Our Best 20-Minute Dinners

Bye-bye, drive-through. Hello, fresh, healthier, never-boring meal ideas -- all ready in a jiffy.

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Salmon-Potato Cakes
Salmon-Potato Cakes

    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.

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

    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.

Apricot Pork with Garlic Green Beans

    Apricot wedges cooked with honey and garlic give traditional pork chops a savory-sweet makeover.

Skillet Vegetables on Cheese Toast

    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.

Turkey Spinach Toss

    Peppery turkey and salty, pan-fried ham pair well with wilted spinach simmered in orange juice.

Focaccia-Camembert Pizza

    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.

Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings

    Create this down-home dish in a flash by crisscrossing refrigerated cornbread twists over a mixture of chicken and veggies.

Cajun Snapper with Red Beans and Rice

    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.

Open-Face Chicken and Mushroom Sandwiches

    Up the fun by stacking grilled chicken, asparagus, and portobello mushrooms on Italian bread with onion cream cheese.

BLT Salad with Vinaigrette

    Forget the basic BLT. This deconstructed version takes it up a notch with blue cheese and Dijon mustard-cider vinegar dressing.

Balsamic Pork and Dumplings

    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.

Peanut-Sauced Shrimp and Pasta

    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.

Linguine in Fresh Tomato Sauce with Garlic-Basil Toast

    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.

Shrimp Quesadillas

    For a Mediterranean twist on the Mexican favorite, press cooked shrimp, artichoke hearts, crumbly feta cheese, and hummus between two vegetable tortillas.

Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili

    This hearty meal combines green chiles, chicken, and white beans. Top with cheesy tortilla crisps.

Catfish Po'Boys

    Build your own po'boy (a traditional Louisiana sandwich) by topping flaky catfish fillets with sweet peppers, cheese, and coleslaw.

Chimichurri Chicken

    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.

Lemon Caper Tuna and Noodles with Alfredo

    This grown-up version of tuna noodle casserole combines thick egg noodles and tuna with creamy Alfredo sauce, salty capers, and lemon juice.

Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream

    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.

Poached Egg Salad

    Greens dressed in a warm grape-and-leek vinaigrette are topped with blue cheese and delicately poached eggs.

Sesame Crusted Cod

    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.

Tuscan Bean Soup

    Cannellini beans give this hearty soup bulk while baby carrots, onions, wilted baby spinach, and Italian seasoning amp up the flavor.

Beef and Cabbage Wraps

    Barbecue beef with corn is wrapped in a flour tortilla and topped with crunchy cabbage.

Turkey Steaks with Spinach, Pears & Blue Cheese

    Sage-rubbed turkey tenderloins are paired with wilted spinach, sauteed pears, and pungent blue cheese for a dish that's easy, delicious, and healthy.

Stuffed Focaccia

    Salami, arugula, and artichoke hearts make the perfect filling for soft focaccia bread. Mascarpone cheese lends creaminess to the Mediterranean-inspired sandwich.

Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini

    Orzo pasta tossed in dill vinaigrette is a great accompaniment to skillet-cooked basil chicken and sauteed zucchini.

Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

    Maple syrup is a delightfully unexpected addition to sauteed chicken breasts and green onions. To save time making a side, use purchased mashed sweet potatoes.

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