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10 Dinners That Take 20 Minutes or Less

10 easy weeknight dinners that take 20 minutes or less to prepare.

20 minute dinners

Since starting a full-time job six months ago, it’s been harder for me to get a healthy dinner on the table – especially by 5:30 or 6 – the time my kids are hungry and ready to eat.

Though I was working plenty before, it was mostly from home, and mostly involved creating and photographing recipes. By the time my workday was done, I usually had several dinner options ready to put on the table. So I don’t think I fully understood how hard food preparation can be for working parents – until now.

That being said, serving my family healthy homemade meals is still a high priority for me, and I am determined to keep this practice up. Now more than ever, I have to rely on quick, simple recipes that are ready in 15-20 minutes — which is all the time I have. I’ve been pleasantly surprised how many delicious, family-friendly meals we can still make despite these time constraints. It just takes planning ahead.

Below are some of my go-to recipes as well as a few I have on my To-Make list in the next few weeks. I’d love to hear what other meals your family relies on during busy weeks!

Spicy Plantain Black Bean Taco from Minimalist Baker

red lentil soup

20 Minute Red Lentil Soup from Eating Made Easy

grilled cheese dippers

Pesto Grilled Cheese Dippers with Marinara Sauce from A Couple Cooks

15 Minute Lo Mein fromPinch of Yum

pasta with sausage and peas

Pasta with Pesto, Peas and Sausage from Eating Made Easy

Moroccan Chickpea Soup from Gimme Some Oven

no cook pasta sauce

Pasta with No-Cook Tomato Sauce from Eating Made Easy

15 Minute Healthy Roasted Chicken and Veggies from Gimme Delicious

10 Minute Healthy Cauliflower Rice from Damn Delicious

15 Minute Frittata with Greens and Cheese from Eating Made Easy

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  • Sue Williams
    April 24, 2017 at 2:10 am

    I love you Meels! So much great information.
    Maybe we’ll see the day when grocery stores go back to stocking foods with one ingredient! Mr. Gear, who lived across the street, owned the local grocery. His butcher shop was awesome, as were the ice cream bars from Lakeshore Creamery. The fruits and vegetables were from Scherer’s farm, Keitzer’s farm, Clupper’s farm, Daly’s farm…and if it wasn’t in season,we didn’t get it! Bless all those hardworking people!!
    And, I never had to bring money. Just signed my name and, well, he knew where we lived.
    Thanks for letting me ramble. Schools and grocery stores should be small and not have a whole aisle for cereal!

  • Amelia Winslow
    April 24, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I love this story! Yet it’s hard for me to even imagine a time when the food system looked like this – even though it wasn’t that long ago! This is how buying food should be. It’s good for our health, local economies, and the planet.

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