3 Emergency Dinner Ideas

A family cook can never predict what the evening holds. You might get a blissfully uninterrupted hour in the kitchen but more likely you’ll be trying to make dinner whilst counselling or refereeing or stemming someone’s blood flow. On these days when the proverbial hits the fan you need meals that can be prepared with as little time and effort as possible. Here are my top 3 go to solutions:


  • FROZEN LEFTOVERS: This probably sounds obvious but leftovers are a godsend when you need your family to eat a nutritious meal but simply cannot cook. I buy foil takeaway tins with cardboard lids because they can go straight from freezer to oven. Use your freezer as an emergency take away service and when the evening starts to unravel simply put a couple of home cooked meals in a moderate oven and dinner is sorted. Here are my Top 3 Freezer Meals:

  • SIMPLE PASTA: Spaghetti is my best friend when time is tight. I can make big quantities in a short time. Pasta needs very few ingredients to make it delicious. I rely on my store cupboard for fast pasta; olive oil, passata, anchovies, olives, tinned corn and tuna, capers and chilli flakes. Just a few of these ingredients can make a pasta sauce in a matter of minutes and dinner is served. Here are a trio of my Three Ingredient Pastas:

  • EGGS: Not only are eggs a nutritional bonanza for mental health, they are also extremely quick to prepare. Omelettes, boiled eggs, Huevos Rancheros or Flat Egg and Beans are all fast to make and give everybody a nutritious meal.

Published by One Tough Cooker

I'm the writer at One Tough Cooker. My experience with post-natal depression has shaped my appreciation for the family cook. We make thousands of meals to feed our families' tummies, hearts and minds.

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