20 Minute Meal Ideas

20 Minute Meal Ideas

Try these 20 minute or less meal ideas. Note that the recipes that link to a website are not my own! I take no credit in these recipes but am happy to share what I have enjoyed. I highly recommend creating a list of your own 20 minute recipes that you’ve tried and enjoyed, so when you get home and only have 20 minutes to spend on dinner, you already know what your options are. These recipes do require that you have good pantry staples so make sure you are well-stocked each time you go to the grocery store.

  • Tuscan tuna salad with whole wheat pitas (freezer)
  • Salmon fillets (frozen, individually wrapped fillets are a great pantry staple) with sautéed asparagus and quinoa pilaf*
  • Black bean quesadillas with fresh salsa and avocado – recipe here. Note: I have substituted the Monterey jack cheese for goat cheese and it is delicious!
  • Caesar-crusted chicken salad – recipe here – I add some homemade whole wheat croutons**
  • Chicken stir-fry with frozen veggies – use frozen chopped veggies, chicken cut into 1” pieces, and a simple soy sauce over brown rice or quinoa. You can also try this recipe
  • Tofu tacos with homemade guacamole and cabbage salad (buy the prewashed shredded cabbage/cole-slaw mix for quick prep)
  • Honey chicken skewers with grilled corn salad and a field green salad on the side
  • Scrambled eggs with fresh ricotta and chives – recipe here – whole wheat baguette, a salad
  • ‘Burgers’ – always have a frozen burger on hand – salmon, turkey, beef, veggie, etc. – pair with a whole wheat bun (I keep them in the freezer for occasional use) and a side salad
  • Pork chops with sesame slaw and a side of quinoa/brown rice pilaf*
  • Shrimp & Pasta Puttanesca – recipe here
  • White bean & vegetable bowls with frizzled eggs – recipe here
  • Chicken & summer vegetable tostadas – recipe here

* Costco and Trader Joes sell brown rice and quinoa pilafs that are already cooked, just need to be heated

** Homemade whole-wheat croutons – cut up as many slices of bread as desired (I usually estimate 1 piece per person or less of there is already a grain integrated into the meal); place in a bowl and lightly drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper and some red pepper flakes. I then toast them in my convection oven, or you can toast in the oven at 350 degrees until lightly toasted. Enjoy!

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