Sometimes, even dedicated home cooks find themselves completely pressed for time. I happen to be that person right now, actually! I'm trying to resist the lure of the drive-through and actually follow a healthy diet, but with everything else I have to do (and want to do) that can be tough. Here are some of my mainstays when even "30 minutes or less" recipes aren't fast enough:
Rotisserie chicken. They're healthy if you strip off the salty and fatty skin, and are inexpensive and delicious. I steam some veggies and make a quick starch for my son the picky eater, and dinner's on in like 10 minutes.
Nuke some rice: I love those little packages of frozen brown rice. They're much more expensive than boiling your own, but when I'm up against a time crunch, they're great recipe starters or sides.
Pasta dinner: When I am truly desperate, I boil some pasta, throw in some vegetables a few minutes before it's done cooking and toss the whole thing with olive oil and Parmesan. If my husband's on duty, he'll mix in tomato sauce for him and the kids (I hate tomato sauce, which I know is weird).
What are your time-crunch shortcuts?