30 Delicious Dinner Recipes Ready in 20 Minutes or Less

Chow on 07.17.12
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Whether you've worked a full day or shuffled the kids around all day (or both!), the last thing you want to think about is what's for dinner, let alone actually cook it. And so we often end up serving the same few dishes over and over again because they are easy and usually quick (and sometimes involve a microwave or takeout). But, it doesn't have to take a lot of time to have an inspired arsenal of recipes up your sleeve that offers ample variety, plenty of flavor, and doesn't take up what little "free" time (we know that phrase doesn't really exist for most parents) you've got with the family. We've helped make the task even easier by rounding up a month's worth of dinners (although a lot of them would be great for breakfast and/or lunch too!) that can all be prepared in 20 minutes or less.

1. Maple-Chili Glazed Pork Medallions
2. 16-Minute Shrimp Scampi
3. Sauteed Chicken in Mustard-Cream Sauce
4. Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons and Parsley Brown Butter
5. Tangy Glazed Fish Fillets
6. Migas with Tomato Chipotle Coulis
7. Portobellos with Roasted Leeks and Spinach
8. Broccoli and Gorgonzola Polenta
9. Pan Seared Halibut with Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes
10. Lemon Spaghetti
11. Seared Skirt Steak with Mushroom Salad
12. Avocado-Baked Egg
13. Corn and Crab Salad
14. Spinach-Pie Quesadillas
15. 15-Minute Paella
16. Herb-Garlic Beef Roast
17. Salmon Patties
18. Rustic Gazpacho
19. Ginger Chicken Noodle Bowl
20. Mini Meat Loaves with Green Beans
21. Toasted Pecan, Cranberry, and Gorgonzola Turkey Burgers
22. Pan Seared Scallops with Shaved Zucchini, Lemon, and Almonds
23. Nicoise Toasts
24. Parmesean Chicken with Ceasar Roasted Romaine
25. White Pizza with Tomato and Basil
26. Thai Peanut Chicken
27. Rigatoni with Artichokes, Garlic, and Orange Zest
28. Vietnamese Tuna Burger
29. Spicy Black Bean Burrito
30. Halibut Tacos with Creamy Corn and Tomato Slaw

 
If these recipes don't get your mouth watering and inspire you to get into the kitchen (even if you normally dread it), I don't know what will. Even if you don't think you can whip up meals like this every night of the week, consider giving it a shot two or three nights a week and work some of these quick and easy recipes into your culinary repertoire. You and your family will all be a lot more excited when dinner time rolls around.

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