Fast Food

Skip the weeknight drive-through with these five-ingredient, quick meals you can make after practice!

Story and Photography by Kerry Guice

Fast Food to make on school nights

Just when I think we're getting into a good “new school year groove,” all the after-school activities start back up and I turn back into an after-school chauffeur around town all week. It's hard to think so far ahead to keep a good hot meal on the table when it only feels like 10 minutes between dropping them off for school in the morning, and taking them to soccer, tennis, taekwondo or dance practice at 5 p.m. In short, week night dinners are pretty hard to pull off! I decided to come up with a handful of recipes that use five ingredients or less so I have no excuse to drive through the nearest fast food restaurant. These are two of my favorites!

Rotisserie Chicken Caesar Recipe


 1 whole smoked chicken (my favorite is from Edwards Food Giant)
1 bag Caesar salad mix
Whole wheat tortillas
⅓ cup grape tomatoes

DIRECTIONS: Combine the bag of Caesar salad mix according to directions. Set aside. Slice grape tomatoes in half or fourths and set aside. In microwave, heat up tortilla for 20 seconds, and then fill with Caesar salad mix, rotisserie chicken and sliced grape tomatoes. Serve with chips and/or fruit.

Veggie Ramen recipe


 1 package Koyo Instant Ramen
2 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup shredded carrots

DIRECTIONS: Instead of using water, boil chicken stock to cook Koyo's heirloom noodles. Add noodles when stock comes to a boil. After noodles cook for 2 minutes add carrots and broccoli. After 4-5 more minutes, add the soy sauce and turn off heat. Add Sriracha hot sauce if desired.