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10 Meals You Can Prepare In 10 Minutes
With all that we have to do in a day, spending a lot of time in the kitchen is probably the last thing you want to do at the end of it. But the family has to eat and so do you. Check out these easy recipes that require only 10 minutes or less of prep time. All of the recipes can easily be modified to suit your taste and dietary requirements. Here’s a little hint to save yourself even more time: wherever recipes call for chopped vegetables, either buy them already chopped or chop them the night before yourself.
1. BEEF AND BEAN BAKE
There’s no baking involved, although you could bake this meal if you want the flavors to really come together. I use the stovetop because my kids are not interested in whether or not the flavors have had time to develop. You will need:
- ½ lb ground round
- ½ cup chopped onions
- 1 can pork and beans, undrained
- 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can pinto beans, drained
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup barbecue sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled (optional)
Cook beef and onion together until the beef is brown and crumbled. Put beef mixture and the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan. Stir well and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
2. QUICK FRIED RICE
Fried rice is such a great meal because it can be as simple or as complex as you like. It’s also easy to adapt to your family’s taste. You can substitute or add ingredients. Sometimes I add cooked shrimp, shredded chicken, or cooked beef strips.
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 block tofu, cubed
- 2 cups cooked rice, white or brown
- 2 handfuls bok choy, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
- 4 scallions, sliced into rounds
- 2 T soy sauce
- 1 T rice wine vinegar
- 1/2-inch freshly grated ginger (optional)
- 2-3 cloves minced garlic (optional)
- sesame oil (optional)
Scramble the eggs. Set them aside in a clean dish.
Using the same pan in which you scrambled the eggs, add a teaspoon of oil and set the heat to medium-high. Sear the tofu on all sides until it’s golden-brown on all sides. Remove the tofu from the heat and set it aside in a clean dish.
Add another teaspoon of oil to the pan and stir in the rice. Make sure all the grains of rice are coated with oil. Let it cook until the rice begins to brown.
Add soy sauce and rice wine vinegar (if you’re using it, add the ginger and garlic) and stir. Add the bok choy and cook until the leaves are wilted. Add the mixed vegetables, cook until warm. Stir in the eggs, tofu, and scallions.
Add more soy sauce and rice wine vinegar to taste. If you’re using sesame oil, add it here.
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3. EGG MUFFINS
Breakfast for dinner is different and adds a little novelty to meal times. You can’t get much easier than this recipe.
- 6 eggs (or egg substitute)
- cooked spinach (or other vegetables of your choice)
- finely shredded cheddar cheese
- cooked meat such as chicken, crumbled sausage, shrimp etc. (last night’s leftovers work well!)
Beat eggs together. Add the rest of the ingredients in whatever amounts you like. Pour into a greased muffin pan. Fill it a little more than half way. Bake for 375 degrees for 30 minutes. If you have leftovers or make extra, the egg muffins are easy to warm up for breakfast on the go the next day.
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4. BARBECUE CHICKEN SANDWICHES
Mix cooked and shredded chicken with your favorite barbecue sauce. Heat it in the microwave until it’s warm, not hot. Serve on split rolls or hamburger buns. Alternately, you can heat over the stovetop adding onions, jalapeños, red or green peppers or even black beans or corn.
5. PIZZA IN A FLASH
Cut French bread into slices. Top it with pizza sauce (I use spaghetti sauce) and crumbled sausage, beef or ham. Add other pizza toppings you like such as mushrooms or green peppers. Sprinkle cheese on top along with desired seasonings. Broil until cheese is bubbly.
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6. BRUSCHETTA CHICKEN BAKE
I have cut up and cooked my own chicken with this recipe, but most times I use either canned or refrigerated cooked chicken.
- 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 package stuffing mix
- ½ cup water
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Mix tomatoes, stuffing mix, water, and garlic until stuffing mix is moistened.
Layer chicken, cheese, and stuffing mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
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7. TUNA WRAPS
Tuna sandwiches can be a bit boring. A wrap is a tasty twist that’s easy to hold and carry. Try this recipe to bring some fun to the dinner table.
- 2 cans (6 oz. each) tuna, drained, flaked
- ½ cup chopped celery and onion
- ¼ cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip salad dressing
- ¼ cup chopped red pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 8 large lettuce leaves, shredded
- 4 12-inch flour tortillas
Mix all the ingredients together, except the tortillas. Spread the mixture on the tortillas. Roll up.
8. CHICKEN AND BLACK BEAN TACOS
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 1 12.5-ounce can cooked chicken
- 1 t cumin
- 1 t chili powder
- 1 T lime juice or white vinegar
- 1 package small soft taco tortillas
- taco toppings such as shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, diced onions, shredded cheese
Mix black beans, chicken, cumin, chili powder, lime juice or vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave about 3 minutes. Serve on tortillas with your favorite toppings; like different cheeses, sour cream, salsa or homemade guacamole .
1 large avocado diced
1 small tomato diced
1/8 cup red onion (or to taste)
lime juice to taste
sea salt to taste
Mash avocados to desired consistency. Mix all other ingredients into avocado mixture.
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9. CHICKEN AND VEGETABLES
Chicken breasts with a side of vegetables is a frequent stand-by at my house. It’s easy and healthy. I try to keep it interesting by using different, seasonal vegetables and either grilling or baking the chicken. I even try different herbs and spices on the chicken.
10. MICROWAVE MAC AND CHEESE
Forget that mac and cheese from a box. You can do this recipe in about 5 minutes and the results taste much better.
- ½ pound cooked pasta of your choice
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¾ t kosher salt
- ½ t freshly ground black pepper
Mix all the ingredients together in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Lightly cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave for an additional 2 minutes. Stir until creamy and smooth.
We’re always looking for new ideas. What are your quick and easy 10-minute meals? Share in the comments section.
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Alexis Trass Walker lives in Gary, Indiana, with her husband and four children. She is a stay at home mom and writer who loves all things chocolate. After years of shyness, she is a recovering wallflower who understands that a smile goes a long way. Read more about Alexis on her blog, lilliebelle.org or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.