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7 Emergency Dinners for When You Don't Have Time to Cook

Sometimes, there is just not enough time - no time to shop for specialty ingredients, no time for elaborate prep, and definitely no time to wait for the oven to heat. Thankfully, there's always a quick fix. Here are some great quick and tasty meals that anyone can make in less than 15 minutes.

1. Asian Beef with Snow Peas

Keep the ingredients for this super-fast dish in your pantry and freezer, and you'll have a delicious dinner on the table in no time. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make.

 Asian Beef with Snow Peas

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

2. Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

You just might make a fish-lover out of your picky eater with this one. Tender tilapia is broiled with a creamy, cheesy coating.


Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Photo by Dianne

3. Vegetarian Chickpea Tacos

These quick and healthy meatless tacos come together in minutes thanks to canned chickpeas and taco seasoning. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese for an easy meal.

Vegetarian Chickpea Tacos

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

4. Sicilian Spaghetti

How do you make simple boiled pasta taste amazing? Of course, the Italians have the answer. Once you try this recipe, you'll be hooked.


Sicilian Spaghetti

Photo by Buckwheat Queen


5. Waffle Pizza

Your waffle maker can make pizza too. Simply use store-bought pizza dough, red sauce, and cheese to make a piping hot, crispy pizza.


Waffle Pizza

Photo by TheWickedNoodle

6. Linguine with White Clam Sauce II

This easy but satisfying dinner qualifies as the perfect pantry meal. Keep dried pasta and canned clams on hand and you'll have a go-to recipe you can always count on.


7. Mexi-Chicken Avocado Cups

In a mere 10 minutes you can serve up these zesty chicken avocado cups. The recipe calls for canned chicken, but you can use leftover chicken as well.

Mexi-Chicken Avocado Cups

Photo by bd.weld

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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at