What's for dinner: Ready in 20 minutes or less

Lightning-fast recipes for when you don't have much time (or energy) and need to get dinner on the table.
Published September 7, 2021

After a busy and/or chaotic day, there are some nights you just. can't. deal. when it comes to dinner. If you're strapped for time, ideas, or energy, that's where these super quick recipes come in. Clocking in at 20 minutes or less from start to finish, they're great to lean on when the temptation to heat up a frozen meal or order takeout is high, but you're in the mood for something homemade.

Use these recipes as jumping off points to inspire you when it comes to busy weeknight dinners. It's also helpful to have some simple sides in your arsenal to supplement your meals. Think microwave-in-the-bag veggies like green beans, Brussels sprouts, or broccoli florets, quick-cooking cauliflower rice or quinoa, or keeping cooked whole grains like brown rice or farro in your freezer to reheat in a flash.

With these tips and tricks, you can stop worrying about dinner and start wondering what new TV show to start streaming tonight.