When you want to cook something that tastes and feels homemade, without everything that goes into it, don’t hesitate to turn to pre-made or pre-prepped ingredients. Making dinner at home doesn’t have to mean a from-scratch meal. Leaning on shortcuts on a busy weeknight can take you two-thirds of the way to dinner with little effort.
Beyond the holy rotisserie chicken, stock up on salad bar veggies, packaged slaw, canned salmon, polenta tubes, frozen potstickers, jarred sauces, and those lonely freezer leftovers you may have forgotten about. These are the solutions to real fast food.
Plan for the unplanned. Choose meals or recipes that can be easily modified and assembled. Not only will this flexibility allow for quick last-minute dinner improv, but also room for new, tasty and interesting dishes.
Be prepared and you will always be moments away from dinnertime.
The following recipes consist of multiple components that can each be made from scratch, or be assembled with purchased ingredients. Whether you choose 75% homemade, or 0%, in the end you’ll still have put together a home-prepared meal of which to feel good about.
What cooking shortcuts do you swear by? Do you batch cook and stock your freezer for later, or do you depend on helpful store-bought products to whip up quick dinners? Tell us and we’ll be sure to mention you. As always, if you have any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.