If you know you're not going to have much time to cook a meal, one super fast option is orzo. Orzo is a small pasta, about the size of puffed rice grains. Because it's small, it cooks very quickly. You can turn almost any pasta salad into a quick-cooking dish by substituting it with orzo!
Try this Kitchen Shortcut with Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken.