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15 Tips for Fast Weeknight Meals

These Smoky Black Bean Burritos make excellent use of the go-to ingredients in a well-stocked pantry.

These Smoky Black Bean Burritos make excellent use of the go-to ingredients in a well-stocked pantry.

By Fine Cooking Editors, editor

September 1st, 2012

Need a few tricks for making the dinner hour feel less like rush hour? From simple things like prepping the night before to getting creative with leftovers to stocking your pantry with the right ingredients, our tips-and the recipes that put them into practice-will help you pull together satisfying dinners for the whole family in record time.

Plan Ahead

Got more time to cook on the weekend? Use it to make dishes that can be used in multiple recipes, whether it's a big cut of meat (see Embrace the Leftover, page 2) or a small element that packs a lot of flavor-like the caramelized onions below that can be used a million different ways. What about when your weekend is just as packed as the weekdays? Take just 20 minutes or so to inventory your fridge and plan out your meals for the week-it lets you identify small do-ahead steps that you can knock out in advance, like making a marinade the night before so you can pop in a cut of meat in the morning, or prepping several days of salad greens at once.

Caramelized Onions Red Wine and Coffee Marinade Spicy Mexican Marinade
Caramelized Onions   Red Wine and Coffee Marinade   Spicy Mexican Marinade

 

Mixed Green Salad with Grilled Scallions, Mango, and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette Mixed Green Salad with Olives, Serrano Ham, and Sherry Vinaigrette Mixed Green Salad with Nectarines and Gorgonzola
Mixed Green Salad with Grilled Scallions, Mango, and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette   Mixed Green Salad with Olives, Serrano Ham, and Sherry Vinaigrette   Mixed Green Salad with Nectarines and Gorgonzola

 

Think Thin. . .and Small

You can't roast a chicken in 20 minutes, but you can sauté some chicken cutlets or grill small, skewered chunks of chicken. Look to recipes that have you cut your meat (and veggies) into small cubes or thin slices (or consider tweaking recipes that don't), and save those thick bone-in cuts for the weekend. In a similar vein, author Domenica Marchetti's fresh tomato sauce is ready for saucing your favorite pasta in as little as 30 minutes. The secret? Cherry tomatoes, which cook down much faster than Romas.

Quick-Roasted Winter Vegetables Fresh Tomato Sauce with Herbs & Olives Sautéed Chicken with Sherry & Olive Pan Sauce & Toasted Almonds
Quick-Roasted Winter Vegetables   Fresh Tomato Sauce with Herbs & Olives   Sautéed Chicken with Sherry & Olive Pan Sauce & Toasted Almonds

 

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Triniruth writes: From early on in our marriage I used a weekly menu plan, it not only helps plan your meals, but also helps with your food budget and wastage. We roast a lot as we have an oven with a timer. Prepare a whole chicken with carrots & potatoes, onions and mushrooms in advance, set the timer and it's ready when you get home. Fish is also a good protein that can be cooked fairly quickly. Posted: 6:34 pm on September 17th

Rootietoot1965 writes: 2 of my favorite go-to ingredients are coconut milk and those little cans of Thai curry paste. 2 cans of the milk,a can of curry paste, chicken tenderloins, carrots, and potatoes- and you have a lovely curry dinner in about 15 minutes. Posted: 12:30 pm on September 4th

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