Everyone has his or her trusty recipe to lean on in a pinch. Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished chef, there are certain realities about life that often leave little time for elaborate meal preparation. Quick cooking with little prep time is the name of the game when you are just trying to get dinner on the table without pulling up to the drive-thru window.Try mastering some of our favorite dinnertime dishes that can be customized to your taste. Make hearty chili recipes, quick pasta dishes, or tacos. Grilling outside can minimize kitchen clean-up, which everyone appreciates.
Here are our picks for quick dinner ideas that you can customize to your taste.
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Try different takes on this classic quick dinner idea by swapping out the traditional beef patty for salmon, tuna, turkey, or bison.
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Try traditional Bolognese, pasta alla norma, or carbonara. Make any recipe gluten-free by swapping the durum wheat brand with your favorite gluten-free one. Pasta is a comforting and filling quick dinner idea after a long day at work.
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Try topping your pizza with fresh vegetables from the farmers market, or add barbecue chicken for a heartier take on this quick dinner idea.
Try a white bean vegetarian chili or spicy chicken stew that you can eat all week or freeze for later.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.