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Put Away Your Knife & Cutting Board, Still Get Dinner Done

What follows is a radical suggestion. You might call it “crazy” or even “silly.” However, I will take this risk at the chance maybe it’ll help a few of you out there get dinner on the table faster.

Here it is: Put away your knife and cutting board. For quick dinners, eliminate the chopping, dicing, mincing, and slicing. Instead, focus on ingredients on hand and how to prepare them in the most efficient, quickest (and best—don’t forget best!) way possible given your time constraint and hunger level.

Here are 9 recipes that require less stuff, which actually, in a way, makes them so much more:

Lady & Pups' Magic 15-Second Creamy Scrambled Eggs
Lady & Pups’ Magic 15-Second Creamy Scrambled Eggs
by Genius Recipes

You’ll need a nonstick skillet and 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (yes, you can use a butter knife for this—it’s not the same as the chef’s knife we’re talking about).

Roger Vergé's Fried Eggs with Wine Vinegar
Roger Vergé’s Fried Eggs with Wine Vinegar
by Genius Recipes

Get out your frying pan and butter again. Toast is also welcome here, if you have it.

Cracker Eggs
Cracker Eggs
by savorthis

The bread-y component is included in the egg. Less work!

Decadent Fried Egg Sandwich
Decadent Fried Egg Sandwich
by HalfPint

I promise this isn’t just a compilation of egg recipes. They’re just a weeknight, don’t-know-what-to-make staple. Here, bread is fried, an egg is fried, and the two are, as you can guess, sandwiched together.

Cacio e Pepe
Cacio e Pepe
by Sara Jenkins

Cheese. Black pepper. Spaghetti. Done.

Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese
Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese
by mrslarkin

Leave the optional roughly chopped bacon off to keep within the no-knife parameters.

Seared Salmon with Cinnamon and Chile Powder
Seared Salmon with Cinnamon and Chile Powder
by Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)

You can, and will, have this on the table in less than 10 minutes.

Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
Sally Schneider’s Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
by Genius Recipes

Don’t worry your hungry little stomachs, it only slow roasts for 15 to 35 minutes.

Cure for What Ails You Smoothie
Cure for What Ails You Smoothie
by EmilyC

When all else fails, have a smoothie for dinner. Peel the ginger the recipe calls for with a spoon—you’ll save more of the actual ginger and still not use a knife.

What do you cook sans knife or cutting board? Let us know in the comments!

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