Busy schedules mean less time for cooking and we totally understand how it feels when you’re so tired that you can barely get off of that couch or bed. Eating takeouts is fine, but eating homemade food is good on the long term. So, to come across with both busy schedules and homemade food is easier if you find something that will be ready in no time.
By that, we mean 20 minutes. Ahead you will find ten recipes that will show you how good can a dinner look and taste with just 20 minutes spent in the kitchen. This way you won’t find it too hard to prepare something for dinner, yet it will be something so good that will leave you and your family wanting for more!
1. Stir Fry Teriyaki Ramen Bowls
If you’re craving more food styles in one meal, here’s the recipe for you. It has the chewiness of the ramen noodles, the sweet and salty taste of the chicken and the super tasty, tender crisp vegetables. To prepare the stir fry Teriyaki ramen bowl, you need 3 tbsp peanut oil, 1 lb stir fry beef, 1 red bell pepper, 1 zucchini, 1 red chili pepper, 1 package stir fry kit in teriyaki, 3 packages (9 oz total) instant ramen noodles, 4 soft-boiled eggs, 1/3 c green onions.
2. Skillet Monterey Chicken
The Monterey chicken is one of the most delicious combinations of chicken, bacon and cheese in one recipe. You will be surprised at how something good can be ready in just 20 minutes! To prepare the Monterey chicken, you need 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 4 slices of bacon, ½ cup chicken stock, 4 tbsp barbecue sauce, 4 oz Colby jack cheese, 1 tomato, 2 green onions and salt and pepper.
3. Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
Soups are great choice for dinner, especially because they can stop our hunger and not make us feel full of food, and they can really warm us during winter. One of the soup recipes that we are recommending you to try is the tomato basil soup, and for that you need 4 cloves of garlic, 2 tablespoons minced shallots or yellow onion, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 – 14 oz. cans crushed tomatoes, 1 – 14 oz. can whole tomatoes, 2 cups chicken stock, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, ½ teaspoon white ground black pepper, 1/3 cup of heavy cream, 4 tablespoons of fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.
4. Chickpea Cauliflower Curry
The chickpea cauliflower curry is a healthy meal that can provide you with many good nutrients. It is also vegan and gluten – free, but we’re pretty sure that everyone would like to have a little bit of this. Make sure you have 1/2 lbs cauliflower, 2 cups of chickpeas, 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste, 1.5 tbsp tomato paste, 1 tbsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1 cup coconut milk, 1 cup vegetable stock, 2 tbsp lime, 2 tbsp canola oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 whole red chili, 1/2 red onion.
5. Sesame Kale Noodles
Kale is one of the healthiest green foods you can get, so treat yourself right and prepare something with it. These kale noodles are super delicious, and to prepare them start with the sauce: 2 Tbsp Tahini, 1 juiced lemon , 1 tbsp water, 1 tsp reduced-sodium Tamari (or soy sauce) and 1/2 tsp sea salt. For the veggies: 2 tbsp avocado oil, 1/2 cup rinsed and sliced thin brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup sliced thin red onion, 2 tbsp chopped almonds, 1 tbsp black or brown sesame seeds and 1 cup washed, drained, sliced thin Dino kale.
6. Skinny Sriracha Shrimp and Broccoli
Broccoli and shrimp is a well-known combination and if you haven’t tried it so far, we definitely encourage you to do so! For this recipe, you’ll need to prepare brown sauce with 4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon orange juice, 1 1/2 tablespoons sriracha hot sauce, 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon ginger, 5 cloves garlic, 2 teaspoons sesame oil and 1 teaspoon cornstarch. You will also need: 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil, 2 pounds medium shrimp and 4 cups (about 2 large heads) broccoli florets.
7. Ancho Chicken Tacos
One of the most delicious meals that you prepare for dinner are tacos. There are so many ingredients that you can try out, and this time we recommend you to prepare the Ancho chicken. You need ½ cup white whole wheat flour, 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder, 1 teaspoon southwestern or taco seasoning, a generous pinch of salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons oil and 1½ lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts. 12 small corn tortillas, a few green cabbage leaves, one bunch cilantro and toppings: lime wedges, sour cream, jalapeño slices, avocado slices, minced green or red onions.
8. Turkey Sausage Couscous Bowls
Bring some Italian spirit into your kitchen by preparing this super tasty meal. It’s a combination of turkey and couscous that is all ready in 20 minutes. You need the following ingredients – 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 3 garlic cloves, 2 cups mixed raw/chopped asparagus, onions, and mushrooms (about ¾ cups of each), 1 quart grape tomatoes, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 lb ground turkey, 1 box roasted garlic and olive oil couscous and ½ cup plain Greek yogurt.
9. Peas and Pasta
Of course, one of the easiest and quickest recipes is the pasta. It’s simple, delicious and goes well with so many ingredients. There are many sauces that you can try out, but we recommend you something more simple – cook it together with peas. You need 1 lb/8 cups pasta (bowtie, penne or orecchiette are great), 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 cups frozen peas, 4 cups packed baby spinach, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper and 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter.
10. Tex-Mex Sausage Skillet
It’s the famous Tex-Mex recipe in a skillet version and you are going to love it! You need 1 pkg (13 oz) Smoked Turkey Sausage, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon crushed oregano, ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, 1 cup chicken broth, 1 15 oz. can black beans, 1 10 oz. can Rotel tomatoes, 2 oz. cream cheese, 4 cups cooked rice, 2 cups packed fresh spinach and 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese. You can also prepare roasted red pepper puree and garnish it with avocado, salsa, sour cream, or anything you like.