7 Dinners That Are Quicker (& Cheaper!) Than Ordering In

When I get home at 7:30 p.m., I don’t really feel like making an hour-long-plus, kitchen-destroying kind of dinner. And despite my best intentions to experiment with make-ahead meals, oftentimes I find myself picking up a premade salad at the grocery store or scrolling through menus on Seamless. And there’s nothing wrong with taking a break on those really rough days, but we all know that ordering in can quickly add up. So, in an effort to push myself back into the kitchen, I’ve looked for speedy, satisfying recipes that I can pull together in a tired state…and that won’t make a dent in my bank account. Here’s what’s on the menu:

Spinach, Chile, & Egg Noodle Pizza

Spinach, Chile, & Egg Noodle Pizza

by Food52

Instant noodles also make the fastest pizza crust-simply cook an egg-noodle mixture in a skillet over low heat for 20 minutes, then top it and pop it into the oven for another 10. Presto, personal pizza.

Greens-Stuffed, Cheese-Stuffed Quesadilla

Greens-Stuffed, Cheese-Stuffed Quesadilla

by Sarah Jampel

Another work of cheese alchemy from Sarah Jampel: Freckled tortillas filled with just as many sautéed greens as strings of melty cheese. If you’re lucky, it’ll pull apart in gossamer strands as soon as you bite in.

Kung Pao Potatoes

Kung Pao Potatoes

by Pat Tanumihardja

All the flavors of kung pao chicken, but starring the humble spud. The recipe takes a smart trick from our favorite, J. Kenji López-Alt-parcooking the potatoes in vinegar-spiked water to create cubes that are firm on the outside yet fluffy on the inside.

Beans & Rice Go on Spring Break

Beans & Rice Go on Spring Break

by Sarah Jampel

The beauty of this creamy mess of greens and rice (with the added heft of white beans) is that it’s hands off. Pop your pot into a 400° F oven for exactly 17 minutes and dinner is served.

Low-Key Niçoise Salad

Low-Key Niçoise Salad

by Emma Alpern

A loose interpretation of the classic French salad that begins with hard-boiling a bunch of eggs, which you probably already have in your fridge.

Linguine with Chickpeas

Linguine with Chickpeas

by Emma Laperruque

Canned chickpeas get dressed up and take on all the flavor (and none of the fuss) of linguine con le vongole.

Ruth Reichl's Diva of a Grilled Cheese

Ruth Reichl’s Diva of a Grilled Cheese

by Genius Recipes

If you’re gonna go with a grilled cheese, make sure it’s a good one. This one has the presence of a diva but will be ready for the show in 15 minutes flat.

What’s a quick dinner you whip up when you’re tired? Share tips in the comments below!

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