There may be days when that is necessary. But tack on a few more minutes and you can have a real dinner from scratch. Here's how to do it in 45 minutes, provided you have the ingredients ready to go:
45 Minutes--Put skinned chicken thighs seasoned with salt and pepper in the oven at 350 degrees.
30 minutes--Put a pan of vegetables in to roast alongside the chicken. Those in the photo include packaged ready-to-use baby carrots, regular orange carrots, red bell pepper, onion and shishito peppers, seasoned with olive oil, soy sauce, agave syrup and any herbs that are handy--fresh is best, if you have them.
5 minutes--Heat packaged peeled steamed butternut squash in the microwave. This takes 2 minutes. Turn the squash into a bowl, mash to puree and stir in some butter (optional), brown sugar and cinnamon, then reheat.
Serving time: Arrange the chicken, some of the vegetables and squash on plates. Drizzle the chicken with bottled balsamic glaze.
Dessert? That's up to you.