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Easy one-hand dinners

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Eat on the go

When you're so busy that you barely have time to make dinner, don’t starve yourself. Use your multitasking skills to squeeze in dinner while you accomplish everything else. Here are some easy one-hand dinner ideas for meals you can eat on your feet.

Woman eating whole wheat tortilla wrap

1Tortilla

The tortilla is the perfect tool for transforming nearly any food into a one-hand meal. Just open the fridge and pull out whatever meat, veggies and condiments look appealing (or whatever you can find) and throw it together on a tortilla. Wrap it up, and you're good to go.

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To make a tortilla meal that's a little more thought out, try slow-cooker chicken salsa: Throw four or five chicken breasts in your slow cooker and top with a jar of your favorite salsa. Add black beans and a can of corn. Let it cook, untouched, for about six hours, then shred the chicken and stir. Throw this mixture on a tortilla. You can add your favorite taco toppings or eat it as it is. Either way, your family will love it, and you need only one hand to eat it.

2Stromboli

A stromboli is a great way to transform any sandwich into a hot meal that's ready to eat on the go. Simply roll out refrigerated pizza dough, cover it with meats, cheeses and maybe a few vegetables, then roll it up and bake until browned. Let it cool for a few minutes, then slice -- and you've got yourself a hot and hardy one-hand dinner. The cheese makes it absolutely delish and does a great job of holding everything together, which goes a long way toward reducing the mess factor.

Quick and easy stromboli >>

For a stellar stromboli, try ham, salami, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. For a little extra zip, brush the uncooked stromboli with melted butter and sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese.

3Pizza muffins

Everyone loves pizza. Even in its traditional form, pizza is meant to be eaten with your hands. The messiness of some pizza combinations make them hard to eat with one hand, though. The solution: Make pizza muffins to transform your favorite pizza into a one-hand masterpiece. They're sturdy and just the perfect size to manage with one free hand. Simply open English muffins and lay them out on a baking sheet, centers up. Bake them for about 10 minutes or until they start to crisp. Remove the muffins from the oven and cover them in sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings, then bake them again until the cheese is melted.

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Get creative and step away from traditional pizza toppings. For instance, bologna makes a great pizza topping. Slice it up and throw it on a pizza muffin with sauce and parmesan cheese.

Make life even easier by using your slow cooker or making freeze-ahead one-hand meals.

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