School, kids, work ... it's always something. Whatever the culprit, we are all busy. And on those crazy-busy days, dinner can sneak up on us. And the busier and more hectic the day, the more likely we are all craving something satisfying and hearty.
And this, my friends, is the perfect storm for making some regrettable food choices. This is when the pizzas get ordered out of desperation, not true desire. And I like to save the once-in-a-while foods like greasy Chinese takeout or drive-through burgers for just that: once in a while. In our house, fast food is for cravings, not convenience.
When we need a tasty dinner fast, I turn to a trusty protein source: the egg. Yes, you can do scrambled eggs for dinner (and we do), but to bump the egg up a notch and get it squarely out of breakfast-for-dinner territory, try Baked Eggs in Sweet Pepper Sauce.
Fill a ramekin with about 1/2 cup of sauce or fillings (from cooked meat to tomatoes to salsa and black beans), add the egg and bake for about 8 minutes. Serve with some nice bread you keep in the freezer, and your fast food becomes a feast.
The sauce for these baked eggs uses healthy fast foods you can keep in your pantry, such as jarred roasted red peppers and simple marinara sauce. (Check the labels to avoid added sugars.) You can just about throw the whole thing together in the time it took you to read this.
Food Network star Melissa d'Arabian is an expert on healthy eating on a budget and the author of "Supermarket Healthy."