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3 Perfect Last-Minute Meals

By Augusta Neal 9.10.14

It’s a weeknight in America. You’re tired, the kids are hungry, and your husband seemingly hasn’t blinked during the last two hours of Sport’s Center. Don’t give in to ordering pizza just yet — consider these last-minute meals that you can spend more time eating than making.

 Tapas plate (serves 4) 

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 1 can mixed olives
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • Crispy, assorted crackers
  • ¼ pound prosciutto
  • ½ pound manchego cheese
  • 2 cucumbers

Combine the chickpeas, scallions, oil, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Serve the marinated chickpeas with the sliced cheese, olives, ham, cucumbers, and crackers. Celebrate plating this meal in 10 minutes or less with a little sparkling grape juice.

Turkey wrap (serves 4) 

  • 1 package pita wraps
  • 5 ounces baby spinach, rinsed and dried
  • 1 pound thinly sliced deli turkey breast
  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • 2 avocados
  • Chips (if desired)
  • Carrot sticks (if desired)

On the bottom half of the pita wrap, pile on spinach, two slices turkey breast, ranch, and avocado. Starting with the filled side of the wrap, roll up gently but tightly, tucking in the sides halfway through. Cut wrap diagonally. Serve with chips if desired (or swap for carrot sticks for a healthier crunch).

Buffalo Chicken Pizza (Serves 4)

  • 2 cups shredded chicken, precookied
  • ½ cup buffalo hot sauce
  • 1 16-ounce prebaked pizza crust
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a pan with vegetable cooking spray, and place crust on top. Spread sauce over crust, and layer next three ingredients. Bake for 5 minutes; rotate pizza, and bake another 5 minutes.

Since you’re going to save time on dinner, why not make the next day’s snack? Check out this homemade fruit roll ups recipe!