8 Things To Make When You Don't Have Time To Cook

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We talk about not having time to cook a lot. But, the underlying problem is more about recipes that take forever to prep or have to be simmered away for hours. If something is actually doable in 30 minutes or less, we could probably find that extra half hour. We all have our go-to recipe like that — one that's quick, easy, and doesn't really require cooking. After we've exhausted that back-pocket fave, though, we're back to having to figure out what to make and not having enough hours in the day to spend actual time in the kitchen.
To help solve this conundrum, we came up with eight quick meal ideas for our rolodex. Make them when you absolutely don't have time to cook and then feel like a BOSS when you end up with a cheap, healthy, homemade dish.
Ahead, find eight 15-minute recipes (they're really more like guidelines) for what to make when you're super busy, have no clue what to eat, and don't want to end up slurping down a dinnertime bowl of cereal for the third time this week.

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