Standing in front of the fridge, starving, wondering how to make dinner out of the random smattering of ingredients in front of us. We’ve all been there, but it’s not just us ordinary cooks that get stuck trying to make a quick dinner after a long day. Even our favorite food bloggers have played refrigerator roulette on an empty stomach. The difference is they’re so much better at it!
We asked several to share what they whip up when they’re short on time and energy. And the results are faster (all take 20 minutes or less), prettier, and tastier than we could have dreamed up. That’s why they’re the pros.
1. Pasta With Garlicky Broccoli Rabe
“This is my new favorite lightning-quick, lazy, and completely satisfying dinner. All you need is pasta, broccoli, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. It’s dinner, salad, and a vegetable dish all in one. And it could be dinner this evening, 20 minutes after you bring home the groceries.” — Deb Perelman, Smitten Kitchen