These easy 20-minute dinners will streamline your week and help you ease back into your fall routine.

Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D.
Updated September 04, 2019

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The Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks is officially available, so that means it's fall, right? To be honest, PSLs aren't my thing but I do love slippers, apple-scented candles and soup. And after a whirlwind summer, I’m looking forward to slowing down and getting back to a routine this fall. But that doesn’t mean I’ll have hours to spend in the kitchen every night—and I doubt you do either. So keeping dinner simple is as important as ever.

Your Meal Plan

These dinners use shortcut ingredients like store-bought pesto, frozen ravioli, canned chickpeas and precooked brown rice to get these meals on the table in 20 minutes.

We kick things off today with salmon prepared my favorite way: topped with a maple-mustard mixture, popped under the broiler. Serve it with whole-wheat couscous and steamed green beans tossed in a little butter with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice, and dinner is done. It's super delicious and it's SO FAST. Nine times out of 10, when we're having salmon in my house we're making it this way. The rest of these recipes are just as quick and delicious:

Saturday: Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon

Sunday: BBQ Chicken Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw

Monday: Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry

Tuesday: Creamy Lemon Pasta with Shrimp

Wednesday: Beef & Bean Sloppy Joes

Thursday: Sweet & Sour Chicken

Friday: Pesto Ravioli with Spinach & Tomatoes

Get the Shopping List

We're making shopping easier with a list of all the ingredients you need to make this week's meals. You can print it, or just keep it on your phone to reference when you hit the store. Get it here.

Scan the shopping list, and if there are things you'd rather make at home than buy from the store—like cooking a batch of brown rice at home versus buying the precooked packets, or poaching chicken breasts rather than buying precooked chicken—carve out a little time over the weekend to get the prep done and out of the way.

Big-Batch Breakfast

Now, this is a recipe that will get me out of bed in the morning. Cozy cinnamon roll-flavored overnight oats that can be prepped ahead to have for the whole week! Add a handful of fresh raspberries and sprinkle some pecans on top before eating.

Get the Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats

Feeling the meal-prep fever? Try one of our easy meal-prep lunch plans to set yourself up with healthy lunches for the week ahead. The Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowls in this meal-prep plan are among my favorite meals, and they're ready in a quick 30 minutes. Not into this recipe? Browse our other meal-prep recipes to find one that will work for you.

Treat Yourself

I'm ready to fire up my oven, and this chocolate pumpkin bread is calling to me. Make this tasty loaf with me and share a photo on Instagram using the hashtag #ThePrep.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Bread

Love this newsletter, have a meal-prep tip you're dying to share or a question you need answered? Email me at ThePrep@eatingwell.com.

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