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5-Minute Dinners (Yes, Really) Anyone Can Make

posted: 10/22/15
by: Katie Morton

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Curtis makes a quick brunch with eggs, ham, spinach, and tortillas.

At the end of a long day, you might dread the question, "What's for dinner?" For those nights when you're on the run, an express meal at the nearest drive-through seems like your only option.

Don't cave in! Here are five healthy, hearty meals you can make in your own kitchen for less time than it takes to say, "Supersize it!"

1. Brinner

Breakfast for dinner...sure, why not? Seasoned chefs will tell you there's nothing more versatile than the humble egg. Fry one egg to desired doneness while you toast an English muffin. Spread some cream cheese, pesto, or your favorite mayo--sriracha's always a hit--on the muffins. If you want a more "adult" dinner, add a few pieces of spinach, sliced tomato, and avocado. Voila, you're got a much healthier sandwich in less time than it takes to order a burger.

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2. One-pan wonder

Do you have leftover rotisserie chicken or steak? Perfect--slice either (or both!) into thin slices and toss into a hot pan with some crushed garlic and a generous glug of olive oil. Heat on high for three minutes. After three minutes, add in a handful of fresh spinach or kale. Once the leaves start to wilt, it's done. Serve with a piece of toasted crusty bread for a protein-packed meal that only uses one pan.

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3. Instant fiesta

Fall calls for full flavor, and nothing warms up a frosty night like Mexican spice! Fill a fresh tortilla with beans--refried, black, or pinto all work well--then layer with sliced red onion and sprigs of cilantro. Roll up the tortilla, then cover with jarred enchilada sauce and sprinkled grated cheddar cheese. Pop it under the broiler for a few minutes. When it's heated through, sliced jalapenos and extra hot sauce on top kick up the heat. This meal is absolutely faster than the Taco Bell counter!

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4. Fresh and healthy

This salmon is restaurant-meal worthy but easy enough for weeknights (as long as you can spare a few minutes to pick up a salmon steak). Heat a pan over medium-high heat and lightly coat with olive oil. Season your salmon filet with spices of your choice, or keep it simple with salt and pepper. Sear the salmon skin side down, flip once it is opaque. For a light meal, serve with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and sliced citrus fruit, or keep it simple with a green side salad.

5. Vegetarian delight

Black beans + frozen broccoli + frozen brown rice = a no-fuss dinner in less than five. Kick it up with teriyaki sauce, sauted leftover veggies, or even pineapple chunks for a simple, speedy meal. And in you're not into the veggie thing, then top your meal with rotisserie chicken slices.

What are you waiting for? It's time to put on that apron! In less time that it takes you read this article, you can have a healthy, filling dinner on your plate. Bon appetit!