Fast food or microwave meals aren’t the only option when you don’t have time to cook. The key to successful meal prep when you have a jam-packed schedule is choosing recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. That might involve using no-fuss ingredients that save time (like pre-cut vegetables or leftovers) as well as focusing on dishes with short cooking times. To get you started, here are five recipes for dinner that can go from counter to table in roughly 5 minutes.
1. 5-Minute Pho with Ramen Noodles
Instant ramen noodles, flank steak, and bean sprouts come together for a delicious, nearly instant bowl of hot faux pho. The steak cooks in the hot broth, so you can enjoy a filling meal without a lot of work. Recipe from Obsev.
- 1 package of beef-flavored ramen noodles
- 2 ounces flank steak
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- Pinch of pepper flakes
- Handful bean sprouts
- Basil, for garnish
- Cilantro, for garnish
Directions: Thinly slice the steak. Cook the ramen according to package directions, using about half the seasoning packet to flavor the soup.
Add the sliced steak to the pot of noodles and let cook for a few minutes in the hot broth.
Once the steak reaches desired doneness, transfer the soup to a serving bowl. Stir in the sugar, fish sauce, pepper flakes, and bean sprouts. Add the lime juice and stir. Top with cilantro and basil, then serve.