How To Create a Last-Minute Dinner On The Fly – And On a Budget
Have you ever found yourself needing to host last-minute dinner guests? This situation can be stressful – especially if you don’t have any food in the house. But you needn’t stress out too much: all you need is an hour to get a delicious, dinner-party-ready meal on the table.
Why should you trust me? Because I did it the other day.
Let’s be real: It’s not always possible to cook from scratch. As much as I love finding inspiration on blogs and Pinterest, I probably only cook a “fancy” homemade meal once or twice a week. The rest of the time, I’m scrambling to put something together.
I take advantage of quality ready-made foods and frozen meals. My standards are pretty high, and I choose healthy options whenever possible. I seek out products with real ingredients. One I recently tried and liked was the White Wine Chicken with Couscous from SMARTMADE™ by SmartOnes (R). I used this product as the main course for my last-minute dinner. It was a hit.
How To Be Prepared For Any Last-Minute Dinner
Need to get an impressive dinner on the table ASAP? There’s no need to panic. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Keep it simple: More dishes mean more time, cost, and complexity. Stick to a main course and a side.
- Keep your pantry well-stocked: Use your pantry, fridge, and freezer to their full potential. Have ingredients on hand with specific meals in mind.
- Assemble – don’t cook: There is a time and a place for scratch cooking. A last-minute, on-the-fly dinner is not it. Choose high quality, ready-made foods such as frozen dinners and salad kits. Spend your time assembling your food instead of cooking from scratch.
Prepared Foods Are Your Best Friend
If you need to make a meal on-the-fly, look for ready-made products in the grocery store. I started in the frozen foods aisle and picked up a couple of boxes of SMARTMADE™ White Wine Chicken with Couscous meals. I like this particular product because it’s made with real ingredients that I can pronounce. This dish is something I would typically try to make homemade, but you know – real life.
I also got a can of butternut squash soup, a salad kit, and some dinner rolls. All of the items I purchased were delicious – and ready to eat. All in all, I spent less than $20.00. Not bad, considering I fed three people a really good meal – and the whole thing took less than one hour to throw together.
What’s your favorite quick dinner-party-ready recipe?