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While intricately prepared dishes with multiple components may be exciting to cook for special occasions or weekend projects, busy school nights are no time to commit to making a complicated meal. On these hectic evenings when you feel especially pressed for time, stick with all-in-one dishes to guarantee a stress-free dinnertime. These one-dish offerings have multiple meal parts — like proteins, starches and vegetables — which means that you can serve your family a complete dinner by prepping only one recipe.
Kids and kids-at-heart appreciate the creamy comfort of melted cheese and potatoes, which makes Food Network Kitchens’ Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole with Ham and Peas (pictured above) a family-friendly staple. This go-to supper is a cinch to prepare in a hurry, as there’s no need to roll gnocchi from scratch. Just pick up a package of the store-bought variety, combine with deli ham and frozen peas, then top with Swiss cheese to create a simple dinner full of tried-and-true flavors.
Thanks to Sunny’s fuss-free recipe, it’s indeed possible to get a big-batch recipe with potential for leftovers on the table quickly. Her Easy Chicken Pot Pie (pictured right) is a top-rated favorite ready to eat in less than 45 minutes, and it comes together with the help of premade pie crust, a welcome timesaver on busy weeknights. With a golden, flaky crust and filling of tender chicken, peas and carrots, this deliciously classic casserole is a hearty, satisfying meal.
If you have a tendency to opt for Asian-food delivery when you’re pressed for time, try making Food Network Magazine’s Spicy Turkey and Green Bean Stir-Fry as a from-scratch alternative, since it can be prepared in just 30 minutes. This veggie-turkey rice bowl features broiled green beans stir-fried with lean ground turkey, but it’s conveniently made in your everyday skillet, not a wok. Start by sauteing the meat with garlic and chile paste, then add the tender beans and a soy sauce mixture before serving with basmati rice. Cooking for little ones and prefer to keep the spice level to a minimum? Simply use less chile paste.