Sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day, and the thought of cooking an actual meal makes you break out in a cold sweat. On those days, it can be so tempting and even feel necessary to stop by your favorite restaurant or order in a pizza to get dinner on the table. On those mornings or evenings when cooking a meal feels like an insurmountable task, having some nifty recipes up your sleeve can save you time and money.
There are so many great recipes that can be whipped up in 20 minutes or less, so there's no need to settle for a sandwich (no matter how delicious) when what you really crave is a hot, satisfying meal. Even worse than a weekday when you don't have enough time are those days when plans just appear out of nowhere and you suddenly find that a bare-bones supper simply will not suffice.
Not to fear - these 20-minute recipes are all delicious and will appeal to all kinds of appetites. What's more, many of them will complement a spontaneous evening of drinks or a morning get-together perfectly. Whether you need to whip up something for breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, these recipes are sure to help, so read on to discover 20-minute recipes that will change your life. istockphoto.com
20-Minute Spaghetti With Chicken Meat Sauce
Dreaming of spaghetti Bolognese and a sauce that's been simmering on the stove for hours and hours? If that's what you're craving but you simply lack the time, then this is the recipe for you! Its easy and healthy, and in a pinch it will satisfy a craving.
For the 20-Minute Spaghetti With Chicken Meat Sauce recipe, click here. istockphoto.com
Pizza Without Crust
If you find yourself hosting a spontaneous gathering, this pizza without a crust, which is a combination of fondue, mozzarella sticks and pizza, is a great dish to nosh on.
For the Pizza Without Crust recipe, click here. Laurie Frankie
Ayesha Curry's Spiced Salmon Mango Avocado Salad
This salad, with mangos, a tangy vinaigrette and a dry rub that is spicy and sweet, is anything but boring and the perfect quick meal to make when you have no time but want something that tastes special.
For the Spiced Salmon Mango Avocado Salad recipe, click here. Ayesha Curry on behalf of the National Mango Board
These cheesy crescent-roll appetizers are the perfect snack to make and are a real crowd pleaser. They require just five ingredients and can be on the table in record time.
For the Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels recipe, click here. Pillsbury
Baked Egg Cups With Tomatoes, Spinach and Prosciutto
For a quick and easy breakfast that is equally perfect for a weekday breakfast or weekend brunch, turn to these baked egg cups. They're delicious, and they also happen to be paleo-friendly.
For the Baked Egg Cups With Tomatoes, Spinach and Prosciutto recipe, click here. istockphoto.com
Chocolate Hazelnut Pie Sticks
These portable pies are a great sweet treat to bring on a picnic, bake sale or any gathering you fancy. This version is filled with hazelnut spread, but the recipe is incredibly versatile and you could fill them with whatever you fancy!
For the Chocolate Hazelnut Pie Sticks recipe, click here. Pillsbury
Cranberry-Orange Baklava Pinwheels
Nutty, citrusy and sweet, these little pastries are easy to make with refrigerated pie crusts, and will instantly become a hit at your next cocktail party.
For the Cranberry-Orange Baklava Pinwheels recipe, click here. Pillsbury
Cream Scones With Fresh Cranberries
These lightly sweetened cranberry scones are the perfect fall treat and the perfect thing to make when you have the urge to bake something delicious but are short on time.
For the Cream Scones With Fresh Cranberries recipe, click here. Aurelie Jouan
Easy Shrimp Skillet
Large shrimp, diced tomatoes and sliced zucchini get a taste of the Mediterranean with a zingy dressing and crumbled feta in this easy weeknight skillet.
For the Easy Shrimp Skillet recipe, click here. istockphoto.com
Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos
Not only do these breakfast burritos take no time at all to make, you can keep them in the freezer for those days when you literally have no time to spare and need a filling breakfast to fuel the day.
For the Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos recipe, click here. Eggland's Best
Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Sandwiches
Hit the snooze button and still have an amazing breakfast, thanks to these make-ahead breakfast sandwiches which take less than 20 minutes to make and live in the freezer until you need them!
For the Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Sandwiches recipe, click here. Shutterstock
Gorgonzola, Fig and Walnuts Tartlets
Looking for an elegant yet easy appetizer for your next cocktail party? These gorgonzola-fig tarts are the perfect combination of savory and sweet and are easy to make quickly using refrigerated pie crust.
For the Gorgonzola, Fig and Walnuts Tartlets recipe, click here. Pillsbury
Grilled Lemon Pepper Shrimp Kebabs
Food on sticks tend to be more fun anyway, so when time is of the essence, whip up these tasty shrimp kebabs and enjoy a meal that is truly delicous.
For the Grilled Lemon Pepper Shrimp Kebabs recipe, click here. McCormick
Hawaiian Pizza Muffins
Looking for something quick and easy to make that kids will love? These pizza muffins will go down a treat and can be ready in no time at all.
For the Hawaiian Pizza Muffins recipe, click here. Maya Visnyei
Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon With Veggies and Oranges
Who doesn't love a sheet-pan dinner? They're easy and require just one pan! This one get bonus points for being fast to make as well as easy!
For the Honey-Soy Glazed Salmon With Veggies and Oranges recipe, click here. Oxmoor House
Lemony Herbed Ricotta and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta
The 20-minute roasted tomatoes cook as everything else gets assembled. This recipe is perfect for a light dinner with a side salad or as a delicious appetizer to accompany drinks.
For the Lemony Herbed Ricotta and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta recipe, click here. Oxmoor House
Mediterranean Crescent Pinwheels
These simple, savory pinwheels are full of flavor and can be adapted to suits any tastes. They bake in no time at all and are an excellent go-to appetizer when you are short on time.
For the Mediterranean Crescent Pinwheels recipe, click here. Pillsbury
One-Pan Sweet Potato and Egg Hash
This one-pan meal tastes incredible and couldn't be easier to prepare. The vibrant colors from the sweet potato and eggs are contrasted with the fresh cilantro to make this dish stunning to look at. Make this for brunch next time you have company and it's sure to be a hit.
For the One-Pan Sweet Potato and Egg Hash recipe, click here. David Kaplan
One-Pot Meatball Orzo and Broccoli Rabe Casserole
This one-pot meal transforms frozen meatballs into a creamy, cheesy and totally delicious main dish that has all the vegetables built in.
For the One-Pot Meatball Orzo and Broccoli Rabe Casserole recipe, click here. Katie Workman
This classic Roman dish is the perfect fast food to make for any occasion - mid week, for Sunday supper of when you are having an impromptu get-together.
For the Pasta Carbonara recipe, click here. istockphoto.com
Everyone needs a good pancake recipe in their repertoire to whip up at a moment's notice. This one made with Greek yogurt is particularly delicious.
For the Perfect Pancakes recipe, click here. Chobani
Quinoa Burrito Bowl
Quinoa bowls are a great speedy meal to make - full of protein, fiber and flavor. Customize your quinoa bowls and feel confident that you can make them effortlessly whenever the craving strikes.
For the Quinoa Burrito Bowl recipe, click here. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Stir-Fried Shrimp, Edamame and Pine Nut Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps are a fun, healthy and tasty meal to make when time is sparse. Even kids will love them!
For the Stir-Fried Shrimp, Edamame and Pine Nut Lettuce Wraps recipe, click here Jeremy Pang
Ultimate Chicken Fajitas
In a bind for dinner? Make a meal that takes little to no time to make at all: chicken fajitas. This chicken fajita recipe is loaded with chicken, cheese, and spices. If you want to make life even easier, this is just one of many dishes you can make with supermarket rotisserie chicken.
For the Ultimate Chicken Fajitas recipe, click here.
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