We all have those days when life is hectic and tiring, or maybe the weather is just so gorgeous, that the last thing we want to do is spend time in the kitchen at the end of the day. It can get us dialing takeout or making unhealthy dinner choices as soon as we walk in the door, because the last thing we want to think about is what to make for dinner.
The meal ideas I’m sharing today are for those kinds of days. They’re quicker then takeout and tasty to boot, so everyone can be excited about dinner and you’ll find yourself lounging outside, or on the couch, in no time.
If you keep some of these ideas on hand at all times you will always have a filling and satisfying dinner, no matter the day.
1. Breakfast Bagels
Toast some bagels and sandwich them with fried eggs, sliced ham and cheese. You can even throw in some greens such as arugula or spinach.
Use this pre-made baking mix and you’ll have pancakes on the table in no time. Top with peanut butter or sliced fruit to make them more nutritious.
3. Tuna Salad Sandwich
Mix a can or two of tuna with mayonnaise, dill weed, green onions and salt and pepper. Serve on bread or rolls with cheese, lettuce and pickles.
4. Egg and Ham Burrito
Cook some scrambled some eggs and throw in some chopped ham. Roll them up in tortillas with sour cream, salsa and cheese. Add some veggies if you’ve got them on hand.
5. Pizza Bread
Split french bread or buns in half. Top with pizza sauce, ham or pepperoni (or other desired pizza topping) and cheese. Sprinkle with dried or fresh herbs such as oregano, basil or parsley. Broil until cheese is bubbly.
6. Black Bean Taco Salad
Mix together salad greens with black beans, corn, cheese, olives, baked tortilla chips and chopped bell peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Top with southwester ranch dressing or salsa and sour cream.
7. Quick Calzones
Mix together your favourite pizza toppings with some pizza sauce and cheese. Stuff the mixture into split pita bread. Grill or broil the pita’s until cheese is melted and filling is heated through, flipping partway through.
Whisk a couple of eggs together before pouring into a greased hot skillet. Allow to cook, lifting edges so uncooked egg can flow underneath. Once egg is almost set, top with cheese, veggies and meat. Fold the omelet in half and allow to cook until cheese is melted and eggs are set.
9. Greek Salad with Garbanzo Beans
Mix together salad greens with cherry tomatoes, olives, feta, cucumber slices and garbanzo beans (chickpeas). Season with salt and pepper. Top with Greek dressing.
10. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Toss cooked and shredded chicken with barbecue sauce. Heat through, just to warm. Serve on split rolls with with cheese, onions, or other desired toppings.
To round out any of these meals add a simple salad, carrot and celery sticks, fruit or bread.
More Ideas for No-Fuss Dinners:
- Ten Guilt-Free Non-Suppers
- 7 Do-Ahead Dinners
- Warmer Weather Batch Cooking
- More Warm Weather Batch Cooking
What are your go-to ten-minute meals?
All photos by Cheri Neufeld.