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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NANCYPAT1 4/11/2019
Thanks, lots of good ideas Report
BGRAEF 4/10/2019
Thanks, they all look yummy! Report
SALEX52 4/10/2019
I am the busy person who says, "I have some free time today. I think I'll spend it in the kitchen." I love to cook. The kitchen is my happy place. Report
LIDDY09 4/10/2019
Thanks for sharing Report
PWILLOW1 4/10/2019
Thank you for some wonderful recipes. I will be making Honey Garlic Chicken today. Report
ISLAQUEEN 4/10/2019
These recipes look amazing ! Thanks for sharing :) Report
Many of these look delish! Report
JIACOLO 4/9/2019
I may have to try these Report
PATRICIA-CR 4/9/2019
Awesome ideas. Thank you very much. Report
Thank you for the veggie ones but it takes me 20 minutes just to chop! Report
DARCY-B 4/9/2019
I plan to try four or five of these Report
AQUAGIRL08 4/9/2019
Thank you for sharing! Report
Some really nice recipes. When I was working rising 4 kids, taking care house, husband and everything else that needed done, I still had the time to shop and cook every night why do people make a big deal out of cooking, spend less time on social networks and engage in the real world. Report
LOSER05 4/9/2019
Yummy Report
PETRA320 4/9/2019
Thank YOU Report
PLATINUM755 4/8/2019
Great variety...Thanks! Report
CHERRYZMB60 4/8/2019
will try a few Report
CECTARR 4/8/2019
Thanks Report
LIS193 4/8/2019
Great ideas Report
PICKIE98 4/8/2019
Some good ideas.. Report
Great selection, marked some of them to try! Report
ERIN_POSCH 4/8/2019
thanks for the share Report
LEANJEAN6 4/8/2019
These sure look delicious Report
-POOKIE- 4/8/2019
nice ideas Report
GETULLY 4/8/2019
great recipes all! Report
PINKGLOW9 4/8/2019
Thanks for sharing Report
AZMOMXTWO 4/8/2019
thank you Report
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NEPTUNE1939 4/8/2019
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Delish! Report
Thanks for the yummy ideas! Report
PETRA320 4/7/2019
Great recipes! Report
NELLJONES 4/7/2019
Great ideas! Report
ANHELIC 4/7/2019
Thank you for the great meals. Report
JANIEWWJD 4/6/2019
So many delicious looking recipes!!!! Report
NANCYPAT1 4/5/2019
Thanks for sharing these Report
MNABOY 4/5/2019
Thanks for sharing Report