Everyone has days where getting dinner on the table seems nearly impossible. Mondays and Wednesdays are like that for me. On Mondays, I have massive amounts of work due every week, and I spend my days scrambling to keep up. The thought of making dinner is enough to make me a little crazy ... so I always plan a quick and easy dinner recipe for that day.
On Wednesday, my two preschool-aged kids go to school at different times, and then we have soccer practice ... I spend my day running from one school to another to the field to home - all while working from home too. It's a lot to fit into a day, and another perfect day for a quick and easy dinner recipe.
The other day, we talked about simple chicken recipes
. Many of those recipes are fabulous for when you are short on time and need to get dinner on the table. But chicken isn't the only way to go when you need fast dinner ideas.
The key to making anything when you are short on time is planning: If you know that a certain day is going to be really hectic, plan a simple dinner that can be prepared quickly and easily. Then, shop ahead for all the ingredients. When everything is on-hand and ready to go, then you won't feel so harried while getting dinner on the table.
Need some fast dinner recipes? Check out these great ideas:
Pasta is my most-used go-to for a quick and easy dinner recipe. Many pastas can be whipped up in under 30 minutes, even with a fresh sauce, making it a fantastic, fabulous dinner for nights when it needs to be uber-fast.
Here are some fast dinner recipes for pasta:
Pasta is quick and easy, but you needn't limit yourself when looking for a quick dinner recipe. While you may not associate beef with fast dinners, it can be made quickly when using the right cut and cooking method.
Here are some fast dinner recipes for beef:
When it comes to fast dinner ideas, fish is a favorite of mine. Though my husband doesn't eat it, my kids and I do. I love that we can have a healthy, belly-filling fish dinner in no time.
Here are some fast dinner recipes for fish:
Looking for vegetarian options? There are so many of those ... vegetarian is a great way to go on really busy nights.
Here are some vegetarian fast dinner recipes:
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger. Find her online at Sarah's Cucina Bella.