I have two go-to meals that I can make in a jiffy when I’m short on time and I still think they taste pretty good.
One is a black bean and cheese quesadilla with a little dollop of sour cream on the side. And the other is a can of tuna fish with mayo, Crystal hot sauce, and a diced hard-boiled egg all mixed in.
Boom! Feel free to use those, brothers and sisters.
AskReddit users shared their favorite quick and easy meals.
Hopefully you’ll get some good ideas!
“Oatmeal with a nut butter mixed in while it’s still hot .
Add fruit/crushed nuts too!
“A very simple recipe my grandma prepared for me when I was a kid.
It’s basically scrambled eggs…but before adding the egg she would cook sweetcorn (from a can) with a little bit of butter, add the eggs and then when the eggs were almost ready, add small cubes of cheese and cook for a minute or until the cheese start to melt(she was using fontal, but any swiss or white cheddar will do). Just a little black pepper and salt.
Takes 5 minutes to do but it’s absolutely delicious, fill you up, not so unhealthy and I feel my late grandma with me.
I tried variations with chives or spring onions, paprika or other stuff. Still good but nothing as good as a simple “uova strapazzate con mais e formaggio”.”
“Naan bread and a tub of hummus.
Hummus is such an underrated food. It goes well with a lot of veggies and breads and chips or heck even cheese.
All the time I hear hummus being listed as one of those weird, gross foods when its actually an amazing snack, or a meal if done correctly.
It’s not really unhealthy, either, especially if eaten with veggies (celery and carrots go great with hummus).”
“Tomato soup and add tortellini.
I like the spinach ones from Trader Joe’s and progreso creamy tomato with basil.
It really makes a decent meal.”
“Microwave dumpling soup.
Pick a broth, add (insert Asian dumpling here; mandu are good, but gyoza or wonton work too), add a fistful of fresh greens (spinach, arugula, cabbage, literally whatever you have on hand). Add hot sauce if you want it, a splash of soy if you have it, whatever you like in your broth.
Microwave three minutes; beat an egg while you do. Remove the soup from the microwave and drizzle in the egg very slowly. Congrats, you’ve hit most major dietary requirements and made a satisfying meal that’s as filling as you want it to be.
Peak tier for me is beef broth, a splash of dashi, a splash of soy sauce, a splash of mirin, a big spoon of sambal olek, about four or five mid-sized Chinese beef and vegetable dumplings, a fistful of baby spinach, and an egg.
Sometimes you have to microwave again for a minute if the egg ribbons don’t set.”
“I like to buy a rotisserie chicken and use it for a lot of things…I probably make Quesadillas 2-3 times a week. A little roast chicken and salsa to your cheese quesadilla and you have a real meal in the same amount of time.
The trick is to use butter in the pan and to cook it on medium-low until the insides get melty, and then raise the heat to medium and get your desired tortilla crispness.”
“Butter slice of toast
Rip circle shaped hole in middle of toast
Put toast in frying pan
Crack egg and put in the hole
Flip it after a bit
Eat “birds in the nest”.”
“Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Put tomato soup can in pot on low.
Add in equal amount of milk to soup(1 can of soup= 1 soup can of milk).
Cook grilled cheese as desired and enjoy!”
“Ramen, picante beef hopefully, and several big drops of sesame oil.
Save some of the noodles w/o cooking them and sprinkle them on top.”
“The high protein campbells soups with some buttered toast is a great hot meal ready in 3 min though.
Or oatmeal made with milk and peanut butter.
OR, budget allowing, cottage cheese/yogurt with fruit and toppings, yum.”
I once read a food critic saying that professional chefs all think that tuna and cheese should never ever go together but if you sit in a diner late at night when all the chefs have long finished service and had a few drinks, they’re all eating tuna melts.
It’s the ultimate sandwich for me.”
“San Choy Bao
Get some pork mince (or beef) crumble it into a hot wok with either vegetable oil or sesame oil and let it stir fry.
Meanwhile chop a red onion, a chili and some peanuts if you have them add them to the wok and continue to cook, mix in some soy sauce or oyster sauce or hosin sauce, whatever you have.
And then eat in lettuce leafs
It might take more than 5 minutes, but won’t take more than 6-7 minutes and its a bloody good meal, you want it to be fairly crunchy so dont need to worry too much about cooking out the onion and pork mince cooks very quickly.
Its my go too meal if i get back late from work.”
“3 bread slice club sandwich.
It makes me so happy.
I do salami, Turkey, ham 2 slices of cheddar cheese, mayo on all 3 slices, shredded lettuce and pepper.”
“Sharp cheddar in a sourdough sandwich, microwaved to warm the bread and just start the cheese melting.
Eaten over the sink. Why waste a plate?”
“Ramen and an egg, but not the traditional way.
Boil roughly half an inch of water (we want just enough water to boil the noodles, with very little water left over when it’s done boiling)
Smash up the ramen noodles, while still in the package (optional but cooks MUCH faster)
Open the package and remove the seasoning
Dump the noodles in
While boiling, crack an egg and whisk in a small bowl
Noodles should be done and almost all the water should be gone, if not strain out some.
Remove from the heat.
Slowly pour in the egg while mixing very quickly, try not to let the egg touch the pan.
Mix as much of the seasoning packet as you like (I prefer 1/2 – 3/4 because I usually add a salty component at the end.)
Add to bowl and top with some chives, thinly sliced, ripped up ham/salami and/or parsley. Leftover bacon or pancetta are fantastic crunchy components to dial up the texture.”
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