3 Easy Meals to Make in An Hour or Less

With limited time and money, no one wants to spend the night slaving over the stove ... but what are the alternatives, fast food? No way! These recipes are versatile and convenient to make, so there’s no reason to hit the drive-through window.


Ingredients (feel free to mix and match sauce and meat products)
  • 1 1/2 jars of Ragu spaghetti sauce
  • 1 pound of ground beef/chicken/sausage
  • 3/4 pack of whole grain spaghetti pasta
1. Before cooking the meat, fill a tall pot with water and place it over high-heat.
2. While the water is heating, place meat into the skillet and cook until it’s brown. Use a spoon or spatula to break down the meat. Once the meat is complete, use a strainer to drain any extra oils.
3. Once the water begins to boil, break the spaghetti noodles in half. Place the pasta into the boiling water, stirring frequently the first two minutes. Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water and place the pasta back in the pot.
4. Add meat and sauce into the pot, along with the pasta.

For a noteworthy change, try this cheesy-stuffed meatball recipe from Ragu. Or, chop up some smoked sausage to add to the mix.

Wing Dings

Whether they’re baked or fried, buffalo-style or dry, wings are a flavorful, fun food. Not to mention, they can serve as an appetizer for a small get together or just a simple Saturday dinner. Here’s a simple recipe for oven-fried wings.

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 10 chicken wings, tips removed

1. To get started, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
2. After cleaning thawed wings, dry with a paper towel.
3. Combine flour, paprika, garlic salt and cayenne pepper in a plastic bag.
4. Shake to mix seasonings and add wings.
5. Place wings in a large baking pan (line with foil for easy cleanup) and turn to coat.
6. Bake for 30 minutes, turn wings and bake for an additional 15 minutes (until crisp).

Looking for a side? Try this College Gloss recipe for “guilt free” fries to go with these tasty wings.

Taco Salad

This taco salad is an adaption of the basic, yet tasty, Mexican dish nachos. It’s a fun and easy-going meal, and it’s so delicious that one serving may not be enough.

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce1 package tortilla chips (taco shells also work)
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa

1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat and drain excess fat. Stir in the taco seasoning.
2. Dump the chips into a bowl with the lettuce, cheese and tomatoes, after crushing them. When the meat is done, combine and mix it with the lettuce, tomatoes and chips. Lastly, add salsa and sour cream.

Student chefs everywhere can try these three delicious recipes that don’t take too much time in the day. Now there’s no reason to break the bank eating fast food.

By: Kiarra Sylvester | Images: 1, 2, 3, 4

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