Last year, Wednesdays were my hardest day of the week. My daughter would go to school in the morning, my son in the afternoon, then there was soccer and sometime in there I would have to find time to work.
Oh, the agony.
That became our official pizza night. It was the only way I could stay sane while being pulled in 20 different directions (and they are both little!). This coming school year, we might not have a super-stressful day like that since soccer practice is now on the weekend, but we will still have our share of hectic nights with two kids in school (my eldest starts kindergarten in a few weeks!), activities, busy work schedules and more.
So, what do I do when there seems like no time to make dinner? I reach for the pasta. No, really. I do.
My go-to pasta is Easy Carbonara, which is a very simple pasta with bacon, eggs, parmesan and garlic. It takes just 25 minutes to whip up from start to finish. I keep bacon in my freezer, so it's super easy to chop and I never have to worry about wasting it or being pressured to use it up. Just pull it out, cut off several slices (vertically) that are about ¼ inch thick, and you are good to go.
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Another tried and true for busy nights? Rotisserie chicken. Now, the fabulous thing about rotisserie chicken? You can just pick one up at the grocery store and slice and serve. Add a quickie tossed salad, a veg and maybe some rice and it's perfect.
But rotisserie chicken can also be used to make awesome, fast dishes. One of my family's favorites is Greek Chicken Salad Sandwiches. They can be made with any cooked chicken. You whip up the simple, vinaigrette-based chicken salad and then serve it in pita halves. All in all, dinner is on the table in 15 minutes.
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What's your favorite fast dinner option?
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah's Cucina Bella.