Our Best 20-Minute Dinners
Bye-bye, drive-through. Hello, fresh, healthier, never-boring meal ideas -- all ready in a jiffy.
Spicy Shrimp Pasta
Here's a delicious time-saving idea: Combine fresh salmon with precooked mashed potatoes and fresh dill for an easy dinner. Serve with honey mustard dressing over crisp greens.
Apricot Pork with Garlic Green Beans
Crushed red pepper gives sauteed shrimp some heat, while sun-dried tomatoes and shallots add zing. A bed of angel hair pasta and broccoli florets adds substance to the meal.
Skillet Vegetables on Cheese Toast
Apricot wedges cooked with honey and garlic give traditional pork chops a savory-sweet makeover.
Turkey Spinach Toss
For a healthy yet filling meal, spread tangy goat cheese on toasted rustic bread and top with a medley of fresh vegetables. Cook baby carrots, button mushrooms, and onion in a skillet to bring out the veggies' flavors.
Peppery turkey and salty, pan-fried ham pair well with wilted spinach simmered in orange juice.
Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings
For a new take on the classic pizza margherita, use focaccia instead of pizza dough and sub creamy Camembert for mozzarella. Chopped walnuts and fresh chives highlight the robust cheese.
Cajun Snapper with Red Beans and Rice
Create this down-home dish in a flash by crisscrossing refrigerated cornbread twists over a mixture of chicken and veggies.
BLT Salad with Vinaigrette
A faster version of the Cajun classic: Red snapper cooks in no time, and microwavable red beans and rice are ready in a matter of minutes.
Balsamic Pork and Dumplings
Forget the basic BLT. This deconstructed version takes it up a notch with blue cheese and Dijon mustard-cider vinegar dressing.
Peanut-Sauced Shrimp and Pasta
Frozen potato-and-onion dumplings save time on busy nights. Combine them with pork medallions, a rich balsamic glaze, and fresh rosemary for a dinner that tastes like it took hours to make.
Linguine in Fresh Tomato Sauce with Garlic-Basil Toast
Jarred peanut sauce adds a burst of flavor to sauteed shrimp with veggies -- and it saves time. Serve over a nest of quick-cooking rice noodles for a comforting meal.
Here's proof that creating flavorful tomato sauce doesn't have to take hours. This version, along with al dente linguine, briny olives, and garlicky toast, comes together in 20 minutes.
Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili
For a Mediterranean twist on the Mexican favorite, press cooked shrimp, artichoke hearts, crumbly feta cheese, and hummus between two vegetable tortillas.
This hearty meal combines green chiles, chicken, and white beans. Top with cheesy tortilla crisps.
Build your own po'boy (a traditional Louisiana sandwich) by topping flaky catfish fillets with sweet peppers, cheese, and coleslaw.
Lemon Caper Tuna and Noodles with Alfredo
Chimichurri -- a traditional Mexican sauce made from parsley, oil, vinegar, garlic, and red pepper flakes -- adds bite to grilled chicken. Microwave frozen green beans for a fast side dish.
Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream
This grown-up version of tuna noodle casserole combines thick egg noodles and tuna with creamy Alfredo sauce, salty capers, and lemon juice.
Sesame Crusted Cod
Instead of making tacos, pile crispy tostadas with flaky fish, shredded cabbage, avocado, and tomatoes. Tangy chili lime cream lends fresh flavor to the dish.
Tuscan Bean Soup
Broiled cod fillets are dressed up in a sesame-butter mixture and paired with garlicky green beans. Sauteed orange slices add zing to the meal.
Beef and Cabbage Wraps
Cannellini beans give this hearty soup bulk while baby carrots, onions, wilted baby spinach, and Italian seasoning amp up the flavor.
Turkey Steaks with Spinach, Pears & Blue Cheese
Barbecue beef with corn is wrapped in a flour tortilla and topped with crunchy cabbage.
Sage-rubbed turkey tenderloins are paired with wilted spinach, sauteed pears, and pungent blue cheese for a dish that's easy, delicious, and healthy.
Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini
Salami, arugula, and artichoke hearts make the perfect filling for soft focaccia bread. Mascarpone cheese lends creaminess to the Mediterranean-inspired sandwich.
Orzo pasta tossed in dill vinaigrette is a great accompaniment to skillet-cooked basil chicken and sauteed zucchini.