Sometimes we don’t even have 30 minutes to spare on dinner. We’re all seemingly so busy juggling our own schedules and our kiddos’ schedules too that cutting down minutes in the kitchen is absolutely essential. Don’t you worry though, we’ve done our research. And we’ve found ways to serve up delicious bites in literally the fraction of normal dinner prep time. Check out these 15-minute meal recipes to whip up in a pinch!
1. Pan-Seared Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce
With just 15 minutes you can have a full on entree filled with delicious flavors and a sauce that rivals restaurant quality. Check out this recipe for pan-seared chicken topped with a creamy mustard sauce at Wholesome Yum. Some mashed potatoes or a leafy green salad would accompany it nicely.
2. Bacon Avocado Griddle Pizzas
These are great for throwing together quickly for weekend lunches, lunchbox additions, or as a light and easy dinner. Reluctant Entertainer will walk you through the process of making these bacon and avocado masterpieces. If you add an egg, it becomes brunch!
3. Fish Tacos
Isabel Eats can even whip up some fish tacos in 15 minutes flat. And these aren’t boring bites. They’re served with a chipotle lime crema drizzled on top and a bout of fresh ingredients.
4. Sesame Beef Bowls
How does a homemade sesame beef bowl sound for this evening? It may look layered and intricate, but we promise, this too will only take 15 minutes to prepare. Check out all of the details at Apple of My Eye.
5. Cauliflower Rice Sushi Rolls
8th and Lake has something for our vegan and vegetarian families. This cauliflower rice sushi is quick to whip up but also really fun too! You can easily personalize with bouts of avocado, additions of peppers or other veggies, as well as some cream cheese if you’re feeling up to it.
6. Egg-in-a-Hole Breakfast Sandwiches
Simple and delicious breakfast recipes are great to have on hand – especially if you decide to serve up breakfast for dinner! And this Brit + Co creation could be your new staple. Eggs in the hole are fancy and fun for everyone.
7. Tomato & Basil Gnocchi
Salt and Lavender went the route of pasta with this creamy and flavorful dish. If you’re already a fan of tomato and basil flavors then this one will knock your socks right off. And, again, it looks like it may take a good bit of time to prepare for the family but it doesn’t! Grab one pan (yes, just one) and get started.
8. Honey Garlic Chicken
Some honey garlic chicken could be paired with so many family favorites. Top off salads, rice, or even use it as a topping to some lo mein if you’re craving something more substantional. Family Food on the Table
9. Coconut Curry Noodle Soup
The Woks of Life went with a dish that may be a bit new for the traditional family dinner table – and that’s okay. Even if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, you can still try something new. And the sweet and spicy combination with this coconut and curry makes a wonderful splash.
10. Maple Glazed Pork Chops
Pork chops really get a bad rep, don’t you think? But in reality, you just have to know the right recipe. And that’s where Sprinkles and Sprouts comes in with this maple-inspired, pan-seared slice.
11. Chicken & Broccoli
Audrey’s Apron knows that you can whip up this chicken and broccoli recipe faster than you can order the same thing throughout takeout. It goes over nicely with some white rice, brown rice, or lo main noodles. Fry up some egg rolls in the air fryer while everything cooks!
12. Creamy Tomato Soup
We have another soup! This creamy tomato soup goes well with classic grilled cheeses which can melt nicely in the oven while this simmers on the stove. Serious Eats will walk you through the entire process.
13. Crispy Cuban Eggrolls
Make these eggrolls bigger or smaller. And dip them in a honey mustard sauce to finish off your bites. These are perfect as lunch or dinner options. Just hop on over to A Zesty Bite to grab the recipe.
14. Broccoli Mac and Cheese
My Fussy Eater will knows how to sneak some vegetables into your kiddos diets – a bit easier than sheer bribery. This pot can be served up as dinner on its own – and the leftovers are awesome – but, of course, it pairs nicely with chicken entrees as well as good, old fashioned chicken nuggets!
15. Honey Garlic Shrimp
And finally, visit our friends at Healthy Nibbles and Bits to learn all about their honey garlic shrimp recipe. This too can be served on salad, on its own with sautéed veggies, or on top of white or brown rice. Make it at home instead of spending more money and time on takeout!