With the right ingredients, weeknight dinners can be whipped up in 35 minutes or less. Pantry staples like canned beans, tomato soup, and salsa can save you some time, and also give your dinners an instant flavor boost. Here are 10 of our favorite time-saving ingredients and some versatile recipes to make with them.
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Canned Beans
- Package of Mirepoix from Trader Joe’s
- Frozen Naan Bread
- Tomato Soup
- Package of Coleslaw Mix
- Frozen Peas
- Canned Tuna
White Bean Chicken Chili | Ready in 35 mins
Canned beans and rotisserie chicken make a fast and tasty chili that couldn’t be simpler to put together.
Unsloppy Joes | Ready in 30 mins
Save yourself about 10 minutes of chopping by using store-bought mirepoix for this recipe. Kidney beans are also a quick way to add some protein to your family dinner.
Mediterranean Pesto Pizza | Ready in 16 minutes
When you feel like homemade pizza, but just don’t have the time to make one, naan bread and store-bought pesto make a surprisingly quick and delicious pizza.
Pesto Pasta Caprese Salad | Ready in 20 minutes
Pesto is such a great ingredient to have on hand. Stir it into pasta with some fresh tomatoes and mozzarella for a quick and tasty pasta dinner.
Pasta with Peas and Sausage | Ready in 25 minutes
Another great way to cook pasta is to add some quick cooking sausage meat and frozen peas. These little green gems are great to have on hand and add a touch of freshness to any meal.
American Chop Suey | Ready in 30 minutes
Instead of slaving over an elaborate marinara sauce, add some store-bought tomato soup to your ground beef for an instant flavorsome sauce.
Weeknight Crack Slaw | Ready in 25 minutes
This low-carb stir-fry comes together in minutes thanks to a package of coleslaw mix.
Cilantro Garlic Lime Sauteed Shrimp | Ready in 25 minutes
A few cups of salsa add a spicy kick to this Mexican-inspired shrimp dish.
Quick and Easy Tuna Casserole | Ready in 30 minutes
Canned tuna, frozen peas, and a can of soup are just three little shortcuts to make this comfort food classic much easier to make.
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