A really great way to make a quick meal is to toss together a salad. They’re fast, they’re endlessly customisable, and salads like this allow you to use cheaper, canned goods in a way that brings them back to life. However, if you’re not a fan of canned tuna, our next entry is another good alternative.
Good quality, fresh tuna barely needs to be cooked. Upscale restaurants will generally just barely touch the sides to a skillet to get a neat, thin ring of cooked tuna surrounding the beautiful pink flesh of the fish. If you’re a sushi or fish lover, this is the dish for you. And since it’s mostly assembly, it’s a breeze to make!
Spaghetti carbonara is an absolutely amazing dish once you’ve mastered it, and really the only thing to master is the timing. Once you know how long it takes to cook your pasta and your bacon, you’re pretty much an expert. Just mix everything together and you’re done. The egg, cheese, and pasta come together to make a creamy sauce and who doesn’t like bacon? Yum!
This might be the simplest recipe on this list. Take your salmon, season it, and bake it. You’re done! You can serve it with any number of sides – potatoes, vegetables, a small salad — basically whatever you have on hand that’s quick and easy. If you feel like cooking up a big batch, you can always use the leftovers as a substitute for canned tuna in salads or sandwiches.
Protip: don’t be scared to transform your leftovers into something new, like soups, casseroles, salads, or sandwiches. It’ll save you time and money while adding variety to your meals!