10 Quick and Easy, 20-Minute Dinner Recipes April 4, 2018

by Eat

All the flavor, none of the fuss, courtesy of these quick and easy, 20-minute meals. 

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Spring cleaning season is in full force, which means it’s time to wash away complicated, mile-long recipes over 30 minutes. Because let’s be honest – who has time for that on hectic weeknights?

Instead, get back into your quick and easy cooking groove with recipes like these — they come together in 20 minutes MAX, don’t feel like work, and come packed with a whooooooole lot of flavor.

1. Pronto Chicken White Pizzas with Baby Broccoli, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tuscan Herbs

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Consider your pizza fix fixed! With this recipe, you’ll have a pie with a flatbread crust piled high with pieces of chicken, plump tomatoes, crunchy bites of baby broccoli, and gooey mozzarella. It’s baked under the broiler to give it a crispy, golden-edged finish that will make everyone ooh and ahh as it’s brought to the table. Oh, and we should mention the best part: it’ll be done in just 20 minutes. Get the recipe here.

2. Speedy Steak Fajitas with Bell Peppers and Hot Sauce Crema

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These steak fajitas are super-fast and simple to make, helping you put some pep in your step while grooving towards dinnertime. Warm flour tortillas are stuffed full and topped with spicy sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. And while the prep may be fast, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to stop to appreciate the fiesta of flavors that each tortilla holds. Get the recipe here, and be sure to select this 20-minute masterpiece off the menu the week of April 14 – April 20.

3. Shake It Up! Pork Cutlets with Garlic Bread and an Apple and Sunflower Seed Salad

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Although we can’t lay claim to the “put it in a bag and shake” method used to cook these pork cutlets, we’ll acknowledge that it’s pretty genius. That’s because it makes breading meat about as quick and easy as can be (and yes, it’s so juicy). After adding the breadcrumbs, the pork is fried in a pan ’til golden and served with toasted garlic bread and a crisp salad. If that sounds like a lot, fret not—this recipe (which is on the menu the week of April 21 – April 27) can be made in as little as 20 minutes..

4. Shrimp Pasta With a Kick with Garlic Herb Butter and Zucchini

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In this dish, shrimp are given a feisty kick by adding slices of Thai chili. It’s sure to please heat-lovers, although you can always adjust if you prefer to walk on the mild side. Tossed with zucchini, garlic herb butter, Parmesan, and al dente pasta, everything comes together in a savory, spicy, and piping-hot pile of perfection in 20 minutes MAX. Sound too good to be true? Check out the recipe here, and taste it to believe it the week of April 21 – April 27.

5. Barbecue Pulled Pork Flatbreads with Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese

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Your backyard cookout just met pizza night—worlds collide. The crispy flatbread crust in this dish is loaded with barbecue favorites like ready-to-heat pulled pork and a smoky sauce, then given an Italian accent via mozzarella cheese and tomato. In other words, it’s both lick-your-lips, stick-to-your-fingers good as well as a golden piece of pie perfection. Get the recipe here, and be sure to order it off the menu the week of April 28 – May 4 — because when’s the next time you’re going to see “pulled pork” and “20 minutes” in one sentence?

6. Crispy Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Radishes

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Just when you thought tacos couldn’t get any tastier, our chefs found a way to take them to the next level of piled-high perfection. Shrimp is pan-fried until golden and tucked away in warm corn tortillas with a citrusy red cabbage slaw. Then it’s finished with a smoky lime crema (you can call it taco special sauce). The best part, though, might be that you can get these bad boys on the table in about 20 minutes. Get the recipe here.

7. Bulgogi Chicken Thigh Tacos with Pickled Cucumbers and Sriracha Crema

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Korean and Mexican flavors may seem like they’re at opposite ends of the culinary spectrum. But when they meet in the middle, the results are absolutely delicious. These mashup tacos feature chicken in bulgogi sauce — a Korean-style marinade of soy sauce and sesame with a little bit of sweetness — tucked into the tortillas with cabbage, pickled cucumber, and a spicy crema. Get the recipe here.

8. Carolina Barbecue Chicken with Quick Stovetop Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Green Beans

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Although nothing beats kicking back by the grill on a lazy Sunday, sometimes you just wanna get your barbecue fix pronto. Which is why we came up with this quick stovetop chicken breast recipe. It has green beans, an easy-peasy mac ’n’ cheese, and a sauce inspired by the tart and spicy flavors of North Carolina barbecue. And since all it takes to prepare is a few flips and stirs, it’s ready in less time than it takes to oil the grates and fire up the charcoal. Get the recipe here.

9. Maple and Rosemary-Glazed Pork Cutlets with Apple Salad in a Creamy Dressing

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Apple and maple syrup may sound like ingredients for a breakfast or a baking recipe, but we’ve managed to work those flavors into a quick and simple pork dish. The maple syrup gets stirred into the sauce for the meat, coating each cutlet in sticky deliciousness. The apple, on the other hand, is a highlight in the side salad, which also gets a boost from a creamy dressing. With couscous as a hearty base to back up all those flavors, you’ve got nothing less than sweet, sweet (20-minute) perfection. Get the recipe here.

10. Tex-Mex Tilapia with Cilantro Lime Couscous and Green Beans

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Let’s take tilapia to the next level and turn it into a Tex-Mex-style triumph on your plate. The flaky fish is given a dusting of panko breadcrumbs and our Southwest spice blend, which ensures that it has satisfying crunch and zesty flavor in every bite. The couscous, green beans, and lime crema on the side come together in a flash, too, meaning you’ll have this masterpiece of a meal on the table in a matter of minutes. Get the recipe here.

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