If you’re anything like me it’s easy to get pinched for time when it comes to making breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. Don’t get me wrong cooking can be so fun! But after a long day, it is so necessary to have a few quick and painless recipes you can whip out at any moment.
Even when you don’t have a lot of time it’s still important to try to eat healthy, though it isn’t always easy. That’s why I made this list of go-to recipes for when you don’t have a lot of time but you still want to enjoy a healthy meal. Try adding these recipes into your rotation and I promise you’ll be glad you did!
1.) GARLIC PARMESAN ZUCCHINI NOODLES
Found from: Inspired Taste
Anyone else hopping on the zoodle craze? Zucchini noodles are a healthy and delicious alternative to pasta! This yummy recipe is perfect for those Italian carb cravings and will keep you full and satisfied. The ingredients are super common and the recipe is quick and easy coming in at the 20-minute mark. Next time you’re thinking about making pasta for dinner try this zoodle recipe instead!
2.) LEMON PARMESAN CHICKEN AND BROCCOLLI
Found from: Gimme Delicious Food
There’s nothing like a classic chicken and broccoli recipe. They just go together. This recipe is so easy and only requires 1 pan for a quick clean up. Substitute in any of your favorite veggies and you’ve got the perfect low-carb dinner.
3.) VEGAN TACOS WITH CILANTRO LIME
Found from: Where You Get Your Protein
Who says you have to eat meat for every meal? It’s so fun to experiment with different recipes and there are definitely health benefits of cutting back on meat. With these vegan tacos, you won’t even miss it! To top it all off the cilantro lime sauce is to die for! Yum!
4.) COCONUT CURRY CHICKEN
Found from: Creme De La Crumb
Speaking of switching it up, I always love to add international recipes into the weekly rotation. Don’t be afraid of the new ingredients! When everything comes together this coconut curry chicken will have you drooling! SO good!
5.) CAULIFLOWER STIR FRY
Found from: The Fitchen
Speaking of cutting back on meat, this cauliflower stir fry is jam packed with nutrients and flavor. Add in whatever veggies you’d like and feel good about what’s on your plate. Whip out this recipe when you crunched for time but don’t want to sacrifice flavor!
6.) VEGETABLE LO MEIN
Found from: The Recipe Critic
Lo Mein has always been a favorite that I thought would be impossible to make at home. Think again! This take-out inspired recipe is SO much healthier than restaurant versions and will be ready in no time!
7.) TURKEY LETTUCE WRAPS
Found from: Eat Yourself Skinny
Lettuce wraps are one of my favorite go-to’s for lunch and dinner! They’re so easy and not mention so much healthier than using flour wraps. These will leave you perfectly satisfied, not bloated or heavy on your stomach. Definitely try this recipe out.
8.) GREEK QUINOA BOWL
Found from: Peas and Crayons
Bowls have easily become a staple throughout the week. They’re a great way to use up leftover ingredients you may have lying around. You can put absolutely anything in them! This Greek bowl is SO tasty and packed with healthy goodness! These are perfect for absolutely any time of the day.
9.) ASIAN KALE SALAD
Found from: Minimalist Baker
It’s always good to throw a salad in the mix. Salad recipes are great for staying on track and making sure you’re getting plenty of veggies and nutrients! That doesn’t mean that it has to be boring. What’s in your salad is up to your imagination but I recommend this Asian Kale Salad! It’s soy-free and full of so much flavor! Plus it’s filling and won’t leave you feeling hungry an hour later (Anyone else have this problem?!).
10.) CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
Found from: Crunch Creamy Sweet
When I found out you could make Chicken Noodle Soup in 20 minutes I was ALL IN. I love this stuff! It’s so classic and packed with vitamins and ingredients that are good for the soul! Everyone will love this recipe. They’ll never know it took 20 minutes ;).
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Now it’s time to put these recipes into action! You’ll breeze through these at dinner and have so much more time to get stuff done and spend time with your loved ones! These time-saving recipes will be crucial throughout the week. I hope these give you inspiration for quick meals that are both delicious AND healthy! You don’t have to sacrifice. What are your favorite 20 minutes meals? Let me know in the comments below!