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.

Image courtesy of Foraged Dish

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.

Image courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

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.

Image courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

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

Image courtesy of Simply Sissom

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.

Image courtesy of Hurry the Food Up

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.

Image courtesy of A Pinch of Healthy

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

Image courtesy of Hurry the Food Up

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MUSICNUT 2/21/2020
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
ARIANAPHAM 2/19/2020
The food is very delicious and attractive
GOALS2020 2/3/2020
These all look delicious! Report
MSROZZIE 11/4/2019
YUMMY! All the recipes look oh so good! Report
LOSER05 10/28/2019
Thanks Report
SUNSET09 10/5/2019
It’s making me hungry, SparkFriends. Bon appetite Report
RD03875 10/5/2019
What if you don't have one of those fancy instant pot things? Report
ONLYME33 10/3/2019
These quick meals look to be great take-a-longs for work too. Report
JIACOLO 10/2/2019
Some really good recipes to try Report
REDROBIN47 10/1/2019
Some of these look very good so I saved the recipes. Thank you. Report
Great recipes! Report
ALIHIKES 10/1/2019
Lots of interesting choices! I will try several of these Report
CECELW 10/1/2019
The garlic chicken is really really good! That's the only one i've tried so far Report
IMUSTLOSEIT1 10/1/2019
Of those twenty recipes, I might try one, the eggless pancakes, the rest don't interest me in the slightest. Report
NEPTUNE1939 10/1/2019
ty Report
RCLYKE 10/1/2019
Thank you Report
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thank you Report
FERRETLOVER1 10/1/2019
Thanks. Report
CD24848958 10/1/2019
Thank you Report
-POOKIE- 10/1/2019
Nice to see plenty of meat free options. Report
LIS193 10/1/2019
Great ideas Report
Yummy! Report
NELLJONES 8/23/2019
One of the great things about being retired is that I'm not limited to 20 minutes anymore. Report
GREEN_EYES2 8/20/2019
Thanks, lots of good ideas. Report
Thanks!!! Report
Thank you. Good reminder of the value of cooking real food for our families. Report
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Some great suggestions. Report
Thanks for sharing some great ideas Report
FRAN0426 7/20/2019
Going to try some of these ---thanks for the recipes Report
MNABOY 7/7/2019
nice Report
ELRIDDICK 6/4/2019
Thanks for sharing Report
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NANCYPAT1 5/24/2019
Nice Report
REDROBIN47 5/22/2019
These look good. I'll have to try some of them. Thank you. Report
HOLLYM48 5/22/2019
Great ideas! Report
CHERRYZMB60 5/21/2019
I will be trying a bunch Report
ETHELMERZ 5/21/2019
Some of these look good. Report
-POOKIE- 5/21/2019
Nice ideas. Report
FITWITHIN 5/17/2019
I see several recipes I'm going to try. Report
MNABOY 5/13/2019
Thanks Report
CHARALIN 5/9/2019
They all look so yummy!!! Report
BONDMANUS2002 5/8/2019
Yummm Report
GEORGE815 5/7/2019
Thanks Report
JSTETSER 4/24/2019
I'm going to do the Beef & Broccoli stir fry tonight! Report
RCLYKE 4/20/2019
thank you Report
Great ideas, thank you. Report
NANCYPAT1 4/13/2019
Lots of yummy choices Report
MARKSMOM3 4/12/2019
These recipes look good! Report