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15 Twenty-Minute Healthy Weeknight Recipes

Updated: Jan 14


Because you’re real busy - read on for my favourite 20 minute, dietitian approved recipes to help you eat well, even on your busiest days.

1. 20-Minute Lentil Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Sauce

This 20-minute dinner recipe from Lentils.org has the familiar flavour and texture of tacos, but with a plant-based twist. I love that lentils are packed with heart healthy fibre, and you'll love how quickly they cook!

2. 20-Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp

It’s hard to believe such a quick and simple recipe could be so tasty! This recipe by Sally's Baking Addiction is a truly delicious 20 minute dinner. Don't forget to include a side of steamed broccoli for a balanced meal.

3. 20-Minute Crispy Chicken Thighs with Peppers and Salsa Verde

Because salsa verde is everywhere right now. I love this quick and easy 20-minute [almost] one-dish meal from Country Living. Using couscous as your grain helps to keep cooking time down, and salsa verde adds a delicious flavour that you'll love.

3. 20-Minute Quick and Easy Burrito Bowl

Who needs to stop for fast food when you can make your own burrito bowl in 20 minutes? This recipe is super easy to throw together for a weeknight dinner, or easily multiplied to meal prep lunches for the week. Us leftover rice to make this even quicker.

4. 20-Minute Spicy Kale and Coconut Stir Fry

This 20-minute dinner recipe from Cookie and Kate is perfect for busy weeknights. Using eggs as a protein source speeds up cooking time, and I love that it’s loaded with kale, a nutritious leafy green that keeps this stir fry balanced. I used pre-washed and cut kale for added convenience.

5. 7-Minute Chickpea Spinach Salad

This 7 minute recipe from Hurry The Food Up is as simple as it gets. It's quick (only 7 minutes!!) and uses only a handful of ingredients you probably already have on hand. Using canned chickpeas as a quick and simple protein source helps to speed up this recipe, just give them a good rinse to reduce the sodium content.

6. 15-Minute Spicy Chicken Avocado Wraps

Need a quick and easy dinner ready in 15 minutes? Then try these spicy chicken avocado wraps from BBC Good Food. I love the balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates in this recipe. For added convenience and to reduce waste, I used lime juice and herb paste instead of fresh, and whipped this dinner up in no time.

7. 20-Minute Shrimp Tomato Spinach Pasta

Who says pasta dinner can't be balanced? This 20-minute recipe from EatWell101 is loaded with spinach and uses shrimp as a quick cooking protein source for dinner in 20 minutes!

8. 20-Minute Tofu Tostadas

This vegetarian 20-minute recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod is a great addition to your weeknight meal routine. I love that this dish is loaded with veggies and uses tofu as a heart healthy vegetarian protein choice. You'll love that It’s ready in 20 minutes and family friendly.

9. 20-Minute Rice Bowl with Fried Egg and Avocado

Eggs aren't just for breakfast. This recipe from Bon Appetite takes advantage of eggs as a quick cooking protein source for a meal in minutes! Add stir fried veggies, such as peppers, asparagus, or kale, to the bowls for a balanced meal.

10. 20-Minute Seared Tilapia with Watercress-Mango Salad

This 20-minute recipe by Real Simple is unbelievably quick to throw together. The flavours of this salad blend together deliciously, and the combination of ingredients makes for a very colourful meal. I love that this recipe uses watercress, a dark leafy green and rich source of beta-carotene which our body uses to create vitamin A, an important vitamin for eye and skin health.

11. 15-Minute Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry

Dinner in 15 minutes? Yes, please! This quick and easy dinner recipe from Chatelaine uses red pepper jelly to add a punch of flavor to this quick weeknight stir fry. Add additional veggies to keep this stir fry balanced, try ½ cup of peppers or snap peas per person.

12. 20-Minute Hummus and Grilled Veggie Wrap

I love that this 20-minute wrap from the Food Network is packed with vegetables. The combination of cooked and raw veggies gives you a variety of flavours and textures, and the addition of hummus, pine nuts, and whole grains will leave you feeling satisfied.

13. 20-Minute Chickpea Salad Sandwich

I love this simple vegetarian twist on a traditional tuna salad recipe from The Simple Veganista. I added some extra veggies for more fibre, used pre-made hummus for convenience, and topped with microgreens for some added nutritional boost.

14. 20-Minute Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Cauliflower "Rice" Foil Packs

For when you don't want to do dishes - try this 20-minute recipe from Cooking Classy. Your entire meal cooks in a foil pack which cuts down on dishes, and using shrimp as a protein source makes for a quick cooking meal. I used pre-riced cauliflower for added convenience, making this the perfect weeknight meal for grilling season.

15. 20-Minute Quick and Easy Vegetarian Salad

This 20-minute salad recipe is perfect for nights when you haven't planned ahead. I love the use of simple, vegetarian ingredients to make up this high fibre salad. But don't let all those veggies deceive you. The balance of vegetarian protein, healthy fats, and whole grains make this salad surprisingly satisfying. Throw this salad together this week for a tasty dinner for one (or more) in minutes!

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