Emergency 30-Minute Meals

Part of the 30-Minute Meals For Dummies

If you’re in a time crunch to get dinner on the table, relax and check out these ideas for making a quick and delicious 30-minute meal:

  • Tostada tower: Layer a crisp, fried corn tortilla; precooked Mexican seasoned ground beef; another tortilla; shredded cheddar cheese; and a third tortilla. Heat in the oven and top with sour cream and guacamole. Serve with deli coleslaw on the side.

  • Nacho egg omelet: Melt a little butter in a large skillet and pour in 2 beaten eggs per serving. When the eggs are almost set, spoon condensed canned nacho soup on half the omelet. Fold the egg mixture in half and finish cooking. Serve with warm flour tortillas and a salad of sliced tomatoes with bottled balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

  • Italian antipasto salad: Dump a package of gourmet salad mix into a large bowl. Add a jar of drained, marinated artichoke hearts; 2 or 3 diced, hard-cooked eggs; a few olives; diced Provolone cheese; and your favorite dressing. Toss and accompany with bread sticks.

  • Mighty minestrone: Pour a couple of cans of minestrone soup into a large saucepan. Add a can of zucchini with tomato sauce and 1 cup diced salami or kielbasa. Simmer until hot. Sprinkle each serving with grated Parmesan cheese and serve with garlic bread.

  • Super bowl: Hollow out round sourdough rolls and fill with canned chili or French onion soup that you heated to serving temperature. Place the rolls on a baking sheet. Sprinkle shredded Monterey Jack cheese over each roll and heat in the oven until the cheese melts. Serve with baby carrots.

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