3 Rules for Getting Dinner on the Table — Fast


Pull together the meal at the end of every day even faster by practicing these simple rules.


Rule #1: Preheat the oven or bring a pot of water to a boil the minute you walk in the door. Cooking a no-fuss dinner like pasta still requires bringing a large pot of water to a boil, and any meal requiring the oven will set you back at least 15 minutes for preheating. Increase the time it takes to settle back in at home by getting a head start on dinner.

Rule #2: Use fewer ingredients. Strip your favorite recipes and dinner ideas bare to prepare the fastest versions of them. Cut back on spices or herbs, and remove any unnecessary flavor indulgences like toasting nuts or blanching vegetables.

Rule #3: Recruit your household. Delegate tasks such as setting the table, putting out drinks or even just stirring a pot occasionally so you’re free to continue with making dinner.

Weeknight Dinners in 25 Minutes or Less