Advertisement

25 Healthy Recipes Ready in 20 Minutes or Less

Featured Recipes

Crab Cake Burgers

These burgers have a true crab flavor that isn't masked by fillers or strong seasoning. Serve on a bun with tartar sauce or with a lemon-juice-dressed salad of greens, sprouts and sliced peaches. This recipe works best with convenient pasteurized crabmeat, usually found in the refrigerated case near the fish counter. If you prefer lump crabmeat, cut it into small, uniform pieces.

» Crab Cake Burgers

Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown Butter

For this recipe, convenient store-bought potato gnocchi are tossed with delicate ribbons of zucchini, shallots and cherry tomatoes that have all been sautéed in nutty browned butter.

» Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown Butter

Maple-Chili Glazed Pork Medallions

Pork medallions are quick and easy to prepare, and are particularly tasty with a maple-chili glaze.

» Maple-Chili Glazed Pork Medallions

Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter

Lime juice, chili powder and pepitas give this salmon Mexican flair. Serve with wild rice and steamed vegetables.

» Salmon with Pepita-Lime Butter

Italian Vegetable Hoagies

This delightfully easy, and somewhat messy, sandwich packs a punch with sweet balsamic vinegar, artichoke hearts, red onion, provolone cheese and zesty pepperoncini. We love it for dinner as well as lunch. If you're packing the hoagies to take along, keep the ingredients separate and assemble right before eating to avoid soggy bread. Serve with tomato and cucumber salad.

» Italian Vegetable Hoagies

Turkey Cutlets with Rhubarb Chutney

Try rhubarb in this tangy chutney with golden raisins and fresh ginger, served with turkey. You can also pair the sauce with grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts or lean pork chops. Serve with: Whole-wheat couscous and steamed asparagus.

» Turkey Cutlets with Rhubarb Chutney

Pork & Broccoli Thai Noodle Salad

Crunchy broccoli slaw—available in most supermarkets near the other coleslaw mixes—is the secret to making this Thai noodle recipe super-fast. If you have the time and want to make your own broccoli slaw, shred broccoli stems through the large holes of a box grater. Making the pork patties while the water for the noodles comes to a boil ensures the pork and noodles will be done at the same time.

» Pork & Broccoli Thai Noodle Salad


Does your hectic schedule leave you feeling that take-out is your only option? Using a few choice convenience items, such as canned broths, tomatoes and beans, you can make any of these 25 healthy dinner recipes in 20 minutes or less—without reaching for the phone. Keeping your refrigerator, freezer and pantry well-stocked with the basics also helps you whip up quick, satisfying meals (don’t miss EatingWell’s Well-Stocked Pantry for ideas on what to have on hand). Get started with these ultra-quick recipes and tips and get dinner on the table fast tonight!

Download a FREE 20-Minute Dinner Recipe Cookbook!

COMMENTS POSTEDsort icon

Thought these were supposed to be easy. Half of these ingredients I have never heard of.....

Anonymous

09/08/2013 - 4:54pm

For healthy burgers, try ground chicken, turkey, or finely chopped fish with whole wheat bread crumbs, dash of onion powder and an egg to hold it all together. Now that was easy!

John, On. Canada.

DarkShadow_u

02/02/2010 - 11:17am

Clearly the person who posted about Intuitive Eating is trying to sell something. If you don't like sugar, don't use sugar! If you don't like the recipe, don't make it! These recipes are here for reference for people who would LIKE to make these dishes! Go searching elsewhere if you don't find what you want here.

There are healthy pizza recipes here and a lot of the dishes posted can be kid friendly - kids should be exposed to more than just pizza and burgers. I don't think I had a cheeseburger until I was 12 years old - up until then I was eating whatever my parents were eating - mussels, fish, chicken, and a LOT of fresh veggies and fruits. CANDY and JUNK FOOD like chips and burgers and pizzas were a treat - NOT a meal for every day. This is why children are getting bigger and bigger each year - parents feeding them junk because it's easy. It not healthy! This is why our country is so obese. Learn from the French and the Europeans - eat light and eat healthy from the start!

Anonymous

01/11/2010 - 4:36pm

It's obvious the people who have made these comments don't have thier education in nutrition. Substituing splenda for sugar doesn't make something healthier. Plus, have you heard of Intuitive Eating? This is an amazing website that does a fantastic job of balancing healthy new foods with healthier desserts and recipe makeovers.

Anonymous

01/06/2010 - 1:20pm

A lot of their recipes call for a lot of sugar. Sugar is so bad for you. How can they call themselve healthy cooking if there is so much sugar.

Anonymous

11/23/2009 - 9:36am

Just what I'm looking for! Fast and Easy! Thank you!

Anonymous

11/20/2009 - 5:28pm

The holiday recipes are all for unusual foods that we wouldn't ordinarily make for family get-togethers. Guests expect their old favorites - stuffing, gravy, veggies, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, soup, rolls and buter, pumpkin pie, other desserts - plus the ham or turkey. I'd like to see recipes for dishes we've been making for years, but want to "lighten up" to be healthier. For example, I make the Libby's pumpkin pie recipe with Splenda instead of sugar, Egg Beaters instead of whole eggs, and fat free evaporated milk. It's not quite as puffy and creamy, but nobody seems to notice - especially with a glob of Cool Whip Free on top. I don't know a diet pie crust recipe, so that part of it isn't so low-calorie, but I'm still lowering the fat and sugar. I'd like recipes like that - old favorites with reduced fat and sugar.

Anonymous

11/20/2009 - 3:53pm

Why do many, many cookbooks lie about the total time it takes to make meals from full preparation-cooking time-to-on the table and ready to eat?

Please, somebody tell me why?

Anonymous

10/27/2009 - 4:46am

Get in touch with the REAL "working people" world! Needs to be much simpler.

Anonymous

10/20/2009 - 7:45am

I think they should add some simpler recipes to this site as it is for kids something like healthy home made burgers or sausages or even pizza.

—Paige, Surrey, UK

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 4:49pm

All Recipe Collections

In Season
Broth and Stock
Fall
Healthy Summer Salads
Spring Recipes
Summer Drinks
Summer Potluck Sides & Desserts
Winter
Winter Drinks
Desserts
Bread Pudding
Cake
Cheesecake Recipes
Chocolate
Chocolate Desserts
Christmas Cookies
Christmas Desserts
Cookies
Cupcake Recipes
Dessert Recipes
Frozen Desserts
Fruit Bar & Healthy Brownie Recipes
Holiday Cookies
Ice Cream
Meringue
Naturally Decorated Holiday Cookies
Pies
Pumpkin Desserts and Pumpkin Bread
Sorbet
Ethnic/World Cuisine
African Recipes
Asian
Cajun & Creole Recipes
Caribbean Recipes
Chinese Recipes
Curry Recipes
Greek Recipes
Hispanic
Indian
Irish Recipes
Italian Recipes
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern Recipes
Paella
Russian & Polish Recipes
Southern
Spanish
Tacos
Tapas
Tortilla Recipes
Fruits & Vegetables
Apples
Asparagus Recipes
Avocado
Bananas
Basil
Bell Peppers
Berry Recipes
Blackberries
Blueberries
Broccoli Recipes
Brussels Sprouts Recipes
Carrots
Cauliflower Recipes
Cherries
Citrus
Collard Greens
Corn
Cranberries
Cucumbers
Eggplant Recipes
Garlic Recipes
Ginger
Green Beans
Kale Recipes
Olives
Onions
Peaches
Peas
Pineapple
Pumpkin Recipes
Raspberries
Roasted Peppers
Spinach
Stone Fruit
Strawberry Recipes
Summer
Sweet Potato Recipes
Tomato Recipes
Watermelon
Winter Greens
Winter Squash Recipes
Zucchini Recipes & Summer Squash Recipes
Grilling
Appetizers
BBQ Sauce, Marinades and Rubs
Burger Recipes
Grilled Chicken and BBQ Chicken
Grilled Fish and Seafood
Grilled Lamb
Grilled Pork
Grilled Salmon
Grilled Shrimp Recipes
Grilled Steak and Beef
Kabobs and Skewers
Vegetarian Grilling
Health Considerations
7 Foods to Keep You Young
Antioxidants
Bone Health
Diabetes Dinner
Diabetic Chicken
Diabetic Desserts
Diabetic Diet
Diabetic Diet Thanksgiving
Diet
Diet Chicken Recipes
Diet Desserts
Diet Dinners
Digestive Health
EatingWell Diet Challenge Recipes
Gluten-Free Diet
Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes
Healthy Aging
Healthy Mind
Heart-Healthy Chicken
Heart-Healthy Diet
High Blood Pressure Diet
High Fiber
Immunity
Low Fat
Low Sodium
Low-Calorie
Low-Calorie Chicken
Low-Calorie Desserts
Low-Calorie Dinner Recipes for Two
Low-Fat Desserts
Low-Sodium Dinners
Mind Body Spirit
MyPlate-Inspired
Omega-3
Pregnancy Diet
Holiday/Occasion
4th of July Recipes
Christmas
Christmas Appetizers
Christmas Dinner
Easter
Father's Day
Feast of Seven Fishes
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Good Luck
Halloween Recipes
Hanukkah
Holiday Birds
Holiday Drinks
Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen
Holiday Make-Ahead Sides
Holiday Sides and Desserts
Holidays
Kwanzaa
Labor Day
Mardi Gras
Memorial Day
Mother's Day
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve Appetizers
Passover
Punch Recipes
St. Patrick's Day
Stuffing
Super Bowl
Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Appetizers
Thanksgiving Casserole
Thanksgiving Cookies
Thanksgiving Desserts
Thanksgiving Leftovers
Thanksgiving Pies
Thanksgiving Recipes
Thanksgiving Sides and Desserts
Valentine's Day
Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Kid-Friendly
Healthy Eating for Kids
Kid-Friendly Dinners
Kids Breakfasts
Kids Lunch
Kids Snacks
Summer Kids Recipes
Lifestyle/Theme
Bars
Biscuit Recipes
Bread
Cheesy Recipes
Chili
Comfort Food
Dill
Gazpacho
Grits
Lasagna
Mashed Potatoes
Meatloaf Recipes
Muffins
Pita
Pizza Recipes
Quesadilla
Salad
Sandwich
Sauerkraut
Soup and Bread
Sweet-and-Sour
Tailgating
Vegan
Vegetarian
Main Ingredient
Almond
Bacon Recipes
Baked Chicken
Baked Potato & Healthy Twice-Baked Potato Recipes
Beans
Beef Sirloin Recipes
Beef Tenderloin & Filet Mignon Recipes
Beet
Black Eyed Peas
Bulgur & Farro Recipes
Cabbage Recipes
Cabbage Soup Recipes
Cashew
Catfish
Chicken
Chicken Breast
Chicken Casserole
Chicken Pasta
Chicken Salad
Chicken Soup Recipes
Chicken Thighs
Chipotle
Chorizo & Pepperoni
Cinnamon
Cod Recipes
Coffee
Cornbread
Date
Eggs
Fig
Fish
Flank Steak Recipes
Flax
Fried Chicken Recipes
Fruit Salad
Grapes
Ground Beef
Ground Turkey
Haddock
Halibut
Horseradish
Lemon Chicken
Lentil
Lobster
Low Fat Chicken
Mahi-Mahi
Maple
Mint
Miso
Mussels
Noodle Recipes
Nuts
Oats
Okra
Olive Recipes
Orange
Pastrami Recipes, Roast Beef Recipes & Corned Beef Recipes
Peanut Butter
Peanut Recipes
Pecan
Peppercorn
Phyllo Dough Recipes
Pickles
Pilaf
Pinto Bean
Polenta
Pork
Pork Chops
Pork Tenderloin
Portobello Recipes
Prosciutto Recipes
Quinoa
Salmon
Sardines
Scallops
Seafood
Seafood Appetizer
Seafood Casserole
Seafood Pasta
Seafood Salad
Seafood Soup
Shrimp Pasta
Shrimp Recipes
Smoked Salmon
Sole
Spinach Salads
Squid
Steak
Strip Steak Recipes
Tahini
Tilapia
Tofu
Trout
Tuna Recipes
Turkey Meatloaf Recipes
Walnut
Walnuts
Watercress
Whole Chicken
Whole Grains
Wild Rice
Yogurt
Get a full year of EatingWell magazine.
World Wide Web Health Award Winner Web Award Winner World Wide Web Health Award Winner Interactive Media Award Winner