15-Minute Meals for Busy Fall Days

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Fall is notoriously busy, with its renewed school and work schedules and the beginning of so many extra-curricular activities. Shorter days seem to make it seem like there’s even fewer minutes between the end of the workday and dinnertime. Fast and convenience foods become more popular at this time of year, but I prefer to have quick from-scratch dinner ideas on hand as backup – after all, there are plenty of options far better than ordering pizza, that not only save money, but will take 15 minutes (or thereabouts) – less time than pick-up or delivery.

  • Chicken Noodle Omelet 1 of 12
    Chicken Noodle Omelet
    This brilliant combo of noodles, chicken and egg is the fastest dinner ever - and kid-friendly, too.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls 2 of 12
    Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls
    Hollow out dinner rolls and crack an egg inside; they'll cook in no time. Fancy them up with grated cheese, chopped fresh herbs, bits of ham or crumbled bacon, or whatever leftovers need using up. They're easy to make, and fun to eat!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Apples, Nuts, Cheese and Greens 3 of 12
    Apples, Nuts, Cheese and Greens
    The end of summer doesn't mean the end of salad season; assemble a quick, hearty meal in a bowl with fall apples, toasted nuts and whatever cheese you love or have on hand.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Cheesy Quesadillas 4 of 12
    Cheesy Quesadillas
    Quesadillas are as easy to make as grilled cheese - and can be stuffed with anything from leftover chicken or beef to beans, roasted veggies or sautéed mushrooms. Use up any extra cheese ends or streamline things with pre shredded cheese. Perfect for serving on the couch, or on the run!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Pesto Pasta with Peas and Cherry Tomatoes 5 of 12
    Pesto Pasta with Peas and Cherry Tomatoes
    This chunky pasta comes together in about as much time as it takes to cook the rotini noodles - toss with bottled pesto, peas and quartered fresh cherry tomatoes, and dinner's ready!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Grilled Pizza 6 of 12
    Grilled Pizza
    A hot grill cooks pizza in minutes, simulating the heat of a real pizza oven - whether you start with raw dough or a pre baked crust, it can be done in minutes, using whatever ingredients you have on hand (or love on your pizza!).
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • 10 Minute Thai Tomato Soup 7 of 12
    10 Minute Thai Tomato Soup
    A good pot of soup doesn't need to simmer for hours - this comes together quickly using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Spicy Roasted Shrimp & Broccoli 8 of 12
    Spicy Roasted Shrimp & Broccoli
    Shrimp cook quickly, especially in a hot oven alongside roasting broccoli. Roasted lemon wedges are perfect for squeezing overtop. Simple enough for a regular weeknight, and perfect when friends come over for a casual meal.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Banana Pancakes 9 of 12
    Banana Pancakes
    Do it - make pancakes for dinner. You can skip the fancy toppings and have a batch of banana pancakes on the table in no time - and your kids will love you for it.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Poached Eggs on Toast 10 of 12
    Poached Eggs on Toast
    Poached eggs are a weeknight standby in our house - if you can poach an egg you can serve it on toast, or make a salad or fried rice more substantial in minutes.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • 15 Minute Mac & Cheese 11 of 12
    15 Minute Mac & Cheese
    Ditch the box - mac & cheese from scratch comes together almost as quickly.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Apple Pie Oatmeal 12 of 12
    Apple Pie Oatmeal
    Who says oatmeal is exclusively for breakfast? Doll some up with chopped apples (they're in season) and a pinch of cinnamon, and not only will you have a fast, inexpensive and satisfying meal - your house will smell wonderful.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!

For more delicious ideas, check out Julie’s other Family Kitchen posts or visit her blog, Dinner with Julie! Join Julie on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for updates!


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