Fast Five Meals (20 Minutes or Less!) – Pinterest Board of the Month

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 1, 2013


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So I still find myself in survival mode. Jim Gaffigan says…”having a 4th kid is like you’re drowning and someone hands you a baby.” While it might not be quite that bad… sometimes it feels that way. I keep my head above water most days…and on the days that it feels like I’m being pulled under come dinner time, I turn to my list of fast five meals. My list of meals that take me less than 20 minutes to get on the table. Because that’s usually all the time that I’ve got to work with…homework, baby needs to eat, baby needs diaper change, toddler spills over a flower pot, toddler brings the hose into the house, 5 year old can’t get his shoelace un-knoted.

You get it. Come time for the hectic “witching hour” having an arsenal of these quick meals that you can almost throw onto the table is the only way anyone will get anything to eat.

The idea for Fast Five Meals will help you on ‘those days’…so just keep a list of 5 meals that your family enjoys, all of which can be made in less time than it takes to order a pizza!

Do you have a favorite meal that you can quickly throw together?

(Besides Mac n Cheese, or Spaghetti perhaps!)

Please leave a link in the comments so that we can add it to our Fast Five Meals Board.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Tina April 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm

1) HG’s Neat-O Chili-Frito Burrito WWPP=6 (

2) HG’s Cheesy Beefy Supreme Wrap WWPP=7 (

3) HG’s Cheeseburger Mashed Potato Parfaits WWPP=4 (

4) HG’s Turkey Reuben Quesadilla WWPP=5 (

5) HG’s Best BBQ Chicken Pizza WWPP=6 (

They have the WW points values because, well, I’m doing WW and it’s easy for me to menu plan this way! :) They tend to be Hungry Girl, too…her recipes are mostly quick and easy! Hope the links work (and they aren’t “private” from my BigOven account)!


Lisette April 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Dorito Salad is my FAVORITE dinner! I make a vegetarian version, but even a ground beef version is easily under 20 minutes. Yum!


Melissa April 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Here’s our favorite, Barbecued Smoked Sausage & Lima Beans

Can’t wait to check out the board!


Shirley Steiniger April 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

How do you sigh up for World Press? When I clicked on links for the five fast meals I was directed to log in to World Press…but it didn’t give a way to register?


Lisa April 2, 2013 at 7:17 am

This is our go-to rcipe. It’s fast, easy, and best of all, all 4 of my kiddos LOVE it!


Victoria April 2, 2013 at 9:48 am

1 # ground beef, cooked and drained
1 can V-8, tomato juice or stewed tomatoes (reserve 3 tbsp juice)
1 (14.5oz) can chili beans
1 (14.5oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
1/2 tbsp all purpose flour

Throw all except flour and reserved juice into a large sauce pan and heat through. Mix flour and reserved juice until no lumps remain. Add to hash, stirring continuously until sauce thickens. Serve over rice, crackers, pasta or tortilla chips.

I usually cook and freeze ground beef, so all I have to do is place the package in the frig the night before for defrosting. However, sometimes I don’t even thaw meat beforehand. I heat liquid, throw in the frozen meat with the corn and heat, stirring occassionally to breakup the meat. Takes less than 20 minutes to make.


Sue April 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Cannot access big oven…Private!


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