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May 8, 2014 08:20 PM

Your favorite 5 minute meal?

I'm sure there are threads like this in the archives, but how about some new ideas...

What is your favorite thing to make from scratch when you've got only 5-10 minutes of time?

Things I'm thinking of are:
Pasta sauces

I know leftovers and rotisserie chickens from the market are quick, but what can you do that's (mostly) homemade?

My go-to 5 minute dinners are:

-Angel hair (4 mins to al dente) tossed with butter and parm, and sometimes also with garlic and herbs or lemon


-Grilled cheese in many iterations--sometimes with veggies, spinach, basil, sundried tomatoes, balsamic, condiments, etc.

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  1. Reheated leftover rice, sesame oil, soy sauce, furikaki and a raw egg. Great breakfast.

    1. Cous cous - only takes about five minutes with boiling water (to cook), toss with olive oil and herbs - et voila

      Otherwise - scrambled eggs/omelet and toast, toasted whole wheat bagel with tuna salad, or cereal and milk (don't knock it!)

      3 Replies
      1. re: ahuva

        I would never knock cereal/milk. Probably once a month, my mother would serve us cereal for dinner after she'd had a long day at work and it always strangely hit the spot!

        I'm a daily cereal eater (breakfast) myself, and my bf will eat cereal at least twice a day.

        1. re: nothingswrong

          Cereal never fills me. I can eat the better part of a box (or a full box when I was younger) and be starving an hour after.

          1. re: jrvedivici

            Me too. In fact, I just had some about 20 minutes ago and am ready for "second breakfast."

            But sometimes a bowl of cereal after a long day is just the thing before hopping in the shower and straight to bed.

      2. Two eggs over easy with toast.

        1. This is closer to 10 minutes, but I like to finely chop a red bell pepper, mince a small clove of garlic, and sprinkle with pimenton and crushed almonds. Fry that in olive oil for a bit while you beat a couple tbsp of warm water in which you've soaked a thread of saffron into a couple of eggs. Add a little cayenne, scramble the eggs into the pepper mixture, eat, etc.

          1. Soba noodles, soy sauce, a splash of fish sauce, a pinch of red pepper flakes and scallions. I ate some for breakfast today :)