle with cheese and tomatoes. Top with sour cream.

You can even forget about the macaroni and eat the taco mixture over crunchy tortilla chips! If you do this, just be sure to adjust the water so that you only use as much as the taco seasoning packet requires since the extra water was for cooking the macaroni.

My kind of spaghetti—quick

  • 1lb. ground beef or turkey
  • A little bit of chopped onion (based on your personal preference)
  • A clove or two of minced garlic
  • 1 large jar of your favorite tomato-based pasta sauce
  • Various spices (I usually use paprika, black pepper, basil and a little bit of salt)
  • Your choice of pasta (I prefer angel hair pasta)

Sauté the onion and garlic (be careful not to burn them!). Then, add the meat and brown over medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked. Add the pasta sauce and stir, then lower the heat to medium and let the sauce get hot. Add seasonings until it has the flavor you desire! While you’re doing all of this, be sure you’re boiling the water for the pasta and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packaging.

On weekends, I enjoy taking time to make things from scratch. But, after a busy day at work, sometimes I like taking the simpler route—especially when it comes to eating dinner. Bon appétit!

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

If you're using either Android OS or iOS there's a free app called AllThingsChef. And that you just list your current items you have and it'll generate a creative, quick recipe for dinner.

Submitted by Heidi on

Thanks for the tip! I will download the app today. :)

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