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6 last-minute dinner recipes

Don't know what to make for dinner? No problem! Here are some quick recipes to help ease dinnertime stress.

By Ceri Marsh and Laura Keogh

6 last-minute dinner recipes

6 last-minute dinner recipes

Sweet Potato Chronicles say...

What are you making for dinner tonight? What’s that, you don’t have a plan? Oh, dear… (shakes head sadly).

Just kidding—me neither! For real. You think having a full-time food blog is any kind of guarantee against meal-time disorganization? Not a chance. But that’s OK because I have a back pocket full of recipes we like to use for "The Lightning Round."

You know. For those days when traffic was ridic, your kid refused to leave the playground in a timely fashion, or you just couldn’t decide until 5:45 what dinner was going to be.

I promise, these are easy and so, so fast to put together.

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Shrimp and Polenta

A bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer is a lifesaver. This easy yet elegant dish comes together in 30 minutes.

Get the recipe here: Shrimp and Polenta>
 

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Eggs, asparagus and cous cous

In a dinnertime bind? Always think eggs. Nothing is quicker than this light and comforting meal.

Get the recipes here:  Eggs, asparagus and cous cous

6 last-minute dinner recipesPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Parmesan Tilapia

Even fish-fearing kids can warm up to the mild flavour of tilapia. This quickie dinner is light and creamy with just a little zing of lemon.

Get the recipe here: Parmesan Tilapia>
 

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Fresh Tomato Pasta

Give the people what they want: pasta! This dinner comes together in the time it takes to boil water and cook your noodles.

Get the recipe here:  Fresh Tomato Pasta>

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Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli with Soba Noodles

If you buy peeled and de-veined shrimp (and why wouldn’t you?) this nice, light alternative to a plain, old pasta dinner will be on the table in less than half an hour. Plus, if you’ve never roasted broccoli, you’re in for a treat.

Get the recipe here: Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli with Soba Noodles>

6 last-minute dinner recipesPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a zesty tomato sauce topped with poached eggs and a crumble of feta. It’s so delicious, plus fun to say!

Get the recipe here: Shakshuka>

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Sundays are usually when we actually have time to cook…and eat together. Here are some family-friendly meals that will have everyone running to the table.

6 last-minute dinner recipes

This article was originally published on Feb 25, 2014
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