5 Ways You Can Make Dinner Even When You Don’t Have Time to Make Dinner

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Perfect quick fixes for busy weeknights
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There’s always time for a homemade meal.

Top with an egg. Turn almost any side dish, soup, or vegetable into a full meal with the addition of a few fried eggs.

Top with an egg
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Prepare ahead. Some preparation over the weekend can lead to a full week of home-cooked meals, each ready in just a few minutes.

Prepare ahead
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Oven roasted. Roast chopped vegetables, potatoes, and a protein all at the same time for a full meal that utilizes only one sheet tray. Roasting allows you to multi-task while the food cooks, plus, you’ll save time on the kitchen clean-up with this one-pan method.

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Semi-homemade. Use store-bought products like phyllo dough and puff pastry to make your life easier in the kitchen.

Semi-homemade
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Salads. Raw salads are the ultimate quick meal. No time needed to cook — just chop some vegetables and whisk up a simple vinaigrette with whatever oil and acid (think lemon juice, orange juice, or vinegar) you have on hand, and then you’ll be ready to go.

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Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal and is the self-proclaimed queen of quick meals. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.