14 Delicious 20-Minute Dinners
Although I love spending a leisurely evening in the kitchen preparing a slow-cooked meal, the majority of nights, when I’m hungry and tired, I want something for dinner that is fast and easy to make. While I could grab my phone and order takeout, my kitchen is usually stocked with a variety of ingredients. Why order out when I can whip up a meal in less time? A scrumptious and well-balanced dinner can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Don’t believe me? I dare you to try one of the following 14 recipes. All of these delicious dinners can come together in less than a half an hour. Ready, set, cook!
A great protein that cooks in a short amount of time? Boneless skinless chicken thighs. Use them in a Greek-inspired chicken and couscous dish flavored with lots of fresh dill, dried oregano, and juicy grape tomatoes.
Mexican made easy: Pickle red onions in lime juice and salt while flash-searing steak coated in Cajun seasoning. Serve both in tortillas with your favorite toppings.
Healthy might not be a word that is normally associated with cheesy, fried chicken Parmesan, but this recipe proves it can be done. Whole-wheat breadcrumbs coat chicken that is cooked in a light amount of oil. Instead of serving on a bed of pasta, it’s eaten with spiralized zucchini. Yum!
Looking to impress a new special someone in your life? Make them this uncomplicated steak dinner. A food processor is the crucial gadget that makes the chimichurri sauce come together in minutes. Simply dump all of the ingredients into the food processor and blitz until puréed.
Sometimes you just want a healthful salad for dinner, right? The next time you get a crisp salad craving, make this apple pecan arugula salad. To cut the bite of raw red onion, slice it, then place it in a bowl and cover it with water. Let soak for about 10 minutes. This will make the onion much more palatable.
Five simple ingredients—salmon, spinach, feta, pine nuts, and lemon juice—are used to make this mindful meal in a matter of minutes. Seek out the freshest salmon you can find.
The next time you want breakfast for dinner—or just a quick nutritious start to your day—make this toasted pumpkin muesli. Use the recipe as guide, and substitute in your favorite type of nut, seed, and dried fruit.
Prosciutto-wrapped grilled provolone?! Yes, please! It’s even more amazing in this recipe for double-grilled antipasto sandwiches, because after the pork-and-cheese mixture is warmed, it’s placed inside of a baguette that is griddled to toasted perfection. To die for!
A colorful meal is a delight for the senses, and this veggie-filled pasta salad is good for the body, mind, and soul. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand: Green beans, mushrooms, squash—all of these would be excellent in this pasta dish.
Who doesn’t love a good chicken lettuce wrap every now and then? This recipe takes crisp green Boston lettuce and fills it with a mixture of ground chicken, rice noodles, and salty peanuts. The finger-licking-good sauce is a mixture of honey, ginger, garlic, green onions, rice vinegar, lime juice, and soy sauce.
Shellfish like mussels, clams, and shrimp are great for speedy dinners because they cook in less than 10 minutes. Case in point: this recipe for Thai chili coconut mussels, which only takes about 15 minutes to prepare. If you can’t find galangal, simply omit it from the recipe.
When you’re hungry for Mexican food in a hurry, make this simple but flavorful skillet chicken fajita recipe. Toss sliced chicken breast and coat with chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Add onion and red pepper, then serve in warmed tortillas with all the usual fixings: salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese.
Vegans will go gaga for this panko baked avocado taco recipe. The crispy, warm avocado is a satisfying, hearty, and unusual taco filling. If you’ve never had anything like this before, you’ve got to try it!
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What dish do you make when you need a fast and easy dinner?