For those weeks when you just don't have the energy to cook, these 15-minute dinners are *actually* doable.

Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D.
October 17, 2020
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As much as I love cooking, I sure do hate to do it some weeks. The little bit of energy I do have is typically spent by lunch and come dinnertime, I’m done. And if my husband’s in the same mood, it’s either cheese and crackers or takeout (and you can only do so much takeout). I can only imagine how hard it is for those of you with multiple mouths to feed! If you’re in the same boat, then you’ll love this week’s delicious 15-minute dinners that are so easy, you can still pull them off on those weeks when you’re tired of cooking.

Your Meal Plan

The key to keeping these 15-minute meals fast and easy is healthy packaged food (like jarred sauces and precooked grains), plus simple cooking techniques that help to shave off time. That’s how we ended up with dinners like Sunday’s Quick Shrimp Puttanesca (pictured above), which uses refrigerated fresh linguini noodles and shrimp—both only take a few minutes to cook—plus frozen (or canned) artichokes, olives and capers to give this meal that classic Italian flair in just minutes.

Wednesday’s Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon (my all-time favorite way to make salmon) with Steamed Fresh Green Beans and Thursday’s Pesto Ravioli with Spinach & Tomatoes take the cake for the easiest dinners ever. Not only are they ready in 15 minutes but they also happen to use 5 ingredients or less (not counting basics, like oil, salt and pepper). Impressive, right? Last but not least, we close out this week of easy dinners with 10-minute tacos, thanks to precooked chicken and BBQ sauce—yum!

Wednesday: Smoky Maple-Mustard Salmon with Steamed Fresh Green Beans topped with olive oil, salt & pepper

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Big Batch Breakfast 

Prep a few of these tasty fall-inspired breakfasts in just a few minutes at the beginning of the week, so you can skip the cooking during the busy weekdays! Top your overnight oats with apples and pecans, like the recipe suggests, or mix it up with different toppings like banana slices and walnuts, blueberries and almonds, or raspberries and chia seeds.

Treat Yourself

I’ve really been enjoying my cozy fall cocktails, particularly ones that also have the added benefit of warming me up! This Kahlua Cocoa does just that. I’ll be sipping on this tasty treat on what will be quite a rainy weekend here in Vermont. Cheers!

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