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Meal Shortcuts--Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas for When You Don't Have Time to Cook: Fish and Chips

It's another one of those days. You're on your way home from work, you're hungry, and you don't want to cook. Maybe you'll stop an grab takeout before you get home. But what if you can stop at a grocery store instead, and with a quick purchase, have dinner on the table a few minutes after getting home?

Nutritious food is not all or nothing. Dinner can also be somewhere between completely from-scratch meal and takeout. You can use some meal shortcuts to get a nutritious meal on the table. These quick and easy dinner ideas can help you get dinner ready ASAP.

I will suggest a protein, carbohydrate, and vegetable that together make a decently nutritious meal for most people. Are there any nutritional downsides to any of these foods? Probably, but it does not matter. Nutrition is not about perfection. We just need to feed ourselves and our families yummy and satisfying food that maintains our health.

man shopping in produce isle

Protein: Fish Fillets

A shortcut meal with fish? Well, here it is. In under 20 minutes, this fish can be out of your oven and ready to eat. Both the healthy fats and the protein in the fish will help you stay satisfied from this meal, and the the breading even has fiber for an added satiation bonus. And most importantly, these fish fillets are delicious.

Vegetable: Salad

To get your salad, head to the produce isle. Grab a bag of washed and cut salad greens such as romaine lettuce, a bag of shredded carrots, and a package of grape tomatoes. Then head to the condiments isle and pick your favorite salad dressing. I love a good vinaigrette, and bonus heart health points for an olive oil-based dressing.

Fish and chips--an oldie but a goodie. And for yummy reasons! These potatoes will heat up in the oven, air fryer or microwave. The ingredients are items you'd use if making your own homemade roasted potatoes, so they have a homemade taste without the effort.

Your Meal From Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas

Fish and chips with a salad--delicious and also easy when using these meal shortcuts. The variety of food groups make this meal balanced and filling, and the varied flavors add to the gustatory interest. The entire meal can be ready 20 minutes after you get home, and you can get everything in one stop at the grocery store. These meal ideas can help you skip the takeout when you are short on time and need a quick and easy dinner idea.

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