10-Minute meals for when you gotta cook & run (or run & cook)

April 15, 2010

Couscous with tomatoes, feta, cucumbers

Thirty minute meals are great—necessary, even!—but sometimes you have to whip up dinner even faster. Sometimes, you’ve only got 10 minutes to get food on the table. Maybe you need to make something that the sitter can feed the kids while you’re on a hot date. Or maybe you’ve come home late from work or the playground. Whether you’ve got to cook and run, or you’ve run home to cook, these healthy, 10-minute meal ideas will save the day.

  • Smear fish fillets with mayonnaise and cover with chopped herbs. I like a mix of dill, tarragon and parsley, but any herb(s) will do. Broil until opaque. Serve with lemon wedges.
  • Toss couscous (which takes all of 5 minutes to prep) with chopped cucumber, cherry tomatoes, pitted olives, canned chickpeas and feta. Drizzle with good olive oil or vinaigrette.
  • Prep your favorite quick-cook veggies and throw in a quesadilla that’ll cook up in 5 minutes on the stove top. My favorite combo? Fresh avocado, sweet potato (cooked in the microwave) and spinach (a small handful washed and “chopped” using kitchen shears; it’ll cook while the cheese melts).
  • Scramble your favorite quick-cooked veggies with eggs. You can also throw in some cheese and maybe even ham or sausage for good measure!
  • Brush slices of good, crusty bread with olive oil and toast. In the meantime, toss canned tuna (Italian style in olive oil is best) with canned white beans and, if you like, red onion. Dress with salt, pepper, olive oil and red wine vinegar. Top toast with tuna and white beans.
  • Saute onions, a can of black beans and frozen corn. Fill warmed corn tortillas with the beans and veggies and sprinkle with cheese. I like monterey jack or feta.
  • Top a pile of hummus with chopped tomatoes, cucumber, red peppers and feta cheese. If you have it, add leftover chicken, pitted kalamata olives and/or sun dried tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Serve with warmed pita.

Kids change the way we cook, but they don’t have to change the way we eat. Read more of Stacie‘s family-friendly recipes and tips at One Hungry Mama.