21 Surprisingly Simple Dinners You Can Make in 20 Minutes

Does your busy schedule leave you with almost no time to cook? Fill your meal plan for the next 3 weeks with these 21 surprisingly simple dinners that take minutes to make. You’ll avoid the drive-thru with stress-free dishes your whole family will love, and serve them in record time!

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These 21 surprisingly simple dinners are exactly what I needed for my meal planning anxiety. Personally, I HATE meal planning. BUT it really is the best way to save time in the kitchen and get rid of unnecessary last minute trips to the grocery store. So I try to make it easier by having a good list of great tasting, easy recipes that I can repeat over and over! #simpledinners #quickdinners #easydinnerrecipes #easydinners #weeknightdinnerrecipes

As the lazy days of summer come to a close, the busyness of the Fall season isn’t far behind. That means almost no blank dates on the calendar. You’ve probably noticed this already!

Every night when you finally make it home from work, you have to head right back out for an event, rehearsal, practice, or errands. There is no time to cook dinner on top of everything else, and the drive-thru might as well become your new normal.

Life always seems to speed up this time of the year, and if we’re not intentional about dinner time, meal planning can become the first thing we start to neglect. How are you supposed to cook with such a busy schedule?

By simplifying dinner time.

This isn’t the season for gourmet meals and complicated steps. We need simple, and we need FAST. Which is why I’ve collected some amazing dinner ideas that can be on the table in 20 minutes or less. Yep, that’s all it takes!

You’ll find lots of variety in this collection including soups, salads, pastas, pizza and more. Every one of these simple dinners will satisfy your entire family without taking up too much of your precious time.

21 Simple Dinners that take 20 Minutes or Less:

Roasted Cherry Tomato and Burrata Pasta via The Baking Fairy

Healthy & Easy Beef Fajitas You Can Make in 15 Minutes via The Fit Blog

Quick and Easy Quinoa Tostadas via Strength and Sunshine

Quick and Easy BBQ Sloppy Joes via Kalyn Brooke

Big Mac Salad – Cheeseburger Salad via Wholesome Yum

Easy White Chicken Pizza Recipe via A Mom’s Impression

Easy 15 Minute Shrimp Lo Mein via Living Sweet Moments

Low Carb Korean Beef via Low Carb Yum

Tortellini Soup with Mushrooms, Leeks, and Chicken Sausage via Finding Time To Fly

Homemade Pizza Pockets via Dancing Through the Rain

Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry via Savory Tooth

15 Minute Macaroni and Cheese via Kalyn Brooke

Baked Chicken Burritos via My Joy Filled Life

Pepperoni Pizza Poppers via Mildly Meandering

Oven Baked Tacos via Finding Time To Fly

Sweet Sriracha Chicken Stir Fry via The Bewithchin Kitchen

One Pot Chicken Broccoli Pasta via Cincy Shopper

Shrimp Scampi Orzo via Easy Recipes for Busy Moms

Grilled Chicken and Rice with Sage Butter Sauce via FoodNService

Spicy Spaghetti Aglio Olio & Pepperoncino via Happy Foods Tube

Taco Salad with Doritos via Dancing Through the Rain

A Quick Tip

Save even more time and keep key ingredients on hand like ground beef, cooked chicken, canned biscuits and pizza dough, pasta and crescent rolls (so you can make chicken bundles!). That way, you’ll always have an easy option no matter what your life (or schedule) throws at you!

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What is your go-to dinner recipe for a busy weeknight?

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  1. Your timing is impeccable as always! I’ve been getting a bit weary of our same old dinner routine (salmon, taco salads, salads with chix, soup and veggies, rinse and repeat!)…and now I have a bevy of new quick n’ easy dinners to try my hand at. That ground beef and cabbage stir fry looks right up my alley. Thanks, girl. Pinning it stat!

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