Growing up I was lucky to have a home-cooked dinner almost every night. This didn’t happen by magic: My mom strategically balanced planning our week of meals—prepping vegetables, defrosting chickens, stockpiling pasta in the fridge—with a repertoire of quick recipes at her disposal, like stir-fries, tray bakes, and speedy soups.
Lately, I feel like I’ve been leaning heavily on those quick!-what-can-I-eat? meals. Sometimes those are scrambled eggs; other times, it’s a PB&J. But in a recent phone conversation with my mom, she reminded me that 60 minutes is more than enough time to make a satisfying dinner. You just need the right recipes in your back pocket. Below, I’ve gathered ten hearty fall dishes you could pull together in under an hour—just like Mama Macdonald.
What's your favorite speedy dinner? Don't be shy—share in the comments!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).