5 Fast, No-Cook Dinner Ideas

As a busy mom, sometimes I just need a no-cook kind of dinner. Here are 5, fast and easy, no cook dinner ideas. You can whip these up in a matter of minutes to help you out on those crazy, chaotic days that we may sometimes face.

1. Tuna Salad “Boats”
For this no-cook idea, you just need hotdog buns (or a baguette) and your favorite tuna salad. Load up the buns with tuna salad and serve with a side of chips and a pickle. If you like, you can line the buns with cheese slices and/or lettuce before putting in the tuna salad. This also works great with chicken or turkey salad as well.

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To make a quick tuna salad, mix 1 can of drained tuna (or a pouch of tuna) with 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish, and a squirt of mustard.


2. Fruit Salad
Cut up a variety of your favorite fresh fruit and put it in a bowl. Some ideas are: cantaloupe, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, apples, etc. You can use whatever you have on hand or whatever is on sale at the store that week. Serve your fruit salad with a side of plain yogurt drizzled with honey and some whole-grain crackers. Add some extra sharp cheddar cheese (or whatever kind you like) for the crackers and you’ll have a fast, delicious, light meal.

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3. Pita Wedges and Hummus
Toast up some pita wedges or grab your favorite brand of pita chips. Simply serve the pita wedges with hummus (a chick pea dip), and as a side, have sliced cucumber salad: mix sliced or chopped cucumbers, thinly sliced onions, and chopped tomatoes with your favorite Italian or Greek dressing. Super fast and easy!

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4. Veggie Wraps
This is a great one to serve buffet style. Lay out your favorite tortillas or flatbread and have a variety of spreads and veggies along the way for filling. Here are some ideas:

-Bean dip
-Horse radish
-Cheese slices
-Avocado slices
-Apple slices
-Sliced ham, turkey, chicken, or roast beef
-Sliced onions

Everyone can make their own. Serve with a side of applesauce or mixed fruit and you’re done.

5. Build Your Own Salad
You can raid the pantry and fridge for this one! It’s a great way to use up any leftovers you may have. Simply use lettuce and/or spinach as a base and let your family choose their salad toppings and dressing.  Here are some ideas of things you can put out for the salads:

-Cold cuts or sliced, leftover meat from previous dinners
-Raw mushrooms
-Carrot slices
-Grated cheeses
-Sliced cold boiled egg
-Dried currants or cranberries
-Slivered almonds, chopped peanuts, walnuts, pecans
-Thawed frozen peas

There’s something for everyone here and I’m sure you can think of lots of other things to add to the list!
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There are a lot of no-cook dinner ideas out there. Hopefully, your family will enjoy some of these!



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