Dinner in 20 Minutes or Less

by in Healthy Recipes, February 26, 2013

shrimp with couscous

Think you’re too busy to make dinner a healthy dinner at home? Think again. These recipes are all ready in under 20 minutes; they’re simple enough to throw together on a busy weeknight, but fancy enough to serve to company.

20-Minute Shrimp and Couscous With Hummus-Yogurt Sauce: This speedy shrimp dish gets you whole grains, protein, vegetables and fruit all ready to go in 5 minutes. Pro tip: Prep the couscous while the shrimp broils.

Pasta Puttanesca: While the whole-wheat spaghetti is boiling, put together a quick tomato sauce and get this classic Italian-style pasta dish on the table in less time than it takes to watch the evening news.

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti With Lemon, Basil and Salmon: Giada makes a complete meal — whole-wheat pasta with salmon and spinach — in just a few minutes by multi-tasking in the kitchen: the salmon cooks while the pasta is boiling.

Udon With Tofu and Asian Greens: Don’t call for take-out, make vegetarian Asian-inspired noodles at home instead. (Think-ahead tip: Save the leftovers for a brown-bag lunch the next day.)

Broiled Tilapia With Mustard-Chive Sauce: Tilapia is a quick-cooking, mildly-flavored, budget-friendly fish; all it takes is a few minutes under the broiler for cooked-to-perfection fish even the pickiest eaters will love. While the fish is cooking, whisk together an easy sauce made with Greek yogurt, lemon and Dijon mustard.

20-Minute Hoisin Skillet Salmon: Not only is this complete meal ready in 20 minutes, it’s made all in one pan so you’ll cut down on dish duty time after dinner.

Lemon Chicken With Artichoke Hearts: Chicken dinner is 20 minutes? Yes, it’s possible! The white wine and artichoke hearts make this meal feel fancy but it’s simple enough to make on a busy weeknight.

Round out your meal with one of these super-easy, ready-in-minutes side dishes.

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