20 Weeknight Meals That Are Ready in 20 Minutes or Less

By , SparkPeople Blogger

“I have a bunch of extra time today, so maybe I’ll spend a couple of hours in the kitchen,”
said no busy person ever.
There are plenty of excuses for not cooking at home, but topping the list is lack of time. Between earning a paycheck, tackling the never-ending laundry, driving the non-drivers to wherever they need to be and tending to the constantly unfurling list of to-dos, finding a window in which you can shop for, prep, cook and serve a healthy meal that everyone will actually eat can seem like a recipe for frustration. Time is precious, so might as well order takeout, right?
But wait! What if we told you there are plenty of easy, hassle-free weeknight meals that can go from the pantry to the table in less time than it would take for the Uber Eats driver to reach your door?
Still skeptical? These 20 simple, speedy recipes come together beautifully (and deliciously) in 20 minutes or less.
20-Minute Easy Chicken Marsala: Chances are you already have all of the ingredients for this perfect chicken dish in your kitchen at this very second.

Image courtesy of Seasoned Mom

15-Minute Honey-Garlic Chicken: With just five ingredients and an addictively delicious sauce, it’s a quick, easy and satisfying way to avoid the takeout trap.

Image courtesy of Family Food on the Table

Pesto Baked Salmon with Veggies: It’s hard to believe such little prep work results in such a treat for the eyes and the palate.

Image courtesy of Fannetastic Food

15-Minute Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry: It’s even faster, fresher and more flavorful than Chinese takeout.

Image courtesy of Gimme Delicious

20-Minute Moroccan Chickpea Soup: A savory vegan comfort food that’s packed with rich and delicious flavors.

Image courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

20-Minute Tofu Stir-Fry: Brimming with veggies, protein and fiber to fuel your body after a long day.

Image courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Instant Pot French Lentil Soup: This plant-based recipe is so rich and satisfying that no one will even miss the meat.

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Smoky Scrambled Eggs: With so many ways to serve—English muffin, bagel, tortilla or just with a fork—it feels like a different dish every time.

Image courtesy of The Cooking Jar

20-Minute Tuscan Pasta: With a creamy, cheesy garlic sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, and grilled chicken, it will become a family favorite in no time.

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20-Minute Sheet Pan Shrimp Tacos: Put a fresh (and fast) spin on your next Taco Tuesday.

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Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice: Ready in just 20 minutes, this colorful and flavorful dish is a veggie lover’s paradise.

Image courtesy of Family Food on the Table

Aunt Bee’s 20-Minute Hawaiian Haystacks: Finally: A customizable, kid-friendly dish that has plenty to offer the adults, too.

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20-Minute Bacon-Honey-Mustard Rice Bowls: Packed with tender broccoli, tangy chicken and loads of flavor, it makes a perfect healthy weeknight dinner.

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20-Minute Pan-Seared Fish With Pomegranate Salsa: Bursting with zesty, sweet and savory flavors, this bright and healthy dish is sure to please your whole crew.

Image courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

Tangy Tempeh Salad: High in protein, flavor and versatility, this dish is about to change the way you think about salads.

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Quick Chicken Curry: Flavorful, satisfying Indian dinner in just 15 minutes? Sign us up!

Image courtesy of Family Food on the Table

Instant Pot Moroccan Stew: This one-pot wonder has it all: chicken, chickpeas, quinoa, sweet potatoes and a spice blend inspired by the flavors of northern Africa.

Image courtesy of Foraged Dish

20-Minute Keto Pizza: Even if you’re not doing Keto, this crispy, low-carb alternative is a smart way to indulge in pizza.

Image courtesy of Gimme Delicious

20-Minute Chicken Tostadas: Use the Instant Pot, slow cooker or stovetop for super simple yet satisfying tacos.

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20-Minute No-Egg Pancakes: A healthier way to do “breakfast for dinner.”

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DGRIFFITH51 7/1/2021
Lots of good recipes here! Report
HOBINA0 6/29/2021
Am going to miss all the wonderful recipes! Report
CD2693807 6/11/2021
20 recipes and not one from Spark.... Report
SES823 6/5/2021
Lots of good ideas Report
ERIN_POSCH 5/23/2021
thx Report
JUNETTA2002 5/13/2021
Great article. Got a lot of good ideas Report
Consider this pinned! Hubs and I are awful about dinner. We both work, so when we get home we're burned out and caught in an infinite loop of "What do you want to do for dinner?" "I dunno, what do YOU want?" Report
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THINCPL2004 2/22/2021
A bunch of great ideas! Thx! Report
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Lots of good ideas here! Report
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Some of these recipes look good to me Report
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At first, it looked like a lot of foods I can't eat. Then I noticed some thing I enjoy. Good diversity. Report
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