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4 Quick and Easy Meals That Will Satisfy Your Whole Family

Today, people are busier than ever, which means home-cooked meals are a luxury rather than the norm. However, eating out all the time or living off frozen food is expensive and unsatisfying. If you’re tired of nothing but the same old takeout or soup and sandwiches, below are four meals you can make in under 30 minutes.

Tacos

Tacos are fast, easy, and versatile. Whether you want to make them with chicken, beef, or grilled peppers and onions, tacos only require a few toppings and some chips and salsa to become a full meal. To save time, you can even buy taco kits at the supermarket pre-made, which include taco seasoning and shells for everyone.

French Bread Pizza

A French baguette loaf can be delicious on its own, but you can also transform it into a French bread pizza. Cut your baguette loaf in half, then top each one with marinara sauce and some mozzarella cheese. You can also add some pepperoni, onions, or get creative with experimental pizza toppings to create a fast and yummy at-home pizza.

Stir Fry

Stir fry is as easy as dicing up some vegetables and turning on the stove. The best part about stir fry is that it’s a delicious way to pack plenty of fresh vegetables onto your plate. Simply slice up some carrots, onion and broccoli to cook with a stir fry sauce made by mixing some sesame oil, soy sauce and honey together.

You can also add chicken or beef to your meal, though you should cook the meat separately to avoid salmonella or food poisoning. A chicken stir fry takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and cook from start to finish, even if you’re making enough to have leftovers.

Easy Mac and Cheese

Homemade macaroni and cheese might sound like it would take some serious time and finesse, but as long as you can cook pasta, you can make this meal. After you cook and drain a box of macaroni noodles, add 1 cup of whole or skim milk, then bring to a boil. Add one or two handfuls of shredded cheddar cheese, and stir until the pasta is thoroughly coated.

You may want to turn down the heat slightly as you stir to avoid having the milk scald the pan. Season with salt and pepper to enhance the taste and bring out the cheesy goodness.

Cooking at home doesn’t have to be hard or that expensive. Coming up with a weekly meal plan for the week before you head to the supermarket will help you save money, eat better and live healthier.

Tim Esterdahl

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